From Frozen Beetroot Balls to Borscht

Adventures from Alpha Road Allotment This week, a frosty allotment harvest has resulted in lots of unexpected recipes being concocted. Today, I brought in my beetroot balls to defrost – a couple were grated and mixed with carrot, salt, pepper, toasted cumin seeds and a splash of red wine vinegar for a raw winter salad whilst the remainder were turned into a borscht served with crusty bread and feta cheese (recipe below) There were many recipes for borscht online so, I combined lots of them as usual to make them fit with the ingredients I had available. The result was … Continue reading From Frozen Beetroot Balls to Borscht

Disliked by the deer, rabbits, squirrels, pigeons, caterpillars and Ellie – is Kale for you?

Vegetable of the month – Curly KALE  Of all the brassicas I’ve trialled growing over the years curly Kale is a favourite. Not only because it is so meaty, robust and healthy to eat but it has also for the past 12 years survived deer, pigeon, squirrel,  caterpillar attacks and it’s neglectful carers. Our sandy and dry soil at the Alpha Road Alloment, Woking also provides the perfect conditions for it to grow.   In our early enthusiastic years we grew brussel sprouts, sprouting broccoli, cabbages and more brassicas. However, these need netting, staking, feeding, collars and more and now that … Continue reading Disliked by the deer, rabbits, squirrels, pigeons, caterpillars and Ellie – is Kale for you?