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Allotment Glut Casserole

Allotment Glut Casserole

Every year at the allotment, and this year is no exception, GD and I find ourselves knee deep in oversized courgettes. This homemade recipe is one of my favourites for turning a bland vegetable into a tasty nutritious meal, featuring courgette, garlic, celery, onion, tomato, […]

Pickled Beetroot

Pickled Beetroot

It’s that time of year again when the beetroots are just flourishing, everytime I go to the allotment more are just laying, having grown so much, atop the earth. Pickling when preserving is my favourite way to put some by for later in the year when […]

Allotment Bounty

Allotment Bounty

This is our first year at our allotment and after all the hardwork GD and I put in over the autumn and winter months we are amazed at all the wonderful crops we are harvesting now and have been harvesting since the weather warmed up […]

Marinated Broad Beans

Marinated Broad Beans

I  was looking for different ways to make the most of the abundant broad bean crop growing on the allotment this year and I came across an idea for marinated beans. So raiding my cupboard I managed to make up the following marinade.  Fills a […]

June Harvest ‘Broad Bean Hummus’dip.

June Harvest ‘Broad Bean Hummus’dip.

I am an absolute fan of hummus so when GD found this recipe for broad bean hummus I was very excited to give it a go. Our broad bean crop from the allotment has exceeded all expectation, it is the first time we have grown […]

Our first allotment produce

Our first allotment produce

Look what we dug up today ! our very first allotment produce. First Early Charlotte spuds. This was from five seed potatoes and i’m not sure if this a good haul or not, but its our haul and all organic. I don’t have lots of […]

Beautiful Blossom

Beautiful Blossom

I planted irises for the first time this year, irises remind me of my home growing up and of my mum and her little patch of irises in the corner of the front garden. Down the side of the garden runs an old stone wall […]

Lovely day at the allotment

GD and I spent a lovely few hours this morning at the allotment. Thought it was high time for an update. This bench is at the scruffy end of the plot behind a pre-existing raspberry patch, still to be cultivated area, where we make our […]

Little Miracles

Little Miracles

Living with the adrenal disease ‘hashimoto thyroiditis’ alters life perspective. Today these simple aspects of life are like little miracles to me. They make my heart beat joyfully. To hang a laundry load out and see it blowing in the breeze. To have the will, […]

This Week

This Week

Very exciting this week, GD and I went to purchase our spuds and onions for the allotment, these will be our first planted veg on the new site. We have toned it down a little to our previous years of bulk planting, just getting 10 […]