Friday, 27 December 2013

First Harvest of Jerusalem Artichokes

I had gone to the allotment with the hope of planting some onion sets. Instead I ended up pruning some of the large apple tree that was on the site of my plot long before it was an allotment . I also took the opportunity to remove the remaing apples and once home weighed them to find I had harvested 6.5 Kg  . I took the chance to harvest the first lot of Jerusalem artichokes obtaining 500gms from just one plant.
 As for the onion sets it looks like they'll have to wait for another day.

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Thursday, 26 December 2013

Christmas 2013

I have been very quiet lately whilst 'life' takes over . Anyway I have treated myself to a Kindle Fire tablet and currently downloading the relevant apps to allow me to hopefully keep this blog updated more often.

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Microwave Sponge Pudding

Not exactly an allotment recipe but I have cooked variations of this puddings using fruit ( jam made from the allotment's fruit.) . Anyway it is fairly quick to prepare and hopefully I shall get around to listing the variations before 2014 arrives.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Windfall Apple And Ginger Jam

I've had quite a few windfall apples this summer sadly they're only the size of a golf ball but still I am determined that they wont be wasted. So after gathering this week's winfalls together the process of creating Apple & Ginger Jam began .
 First the apples were quartered and put in a pan and covered in water . The pan was then brought to the boil and simmered for twenty minutes whilst the apples turned to mash .

The mash was then left to drain through a jelly bag overnight . No squeezing of the bag is allowed if you want to end up with a clear jelly jam.

The next step was to measure the juice, and then put in a pan with an equal volume of sugar. This was brought to the boil and then boiled rapidly until setting point (105 degrees C ) is reached. 

Meanwhile an inch sized piece of ginger was peeled and diced very finely . This was added to the above boiling liquid once the liquid reached 100 degrees Celsius.  
This is what you should end up with. 

An excellent alternative to marmalade.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Wednesday 11th September 2013

I have been plagued by caterpillars of all kinds this year in the polytunnel and greenhouse . The vast majority of them seem to have an appetite for tomatoes.  

This is one of several gourds that I have growing this year.

This is my last remaining large pumpkin that I have still growing the rest having already been harvested and stored at home.

This is the old apple tree that was on the site of my allotment long before my plot . It is also responsible for the windfalls that I am having to use up quickly. Apple crumble anyone?

The Jerusalem Artichokes are almost 2 meters high dwarfing the neighbouring Runnerbeans.

The harvests are getting smaller , Basil , Tomatoes ,Courgettes (one that grew larger than I would like.) , a few Raspberries and Blackcurrants aswell as windfall apples.

I picked 7 of the James Grieve apples too which I made in to a crumble along with some of the windfall apples.

2 kilos of Blackberries , 2 Lemons and 1 kilo of windfall apples along with the cores and peelings from the above apples that were used in the crumble.  All cooked gently until soft.

Once the above mixture was a soft pulp the straining of juices could begin. 
It was a long overnight process.

Bean/Pea Pod And Mint Soup

 Here's what I began with . Some Broadbean pods that I'd saved in the freezer from a previous harvest . Some Scarlet Emperor Runnerbeans and Purplepodded Beans

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