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New recipes for all

I have been feeling in the need for some culinary inspiration.  As we have only just started harvesting and more importantly eating our allotment produce, a definite overhaul of my cooking repertoire was needed!

I love to cook, but the same old recipes I feel won't do the fruits of our hard labour any justice.  Also how will I deal with gluts of Broad Beans or Runner Beans?  I need more ideas, how to preserve, pickle and store these goodies for months to come.

So I treated myself to this....

I love this book!

Amazon have been selling their cookbooks for half price just lately, there was many to choose from.  I nearly went for Alys Fowler's Edible Garden or Nigel Slater's Tender Vol 1 but it was something about the brightly coloured cover and the gorgeous photography that won me over, plus it had a great write up.

It arrived yesterday, I eagerly flipped through pages.  Such gorgeous recipes with about 8 recipes for each vegetable and in a month by month season, perfect for the home grower like me.

So yesterday I picked some Broad Beans (finger sized and used them in the pods like runner beans) and made this for last nights supper:

Taglionlini with broad bean and buerre blanc

Well, to be honest, I didn't have half the ingredients, and totally improvised with the Buerre Blanc (which I hadn't made before), but the finished results was Delicious! (yes, with a capital D!).

Recipe, for 4:

250g broad beans (shelled weight)
350g tagliolini or any pasta
75g fried pancetta
2 tablespoons finely chopped summer savoury or thyme to serve
Grated Parmesan to serve

For the buerre blanc:
4 tablespoons white wine
4 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 heaped tablespoon finely chopped shallots
salt and pepper
175g unsalted butter, cold & diced

1. To make the buerre blanc, reduce the wine, vinegar, shallots, salt & pepper in a small saucepan until you have only a tablespoon of liquid left.
2. Whisk in the cold butter bit by bit over a very low heat til thick and creamy. Set aside, keeping it warm.
3. In boiling water cook the beans for 4 minutes.  Reserve some of the cooking water.  Cool them quickly in a sieve under cold running water, to keep the greenness.
4. Pop some of the bright green beans out of their skin by pinching them with you thumb and forefinger; this adds a wonderful colour.  Puree half of the beans with a tablespoon of the cooking water.
5. Cook the pasta in salted boiling water until just al dente. leaving a tablespoon of the cooking liquid in the pan. 
6. Add the bean puree, pancetta, and the buerre blanc and stir.  Season.
7. Lastly throw in the remaining beans and stir.
8. Serve with the herbs and grated Parmesan.


My version of the recipe!

Well, not blowing my own trumpet or anything... but I thought it was the best thing I have cooked in ages.  Total YUM!

The Boys are not so interested in the Broad Beans yet, sadly, they find them quite disgusting.  But I did at their age, Broad Beans I think are definitely an adult taste!

So the boys set to work making their own pizza's instead.




2x Sainsbury's basic pizza bases
Tomato puree
Salami slices
Goats cheese grated

Easy... perfect for hungry boys.

What recipes are you trying with your produce?  Would love to hear and try... I am always thinking of my stomach!

Broad Beans: my new favourite vegetable

Dan, digging a trench for the cucumbers & globe artichoke

What a gorgeous day.  Spent all morning at the plot and weeded weeded weeded.  So satisfying.  Really went to work on the flower cutting bed, the broad bean bed and the runners.... 3 hours squirrelling around, pulling out the usual suspects; bindweed, couch grass, thistles and mint (yes mint, it's is taking over our plot).

Dan set to work digging a long trench against the only fence on the plot for the cucumbers to scramble up.  I hope they do well there, please don't let the rabbits munch them!

The lottie is looking gorgeous at the moment.  We are so lucky with some established shrubs and plants that border our plot, so we get to enjoy them.  A gorgeous pink rose is just nudging over into my flower bed and is so welcome!

Smells as gorgeous as it looks

It's all getting exciting on the harvesting front too. We have so far picked:
  • Mangetout
  • Radish
  • Spinach
  • Salad
  • Strawberries
  • Nettles
  • Broadbeans
Oh my Broadbeans!  I am so very much in love with you!

For supper this evening I made:

Broadbean, Spinach & Bacon Risotto.


1 onion
1 clove of garlic
knob of butter
200g Arborio Rice
2 rashers of smoky bacon
8 to 10 Broadbeans (finger size eaten whole in the pods)
6 spinach leaves
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1 oxo vegetable stock cube
Boiling water
salt to taste

1. Melt the butter in a large pan, sweat the chopped onion and garlic.  Add the bacon (cut into small pieces) and fry til cooked and has a little colour.

2. Add the rice and fry til you can hear it crackle.  In the meantime put the stock cube and boiling water into a separate pan and keep on a rolling boil.

3. Ladle some the stock into the rice mix and stir continuously.  Continue to add the stock once the rice has absorbed, keep stirring.  You will see the rice slowly plump up and take on a creamy texture.

4.  Meanwhile wash the broadbeans and spinach.  Chop the broad beans whole into small half an inch size, and shred the spinach.

5.  The rice should have been cooking for about 20 minutes now.  Add the parmesan and beans, cook for a further 5 minutes.  Take off the heat and stir through the spinach, so that it just wilts.  Season to taste.



Oh and I picked this gorgeous bunch of wild flowers from the neighbouring plot which has been left to become a meadow.

Please share your allotment recipes... cant' wait to try more!