Allotment Cooking Demonstration- Spring Green Hummus and Herbed Flatbread

We love to show people what to do with local grown food so were delighted to be asked to deliver a cooking demonstration for Leeds Allotment Federation as part of their annual learning day in May.

Rocket

 

We had a lot of rocket left in our SeasonWell Food Garden that had overwintered and so thought we would use that to demo how to use spring greens in a hummus.

You can also use wild garlic in early spring or nettle tops. You have to use the nettle tops before the plant has flowered so you need to make that in spring too or find a patch of nettles which gets regularly mowed and keeps coming back.

 

We teamed it with some herby flatbreads using thyme and chives and their flowers from our food garden too. Here are the recipes:

 

                                  “Use Your Greens” Hummus 

 

Ingredients:

3-4 handfuls spring greens (eg nettle, wild garlic,  rocket, parsley, spinach)

1 tin (240g) chickpeas

Juice of a lemon

1-2 garlic cloves minced (omit this if using wild  garlic)

2 tablespoons tahini

Black pepper & a little salt to taste ( ¼ teaspoon)

extra virgin olive or rapeseed oil to drizzle

 

Utensils:

Sharp Knife & chopping board

Lemon squeezer

Food processor (or large bowl & stick blender or fork and strong arm)

Measuring spoons

Garlic press ( or large sharp knife)

 

Instructions:

  • After washing your freshly picked greens, remove the leaves from the stalks and roughly tear into your bowl. If using nettles remember to wear rubber gloves for this. You may also want to blanch the nettle leaves in boiling water for a few minutes. Squeeze out excess water and set it aside.
  • Crush the garlic gloves.
  • Juice the lemon. Drain the chickpeas but reserve some of the water
  • Combine the greens and chickpeas with the lemon, garlic, tahini, salt and pepper and 2 tablespoons of either chickpea water or nettle water, if using nettles.
  • Either mash together with a fork or potato masher, or for a creamier (and quicker) hummus combine in a food processor. Just blend until creamy. Add more nettle/chickpea water for a looser texture if wanted
  • Taste! You can add more lemon, garlic, salt and pepper as required.
  • Serve in a shallow dish with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of paprika. You could also top with some seeds, or a few chopped fresh herbs like chives, parsley or coriander.

 

Easy Flatbread Recipe

Ingredients (Makes 4 large or 8 small)

 

  • 250g self-raising flour, plus a little extra for dusting ( or use a mix of ½ wholemeal ½ white)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt 
  • ½ tea spoon baking powder 
  • 250g natural yoghurt

Method

  • Put all of the dry flatbread ingredients into a bowl. Make a well in the centre and tip in the yoghurt. Fold the flour and yoghurt together to form a dough. 

(If the dough’s a little wet still, you may need to add another sprinkling of flour) 

  • Dust your work surface with a little flour, then tip the dough onto it. 
  • Knead the dough for a minute or so to bring it together, and then divide the dough into about 12 equal-sized pieces. 
  • Dust a rolling pin with flour then roll the pieces of dough out into side-plate-sized rounds. 
  • Stack them between small sheets of greaseproof paper next to the hob ready to cook. 

To cook your flatbreads 

Put a large dry frying pan on a high heat t. Once it’s really hot, cook each flatbread for a couple of minutes per side, until slightly puffy and lightly charred – you’ll need to do this in batches and keep the bread warm in the oven till you have made all the breads

Once cooked you can brush the bread with a little olive oil or melted butter and sprinkle over chopped herbs like rosemary, sage, oregano or chives.

For more seasonal food inspiration check our our social media

 Facebook: @seasonaleating , Instagram: @SeasonwellCIC

 

Festival of Flavours

We were delighted to showcase our Growing Friendship project at RHS Harlow Carr Festival of Flavours this October.

We delivered a cooking demo with Hala from Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network, one of our partner organisations for the project. Hala is from Palastine and together we made Palestinian, Chard and Lentil soup using freshly picked chard from the Harlow Carr garden. We also made flatbread we flavoured with oregano from the garden too. Finely chopped and mixed in with the dough before cooking.
If you want to try either of these delicious recipes here they are:

Palestinian Chard and Lentil Soup (1)

Flatbread (1)

We were really pleased to be able to bring a number of our Growing Friendship Participants along to the event to see our stall, watch the demo, get involved in all the other events at the festival and have a look around the beautiful gardens.

 

Big thank you to RHS Community Wellbeing Fund for allowing us to do this and funding our work getting refugees and asylum seekers growing their own food both at home and connecting them up to community food growing projects across Leeds.

Season Well’s Charter for Climate Friendly Growing

What can we do to be climate-friendly when we are growing our own food?

It’s really important to us to look after the planet’s resources whilst growing food so this question is really important to us. We thought about it as part of our Growing Friendship Project. Together with Lemon Balm CIC we’ve created this charter to outline what we believe are important points to consider when growing your own food:


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Christmas is Coming. Time for a foodie team party?

