Moya’s chilli jam

Ingredients
  • 5 red peppers
  • 4-5 chillies
  • 750 ml vinegar
  • 1 kg jam sugar (with pectin) 
Method

Step 1: Mince the peppers in a food processor.

Step 2: Bring the vinegar and the sugar to a boil and boil until the sugar dissolves. Add the minced peppers.

Step 3: Cook until jam starts to set (check by placing some jam on a plate that was in the freezer-if it wrinkles then it is ready).

Step 4: Pour into sterilised jars and seal if you want to store or into unsterilized jars if you will be consuming it in the next month or so.

Enjoy

Vaso’s Greek pie with greens and feta (Spanokopita)

An all time favourite, use any greens you have grown or foraged!

Tuesday cooking group at the Maxwell Centre
Ingredients
  • 1 pack filo pastry (12 sheets)
  • 1 small bunch dandelion leaves
  • 1 bunch spinach leaves
  • 1 bunch beet greens
  • 1 small bunch young nettles
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cups chopped spring onions
  • 1,5 cups mint
  • 1,5 cups fennel or dill
  • 400 g feta cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • Sunflower oil
  • Olive oil
Method

Step 1:
Pre-heat the oven to 180 C. Chop the all the greens coarsely. In a pan over medium fire fry the onion
with some olive oil until transparent. Add all the greens apart from the spring onions, mint and
fennel/ dill. Stir fry until they are wilted and let aside to cool.
Step 2:
While greens are cooling oil up an oven baking tray and place 1 sheet of filo pastry- spread sunflower
oil on top of the filo sheet and repeat the process with 3 more sheets (4 sheets in total). Don’t worry
if you get some tears in them.
Step 3:
The greens must have cooled adequately by now. Add the feta cheese (crumbled), 1 egg (beaten)
the spring onions, mint, fennel/dill, salt and pepper to taste and a generous amount of olive oil. Mix
thoroughly and taste to adjust seasoning*. Add HALF the filling on top of the oiled filo sheets. Place 3more filo sheets on top of the filling (all oiled up) and add the rest of the filo sheets, not forgetting to
oil each one.
Step 4:
Make a weak eggwash with the remaining egg and a bit of water. Pre-cut the pie in pieces and
spread the eggwash on top. Spread a bit of olive oil over the eggwash and place in the oven for 40’
or until filo is golden.

Enjoy hot or cold!

Wakey wakey wildlife!

Its so exciting to start enjoying the company of croaking frogs having fun in the pond, red admiral and peacock butterflies enjoying the violets and pansies, drunk-like queen bumblebees looking for a nest or collecting pollen…We have spotted a few ladybirds scurrying around too. What have you been spotting in your garden or local park?

Click on the links for more information about these fascinating animals.

Welcome to the Grow Dundee blog

At the Maxwell Centre we have set up this community group and page in Dundee to:

1. Connect you with other local growers and foragers to share information, expertise, ideas and seeds, seedlings and cuttings! Join our Grow Dundee Facebook group and check out where people are growing in Dundee and upcoming events.

2. Organise and make our shared local growing and foraging, cooking and preserving harvest and crafting and recycling knowledge and resources accessible to everyone.

3. Showcase and encourage more sustainable growing and public use of Dundee’s green spaces for everyone through maps, fun activities and resources and workshops and events.

Lettuce, garlic and onion planted in autumn, catching up now!

Spring growing kits for local families

We have created a new growing kit for spring with 6 edible plants to grow and 6 craft activities. We’ll be delivering them this week. We have 75 for those who request them (first come first served). Some have gone to Action for children, social workers, many of the families that come to our Gardening Club.

They contain:

  • Discovery compost bag
  • Onions, peas, carrot, lettuce, radish and sunflower seeds
  • Pea seedling in a pot
  • Labels and oil pastel crayon
  • How to make your own recycled containers and tools
  • Gardening colouring sheet
  • Bird feeder activity with string and bird food
  • Magic lightbox activity with cardboard box
  • Cardboard hopscotch activity
  • Family tree activity
  • Weather vane activity with paper plates and straw and pencil
  • Easter surprises
  • A letter from the team

We’ll be uploading video instructions on how to sow your seeds soon!

VIDEO: Did someone say banana bread?

This recipe is plant based with dark chocolate chips. Be wild and add anything else you like!

You will need:
2 ripe bananas
150g plain flour
60g caster sugar
1tsp baking power
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
40g vegetable oil
Chocolate chips (as much as you want!)
3 tbsp milk (any kind)

180*C for 45 minutes

STEP 1: Make sure you have everything and preheat the oven 180*C.
STEP 2: In a bowl, mix sugar and oil.
STEP 3: Add mashed bananas
STEP 4: Add flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, milk and chocolate chips.
STEP 5: Oil the mould and bake for 45 minutes.

ENJOY!

You can also add coconut flake, almond or anything else! Treat yourself.