The Allotment Gardener’s Cookbook

Back in my Happy New Year! post I mentioned that I was looking for a useful cookery book,  and I also asked on the Allotments 4 All forum.

There were lots of good suggestions and  I decided to take Duke Ellington’s advice to get The Allotment Gardener’s Cookbook.

It’s a big softback which has over 200 recipes for all the produce commonly grown on allotments, from apples to turnips, which certainly includes everything that I grow or I’m likely to!

There are a range of recipes for each fruit or vegetable, from soups and snacks to more substantial main meals.  I’ve enjoyed looking through it and have found a fair few recipes that I both fancy and reckon that I can do,  such as Cheese potato puffs and Turkish carrot salad!

Rhubarb will be the first thing to be harvested starting in April, and which will hopefully be from my plant. If not then I’m sure that plot neighbour Brian will be telling me to help myself to a couple of sticks from one of his well established clumps, one of which is already showing signs of growth!As well as just stewing some I think that I’ll try Rhubarb and banana fool which the book says has an unusual combination of flavours in a creamy pudding, and it also looks to be an easy recipe to start off with!

Happy cooking,  and eating!

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12 Responses to The Allotment Gardener’s Cookbook

  1. Jo says:

    Hi Flighty. I’ve noticed you commenting on Georgie’s brilliant blog and thought I would hop over and check out your blog. I’m pleased that I did, I’ve read back right from the beginning (over a number of days) and thoroughly enjoyed your previous entries. I’m also a member of A4A, such a good source of information. I got the Allotment Gardener’s Cookbook for Christmas so we will be able to follow the recipes together this year. Like you, I look forward to trying the cheese potato puffs. The recipe for cheesy French beans is another one which I’m looking forward to trying out, I think I’ve got a bit of a cheese theme going on here. I look forward to following this years progress on your allotment.

    • Flighty says:

      Jo hello and thanks for stopping by!
      I always enjoy Georgie’s posts as I’m slighty envious that she has such a lovely garden.
      I noticed that someone was looking my old posts and wondered who it was. I’m glad that you’ve enjoyed reading them.
      It looks like I made the right choice with this book then but I’m sure that you’ll be trying more recipes than I will! Cheesy french beans caught my eye as well as it’s looks to be a nice easy one.
      I have stopped by your blog, via your comments on Georgie’s, but have now added it to my lawn loungers list and will regularly read, and comment on, it from now on.
      I hope that this years plot progress for both of us will be pleasurable and rewarding!
      Thanks again for your kind words! xx

  2. nikkipolani says:

    I had not thought of rhubarb and banana, but it sounds quite good. I have some frozen rhubarb I put up from the summer and will have to give it a try!

  3. Carrie says:

    Oh I saw a pink spot in the mud yesterday – a rhubarb leaf – yippeee! Forgot to take a photo though 😦 Glad you have a good recipe book now – we need pictures of your culinary creations! xx Hugs and stay warm – I was freezing at the lottie yesterday.

    • Flighty says:

      Carrie it’s always good to see rhubarb leaves peeking through like this.
      Don’t expect too many culinary posts here!
      I had a quick look round my plot on Saturday but the weather remains cold and wet so I’m mostly still sofa flying. Take care! xx

  4. VP says:

    Yum! Sounds like you’ve found a good ‘un and I bet it’ll prove an added incentive to try growing lots more things – if you like the sound of a recipe, you’ll grow the veg or fruit right?

    I’ll be posting about grafted plants such as tomatoes in a couple of days. Have you or any of your allotment chums tried them? It’s a new one on me, so I’m asking around. Must remember to have a look on the A4A site to see if anyone has…

    • Flighty says:

      VP actually that sounds like a good idea which I may well end up doing!
      Sorry no I’ve never heard of grafted tomato plants so I shall read your post with interest! xx

  5. Tina says:

    Rhubarb and banana isn’t a combo I’ve ever thought of before, but I bet it’d be rather tasty!
    I’ll be lucky to get any rhubarb as I’ve been fighting for 4 years now trying to make mine happy. I know, strange as it should grow like a weed here and everyone else seems to have such good luck with it. I’ve resorted to starting some from seed just to see if maybe the root tubers I have are simply weaklings or something.
    I hope you get a mega harvest, Flighty, as it preserves so well in all kinds of ways!

    • Flighty says:

      Tina I’ve never heard of it before either. I hope that it will be tasty and I’ll let you know.
      Many allotments here have a clump of it. I hope that you better luck growing it from seed.
      I usually just take a couple of stalks home when I need them as I’m not into preserving! xx

  6. mangocheeks says:

    Happy growing and happy eating.

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