Christmas is around the corner and party season is almost upon us. How are you feeling about work parties? Did you enjoy an online celebration last year and want to do it again or are you dying to have fun with your teammates in person this year?
We can help bring the Christmas Party to you with one of our interactive  Foodie sessions. You get creative with seasonal goodies, have fun together and get party snacks too!

We designed our Christmas Cocktail and Canapé sessions last year for teams to celebrate together online. They were a great success so this year we’d like to offer them in person or online.

We can come to your venue and lead you in a fun session making canapés and cocktails ( or mocktails) or you can book an online session and have festive fun together without leaving your own home. 

“It was lovely festive fun.  The canapés were absolutely delicious and they’d chosen the cocktails to match the tastes.  It was easy to follow along, even though we were online in our own homes.  Thank you very much for a great evening”

Claire, Get Out More Dec 2020

All our recipes are designed by us using local, seasonal produce, which is easy to get hold of. We can even supply you with our own homemade cordials, using locally picked, wild ingredients.

As a social enterprise, we are passionate about enabling people to eat more sustainably for their well being and the wellbeing of the planet. We are also committed to improving the physical and mental well-being of those we work with. And what helps you feel great? Getting together with friends over lovely food and drink.

Any money you spend with us goes back to our social purpose of enabling everyone to enjoy seasonal, sustainable food no matter what their background.

We also work with another wonderful social enterprise Shared Harmonies who can facilitate a fun Christmas sing-along session to keep you in the party mood. We’re calling this full Cocktail, Canape and Sing-along our Seasons Harmony party.

Prices start from £290 per team.

Please contact us now to discuss how we can help you celebrate and be merry.

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What to eat in August: Summer Salads with Red Cabbage & Courgettes!

When you think of seasonal eating in August, it can be a surprise to learn that Red Cabbage comes into season this month. On the other hand, some of you might be sick of Courgettes by now, and even having them being pushed on you by family, friends or neighbours! 

We’re here to give you tips and tricks on getting the most out of seasonal eating, and August is really the time to get your teeth into summer salads!

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Christmas Party Season

It’s the week for Christmas work parties. They have had to go online this year with many people choosing quizzes and activities to do together via Zoom.

If you are a lone worker or entrepreneur, a sessional worker or a tiny team then you may not have a Virtual Christmas Work Party to go to. No need to feel left out you can join our party. We’re doing a special party on Friday 18th December just for people like us who are a tiny team. Come for Cocktail and canapes making with us and a good old-fashioned sing-along with Shared Harmonies. Get your ticket today for less than the price of a take-away curry and kick off the festive season in style. https://bit.ly/SeasonsHarmony

Must be booked by Thursday 17th so we can send you our recipes

Party season is looking very different this year. Many of us are facing a Christmas of being separated from our loved ones. After months of working from home it’s difficult for us to connect and celebrate with people we are used to seeing every day, whether that be family, friends or colleagues. We are here to help you celebrate in a fun way together online.

We can help bring the Christmas Party to you with one of our interactive online sessions. You get creative with seasonal goodies, have fun together and get party snacks too!

Here at Season Well we have done lots over the months to help keep people entertained, inspired and active at home. We have shared recipes, run cook-along tutorials and given food growing and foraging tips on our Facebook and Youtube pages. We’ve shared recipe and ingredient inspiration through our Instagram posts. We have run virtual cooking tutorials for families through our Healthy Holiday programme with Lemon Balm CIC and Leeds Community Foundation. We’ve been a guest cook in the Great British Food Festival Zoom Cook Alongs, run cook alongs for groups and facilitated a Zoom Cocktail and Canape Celebration session for graduates from the School for Social Entrepreneurs.

Now we’d like to help you celebrate through Christmas Party Season. Just because you can’t get to a bar or restaurant with your teammates, this doesn’t have to stop you getting together and having fun. You can meet up and have festive fun together without leaving your own home. If you can’t get to a  party we help a party come to you. We have some fabulous mocktail ( or cocktail) and canape sessions planned. We will get you all making your own party snacks and drinks to get your Zoom party started in style. All our recipes are designed using local, seasonal produce which is easy to get hold of. We can even supply you with our own homemade cordials, using locally picked, wild ingredients.

As a social enterprise, we are passionate about enabling people to eat more sustainably for their well being and the wellbeing of the planet. We are also committed to improving the physical and mental wellbeing of those we work with. And what helps you feel great? Getting together with friends over lovely food and drink. Any money you spend with us goes back to our social purpose of enabling everyone to enjoy seasonal, sustainable food no matter what their background.

We also work with another wonderful social enterprise Shared Harmonies who can facilitate a fun Christmas sing-along session to keep you in the party mood.

Have a look at our festive packages to help you celebrate your virtual Christmas party. Prices from £190 per session. Contact us to discuss how we can help you celebrate and be merry.