Book Review : The One-Pot Gourmet Gardener by Cinead McTernan

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The One-Pot Gourmet Gardener by Cinead McTernan
The One-Pot Gourmet Gardener by Cinead McTernan will be released on 2nd April 2015.

With our allotment being quite small, I always plan carefully what we grow in our limited space.  It’s surprising what you can grow in such a small area.   I’ve been thinking though… wouldn’t it be great to have some fresh salad leaves for our sandwiches, or strawberries that I can just pop into the garden and pick? I’ve also had the idea to grow some veg in pots in our little front garden.

When this fab book came though the post, it was just what I needed.  Tons of inspiration for growing in containers – how cool is it that you can create a meal from one pot?!  It’s great to try something new with the fruit and veg you grow.  The One-Pot Gourmet Gardener by Cinead McTernan published by Frances Lincon Publishers, is packed full of creative and inspiring ways to literally pot up and create a tasty morsel for you to eat or drink.  Perfect! Just what I need to get planning my containers at home.
The One-Pot Gourmet Gardener by Cinead McTernan2The One-Pot Gourmet Gardener by Cinead McTernan1In the Introduction section, there is a handy guide on how to use the book.  There’s loads advice on watering, sowing, what composts to use and handy tools you may need.  Also, how to pick the perfect pot, harvesting and storing your crops and dealing with cheeky little pests you may encounter.  It really is a fantastic resource and perfect for beginner growers!The One-Pot Gourmet Gardener by Cinead McTernan3The beautiful colourful photography (by Jason Ingram) and illustrations brings the recipes to life.  There are 5 sections you can browse through…
Picnics
Soups and Salads
Quick Suppers
Tasty Accompaniments
Drinks & Puds
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Within each section, the recipes list the ingredients you’ll need, when to harvest and if it has any bee friendly plants you’ll be using – buzz buzz.   Also there’s a step by step guide of how to make up your gourmet pot, tips and advice on what you can do with your pot after you’ve harvested, plus a tasty recipe for you to make with your produce.I’m sure you’ll love reading The One-Pot Gourmet Gardener by Cinead McTernan as much as I did and enjoy the inspiring recipes.  What a great book for people who want to start to grow their own.  As it says in the book, you don’t need an allotment to be able to enjoy fresh herbs and veggies.  I’m sure this will inspire a lot of people as much as I’ve been inspired :)
Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx
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The One-Pot Gourmet Gardener by Cinead McTernan will be released on 2nd April 2015.

The Edible Garden Show 2015

The Edible Garden Show EGS Feature

There should only be one 5 o’clock in a day, that would be PM not AM! but last Saturday was an exception to the rule. It was The Edible Garden Show weekend so we caught an early train  :)

The Edible Garden Show Tickets

I’ve been looking forward to going since last year. I won the tickets through a facebook competition :) Fantastic – in all honesty we would’ve gone anyway, because it’s a great place to feel inspired,  there’s talks by garden experts, things to make as well as lots of shopping!!

The Edible Garden Show Lottie Land Girl Kaz and MrB

Mr.B could hardly contain his excitement :) It was so cold in London this weekend, we were glad the event was indoors. I’ve never been to Alexandra Palace before – what a fab building! Great views over the London skyline.

The Edible Garden Show Welcoming Flowers Alexandra Palace

The Edible Garden Show London Sky Line

Into the warm… we handed our tickets over, they’d even put the ‘red carpet’ out for us… ha ha, not really it was a lovely green grass (AstroTurf) leading us into the big hall where all the action was. I loved the ‘English Country Garden’ song piping out of the speakers as we walked up (It changed to bird song later on – what a lovely touch)

The Edible Garden Show Ticket Booth The Edible Garden Show Veg Trug Veg and flowers at entrance The Edible Garden Show The Green Carpet

The hall was a hive of activity! Talks going on, demonstrations, exhibitors… so many things to do! What to do first?…

The Edible Garden Show Exhibition Hall

I spotted the chicken area and immediately saw little chicks. They were running around pecking their seeds and trying to avoid the poking and prodding of little green fingers – I think I was as excited as the kids but refrained from touching them (for now…)

The Edible Garden Show Baby Chicks

We picked up a talks flyer and made plans to see a few speakers during the day. James Wong, the Skinny Jean Gardeners and Jonathan Moseley. But first we made a beeline to the Beehive Experience! :D A lady was making a skep and we had a chat about what we were up to with our bee course. It was lovely to talk to so many passionate beekeepers – we can’t wait for the practical part of the course to start in May.

There was an opportunity to make your own beeswax candle – of course I made one (big kid that I am) I’m so chuffed with it, I don’t think I can burn it! Buzz buzz.

