Preparing to grow

More and more people are starting to appreciate the benefits of growing their own fresh fruit and veg and are seeking out their own patch to do just that. Learning to grow your own is not as daunting as it may first seem. Home-grown produce is not just fresher than anything you’ll find in the shops, in growing it you’ll…

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…