Recipes for winter

Quinoa with Winter VegetablesQuinoa

Ingredients

  • 200g quinoa
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, cut into thin sticks
  • 300g leek, sliced
  • 300g broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 100g sundried tomato, drained and chopped
  • 200ml vegetable stock
  • 2 tsp tomato purée
  • juice 1 lemon

 

Method

  1. Cook the quinoa according to pack instructions. Meanwhile, heat 3 tbsp of the oil in a wok or large pan, then add the garlic and quickly fry for 1 min. Throw in the carrots, leeks and broccoli, then stir-fry for 2 mins until everything is glistening.
  2. Add the sundried tomatoes, mix together the stock and tomato purée, then add to the pan. Cover, then cook for 3 mins. Drain the quinoa, then toss in the remaining oil and the lemon juice. Divide between warm plates and spoon the vegetables on top

 

 

 

Mustard Chicken with Winter Vegetables

Ingredientsmustard chicken

  • 1 chicken, about 1.8kg/4lb in weight
  • 2 onion
  • 6 celery sticks
  • 6 carrot
  • 2 bay leaf
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 1 tsp black peppercorn
  • 50g butter
  • 100g smoked bacon lardons
  • 3 small turnip, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 3 rounded tbsp crème fraîche
  • good handful parsley, chopped

Method

  1. Put the chicken in a large pot. Halve 1 onion, 1 celery stick and 1 carrot. Add to the pot with the herbs, peppercorns and a sprinkling of salt. Add water to come halfway up the chicken, bring to the boil, then cover tightly and simmer for 1½ hrs. Cool slightly, remove the chicken to a dish, then strain the stock into a bowl.
  2. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, strip the meat from the bones and tear into pieces with your hands.
  3. Chop the remaining onion, and cut the celery and carrots into thick slices. Heat the butter in the same pot, add the onion and lardons, then gently fry for 5 mins until just starting to brown. Add the remaining veg, then fry for 2 mins. Stir in the flour, then cook for 1 min. Measure 900ml stock (if you don’t have enough, make it up with water), then gradually add to the pan, stirring. Cover, then simmer for 20-25 mins until vegetables are tender.
  4. Return the chicken to the pan with the mustard and crème fraîche, then return to a simmer, stirring gently. Season and sprinkle with parsley.

 

When to sow seeds

seedsAll seed packets have a sowing time printed in the instructions on the packet, what you must remember is that the packets are printed for the whole of the country and sowing times vary as to where you live.

The sowing times are mainly for the southeast and the weather is more advanced than here. February in the S.E. is the approximate equivalent of March here, late February equates to third week in March here. March equates to the beginning of April and by the time the sowing date on the packet is May then we have just about caught up.

I have found that sowing two or three weeks later than the earliest times quoted seedling have caught up with the earlier sown seeds within a month, and sometimes produce better crops.

Water seeds when sowing and transplanting then leave them to grow, unless it is very dry, and then again when the crop is coming. It is better with a watering can as the water round the roots goes where it is needed and not all over the soil.

 

Martin’s meanaderings

Martins meanderings1I am writing a series of articles for new plot holders on the society website to help them get started and hopefully help them to successfully cultivate their plot.

When starting it is difficult to know what tools are needed, you can start with a few basics and expand as you go along. Here is a list of the most basic tools.
  1. Spade and or Fork get the best that you afford. They last a long time and you will always be using them.
  2. A bucket or trug to collect weeds and move things around the plot
  3. A rake for levelling the ground after digging and to form a tilth for sowing
  4. A hoe to keep on top of the weeds
  5. A trowel to plant out seedling and plants
  6. A string line to keep your plants in straight rows, it also helps to keep paths straight.
  7. Canes to mark where you have planted seeds
  8. Labels to remind you what you planted where.

When to sow seeds?

All seed packets have a sowing time printed in the instructions on the packet, what you must remember is that the packets are printed for the whole of the country and sowing times vary as to where you live.

The sowing times are mainly for the southeast and the weather is more advanced than here. February in the S.E. is the approximate equivalent of March here, late February equates to third week in March here. March equates to the beginning of April and by the time the sowing date on the packet is May then we have just about caught up.

I have found that sowing two or three weeks later than the earliest times quoted seedling have caught up with the earlier sown seeds within a month, and sometimes produce better crops.

Water seeds when sowing and transplanting then leave them to grow, unless it is very dry, and then again when the crop is coming. It is better with a watering can as the water round the roots goes where it is needed and not all over the soil.

I will be available on both Saturdays and Sundays to answer any questions and give guidance to new and old plot holders. You can find me just past the apiary at the first right turn after the toilet and car park. 

Bee Group

beeThere is an apiary on the site with several hives of bees and is run by a separate group of bee keepers. New members are welcome to join the group and learn about these fascinating creatures.

It is hoped to arrange training courses for new and existing members during the summer season, if you are interested please contact Denise Cobham at deesbees@inbox.com.or email to sabeegroup@gmail.com