Posts Tagged ‘vegetable recipe’

We have been spoilt recently with the weather and it has definitely paid dividends in the fruit and vegetable garden; regular pickings of Autumn raspberries, pumpkins, squashes and marrows maturing and ripening ready for storing, apples, pears and plums still hanging on the trees, an extra spurt of growth in the vegetables extending their harvesting season, and the onions and garlic now completely dry and ready for storing.

Today the weather has changed and is back to what you could expect for October – wind and rain with frosts on the horizon, now is the time to pick and store what you can, when storing your crops choose those that are undamaged and disease free, once stored check them regularly and remove any that are going bad, these don’t necessarily have to go straight onto your compost bin, most will be perfectly edible once you have removed the bad bits. Why not use these in a Ratatouille it’s a delicious warming one pot dish perfect for a wet and windy Autumn day and a great way to use up your less than perfect crops, the ingredients can be always be varied to suit your taste and the availability of vegetables.

Autumn Ratatouille

What you will need

  • 2 large Aubergines
  • 3 medium Courgettes
  • 2 medium Onions, roughly chopped
  • 2 green or red peppers, deseeded and chopped
  • 6 large tomatoes or a 440g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano
  • Grated cheese/Parmesan Cheese
  • Fresh basil to garnish

What you need to do

  1. Cut the Aubergines and Courgettes into 2.5cm/1” slices then cut each Aubergine slice into quarters and the Courgette slices into similar sized pieces.
  2. If using fresh tomatoes place them in boiling water for a minute then drain and allow to cool before peeling off the skins, cut into quarters, remove the seeds and roughly chop up.
  3. Heat the oil in a flame proof casserole dish or large saucepan, add the onions and cook for approx. 10 minutes until browned and tender.
  4. Add the Courgettes and Aubergines and cook for a further 5 minutes before adding the peppers, garlic, oregano and salt and pepper then mix well.
  5. Cover and cook over a gentle heat for 20 minutes.
  6. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and cook for a further 10 minutes.
  7. Top with the cheese and basil and serve with crusty bread, garlic bread or pasta.

This dish is packed full of vitamins and minerals and can help towards your five a day.

If you are looking for some storage ideas for your fruit and vegetables why not consider

Wooden Stackable Storage Boxes available from £19.95

Tubby Stack Pack Wooden Storage Boxes and Crates

or if you have a larger harvest to store a Wooden Fruit and Vegetable Larder, Rack or Store available from £40.00

in 4 sizes each with 4 height options

Wooden Fruit and Vegetable Larder, Rack and Store

for more information visit the Gardening Works website by clicking here.


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I opened my backdoor this morning to find great piles of parsnips and leeks deposited on the step – which is always a sign that someone has been down to the allotment and harvested the latest that the season has to offer! 

Keen to devour the harvest fresh from the plot I set about making this very easy vegetable bake for the family.  Vegetables in season are cheaper to buy, taste so much better and have travelled far fewer miles to reach your local supermarket. 

Better still if you grow your own you can enjoy the food delights of every season, with the fabulous satisfaction of having nurtured them from seed.  So for gardening inspiration visit www.recycleworks.co.uk.


  • 500g potatoes thinly sliced
  • 500g parsnips thinly sliced
  • 1 kg carrots thinly sliced
  • 1kg leeks thinly sliced
  • 700 ml cream
  • 4 tbsp mustard
  • 4 tbsp mixed herbs
  • Grated parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Wash all the vegetables, peel & slice thinly

Boil the potatoes, parsnips and carrots for 3 minutes

Saute the leeks for a few minutes in a small amount of butter

Mix the cream, mustard and herbs together 

Put the lightly cooked vegetables to a baking dish

Pour over the cream and mix well with the vegetables

Top with breadcrumbs and grated parmesan cheese

Bake for 45 min to an hour until gently browned on the top.  Yum!

For everything you need to grow your own!

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I was reading in the press recently that during this much talked about credit crunch, the popularity of take away food is soaring.  Apparently as a nation we have forgotten how to cook, and as less people can afford to eat out, we are resorting to fast food instead.

Over the next few weeks we thought we would try to offer up some alternatives in the form of good value, delicious family recipes. 

These will take no more than a few minutes to prepare and all  have been tried and tested on my own family. 

Our first offering is a cream of onion soup.   Dora and Jemima tried it at the weekend, described it as deeeeeeeeeelicious and both asked for more, so I thought that was a pretty good recommendation.   I have also cooked this as a starter at a dinner party, so it’s pretty versatile.  All the ingredients cost less than £3 and the quantities here serve around 4 people.


700g onions
1 medium potato
2 leeks
1 clove garlic
A little butter
900 ml vegetable stock
Some cream

What to do

  1. Peel and chop all the vegetables
  2. Fry them in a pan with a little butter until they begin to soften
  3. Add the stock and simmer for 25 minutes or until the potato mashes easily with a fork
  4. Blend the soup
  5. If it is a little thick just add a bit more stock or a dash of milk (if you want it really creamy)
  6. Stir in a little cream before serving

My girls suggest serving it with some cheese on toast, as this goes well with the flavour of the onions and is so much yummier than normal bread.

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