Monday, 9 March 2009

Allotmenticity - 09-03-09 Aston FM Sod It Grow Your Own




I've been making the most of the good weather, before the cold and wet arrive again, by getting the base of my new potting shed down.
I've sown some small round carrots in one of the big plastic mini propagators and also some leeks in another one. I'm using them as portable seed beds and hopefully they'll work. Watch this space!
My seed potatoes are chitting nicely but the way the weather is, I don't think I'll be planting them for a good few weeks yet.

Try this recipe, the Cardamoms give it a really interesting flavour. (Don't tell Jamie Oliver though, he'll nick the idea!!!)

CHORIZO & CHICKPEA STEW


1 red onion, halved and finely sliced

Tablespoon of olive oil

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1/2 chorizo sausage, cut into thick coins

6 Cardamom seeds (Cracked)

1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed

1 tin chopped tomatoes

a glass of red wine

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

salt, pepper to taste


Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil over a very low heat for about 15 minutes, until soft and golden. Add the chorizo and a pinch of smoked paprika, and saute a further couple of minutes. Add the chickpeas,cardamom seeds, tomatoes and wine, bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring once or twice. Taste for seasoning, and add salt, pepper, as necessary.

Serve in bowls with crusty bread.







5 comments:

Matron said...

I've planted small round carrots in the greenhouse in a pot of sandy compost. I'm fed up with the terrible forking I get on my clay soil. Let's see if these can fork eh?

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