Roasted onions with pancetta & parmesan

Have you ever wanted to grow your own onions? Well why not buy my latest ebook: Claire’s Allotment Essentials Onions. It’ll tell you everything you need to know and includes a wonderful recipe at the back. It’s only 99p!! I also have an ebook on Potatoes again with a wonderful recipe in as well.

Here is an amazing onion recipe for you to try.

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Tuesday 7th March 2017 – Let’s lance that broccoli!

A glorious day today, so where better to spend the morning than up the allotment. Lots more sorting out again today, it’s surprising what you accumulate over 11 years! This time I broke down the large compost heap I have, and spread the contents out in some neighbouring beds. The outside of the compost heap was made from old wooden pallets, but over the years the bottoms have rotted away. So when I pulled them up the bottom of the pallet stayed on the ground. I loaded more stuff into the car, all wood this time, and took that off to the recycling centre. I also harvested some more of my sprouting broccoli “Lancer Mixed”. Here’s how I did it, it’s very easy…

We’ll have that with dinner tonight and I’ll sauté it like I did before. Here’s how I cooked it, just incase you missed it before….

As the weather is very slowly warming up I also noticed that my rhubarb is starting to come through, which means that spring is nearly here.


So another busy morning. I won’t be able to get back down to the allotment until Friday as I’m working the next couple of days. Still it’s not going anywhere. Let’s hope the weather stays fine.

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Red Onion & Potato Rosti

Are you fed up with cooking your potatoes the same old way? Then why not try making a potato rosti instead. It sounds complicated, but really it’s very easy. Follow my easy to follow instructions and people will think that you’ve spent hours making something so wonderful and tasty.

If you want to know more about this recipe and how to grow your own potatoes at home, then please click HERE  to download my ebook.

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A different way to cook your greens!

Most of the time we boil our vegetables, but I also roast them and this brings out their natural sugars. I have roasted broccoli before, but today I decided to try something different and sautéed some Lancer Mixed Sprouting Broccoli with some onions and garlic. Give it a try, it’s delicious!

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Tuesday 28th February 2017 – A little surprise!

I don’t know about you, but I like little surprises. So when I arrived on my plot this morning I was greeted with a couple of wonderful surprises. I’m still having a good sort out of both my plots, with lots of trips to the tip with stuff. Last spring I sowed some cauliflowers “Romanesco” which grew beautifully, but didn’t seem to produce any cauliflowers at all last summer. So therefore I’d given up and was prepared for them not to do anything and I would give the plants to the chickens as a treat. Now I’ve not been up to the allotment for a couple of weeks, but today when I went up, there in front of me as bold as brass were several wonderful cauliflower heads. I’m not sure why they’ve suddenly decided to arrive now, but I suppose, better late than never.IMG_3783.JPG

Then also as I was looking around I saw some of my Broccoli “Lancer mixed” that is also ready to harvest. Now this I expect to be ready about this time. Actually I was expecting it to be ready about January, but still I’m very pleased to finally see it. I harvested a load and there is more on it’s way. So hopefully we’ll have  plenty to keep us going for a while.FullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender-1.jpg

Now I know that many of you have been asking when I’m going to start this years videos again. We’ll to be honest I’m not sure. Don’t panic there will be more this year, but I’m just not sure exactly when. You see we’re in the process of moving house at the moment, and are relocating a distance away from where we live at the moment. This is why I’m having a good sort out of the allotment plots. We’re not staying in the same area so therefore I won’t be able to keep my allotment, but our new home has a lovely sized garden and therefore I’ll have my allotment plot in there instead. Once we arrive I’ll show you around, and you can join me in my journey turning what is, at the moment a load of grass into a wonderful allotment plot. When the time comes, I will do a goodbye video from my allotment here, so like me you can all say “Goodbye” to it. It’ll be sad after all these years, but then you can all join me in saying “Hello” to my new space. I’ll keep you posted, so don’t worry. I’ll still keep blogging when I go down the allotment and making the odd video about cooking my vegetables, but hopefully very soon I can start sowing some seeds for this year.

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World Book Day 2017!!

World Book Day will be celebrating it’s 20th year one Thursday 2nd March. I remember my kids dressing up as a book character and going to school, we’ve had all sorts of costumes from James Bond, Indiana Jones, Kiki, Superman, Spiderman, Witches all sorts. Some costumes we bought, some we made and others we cobbled together from clothes we already had at home. Even now, although they’re in secondary school they don’t get to dress up, but they do still get the £1 book token. So why not dress up as something different this year and go as either Lottie, Dottie or Basil!! It’s bound to be raining so wellingtons will be a must. Take your Lottie and Dottie books to school with you and maybe they’ll be read in class. If you do dress up as any characters from my books, please let me see the photos. Have lots of fun and keep reading.

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Victoriana Nursery Special Offers

For the last three days we’ve woken up to bird song, and had some cracking sunny days. So whilst Winter might not be over Spring is most definitely biting at its heals!

With the ground starting to slowly warm up now is the perfect time for planting bare root subjects such as hedging and fruit. The gentle lift in soil temperature will encourage fresh root growth below before the plants even think about breaking into growth above – ensuring speedy and succesful establishment.

Take advantage of these perfect planting conditions with a discount to make your gardening pound go that litle further…

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To claim these fantastic discounts simply use the offer code FEB17 between now and the 26th February.

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