Beetroot and Apple Chutney Recipe

Beetroot & Apple Chutney Jars

Late summer is lovely at the allotment.  There is an abundance of crops and it is a busy time to try and harvest them and store or preserve them for the winter months. The great thing about the variety of crops is that you can make home made chutneys with all variety of produce.  The… read more →

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Blackcurrant Sorbet Recipe

Blackcurrants growing

I am forever trying to find recipes for blackcurrants.  We grow them on the allotment and every year we have a huge crop.  This year is no exception and found this lovely simple recipe for blackcurrant sorbet.  I don’t have an ice cream machine but found that not to be a problem.  The result is… read more →

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Butternut Squash Muffin Recipe

Acorn & Butterbnut

I always try to use some of my home grown produce when cooking and cakes are no exception.  In the summer I had great success with using courgettes in muffins and so, in the autumn, I thought I would try butternut squash instead.  The outcome was unbelievably good with the end result reminding me of… read more →

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Use your Raspberry glut to make yummy Raspberry Vinegar

When we first acquired our allotment – more than 10 years ago – we bought what we thought were 5 raspberry canes. When we planted them however, we realised that each “cane” contained 5 plants and so ended up with 25 canes. As we had quite a bit of spare soil we decided to plant… read more →

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Cooking & Pickling Beetroots


We grow lots of beetroot at the allotment. I don’t plan to grow too many but often I plant seeds direct into the ground in the early spring and they appear to not be growing, so I plant some more. I always forget that they need a bit of warmth and lots of water so… read more →

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