Roast Chickpeas

Roast Chickpeas

Here's a quick healthy snack for all you body-conscious guys out there!

Heat the oven to 200°C. Drain, wash & dry a can of chickpeas and mix with a few drops of oil, a couple of pinches of salt and a sprinkling of any spices you fancy. I used paprika, chilli, and cumin with a little garlic powder.

Spread in a single layer on a baking tray and roast in the oven, turning them occasionally, for about 20 minutes or until crisp and brown.


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Pickled Walnuts

Pickled Walnuts

Something I'd forgotten to write about is the batch of pickled walnuts I made in July. It's too late now to make them, you'll have to wait until next year as you have to pick them when they still have their green outer covering - before the shell has started to form.

The walnuts are put into a brine of 150gm salt to 1 litre water and left for a week. This process is then repeated with a fresh brine. After the second week you drain the walnuts and leave them in the sun(?) or at least somewhere dry for a day until they go black. They are then bottled in boiled and cooled spiced vinegar. Simples!

Pickled Walnuts


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Elderflower Cordial Update

The elderflower cordial that I made using this recipe was strained and bottled after 5 days. I considered adding a campden tablet to prevent it fermenting but decided to risk it in the fridge without.

It's great with sparkling water added and also makes a superb sorbet.



Monster Parsnips

I've mentioned my mate before, he grows some superb vegetables, many of which are just that little bit bigger than the norm!

Bob's Parsnip

You don't get many of them to the pound!


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Asparagus - Now Picking

British Asparagus is now coming into season. It's my favourite vegetable. Buy it fresh from these local growers:

Farndon Fields Farm Shop

Cattows Farm Shop

Manor Farm Shop, Catthorpe

The Malt Kiln Farm Shop, Stretton-Under-Fosse

Scaddows Farm Shop

Abbey Farm near Wolvey (On the B4109) also sell from the farm gate and at farmers' markets, and Rutland PYO, near Edith Weston, are listed on another site as selling it, but I have yet to get their details.

If you know of other local producers please let me know.


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