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Broad Bean, Pea, Baby Leeks & Asparagus Tartlets

This is a lovely spring recipe, great as a starter when entertaining, or just enjoyed as a weekend lunch, it tastes as good as it looks and I especially like it because it uses lots of ingredients from our allotment – spinach, chard, mint, broad beans, leeks and if I am lucky I may be given a little bit of asparagus by one of my fellow plot holders – Hurrah! It is also an easy recipe to adapt according to the ingredients you have to hand, and I tend to use ready-made pastry because it makes it so quick and easy. Broad Bean, Pea, Baby Leeks & Asparagus Tartlets Serves 4 People Cooking time 30-40 Minutes Ingredients: 320g Ready-rolled Puff Pastry 200g Spinach or Rainbow chard 1 Pack of garlic & herb cream cheese such as Boursin or Philadelphia 1 Bunch fresh chopped mint 1 Lemon – juice & zest Glug of Olive Oil Handful of blanched broad beans Handful of peas Baby Leeks Asparagus Grated Parmesan to serve Method: Heat the oven to 2800C …

West Norwood Feast

West Norwood Feast is a people powered market like no other in South London – it’s run entirely by volunteers from the local community with the aim that people can now do a week’s shopping at Feast and the local shops. The next market is from 10am – 4pm on Sunday 2ndJune and they will be running them on the first Sunday of every month until December. Each month there will be five specialist-themed market hubs stretched along the high street: Artisan’s market – here you’ll find artist’s demonstrating their craft, running workshops and selling their wares – anything from handmade pottery, to jewellery, t shirts, toys to photography and art Food fair – whether you’re a keen foodie, committed to local produce or simply fancy a bite to eat there’s something to satisfy everyone’s cravings here Retro Village – alongside clothing rails full of classic vintage and retro clothes, you’ll find kitchenalia, books, re-made and re-claimed furnishings and much more Fresh ‘n’ Green – offers fresh produce and garden stuff to meet local demand for …

Rhubarb, Apple & Ginger Crunch Trifle

Rhubarb, Apple & Ginger Crunch Trifle Serves 6 Rhubarb is absolutely top of my list of favourites at this time of year. There are so many ways to use it, and every single option is delicious! This is a stunningly good trifle that I particularly like because each element is prepared in advance, with only the final assembly needing to be done ahead of serving – easy peasy! Preparation Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 85g Coarse Oatmeal 1 tsp Ground Ginger 100g Golden Caster Sugar 3 Bramley Apples (about 800g in total), peeled, cored and sliced into wedges 2 Balls ginger in syrup, chopped 700g Yorkshire Rhubarb, trimmed and cut into thumb-length pieces Approximately 400ml of double cream 600ml pot ready-made vanilla custard (guilty secret) 300g/11oz Ginger Cake (McVities Jamaican Ginger Cake is a good option), thickly sliced 1 tbsp ginger wine Method: Heat the oatmeal, ground ginger and half the sugar in a non-stick frying pan until the sugar starts to caramelise and the oatmeal toasts, stirring often. Tip onto non-stick …

Avocado & Chocolate Tart

It is amazing what you discover when you ‘go vegan’! Who’d have guessed you can make a chocolate tart with avocados?! It is possibly the easiest thing ever to make, and it is really delicious.   Avocado & Chocolate Tart – makes 12” tart Base 150g Medjool dates 120g Almonds 160g Gluten Free Oats 120g Vegetable Oil or Coconut Oil Filling 625g Avocado flesh 188g Maple Syrup 63g Cocoa Powder 250g Dark Chocolate (melted) 63g Coconut Oil 2 ½ tablespoons Vanilla Extract  A pinch of Cinnamon Topping Zest of one orange  Method Blitz the base ingredients together and press into a 12” tin.  Blind bake for about 15 minutes (but no need to use baking beans). Leave base to cool. Blitz all the filling ingredients together until well combined and smooth. Once the base has cooled add the filling to the tin and smooth the top. Place in fridge and leave to set. Garnish the top of the tart with the zest of one orange for a ‘jaffa cake’ effect! Enjoy! In season at this time of …

Local Greens coming to Station Hall, Herne Hill

Above Herne Hill Station is a great long empty space with beautiful views across the park. It’s currently mothballed and inaccessible, but Herne Hill Forum is working hard with South Eastern to bring it back into use as a new town hall and community centre for Herne Hill.  They have secured funding from the Mayor’s Good Growth Fund to explore the feasibility of this concept within the community and are planning a programme of events, activities and consultations up above the station to sow the seeds for a new civic space right at the heart of the community. They are also working with architects to develop a detailed vision for the space with a view to securing further funding in mid-2019 to cover the necessary capital works (e.g. accessibility) to make Station Hall a permanent venue in our community. The story so far Station Hall is situated above Herne Hill’s main station concourse and runs the entire length and breadth of the ticket hall. It is a large, historic, well-maintained space but has been empty …