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That courgette time of year again – Glut time

So, last year I planted four courgette plantsImage result for courgette plant– all four got eaten by the slugs.  I planted a second lot of four – they too got eaten by the slugs.  No glut last year!  Organic allotmenteering at its worst.

This year, I planted seven plants so that if the slugs chose their favourite four, I would still be left with three….. but due to a hot dry spring, the courgettes prevailed and I am in serious glut land!

As happens in these events, I am hiding it in all food!  The usual places- soup, courgette and mozzarella slice, ratatouille, ragu sauce.

This year a new place – Chocolate cake! mmmmm

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Jams and pit latrines

Every year is the same, but this year was far worse….. Time to sort out what to do with the jam from last year that we haven’t eaten, sold or given away.   This year I still had over 60 jars of jam, all from last year, but totally edible for at least another year – the nature of a preserve!!  They were the jars that had wonky labels, or the original labels still on them with too sticky adhesive to remove when reusing.  I had an idea….

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I went on to the book of faces, and popped a little note up saying that I was going to sell them off for a £1 a jar and the money was going towards twinning a toilet in Uganda.   I thought that I might sell about 20, and then would top it up with our own cash to make it up to the £65 target.    Well, the next couple of hours were super busy, taking orders and bagging them up.   Some people were generous and gave me more than I had asked for as well, so it’s great that I can now twin a loo and help a community in rural Uganda all from other people being prompted to give to an amazing cause.

We first started toilet twinning a couple of years ago when there was an outbreak of Ebola in Western Africa, and our family decided to help a community by providing a toilet for them to use.  It’s lovely to pop to the loo and see that you have helped other people with something so simple and basic as a toilet.

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Toilettwinning.org has many countries that you can sponsor a loo through, but Uganda is my country of choice as I visited there a couple of times in the 90s.  I have vivid memories of desperately needing the toilet in one town, and the only ‘toilet’ there was a mud hut with a holey and rusty corrugated tin roof.  There was no toilet, no hole in the ground (as was the norm where I had been staying), just drying faeces all over the ground that I had to step around before relieving myself.   Other times I had to go to the pit latrine in the night and flick the cockroaches off of my legs whilst in there.  No-one should have to do that anymore: let’s share our wealth with those far worse off in the world.    Even if it is jars of jam that are sitting under the stairs from last year.

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Seasonal eating

I’m still in two minds about whether to keep the allotment or not, I’m sat here with lots of jobs to do at home thinking that I shouldn’t really be doing this, but actually picking the veggies and fruit at the plot.   Cabbage, lettuces, french beans, courgettes, squash, beetroot, blackberries, parsley, tomatoes, all ripe for the picking.allotment 2008

Was a bit surprised just now though to see that Nigel Slater has a section in the Guardian for Blackcurrant Recipes, mine were all over about a month ago.  I know that I live in the south east, but surely for those of us who grow our own, they must all be over now?? ( They look delicious though for 11 months time.)

Courgette and french bean recipes are what we need this week Mr Slater!!  Or ways to use up wind fall apples…?

A starting place to look……here

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Hidden vegetable time of year – hidden courgette

This is the joke in our house, the courgettes are fruiting aplenty so I have to hide them in pretty much every thing that I make to use them up – hence the Hidden Vegetable time of year.

I managed use up 4 today!  2 in Jackie’s Courgette slice, 1 in a Ratatouille Puff Pastry Slice and 1 in some Blackcurrant Jam. I didn’t follow the Blackcurrant and Courgette Jam recipe as I had a good amount of Blackcurrants for a batch of jam, but wanted 1/4 lb of something to just round up the weights, so I chopped the courgette finely and popped it in when I was softening the fruit before adding the sugar.

Today’s recipe was:

3 1/4lb Blackcurrants

1/4 lb Courgette

2 pints water

4lb sugar

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Frogs Spawn Jam – Gooseberry Jam / Guzgog Jam Recipe

Having carefully plucked the Gooseberries from the bushes, with only aAmphibians-Common Frog-spawncu-15-03-09 couple of slight puncture wounds from the vicious spikes, I have made a scrummy batch of Gooseberry Jam.   Such a shame it looks like Frogs Spawn… but it does worry the children that I might actually be telling the truth!   (mean mummy??! )

4lbs Gooseberries

12tbs water

4lbs Sugar

(Have a peek at my other Jam recipes to see how to make jam…. got to finish making an Elvis Wig so haven’t time to write it all up I’m afraid!)

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Allotments and Redcurrant and Rhubarb Jam

The allotment is finally coming in to itself; gone are the days of wondering why on earth (pardon the pun) I have the thing when I see how many weeds there are; here are the days of plenty – and currants-and-rhubarbslow growing weeds.

This week so far we have harvested 2lbs cherries, 1lb blackcurrants and 1.5lbs redcurrants – and they’ve not even got going fully yet.  I also was able to pick a bag full of Swiss Chard and Spinach.

So, yesterday I cooked up the first batch of Redcurrant and Rhubarb Jam.  I used the same recipe as Blackcurrant and Rhubarb Jam and substituted red for black currants.

Just seen an amazing recipe that would use this jam….. Rhubarb and Red Currant Jam Swirled Bread.  Can’t wait to give it a try!!

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Another Jam Recipe for the blog – Raspberry and Apple Jam

Raspberries05Nothing quite like raspberries, and we were recently given some by a customer who was letting them rot on the cane! They were beginning to go a little past their best, so I quickly whipped them up into some jam with some apples that I had picked that day from the allotment.

Raspberry and Apple Jam Recipe for your use!

 

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Easy Chocolate Custard Sauce Recipe

Just like my mum used to make, and tastes just like school puddings used to, here is a recipe for you all to make a simple and quick Chocolate Sauce.    I made it the other day to go with my Root and Fruit Pudding (a Chocolate and Pear pudding with hidden Beetroot in the Sponge).

(Sorry about a lack of photos at the moment by the way, I will sort it out soon!!)

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Got Beetroot coming out of your ears?! The Beetroot Glut….

My beetroot were very late getting going this year, I seem to remember sowing them a bit late, so that means that we haven’t had loads in salads etc this year, instead they are in bounty now that the nights are drawing in and I want warm comfort food!

I had dinner in the oven the other day and some cooked beetroots a little past their best in the fridge so wanted to take advantage of the preheated oven (my Dad will be proud).  I was in a rush,   looking in vain for a Chocolate and Beetroot cake recipe via good old Google and couldn’t find one in imperial measures (I cannot get my head around metric!) so I made one up quick smart while the oven was hot for tea.

I then used the same measurements a couple of days later for Chocolate and Beetroot Muffins, and then a Root and Fruit Pudding – Chocolate and Beetroot Sponge Pudding with Pears underneath (not one but two of your five a day – in a Chocolate Pudding!!!!! Can’t get much better than that!)   I used half a mix for the Muffins and then the other half for the pudding.

I hope that you enjoy them.  Be warned you can still taste the Beetroot, but my girls wolfed it all down.

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Sweet Cucumber Pickle Recipe by popular demand

Well, a friend asked for the recipe, so I thought that I’d put it on here in case anyone else is having a bumper cucumber year.  This is one of our favourite preserves as it is so versatile; with cheese, in a sandwich, with cold meats or sausages etc etc  Or if you are a bit naughty like me, straight out of the jar and in the mouth….mmmmm.

Sweet Cucumber Pickle

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