Nigel Slater’s yummy yummy Courgette Cake

#courgetteglut continues and the courgette has now become something to experiment with. I’ve worked my way through 3 courgette cake recipes this summer. This recipe, which features on Nigel Slater’s Guardian column is my favorite. The texture is slightly too moist but the flavour really makes up for it and its the only cake where…

Lemon Balm Ice Cream

I bought home a huge bunch of lemon balm having visited Kirstin’s allotment last week. Feeling more ambitious than tea, I opted to make ice cream for the first time with my KitchenAid. Hungry Oyster blog has the most straightforward recipe. I used soya milk rather than dairy milk, but still used cream and eggs….

Roasted Turnips

This turnip recipe is adapted from http://www.bojongourmet.com. Turnips are wonderful things, when fresh and small, strangely its quite difficult to find recipes – turnips don’t feature in any of my cook books. It turns out as a really tasty side dish, the lemon juice and salt give the soft turnips a punch. I tried adding…

Rhubarb Compote

I visited Copenhagen in March. One morning I had breakfast at Cafe Granola, Frederiksberg and totally fell for their rhubarb compote. Ever since, i’ve been determined to get my hand on a bunch of rhubarb. Luckily, I was filming for Everyday Growing Cultures at Farida’s allotment who kindly handed over a big bunch.  I chose the simplest recipe I…

Mary Berry’s Crunchy Orange Syrup Loaf

Wow, what a tasty cake – and really easy too. It’s a basic cake mix with 1 orange, even the syrup didn’t need heating before pouring over the cake (and I resisted prodding the cake with holes). The recipe says prepare 2 x 1lb tins, but I used 1 x 2lb tin. 100g softened butter…

Growing Pea Shoots

It’s still really cold outside, but my enthusiasm is high and I really want to get cracking with this years growing. For a quick win while i’m waiting, I’m going to grow Pea Shoots with guidance from Vertical Veg’s How to grow pea shoots blog post. The container and marrow fat peas have been sourced….