Grow your own dinner- seasonal stir fry

If you want a truly local, seasonal dinner then this beautiful stir fry recipe uses spring ingredients you can easily grow: pak choi, radish and spring onion.

We designed the recipe for Bramhope School last year as part of “Growing Bramhope”. We ran this bespoke programme from February to September where every child in the school got involved in growing and cooking their own fruit, herbs and vegetables.

Year 6 had to grow quick-growing veg as they had to fit their planting and growing sessions with us around their Sats. Pak choi and radish are quick to grow and year 5 had grown plenty of spring onions to share.

None of these veg need much space and can be easily grown in pots on a windowsill or in your back garden. Radish, in particular, are really quick to grow and you can have a crop ready in 3 weeks.

Even if you don’t want to grow them yourself. These ingredients are in season in the Uk from May right through the summer. You should be able to buy them easily at your greengrocer or supermarket. Do check where they have come from to make sure you are buying as local as you can.

So here’s a recipe which gives the simple radish room to shine. Never tried cooked radish before? Give it a go, it mellows out their sharp flavour beautifully

radish stir fry

If you’d like us to help your school get growing and cooking with own-grown produce have a look at our school’s page or just contact us for a chat.

 

What to eat in May- Rhubarb, rhubarb and more rhubarb

It’s May and a time of abundance for rhubarb. It’s the only UK fruit that is around right now so it’s time to make the most of this seasonal beauty.

Bright pink forced rhubarb has disappeared from the shops now but rhubarb is springing forth in allotments and gardens around the country and people are saying “what can I do with all this rhubarb?” Once you’ve stewed some to have with yoghurt and had a couple of rhubarb crumbles some people get stumped with what to do next.

Well, never fear hat’s one of the reasons we are here. So far we’ve done cooking tutorials covering rhubarb flapjack, and rhubarb loaf cake (see below) which you can watch on our Facebook page or read again on our earlier post.

Our most recent live tutorial is for rhubarb curd. A delicious seasonal alternative to lemon curd. Great in cakes, with yoghurt or just on toast.

Watch our tutorial or just follow the recipe below.

We love it in our special rhubarb and ginger layer cake.

If you want to book a cooking class for your friends or your team to bake the curd and cake together just drop us a message via our contact page.

Rhubarb Curd

Ingredients:

 260g rhubarb

100g sugar

50g butter

2 Eggs

Red food colouring

 

Equipment:

 Chopping board and sharp knife

Roasting pan

Saucepan and balloon whisk ( or wooden spoon)

Sterilised jars

Bowl

Instructions

1. Heat  the oven on to 200°c or Gas mark 6

2.  Chop Rhubarb into finger-sized pieces, removing the ends. Place in a small roasting dish and sprinkle over a tablespoon of sugar. Cover with tin foil & place in the oven for 15-20 minutes When ready remove & set aside to cool.

3. Sterilise your jars either by running through a hot setting on the dishwasher or by filling with boiling water then popping to dry in the cooling oven once you have removed the rhubarb.

4. Beat the eggs

5. Push the cooled roasted rhubarb through a sieve into a bowl using a wooden spoon

6. Melt the butter in a small, non-stick saucepan on a low heat. Then take the pan off the heat and whisk in the sugar and the eggs

7.Next add in the sieved rhubarb and stir in. Then add  your chosen food colouring to get the pink colour you want

8. Return the pan to a low heat and whisk it gently for 5-10 minutes whilst it thickens. You want it to be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon

9. Pour into your jars and put in the fridge to cool completely

Rhubarb loaf cake recipe

Ingredients:

 (makes 1 large loaf cake)

340g rhubarb, cut into small chunks

225g self raising flour

110g butter (or use solid margarine)

110g caster sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

Utensils:

Sharp Knife & chopping board

Large mixing bowl

Small mixing bowl or jug (for beating egg)

Wooden spoon or rubber spatula

Sieve

Wire cooling rack

2lb loaf tin

Method:

  1. Heat the oven to 180°C 
  • Grease and line your loaf tin with greaseproof paper (or use a pre-made paper loaf tin liner)
  • Chop the Rhubarb into 1 cm pieces.

( slice off the very top ends where the leaves were and the white bottom where the stick was connected to the plant. You can discard these or keep them for making icing)

  • In a large mixing bowl use your fingers to rub the butter ( or marg) into the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs
  • Add the caster sugar and rhubarb and  gently mix
  • In a separate mixing bowl use a fork or a whisk to beat the eggs then add the vanilla extract.
  • Pour the egg mixture into the flour, sugar and rhubarb mixture and stir till combined.
  • Spoon into the loaf tin then put in the oven and bake for 30 minutes
  • Turn onto a wire rack to cool.

The cake is nice served slightly warm with ice cream as a pudding. If you leave it to cool and store in an airtight container it will keep for up to 3 days and be lovely served in slices as a cake.

If wanted you can drizzle the cake with a little icing. I simmer the discarded ends in a very little water to extract rhubarb juice. I mix this with icing sugar to make a delicate pink icing to drizzle onto the cake.

Rhubarb loaf cake with rhubarb icing