Kiss Me Hardy

This week the group wanted to go for a picnic in the park but sadly the weather turned very wet so they decided to visit one of their favourite restaurant instead, Kiss Me Hardy in Colliers Wood. 
Kiss Me Hardy, Colliers Wood
Kiss Me Hardy is a family friendly pub who offer a great range of delicious food including their famous 2 for £10 meal range. 

One of the most popular choices amongst the group is the Fish and Chips

They also offer a fantastic dessert selection which was too tempting to resist for some members 🙂 

Everyone appeared very full and satisfied at the end of the night!

24 July – Bees, beans and buses

The gardening group were invited to help make an edible, bee-friendly garden at The Norwood Bzz garage.  We met up early at the allotment and took care of the plants, before it got too hot.

Plenty of runner beans, nice to eat raw, steamed or in a stir fry

Manure – we got 2 wheelbarrow loads.

Lots and lots of watering.
We donated some of our runner beans to the allotment food bank

Free lunch at West Norwood bus garage.

We planted rosemary, mint, rocket, tarragon, and the seedlings we brought with us

We took turns at digging a hole for a cherry tree

Then we planted the tree
Lambeth Horticultural Society gave us flower bulbs and tubers to plant.
They should come up next year.

The group took plenty of breaks in the shade and were provided with bottles of water while we worked.  Everyone enjoyed the session and we look forward to seeing the Bzz Garage in bloom, with plenty of bees in the future.

Boat ride

On Friday 11th July the group took a boat ride along the river Thames from Waterloo to Greenwich. During the journey they got to see some of London’s famous tourist attractions such as the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Tower of London and Tower Bridge.
Boat ride from Waterloo to Greenwich

Before re-boarding the boat to return to Waterloo we had sometime to explore a few of the sites in Greenwich. The famous tea clipper known as the Cutty Sark,now moored in Greenwich was one of the groups favourite attractions of the evening.
Catty Sark, Greenwich
Everyone had a lovely evening and all said they would like to go on the boat ride again sometime. 

Mackerel Fish Cakes

The group found this recipe for mackerel fish cakes. Some of the group had never tried mackerel before so were excited to try something new.

We spoke about the nutritious value of mackerel and found out that it is rich in essential oils, vitamins and minerals. We also found that it is relatively cheap compared to other fish.

To make the fish cakes we used cooked mackerel fillets, cold mash potato, spring onions and horseradish sauce.

First we shredded the mackerel and finely chopped the spring onions.

We then added the cold mash potato and four tbsp’s of horseradish and mixed well.

We then made the mixture into fish cakes and dipped them in flour, egg and then bread crumbs to create a crunchy outer layer once cooked.
We baked our fishcakes in the oven for about 35 minutes but for quicker results you can fry them.
Ready to go in the oven.

Whilst the fish cakes were cooking the group prepared a fresh with tomatoes, cucumber, spring onion, coriander, peppers, feta and olives in an olive oil and lemon dressing.

Chopping ingredients for the salad.

The finished salad.

Once the fish cakes were crispy and golden on the outside we served them with the salad.

 Everyone thought the fishcakes were very tasty and a great meal during summer.

July 17th – harvesting and hanging baskets

Digging up the first spuds of the year
The rain last week made everything grow really fast so we were able to dig up potatoes, red onions and shallots.

Picking runner beans

Just a few this week, plenty more to come
It was very hot so after watering all the plants, we spent the hottest part of the day in the cool shade of the parasol.  We ate our lunch and had plenty of cold drinks

Enjoying lunch
Ed brought his hanging basket and flowers to plant for his entry to the Lambeth Country Show this weekend. He showed the group how to plant it up and the finished basket won 2nd prize.  Well done Ed!!

Roses and geraniums going into the basket

Other uses for a hanging basket.

We left the basket in the shade and gave it plenty of water.

July 10th – visit to Morden Hall Park

So many beautiful flowers

 It was a rainy day so after drinks and snacks in the Community Building we all headed for Morden Hall Park to have a look round the garden centre.

Waiting for the bus by Brockwell Park
Trying out some new seating for the plot!

Bee hives in the orchard at Morden Hall
Looking for some new fruit bushes for our plot

We got lots of ideas for plants we want to grow next year, some more raspberries, black, white and red currants, a plum tree and a grape vine.  These are all growing well on other plots at the allotment.  We had a late lunch sheltered outside the National Trust Cafe and made our way back home.

Palace Super Bowl

One of our favourite activities is bowling at the Palace Super Bowl in Elephant and Castle. The staff are extremely welcoming and always happy to assist.
Palace Super Bowl, Elephant and Castle 
Sometimes we get a little competitive when bowling but mostly the games are friendly and fun with lots of jokes and giggles. 

After bowling we like to grab some food from their restaurant. In the restaurant they offer a wide selection of tasty food and drink.

Palace Super Bowl restaurant 


This week the group wanted to have a BBQ and make the most out of the beautiful weather we have been having.

First we got started on the Burgers we used lean beef mince, grated onion, crushed garlic, salt, pepper and a pinch of cinnamon.

We then mixed all the ingredients together and made them into patties:

We put the burgers in fridge before we cooked them on the BBQ:
Whilst the burgers were cooking we prepared the chicken kebabs.
We sliced chicken breast into equal sized chunks, we chopped onion, peppers and mushroom then began to assemble the kebabs.

We brushed the kebabs with a BBQ sauce to add some flavour and keep the chicken tender whilst cooking.

To accompany the burgers and kebabs we made a potato salad and a coleslaw.

For the Coleslaw we chopped white cabbage and red onion into slices and grated some carrot.

We dressed the coleslaw with a simple vinaigrette to keep the coleslaw as light and fresh as possible.

For the potato salad we boiled some baby potatoes, chopped some spring onions and chives and mixed them all together with a little mayonnaise.

Everyone enjoyed the BBQ and worked really hard to make it a wonderful day.

July 3rd – A shady place at last!

It was very hot so we made sure we wore suncream or were covered up.  Some of the tomato plants in the shed were looking very dried up so we took all the seedlings out into the shade and gave them lots of water.  They perked up and we planted them at the end of the session.
The soil was very dry so we watered everything at least twice
Butternut squash bud
Runnerbean flowers
There was plenty of work to be done, earthing up the potatoes.

Diluting seaweed fertilizer to feed the plants
        Our parasol is up!! Thanks to Rosendale Allotments Association and the Lottery 
        for the funding, and Sheila and Barbara’s hard work work last week putting  it up.
Our group were able to relax in the shade on the hottest day of the year so far.

June 19th – Watering and woodwork and a new volunteer.

Our new volunteer, Sheila, enjoying her first day on the plot.

    We dug up lots of couch grass and bagged it to
rot down before composting, to stop it spreading


We cut the grass and did all the usual watering and weeding
It was another sunny day and the group wanted to get the
     parasol up so we could have some shade. We had to make a
            hole in the table.  Then we ran out of time so the parasol
goes up next week!