Rhubarb and muscovado muffins

Rhubarb muffins

Rhubarb is one of my favourite things – sharp and sweet, vibrantly coloured and just springs up at the allotment without me having to do anything. Job’s a good ‘un. Crumble is the obvious vehicle for it, especially with some stem ginger and lashings of custard. The crumble cake I made last year was particularly […]

Review: Grow-your-own kits


We are currently using all our windowsills to nurture seeds for the allotment. We were away over Easter so our fab neighbour popped in to water them for us, and we returned home to a mini forest on our kitchen table. I’ve been sent a couple of grow your own seed kits in the last […]

Allotment update: March

Daffodils down the allotment

Ah the growing season is upon us again, so I pulled on my wellies and took Sam down the lotters to get some seeds in the ground. The bobbing yellow heads of the daffodils greeted us, and for, oh about 15 minutes it felt like paradise. We sat on our rickety wooden chairs eating cake by […]

Are you cut out for an allotment?

Trug of vegetables

We’ve had our plot for over a year now, so I thought it’d be good to write a round-up of what i’ve learnt from the experience. There have been highs and lows – getting caught up in a tangle of netting in front of a beer-swilling group of guys on a neighbouring plot was perhaps […]

Guest post: Fresh tomato soup


I’m very honoured to be hosting some fantastic guest posts over the next couple of weeks while I escape to France for a fortnight of no internet connection (deep breaths) and lots of good times with my boys. First up is family friend and all round legend, Jan Bailey. I’ve known Jan since I was […]

A glut of beans and my mum’s Green Bean Chutney

French bean anyone?

If there’s one thing i’m partial to it’s chutneys and pickles – a cheese sandwich or sausage roll just ain’t complete without a dollop. So it’s with much pleasure that I cooked up some chutters using the extreme glut of french beans that continue to appear in vast quantities every time I set foot on […]

Allotment update and chunky broad bean dip

broad bean dip

Firstly an apology for the lack of blog posts in the last week or so – I was away in the wilds of Northumberland without an internet connection, and then stupidly left my laptop behind. I got it back last night with the help of Facebook and some very lovely friends. Anyway, I’m back! What […]

Book review and chance to win: Grow it, cook it with kids by Amanda Grant


I was warned about the glut of courgettes we’d get at our allotment – but seeing really is believing. The plants are firing out green torpedos at a rate of knots it’s very hard to keep up with. And if you leave them for longer than a day they take on giant marrow proportions… crazy! […]

Allotment update: June


There’s been a lot of progress since I last updated you in May. This is largely down to the in-laws visiting and lending a huge hand with proceedings. The skip-shed Matthew’s wanted a shed on the plot for ages and after much umming and ahing about which one to get, he and his dad built […]

May allotment update and awards news


My, haven’t you grown my little patch of vegetables…. I cannot tell you how much my heart swells with pride every single time I trek up to the lotters to see how my crops are getting on. I’ve had to do a fair amount of watering as it’s been so dry lately, but the warmth […]