What is eating clean and can I do it on a budget?

Clean eating or clean food is really trendy just now,  at it’s simplest it is a way of eating food that has been messed about with less.   Not processed, cooked less or raw, no additives. There is a lot of hype about it, but using fresh ingredients is never a bad thing. It’s no big deal BUT you do need…

Using up natures bounty and disasters – Recipes and ideas.

It’s that time of year when fellow gardeners and allotmenters are showing off huge crops of juicy red tomatoes, huge marrows and baskets of beans and peas. Yes, but it doesn’t always go that way. What exactly can you do with gluts of veg or failed veg like green tomatoes? Green tomatoes are a tricky…

Grow your own – get an allotment

It’s not exactly like The Good Life – they didn’t talk about slugs quite as much as we do – but it is quite fun. I volunteered at a community garden project for a few years then took on a landshare, I met loads of lovely people and learned a great deal about what does…

Allotment Alert

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…

It’s veg swap shop time

Whether you are a windowsill gardener or have an allotment, it’s the time of year for seedlings to be planted out or potted on. If like me you have a porch full of triffids and not enough acreage or windowsills to plant them all out, consider trading or giving them away to colleagues and friends. Why…

Vegetable of the month: Rhubarb

Rhubarb is originally from Siberia and was also grown in many parts of the Himalayas. It was used for medicinal purposes in China over 4500 years ago, brought to Europe by Marco Polo in the 14th century and only started being consumed as a dessert and wine in Europe by the 19th century. Red rhubarb…

Asparagus frittata

Ingredients: A bunch of asparagus Two medium sized potatoes One small onion or shallot 6 cherry tomatoes (or more if you want) 6 eggs 1 teaspoon of olive oil (Variations of this could include sliced courgette, sun dried tomatoes, cheese added to the egg mixture or sprinkled on top, etc.) How many this would feed…

Drink green: Cider in the heart of Manchester

Moss Side organisation Moss Cider take your apples and make them into cider.  You drop off your apples & pay for the bottling and voila cider (yumm). You can also volunteer to help with the pressing & bottling and you get cider in return. They are also involved in other apple activities such as the…

Ugly veg helps make a happy bank balance!

Asda are selling 5kg boxes of odd-looking fresh produce for just £3.50 each, which is cheaper than regular shaped fruit and veg, and they are fresh and tasty nonetheless! ‘Wonky veg boxes’ are packed with unusual onions, crooked cucumbers and peculiar parsnips! The contents of the wonky fruit and vegetable box will vary depending on…

Transform Kale with store-cupboard saviours

Italian style kale, barley and bean soup (vegetarian or vegan) How often are you faced with some random vegetables at the bottom of your fridge on the day before your next weekly food shop? Take for example this array of kale, carrots, parsley and savoy cabbage. Tempted to throw them in the compost heap in a sense of frustration?…

Seasonal Superfood Salads

This is less of a recipe and more of a guide to a bowl of food that is densely nutritious and filling. Forget bland salads that find you hungry later. This is about eating a well balanced meal that offers dense nutrition to sustain you. It is also about eating in a sustainable way through a seasonal…