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"My Reviews"

Posted: 15/02/2013 at 17:10


1240 reviews!!!

Only about 4 are mine...

Favourite allotment food recipes

Posted: 15/02/2013 at 17:01

Vegetable rice stir fry – allotment veg

I really like stir fries. They are a useful quick to cook dish! This one is a late Summer/ early Autumn dish.

Ingredients can easily be adapted. This recipe uses: rice, onions, courgette, carrot, soy sauce, black bean sauce. The vegetables can easily be varied and noodles can be used instead of rice.

First prepare vegetables while cooking rice according to instructions.

Next use a wok or pan to carefully fry off onions in a little sunflower oil (or similar).

Shortly after add carrot followed later by courgette and a dash of soy sauce to the pan. Stir gently on a low heat.

 Extra soy sauce or black bean sauce can then be added.

 Finally add the rice and stir in well.

Favourite allotment food recipes

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 18:10

"Bombay potato style" parsnip curry

I'm finding that parsnip works well as a potato substitute in a bombay potato style curry. Once prepared (peeled and diced)  just par boil the parsnips for a little while first before adding the pieces to the ongoing curry sauce at the appropriate point (like you usually would with potato).Avoid using the hard core of the parsnip though.

This is also a good dish to include home grown onions from storage (lightly fried), and spinach too. I've got some Winter spinach growing in a container in the garden which can be used this time of year.

I cheat with the curry sauce though as it usually comes from a jar!!! 

Really it's a case of following and adapting an existing bombay potato recipe (or similar) to use different ingredients which are available this time of year.

Favourite allotment food recipes

Posted: 25/01/2013 at 17:02
JulieCfromLeics wrote (see)

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

More recipes welcome!

Winter, Spring, Summer or Autumn dishes.

Container growing, gardens or allotments 

As long as some of the ingredients are "grow your own" vegetables or fruit.

What dishes would you usually put together or plan on putting together if all goes well ?


Favourite allotment food recipes

Posted: 24/01/2013 at 09:07

There are always lots of ways to make soup! This is how I would generally go about this one. You may have your own variations.

Leek, pumpkin and potato soup

Chop the leeks, onions and potatoes. Prepare pumpkin and grate the fleshy part for using in the soup. Finely chopped garlic can be used as an optional extra. Lightly fry onion and garlic (optional) or go to next stage.

Carefully heat up a sensible amount of water in a saucepan with vegetable stock added until lightly bubbling.

Add leeks, onions and grated pumpkin followed shortly after by chopped potato. Add appropriate seasoning (salt, pepper, etc)

Cook at a gentle level until ready.



Favourite allotment food recipes

Posted: 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.

Favourite allotment food recipes

Posted: 23/01/2013 at 09:36

Not sure, but probably worth a try!

Favourite allotment food recipes

Posted: 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?

Favourite allotment food recipes

Posted: 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.


Talkback: Identifying bumblebees

Posted: 21/01/2013 at 17:21
Brilliant bee pictures! I've enjoyed reading about the different types.

"The herbs for wildlife" article also identifies plants such as lavender, sage and thyme which attract bees. (Very useful to the gardener as well as the bee if you grow a range of herbs, fruit and vegetables).
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