The start of something bigger

We follow the ventures of some new allotment holders as they move from starter plots to larger ones. Elaine Crick follows their progress. From starters to mains Elaine and Julia (aka Radio Derby’s The Potty Plotters) had the idea to create mini starter plots for people who hadn’t grown veg before but would find a large allotment daunting. They took…
DAIRY-FREE AMERICAN BLUEBERRY PANCAKES

DAIRY-FREE AMERICAN BLUEBERRY PANCAKES

A fabulous dish to serve up at the weekend. You can use blackcurrants or raspberries too, if you prefer.  SERVES 6 | Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 20 minutes • 225g/8oz plain flour • 1tbsp baking powder • 1tsp caster sugar • pinch of salt • 2 large eggs, beaten • 1tsp vanilla extract • 100g/3½oz dairy-free yogurt…
RASPBERRY BROWNIES

RASPBERRY BROWNIES

These brownies are extra gooey and very rich in chocolate.  A small piece is an excellent end to dinner and the raspberries add little bursts of fruitiness. MAKES 16 SQUARES | Preparation time: 25 minutes | Cooking time: 30-35 minutes • 200g/7oz plain chocolate, broken into pieces • 100g/3½oz milk chocolate, broken into pieces • 250g/9oz unsalted butter, diced •…
RASPBERRY CORDIAL

RASPBERRY CORDIAL

Bottle up a bit of sunshine with this beautiful raspberry cordial. It’s so easy to make and taste great with sparkling water. MAKES ABOUT ½ LITRE Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 5 minutes • 400g/14oz raspberries • 400g/14oz caster sugar • 300ml/½ pint water • Juice of one lemon 1. Simmer the raspberries and caster sugar with 300ml…
Raspberry cranachan

Raspberry cranachan

Every take on this classic Scottish dessert assembles the ingredients in a slightly different way.  This is my version. With apologies to fellow Scots: the whisky is negotiable. If you don’t have a bottle to hand, it is just as good made with brandy or rum. For a child-friendly version, omit the alcohol altogether. Ingredients (serves 2) 20g (¾oz) oatmeal…
Lubera Proud To Display On Silver Medal Winning Garden

Lubera Proud To Display On Silver Medal Winning Garden

Lubera’s edibles for the perfect portable foraging garden. Lubera Proud To Display On Silver Medal Winning Garden Lubera’s edibles for the perfect portable foraging garden www.lubera.co.uk Lubera are proud to be displaying their edible plants on the silver medal winning ‘The Moveable Feast Garden’, which has been designed by Tanya Batkin and is presently on show at the RHS Chatsworth…
Raspberry Yummy

Raspberry Yummy

A brand new variety of raspberry that has it all.  Another exciting new launch from Suttons for 2017 Raspberry Yummy is a dwarf and compact variety that is incredibly easy to grow. Producing fruit in the first year you won’t have to wait around to sample the delicious deep red berries that crop over a long period throughout summer. Growing…

Hedgerow Upside Down Cake

As British hedgerows weigh heavy with wild produce, Lucy Burton shares her recipe for an upside down cake to celebrates late-summer berries  The British Isles are defined by distinct seasons. Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter each bring their own unique offerings to the table, with periods lean and plentiful alike playing their part in the circularity of our culinary year.…
Raspberry brown sugar blondies

Raspberry brown sugar blondies

Lucy Burton shares her recipe from brown sugar blondies, the perfect base for gluts of summer raspberries  There are few treats more tempting that a perfect, gooey brownie. Blondies are based on the same indulgent science as brownies but, made as they are without cocoa or dark chocolate, are a lighter alternative for warm summer days. My recipe uses muscovado…
Homemade Raspberry Vinaigrette

Homemade Raspberry Vinaigrette

A delicious low fat dressing for salads. Easy to make and a fantastic use of your seasonal raspberries. Makes 1 bottle Preparation time: 15 minutes • 125g (4oz ) raspberries • 50ml (1¾fl oz) apple cider vinegar • 50ml (1¾fl oz) white wine vinegar • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard • 1 tbsp honey • 1 tsp salt • 1 tsp…
Frozen Raspberry Yogurt

Frozen Raspberry Yogurt

Frozen yogurt has a refreshing, tangy taste, perfect for a hot day. (Ice cream machine required) Use your ripe raspberries or experiment with other seasonal fruit you are growing.  Preparation time: 25 minutes     |     Freezing time: 2-3 hours Total time: 3 hours SERVES 6 • 175 ml (6fl oz) whole milk • 175 ml (6fl oz) double…
Plum & Almond Cake

Plum & Almond Cake

A simple cake to prepare as a teatime treat, and the halved plums ensure everybody gets a fruity slice. There’s so much coming through in the garden now that the kitchen is the place to be with all that fresh fruit and veg to enjoy. This month Anna Pettigrew selects fennel, plum and raspberry to tantalise our summer tastebuds. Preparation…