Super Seasonal Courgette Fritters

My courgette plants are HUGE!  Right now I can just about crawl beneath the massive leaves to pick off a few courgettes every day.  It’s like entering the Amazon rainforest.  I have four courgette plants, and for those of you who know how prolific the fruit of a courgette plant can be, you’ll know that…

Easy Beany Dip

  There is a reason why this post looks similar to my last one… it makes good use of that Green Midsummer Pesto and creates a versatile dip/spread/sauce to use however your imagination decides.  My blogging has been slack recently; the sun is out, work has been crazy, the garden has been demanding (and so…

Green Midsummer Pesto (Vegan)

This is my first recipe of the year using home grown produce.  The kale is doing really well – as it always does, and this year I’ve finally been bothered to protect it from the butterflies with some netting. (I really hope they find somewhere else just as lovely to lay their eggs!)  So I’m…

‘French’ Onion Soup

Spring didn’t quite get off to the roaring start I’d hoped, time in the garden has been limited due to the incessant rain… The chickens alone are turning everything into a bleak bog land – human feet would only make things worse.  The seedlings are reluctant to germinate in the cold greenhouse and everything is…

Veggie Quinoa Patties

So the Easter holidays are upon us, we’ve spent our first day embarking on the fairly mammoth task of straightening up the garden.  Trying to extend the veggie plot, pressure washing the moss off the greenhouse, digging over the compost heap, and generally moving a lot of soil from some areas of the garden to…

Broccoli and Sweetcorn Fritters

I have played about with fritter recipes during the summer months, as a delicious way of coping with a glut of courgettes or french beans… but I thought I’d try something with seasonal broccoli, and polenta instead of the traditional gram flour.  These are not doughy, they have a firm bite and a crunchy outside,…

Banana ‘Tapenta’ Pancakes

At the age of three, my eldest daughter just could not say Polenta. We broke the word down into its 3 syllables, which she could manage perfectly well, but when put together it always came out Ta-pen-ta. Me: Pol Hazel: Pol Me: En Hazel: En Me: Ta Hazel: Ta ME: Pol-en-ta Hazel: Ta-pen-ta! Anyway – she…