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A Sorry Bunch

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Recently,  I dug up a really sorry looking bunch of carrots. They were frozen, overcrowded, and had lots of black fly.  With a good peel and chop, they scrubbed up well and I was able to create a tasty lentil and carrot soup.

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I used a really simple base ingredient, to which there are numerous herbs that could be added to liven it up, such as cumin, coriander and chilli or mixed italian herbs etc.   I’ve kept it plain so that all the family will enjoy it.

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Chilli sprinkles and other optional herbs are on the table for them if they fancy a livlier soup.  It also goes nicely with grated cheese.

This year, successional sowings of salad carrots will be properly tucked in and nurtured from mid March, followed by main crop sowings from May.

 

 

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Pale, Pasty and Pathetic? This might just be the tonic you need.

If you are feeling a bit run down, this is a wonderful immune boosting, comforting and connecting chicken stock, a soup for the soul, I think there’s even a book written about it.

stock 2I’ve made it since my children were babies. At the moment, they’ve got chesty coughs and colds and are looking and sounding a bit sorry for themselves.  My daughter,  Ellie asked me if I’d make this, given how fussy she can be about her food she can really surprise me with what she enjoys.  Clearly their bodies tell them what they need, apart from all the sweets.
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I used vegetables which we’d recently harvested from our allotment and the carcass from last night’s roast.  It also has lots of thyme in it which is a herb I often use to make a winter tea with, using lemon,  honey, echniacea  and ginger, more here on the health benefits of  thyme

For the stock  to a slow cooker add a roughly chopped carrot, leek, celery stick, quartered onion with skin on, sprigs of fresh thyme, few cloves of garlic, fresh parsley stems and leaves, 2 bay leaves and black pepper.  On top, place an organic cooked chicken carcass, you can break this with your hands or scissors and  squash down gently. pour over cold water to reach about 2 cm below the rim.
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Slow cook for 2 hours on high, then skim off the fat and continue to cook for 3 hours on low. (sometimes I just cook for 2 hours).  Then sieve into an new pan ready to use. You can also freeze this into bags and also ice cube trays.

To serve Cook some rice noodles, add leftover torn chicken to the pan of sieved stock heat through for 2 to 3 minutes add the noodles, ladle into bowls and serve with chopped fresh parsley. (I have also added some shitake mushrooms for an extra immune boost)

From Dirty Ood to Spicy Food

Adventures on the Allotment – A Spicy Parsnip Soup

The mutant parsnips I dug at the allotment ground yesterday transformed well into a tasty sweet parsnip soup and uplifted with chilli sprinkles.

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I’ll be planting parsnip seeds in late February, this time I might sieve the soil, although I rather like the Dr Who Ood features of this one.   Over on my Allotment Facebook page I created a short video about it.

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Recipe – chopped onion, chopped garlic, a large cube of chopped fresh ginger and a big spoon of garam masala all fried together in coconut oil for about 10 minutes.

To this softened mixture add, 5 peeled and roughly chopped parsnips, a tin of coconut milk,  1.5 litres of vegetable stock and salt & pepper.  Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes until the parsnips are soft.

To serve, season and sprinkle dried chilli flakes over or fresh chilli, eat with crusty bread.

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Jane x
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