Lentil and hazelnut burgers

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Veg Garden Summer Fete and Plant Sale

Sunday 8th June saw our biggest event of the year – and it was a huge success…

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Chard gnocchi with beetroot ‘pesto’

I had lost this gnocchi recipe which is based on one by Ruth Rogers of River Café but found it again paired with the beetroot “pesto” recipe in House & Garden magazine and they do really work well together. It makes about 20 gnocchi – draining the ricotta may seem a bit fussy but it does pay off! Continue reading

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Broad bean, lettuce & basil soup

A simple spring (or is it nearly summer?) rustic soup courtesy of Nigel Slater which serves 4. For those that prefer a less rustic appearance, it can be blitzed with a hand blender at the end to give a smooth green velvety soup. IF I don’t have many broad beans, I add in frozen peas at the end. Continue reading

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Lemon lime basil shortbread biscuits

I thought I would post this recipe in readiness for the crop of basil we hopefully should all get from this weeks plant in the share. Based on a recipe from the Bon Appetit website, this makes 16-20 biscuits and works with just the lemon zest or both the lemon and lime.  Continue reading

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Turnip and spinach salad with warm bacon dressing

Having seen the baby turnips in the yurt this morning with their splendid green tops, I remembered this recipe which serves 2 and is taken from the wonderful living website. Continue reading

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We did it!!

Celebrating our crowd-funder success in style

You’ve probably heard that our ‘Grow-a-Grower’ crowd-funding campaign was a huge success. What a fantastic feeling! We are over the moon.

To all the backers, Thank you!
You have pledged to our vision. You have invested in a great project that makes a difference to the community and will now be growing even more. We’ll be in touch soon to get you your rewards.

So here we grow: the training of our apprentice as a certified organic grower at the Soil Association is funded and underway. We look forward to working closely with Gavin so that the food-growing knowledge is transmitted to our future growers. Also, the plans for the construction of a new shelter that will house our social and knowledge-sharing events are taking shape.

108%!! Overfunded!!! This says a lot about the wide community of people who are willing to support the ideals of organic, co-operative and local food. Thank you again for making FLF healthier and stronger!

So…. Off we go to grow growers!

All the best,

the Volunteer Fundraising Team

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Hot hispi cabbage, red pepper & tomato salad

I found this Sophie Grigson recipe, which serves 4-6, on the cabbage-online.co.uk website (a new one for me!)  and tested it out this week for lunch with some crusty sourdough bread.  It would also work as a side dish for chicken or a fish.

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Asparagus & Watercress tart with pomegranate dressing

This recipe is by Silvena Rowe and serves 4. I am a big fan of pomegranate molasses so end up using it in all sorts of dressing and sauces, however a simple balsamic vinegar & oil dressing works just as well.

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Spring onion and chilli buns

Be warned these are rather moreish … especially with a glass of wine ! This recipe is Yottam Ottolenghi’s take on a savoury choux bun and this will make 20. I have also used a mild blue cheese and fennel seeds as a substitute for the chilli/feta and caraway seeds. It may seem fiddly but I do weigh the eggs to go into the choux mix .. as otherwise I end up with a wet goo !!

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