Mudketeer’s diary- 20th February 2020

Chitting potatoes I have just bought my seed potatoes. I bought first earlies ‘Foremost’, second earlies ‘Charlotte’ and some main crop ‘Pink Fir Apple’. I have put them in seed trays and placed in athe greenhouse to encourage the chits, the shoots to start growing. We had a tip via Facebook about putting the potatoes in moist compost. This is…
Easy Garlic & Basil Pesto

Easy Garlic & Basil Pesto

It’s always a great idea to have a pesto recipe on hand should you need to whip up a tasty pasta dish in a hurry. MAKES1SMALLJAR • 50g (2oz) basil • 30g (1oz) pine nuts, toasted • 30g (1oz) parmesan, or similar vegetarian hard cheese, freshly grated • 3 cloves garlic, crushed • 85ml (3fl oz) olive oil • ½…
Garlic Dal

Garlic Dal

Aromatic and full of strong garlic, this dal is a great comfort food, and easy to whip up too. SERVES 4 • 250g (9oz) chana dal (yellow dried split peas) • 8-10 garlic cloves, peeled and slightly crushed • 1 tsp cumin seeds • 1 tsp mustard seeds • 1 green chilli • ½ tsp turmeric powder • 1 pinch…
Cheesy Leeks On Toast

Cheesy Leeks On Toast

A variation of the classic ‘Cheese on Toast’, this green twist is filling and packed with flavour. SERVES 4 • 50g (2oz) butter • 3 medium leeks, trimmed, washed and sliced • 4 thick slices of sourdough • 100g (3.5oz) mature cheddar, grated • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over a…