Thank you for all your wonderful support this year. I hope you and yours have a wonderful Xmas. Here are a few pictures from our Community Allotment Christmas and winter solstice party – with delicious treats, made on site soup, some excellent carol singing and great company.
This recipe comes from Ema at De Tout Coeur, Limosin, France – home to relaxing retreats and delicious home cooking. Makes about 2-3 jam jars. You can scale the recipe.
1 pound green/red chilli peppers de-stemmed and roughly chopped (use any combination of green/red chillies you like)
1/2 pound garlic cloves peeled
2 oz ginger root peeled
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon salt
Using a food blender or processor to blend all the ingredients together until they are a smooth paste.
Pour the blended ingredients into a saucepan, bring to the boil then reduce the heat to a low/medium. Simmer for about 10 minutes, until the chilli sauce is thickened and reduced in volume.
Take the cooked chilli sauce off the heat and pour carefully into clean, sterilized bottles or jars with a funnel. Seal with an airtight lid and leave to cool. The sauce is ready to use immediately. Once opened store in the fridge.
Sunday 2nd September, 11.00am at plot 182, Weald Allotment Site, Hove
We plan to pick apples from Alan’s heritage mini-orchard on the Weald allotment site, giving most of them to Fareshare, taking some home to sample, and juicing many of the ‘not quite perfect apples’ to make our own delicious drink. It will be a real treat.
We will also share Viv’s recipe for apple chutney and show you the ingredients so that you can make delicious chutney in your own kitchen and have it with cheese/ fake cheese on toast.
Bring your own organic apples if you have any to share; a press will be available on the day.
BHOGG members only event or join on the day.
Ross’s Easy Peasy Courgette Pesto
Courgette glut? Fed up of the sight of them? Use this recipe to hide the offending veg and make a super fast, super tasty, super fresh meal. This recipe makes enough pesto for 6 people.
6 courgettes, ideally around 12 cms long. Don’t use the oversize ones, as they may be too bitter for this recipe.
3 tbs olive oil
1 large clove garlic
handful of fresh basil
1 tbs pine nuts (or use cooked chickpeas as an alternative)
salt & pepper to taste
chilli flakes for dressing
- Roughly chop courgettes – there is no need to cook, salt or drain them.
- Place all ingredients into bowl and whizz together using a hand blender (or put into a blender) – keep the mixture slightly textured
- Test and adjust seasoning to taste.
- Cook up your favourite pasta – I used linguine
- Serve the pasta with a little olive oil mixed through; spoon the pesto on top, garnish with basil and sprinkle with chilli flakes and / or cheese.
- Add a tomato salad and warm crusty ciabatta to make into a main meal.
Courgette & Chocolate Chip Muffins
Adapted from Allrecipes UK
This is a great recipe for using up all those pesky courgettes coming into season now. The ones I used were a drier variety, which meant I needed to add a bit more water to get the right consistency. I also reduced the oil and sugar to make a less sweet muffin.
200g plain flour
100g caster sugar
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
100ml vegetable oil
80ml soya milk
1 tbs lemon juice
200g grated courgette (excess moisture squeezed out)
100g bar of dairy free chilli chocolate (cut into chunks) or choc chips
- Preheat the oven to 180 C/ Gas 4. Grease muffin tins/ line with cases
- Combine flour, sugar, bicarbonate of soda & salt together.
- In a separate container, mix egg, oil, milk, lemon juice & vanilla extract together. Add to dry ingredients and stir until just combined
- Fold in grated courgette & chocolate chips. Consistency should be dropping off spoon, but not runny. Add extra milk or water if mixture is too dry.
- Put mixture in muffin cases and place in oven.
- Cook for 20-25 minutes; cool; eat
Recipes supplied by BHOGG member Jenni.
In addition to the wonderful Sunday sessions at our Weald Plot, we enjoy inviting vulnerable groups and healthy volunteers to our community allotment.
Friday 22 June was a fabulous day when 16 students and teachers came from Hurstpierpoint school and rebuilt some of our beds, moved a large raised bed and reconstructed our large wooden containers that had rotted down with the compost. Thanks especially to Steve and Alan for transporting the wood and clearing the rubbish, and all those who helped on the day Phillipa, Barbara, Pete, Andre and Paul.
If any groups (especially vulnerable groups) would like to come to our community allotment please send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those long sweet summer days have arrived; we enjoyed one of those on 24 June when we celebrated the summer solstice on the Community Allotment. It was too hot for most people to do any gardening, so chilling out, chatting, drinking Sarah’s cool, homemade, elderflower pressé and the fabulous food prepared by the evergreen Caroline.
Caroline was excellent as ever, working hard and chatting sociably with everyone as she cooked delicious food. It was difficult to find seasonal food on site for cooking in June but Caroline rustled up a feast seemingly out of nothing.
Gorgeous vegetable pakoras and frittatas, garlic bread, salad with nasturtiums and home baked treats were the reward for the hard working gardeners (Jenni and Steve mainly!)on a beautiful summer’s afternoon.
Freshly picked allotment raspberries
Review by Jenni and Alan
Lavender is renowned for its healing properties and is one of the most popular essential oils in aromatherapy. French chemist, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, who coined the term ‘aromatherapie’ did so after noticing that lavender oil relieved the pain from a serious burn, and a subsequent accelerated the rate of healing. Lavender is also often recommended to help with insomnia.
Lavender comes from the same family as rosemary, and can be used in culinary dishes as well. This is one of my personal favourites – it is easy to make and so tasty.
2-3 T of lavender flowers – freshly cut, chopped
1C icing sugar
3C plain flower (you can swap for gluten-free alternative)
Note: you can use any part of the plant but I like the flowers for the bright flash of purple they add.
Cream butter, sugar and lavender
Mix in flour
Form mixture into a long sausage, wrap in plastic and put the fridge for 20 minutes (this part is really important for good results!).
Once the dough has chilled, cut into 1cm thick slices, place on lightly greased baking tray
Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes 160 (fan) 180 (regular), the shortbread should have a little colour for maximum flavour. Put the kettle on!
We are delighted to have Caroline Whiteman from Brighton & Hove Food Partnership come along and cook for us using fresh ingredients from our community allotment.
Come and enjoy some tasty bites made using seasonal produce grown on the plot. Vegan and gluten free options will be available. Please bring a plate to share as the seasonal cooking will just be a small taster for attendees.
11am at The Weald allotment site. Find us at plots 238 & 239 at the Weald Allotments, Neville Avenue, Hove, BN3 7NA
Here’s a simple, easy and tasty recipe with all of June’s wonderful produce in mind! Thanks to Bhogg Chairperson Jenni for the recipe. I can’t wait to try it out!
Any other seasonal veg
Smoked Peppered Mackerel OR Goat’s Cheese OR smoked tofu /tempeh
Quantities will depend on how many servings you want (and how much produce you have!)
Chop lettuce and radishes into a large salad bowl. Prepare strips of mackerel /cheese /tofu (you can heat these if you prefer).
Shuck peas and broad beans and place in a steamer. Boil the potatoes until they are just off being fully cooked, then place the steamer over the top to finish. Add the potatoes, beans and peas to the bed of lettuce, mix carefully and place your choice of mackerel, cheese or tofu on the salad.
Add olive oil and lemon juice, salt & pepper to taste. Serve with crusty bread and a glass of something chilled!
Our annual Seedling Swap is taking place this year on the Organic Community Allotments at the Weald allotment sites (238 & 239) on Sunday 6th May between 11 am and 12.15pm.
We will then have our own picnic lunch in the peaceful setting of the Community allotment – as ever please bring a delicious contribution! It’s a chance to see our three beautiful community allotments cultivated by over 20 regular volunteers. The seedling swap is for members only, and we need you to bring along any seedlings to swap – any leftovers will be found a good home and bed! Those who have little or nothing to swap should make a donation to BHOGG.
If you need to drop off plants by car, the Weald Allotment site can be located just off the Old Shoreham Road on Weald Avenue, BN3 7JN. Once through the gates turn right and follow the lane East and North to drop off your plants. The lane is too narrow to cope with parking so please park either in the small central car park or outside the site.
In previous years we have had a great time with the chance to chat to over 30 of us. Fingers crossed for glorious weather as well as great company! If there is rain we have a polytunnel to retreat into, where it will be warm and cosy!