So F has to be for family !
Our allotment is a family run allotment even though some days our children ask to sit in the car and play on their ds lite . But we usually managed to get them involved !!
G is for going green
Allotment holders have probably been doing "green " for years! We re use alot of stuff on the allotment, I use old mushroom trays from a local shop to carry plants around in, toilet rolls are great for growing seeds in like melon, squash , runner beans, also water buts have been made out of barrels found lying around at different factories ! ( always ask before you take though ! most factories are more than happy to give you their waste ! and are often bemused ! ).
H is for harvestAlthough a long way off !! Harvest best time of the year !!! Although busy for me in the kitchen ! Every year i have to pick , prepare and freeze veg which keeps us going till the next years veg is ready ! I'm always looking for new recipes for pickles and chutneys too ! .
here's a fave recipe :
- 8 red peppers, deseeded and roughly chopped
- 5 medium red chillies, roughly chopped
- Finger-sized piece fresh root ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
- 8 garlic cloves, peeled
- 400g can chopped tomatoes
- 750g caster sugar
- 250ml red wine vinegar
- Tip the peppers, chillies (with seeds), ginger and into a food processor, then whizz until very finely chopped.
- Scrape into a heavy-bottomed pan with the tomatoes, sugar and vinegar.
- Then bring everything to the boil.
- Skim off any scum that comes to the surface, then turn the heat down to a simmer and for about 50 mins stirring occasionally.
- Once the jam is becoming sticky, continue for 10-15 mins more, stirring frequently so that it doesn't catch and burn. It should now look like thick, bubbling lava.
- Cool slightly, transfer to sterilised jars, then leave to cool completely.
Makes 4 8oz Jars and keeps for 3 months in a cool, dark cupboard – refrigerate once opened.