Allotment: 12 words I learnt in 2020

2020 was a year of new words and terminology for all of us; R rate, self-isolation, social distancing, PPE, Coronavirus..... But 2020 taught me a few other things too and thankfully for a far more joyful reason. Here are twelve pieces of allotmenting lingo that I picked up in my first year on the plot.…

Bruschette al Pomodoro

Tomato Bruschetta Preparation time - l5 mins Cooking time - nothing unless you make your own bread Serves 4 Bruschetta is SUMMER. Its a classic Italian appetiser and sitting in the sun, preferably by a pool, with a cold glass of something - absolutely nothing beats this as a tasty snack or a light lunch.…

Allotment Hits and Misses of 2020

Year one was bound to be a steep learning curve but thankfully, saving my fragile ego from taking a grow your own bashing, we actually managed to grow some decent stuff. Maybe it was beginner's luck, a particularly forgiving growing season, who knows. Here's a look back at what was attempted and the hits and…

Allotment: My top 5 allotment buys so far

Believe me when I say you can spend an absolute fortune on all manner of allotment gear and the temptation to do that is huge - especially as a beginner. I remember the first time hearing an allotment neighbour casually mentioning spending close to £1000 on a "fruit cage from Harrods"! Although I now know…

Risotto con funghi e zafferano

Mushroom and saffron risotto Preparation time - l5 mins Cooking time - less than 30 mins Serves 2 as a main or 4 as a starter Credit for this delicious risotto recipe and the insider tips goes to Head Chef Stefano Borella from one of my favourite Italian restaurants Caldesi in Campagna in Bray, Berkshire.…