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21/01/2013 at 13:36

Add recipes here to create a useful RECIPE BANK of dishes using mainly typical allotment food.

22/01/2013 at 09:26

Heat oven to 180

Peel and cut beetroot into quarters, peel and quarter red onions, scrub, quarter, de-seed and cut up a squash (I don't bother to peel) add a load of unpeeled garlic, scrub and half some carrots, fling in a handful of tomatoes, pour oil of choice over, about 2 tablespoons, just enough to stop burning, add herbs of choice, mix it all together and cook for 40/45 mins.

When you have got bored with these roasted veg, whizz them up with stock to make fab soup.

22/01/2013 at 09:35

now that sounds good,I made sweet potatoe soup (red skinned)with courgette ,oinion,red pepper,and silton to top,(you can use tabasco sauce to make it hotter if you like.make it the way of any soup , very good ,dont forget the veggie stock.

22/01/2013 at 09:45

Flowering r I have never thought to make soup from sweet potatoe what a good idea.

Last nights soup; Cauliflower and cheese.

Save all your cheese rinds in a plastic box in fridge, harvest a cauli.

Peel and slice 3 onions (I use food processor) seethe on a v. low heat, shake pan from time to time, in a little oil in heavy based pan with lid for 10 mins. Add finely sliced cauli, leaves, stalk and all, cook on low heat for further 10. Add stock, dried sage and cheese rinds, simmer 12/15 mins. Wizz in blender, I then pass through a mouli legume (hand food mill) to make it creamy smooth.


22/01/2013 at 09:50

now that is good,I had that at a cafe ,and I wondered what the recipe for that was ,

22/01/2013 at 11:20


There were quite a few allotment PUMPKINS this year. New England Pie variety (culinary).

Pumpkin can absorb flavours and I really like using it in in VEGETABLE CHILLI. This is a ROUGH INDICATION of how I usually go about making it. HOPE IT IS USEFUL! Prepare pumpkin. I usually cut it into small cubes or similar. Then you need to lightly fry some onion (optional garlic), Meanwhile, cook pumpkin (boil & then simmer) until softens (approx 10/15 mins but can easily vary) Transfer ONION and PUMPKIN to a larger cooking pot while adding TINNED TOMATO. I tend to use several tins so that I can use more pumpkin and then freeze spare batches in plastic Chinese takeaway style containers later (available in packs from most pound shops, discount supermarkets or similar) Add RED LENTILS (plenty) and CHILLI SAUCE (add according to your taste !!!) Heat up and then leave simmering while you prepare rest of meal. (about 20 mins? until lentils soft) I finally add a tin of pre cooked red kidney beans to the chilli a few minutes before serving as they only need cooking for a short time(baked beans could also be added). Spare pumpkin can always be frozen after the boil and simmer stage and will keep for a few months. Although salt is usually used minimally, a pinch of salt added in the cooking stage is supposed help the preserving process. The pumpkin should also be okay for a while if just chopped /diced and frozen in a sealed freezer bag or container.


22/01/2013 at 18:15

I am a huge fan of juicing; the base for juices is apples and carrots, then you can add anything you want; scrubbed raw beetroot give a delicious earthy flavour, add a small chunk of raw ginger - nectar. Courgette adds a creamyness, raw parsnip, sprouts, tightly rolled up cabbage leaves should go through the juicer ok. Sprout tops are sensational in a juice, the list is endless, but I draw the line at aubergine and potatoes. Juicing is great for using up a glut of veg/fruit. It is, of course, sensationally healthy


22/01/2013 at 18:21

On our roast veg - whatever is available; courgette, aubergine - immediately before serving we add a squeeze of lemon over them, it just adds a little zing 

22/01/2013 at 18:37

22/01/2013 at 22:31

I always have too many courgettes that have got a bit too big - so courgette and mint soup. Peel and chop an onion, fry until turning gold in tbs olive oil. Chop 2 courgettes add to pan. Cover with chicken or veg stock, simmer until soft. Add handful of mint leaves. Take off heat. Whizz in blender or with stick blender. Season to taste. Serve hot or chilled with swirl of cream.

22/01/2013 at 23:40

Courgette and mint sounds like a great combination; it will have to be my next soup!

23/01/2013 at 09:04

Must try the veg stock version of courgette and mint soup! We always seem to have plenty of courgettes in August/ September and different recipes for these are always useful!

Will it work with stored marrow later on in the year or is the taste too different?

23/01/2013 at 09:09

Never tried with stored marrow, but it's meant to have a fresh taste so I don't think it would be the same. I wonder what that would be like if you fried a spoonful of cumin with the onions. I do that with butternut squash which gives it a warm slightly curryish flavour.

23/01/2013 at 09:36

Not sure, but probably worth a try!

23/01/2013 at 10:20

If I'm doing roast squash and other autumn veg, I often add smoked paprika, or even chorizo for the last 10 minutes.

23/01/2013 at 13:55
artjak wrote (see)

If I'm doing roast squash and other autumn veg, I often add smoked paprika, or even chorizo for the last 10 minutes.

My favourite roast vegetable is definitely parsnip.

23/01/2013 at 16:26

made Quiche with Stilton and mature chedder ,tomatoes,onion,mushrooms and 3 eggs plus semi -skimmed milk in a pastry case,(and salt and pepper) lovely hot or cold .Lovely time of year for soups and I like roasted veg,home cooking is the best and cheaper .

23/01/2013 at 18:30

JulieCfromLeics, roast parsnip is amazing isn't it? It becomes so sweet; when you are bored with it, whizz it up with stock and fresh ginger for a fab soup

flowering rose, I agree with you about home cooking; in my youth (which was a couple of months ago) I used to love eating out, and it did teach me a lot about food, but now I know more about how restaurants get food to taste great by drowning it in butter and cream, I much prefer getting friends around for supper, then I know we are all eating healthy food.

23/01/2013 at 20:02

Lovely recipes/ideas everyone - Busy-Lizzie courgette & mint soup sounds a great way to use up the courgette glut .  Have you frozen this soup?  

Julie/Artjak - Roast parsnips .  I like to add some mild curry powder to my parsnip soup.  Any home made soup is perfect food for this weather.

23/01/2013 at 21:22

Hello Caz. I have frozen it.

At this time of year I have leeks in the garden. Apart from leek soup I like savoury tarts and pies with leeks in them such as salmon and leek tart and chicken and leek pie or with goats cheese for vegetarians.

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