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    Promoting Allotment Gardening in Hatfield Peverel Essex

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  • Cultivation Policy

    Cultivation Policy

    "Cultivation” and, more importantly “non-cultivation”, can mean different things to different people and can be interpreted in various ways. If you look around the site, you will find that there are almost as many different styles of cultivation as there are plots. It is certainly not necessary to maintain strictly regimented rows of vegetables.

     
  • Important Information


    Please take some time in reading this section carefully as it will guide you through the protocols of what is expected of each persons holding an allotment and their visitors to the allotment sites.
     
  • HPAA Rules

    HPAA Rules

    Our rules are simple and easy to understand, please read them carefully and abide by them

Cooking Oca

How to Cook Oca

Oca can be treated much like potatoes regarding cooking but they need much less cooking time, simply boil, roast or mash!

To Roast
Just lightly toss them in olive oil or cold pressed rapeseed oil with a few twists of pepper and sea salt and put into a hot oven for around 20 minutes.

Try this maybe!

Stir-fried Chicken with Ham, Leeks and Oca over Steamed Mizuna

Ingredients

  • 1lb chicken breast, cubed
  • Rape seed oil for stir frying
  • ¼ pound ham, cubed
  • 1lb Mizuna (rocket if you have no mizuna)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 small leeks or 1 large one
  • 2 quarter slices of fresh ginger
  • ¼ lb Oca
  • Sake or water
  • 2tbsp dark soy sauce
  • Pepper jelly (depending how how you like your food)

How to cook:

  1. Cube the chicken breast into 2cm cubes
  2. Slice two small leeks or one large one, crosswise into pieces about 2 inches long, and slice the white part lengthwise.
  3. Cut about ¼ pound ham into ½-inch cubes
  4. Rinse about a pound of mizuna.
  5. Mince two cloves of garlic and two quarter-size slices of ginger.
  6. Cut ¼ pound oca into approximate ½-inch cubes. (Ocas don’t need peeling, but scrub them with a nail brush (I keep one for kitchen use only! to make sure no gritty soil is on them.)
  7. In a wok with a little rapeseed oil add stir fry the chicken till golden in colour and cooked through
  8. Add the leeks and stir-fry breifly.
  9. Add the garlic and ginger and toss, set aside.
  10. Add the Oca to the wok and stir-fry briefly.
  11. Add two tablespoon of water or Sake (Rice Wine) if you have it, reduce heat and cover wok.
  12. Cook Oca until they are just tender as you like and put them in the bowl with the leeks and chicken.
  13. Add more oil if needed and briefly stir-fry the ham.
  14. Add the pepper jelly to taste, and sake if using water if not to the wok to make a sauce, you need enough to make the final meal well coated but not completely imersed.
  15. Add the chicken and leeks mixture and coat in the sauce adding a little roasted sesame oil for flavour and toss a few times.
  16. Steam the Mizuna in the wok just until the greens have wilted.
  17. Spread the mizuna in a serving bowl or on a platter, and put the reserved chicken, ham, and vegetables on top.
  18. Serve the dish with steamed rice.

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Category: Recipes

Irish Stew with Parsnips

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Aubergine and Tomato Bake

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 Super easy and super tasty dish!

 

Perfect Roast Potatoes

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My foolproof way of getting that perfect roastie!

Category: The Growing Season

Jobs to do in September

Jobs to do in September
September marks a change in the seasons, you'll be harvesting the last of your summer crops if you haven't already done so, crops like tomatoes, beans, peppers, sweetcorn will be finishing, but on the other hand the first of the Autumn crops will be nearing ready or may be ready like Apples, Pears, Main Crop Potatoes, Winter Squashes to name but a few!

 

Jobs to do in June

Jobs to do in June

Summer should be here!

Usually the risk of frost has passed by now, and with longer days there comes more sunshine and time to be in your allotment. If the weather is dry, then water your seed drills well before sowing any seeds – this way the young plants will develop a good root system.

 

Jobs to do in January

Jobs to do on the Allotment in January
January is generally a very cold month with hard frosts freezing the ground and when the ground isn't frozen it is generally too wet to do much although there are no guarantees with British weather. Looking through my diaries, snow isn't that likely for a prolonged period but you never know.

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