The Edible Garden Show  Bee Experience The Edible Garden Show Skep MakingThe Edible Garden Show Beehive and flowers The Edible Garden Show Making Candles The Edible Garden Show The Finished Product

There were so many stalls to go and look around… I subscribed to my favourite magazine ‘The Simple Things‘. It was lovely to talk with the ladies who put the magazine together (and what a great job they do!) they asked me what my ‘simple thing’ was, so I wrote it on a card and popped it on their board…The Edible Garden Show The Simple Things stand I picked up a copy of their April issue. The front cover is just fab :)

The Edible Garden Show THe Simple Things April Issue

I’d been tweeting with the experts that were coming to the show and we set off on a mission to find Jonathan Moseley from The Big Allotment Challenge to say hello and stop by for a chat…

The Edible Garden Show Hello Jonathan

All the walking and travelling had given us an hearty appetite, so we stopped for 10 mins to have a sandwich. Then it was time to get comfy for the expert talk marathon.

The Edible Garden Show James Wong

First we listened to James Wong ‘Grow For Flavour’, it was so interesting. He was giving tips on how to get great tomato crop – toms are something we’ve never tried but after listening to the talk Mr.B is quite inspired to give them a go.

The Edible Garden Show Skinny Jean Gardeners

The Skinny Jean Gardeners were great. Full of energy! They told us how to make ‘Butterfly fizzy pop‘. I’m going to make some so we can hang it on the allotment or in the garden and it give the butterflies a nice sweet drink to enjoy (I think the bees wouldn’t mind a bit of it too!) I’m also intrigued by the ‘sprout flower‘ they talked about, which I can sow now. A mixture of sprout and kale, they look great but I bet they also taste delicious – you learn something new every day! :)

The Edible Garden Show Floral Cake

The Edible Garden Show JM First display

The last speaker we listened to was Jonathan Moseley.  He put together a beautiful selection of floral arrangements. I loved the leek and bean centre piece. The cool colours of the green and white worked perfectly together – quite stunning and you could make yourself a leek soup afterwards!The Edible Garden Show Leek Floral Display

With achy feet but feeling buzzing, we carried on walking around the show…

The Edible Garden Show WelcomingThe Edible Garden Show Veg Trug veg and herbs The Edible Garden Show Nationail Allotment Society The Edible Garden Show Things to buy The Edible Garden Show Entertainment The Edible Garden Show EGS Feature

We went back to the chicken area and I got to hold a very cute but sleepy chick.

The Edible Garden Show Chicky doodle

I wanted to see the little farm animals from Surrey Dock Farm who were being very well behaved outside (they must’ve been freezing! – I know we were!)

The Edible Garden Show Lambs The Edible Garden Show Pony and Goat The Edible Garden Show Chickens from the farm

What a great show – a big well done to The Edible Garden Show, thanks for a great experience. I’m sure they’ll already be thinking of next years show and we can’t wait to visit.

Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx

“Life On The Allotment’ Talk

LOTA Leaflet 2

Last Wednesday, I gave a talk to a local horticultural society in Timperley.  I was contacted by a lovely gentleman called Norman last October, who had seen my blog. He asked me if I’d like to talk about my allotment and I thought – superb! He penciled me in the diary for March 2015.

Life On The Allotment Welcome Slide

Que the butterflies flutter flutter… gulp! A talk in front of lots of people?… Something I’ve not done for a long time.  Toe curlingly scary in fact! :O  It turned out to be such an exciting, great and happy experience :) The people from the gardening club were so friendly and welcoming… I had Mr.B my techy man and my Mum for moral support! :D

Talk2Norman introduced me to the group and off I went… As I was talking, the butterflies had fluttered away and I was buzzing with passion and excitement about our little allotment.

Talk 1 45 minutes and 95 slides of pictures later my talk was complete – and breathe…  I got a fab round of applause :)

Mr.B had given me a pep talk before we set off to Timperley… ‘Just think you’re doing this for Tony‘ For any of you who don’t know, we lost a very good allotment friend of ours last August, and I dedicated my talk in memory of him.  I know he’d be there in the room saying ‘C’mon Kaz – get on with it you big girl!’ in his usual jokey way :) So I went for it! and I had a great time :D  I’ve raised £40 for the British Heart Foundation.

In Memory Of Tony

I conquered my fear of standing up and talking in front of a room of 47 people.  Chatting with the members of the club afterwards was great.  I had lots of compliments and was even treated to tea and cake :)

Tea & Cake

LOTA Leaflet 2
The Leaflet I designed to give out to people after the talk :)

LOTA Leaflet

I’m so pleased I’ve done it (I hope I did Tony proud) I feel like I’ve over come a big hurdle. Here’s to my next talk when ever that will be :)

Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx

Happy Furday To Me

Happy Yellow

It’s been lovely spending time with Jassy and Mr.B today.  We went for a walk in a local park – so many beautiful springy flowers and colours around.  The birds were singing their hearts out – the soundtrack to our little adventure :)

Sitting down for 5 with a cappuccino and sharing cake, I got pretty excited to see some tree bumblebees feasting on the heather :D Can’t wait to see the buzzies in action this summer buzz buzz.

Hello BumbleSpring colour…

Happy YellowColourful spring Adventure BearNew BudsJassy loves the hedge maze and chases Mr.B around!

Hiding in the maze

Snuggles with my little bear are the best! I also had a good cuddle with Daisy and Alvin bunny this morning :) I’m lucky to have such lovely fur babies :D

Happy Furday To Me

Happy Mother’s Day everyone.  Hope you’ve all had a fab weekend <3

Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx