Like our ‘summer bodies’, all the hard work happens during the Winter at the allotment. All the cold afternoons and rainy days have paid off, because I now have an allotment growing with delicious produce!
This weekend we picked the rhubarb and the broad beans. We planted these back in October so to be able to eat them for our dinner was amazing! When it is home grown, you can really taste how fresh the vegetables are.
From the rhubarb I made a quick and easy rhubarb crumble. The recipe was simple:
To cook the rhubarb, chop it, and place in a pan with enough water to cover it. Add sugar and let it simmer down until it is soft and breaks apart. Drain the excess water and add the rhubarb to a dish. In a separate bowl, mix butter, oats and cinnamon together to create the topping. Add this to the rhubarb and bake until it is golden on the top and bubbling at the edges!
With the broad beans, I combined them with some asparagus (unfortunately, not my own) and made a dressing from olive oil and lemon juice. I served this with some cod, baby new potatoes and Spanish chorizo, which I brought back from holiday in Murcia.
If you are thinking about getting an allotment – make sure you have time for it! You will need to go at least once a week during the spring/summer and every 2-3 weeks during the winter to prepare the land. Being in the quite outdoors, in a city like Manchester, makes you feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the buzzing city centre!