All posts tagged: purple sprouting broccoli

The Allotment: May Edition

The year is sneaking by very quickly and we’re creeping slowly but surely towards the best time of year for those of us lucky enough to have a few square metres of space to grow our own food. The Summer gluts will soon be upon us ready to be pickled or frozen to bring nibbles of joy throughout the Winter. But, before I get ahead of myself with excitement for whats to come, I have to give due credit to one of the best things to ever emerge from the ground. Rhubarb. It’s been in season since January and by next month it will have had it’s day. If you’re just starting out and looking for something to grow, rhubarb is your new best friend, even if pretty much neglected, it’ll do just fine. Thompson & Morgan are far more knowledgable than I on these things and have some great tips.               My favourite thing to do with rhubarb is simply to stew it. Stewed rhubarb can be added to …

Save-me-from-Domino’s Stir Fry

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that yesterday I travelled all the way from North Devon back to Brighton, if that’s not a familiar sounding journey to you I’ll simplify it by saying it’s hours and hours and hours of driving. And if you’re a regular person, you’ll know that coming home after being on the road for hours and hours and hours of driving makes it extremely difficult to resist the urge to hunt online for Dominos codes that will get you carbs as far as the eye can see for around £20. Being the born-again healthy cook that I am, I soldiered on and rustled up this stir fry. The key to surviving the struggle of not logging on to just-eat or calling your favourite Chinese is always having something in the cupboard that can be transformed in to a quick dinner. Luckily, I was armed with Amoy Ribbon Rice Noodles and Mum’s allotment purple sprouting broccoli. So with little more than a flash in a pan, I had dinner ready …

The Allotment: April Edition

As I mentioned in a previous post, this household is blessed with an allotment owner. I will openly admit in case my mother is reading this that it is only on a very rare and special occasion that I’ll actually show my face there, but I am always more than happy to take advantage of its produce. What’s in season this month If something is in season during April, you’ve got much better chances of finding it UK grown from the supermarket, so if you’re conscious of food miles look out for these: Cabbage Cauliflower Celeriac Lettuce (just barely) New Potatoes Pak Choi Pepper Purple Sprouting Broccoli Radishes Spinach Spring Greens Watercress What’s growing on the plot this month An abundance of herbs, an immeasurable amount of green things, and one of my all time favourite things to ever grow in the ground, rhubarb.   This afternoon armfuls of delicious organic goods were brought home along with our tired but still somehow manically hyperactive Border Terrier, Molly. The rhubarb has already been stewed, the herbs …