Homemade coleslaw

We've really been enjoying our allotment lately. We've spent whole days just chilling there. Alister digs...hard. I potter about planting seeds, weeding, clipping. J collects berries, sits reading in the sunshine and revels in peeing behind the shed!





We've also experienced disproportionate joy at our own homegrown veg. Ali keeps looking at me and saying "I can't believe we GREW this. We planted the seeds, and they GREW". Our childlike wonder is swiftly followed by not-so-childlike desires for sipping ale in our camp chairs outside our very own shed.

One of our favourite allotment recipes is homemade coleslaw. I haven't priced it up, as pretty much all of the ingredients are free, however it's a seasonal recipe which means all of the veg is widely and cheaply available now - it makes for a posh looking frugal treat on a summer's day.



Homemade Coleslaw


1/2 white cabbage, shredded
1/2 white onion, finely sliced
2-3 carrots, shredded/grated
1 beetroot, shredded/grated
4-5 heaped tbsps mayo (or to taste)
A generous sprinkle of parsley

Simply mix the above ingredients and enjoy the taste of summer. This is far fresher, crunchier (and healthier) than the sugary, mayo drowned stuff you find in supermarkets. We can't get enough of it. Sometimes I add a splash of lemon juice for extra zing.

We had ours in sandwiches with cheese, on the side of hot casseroles and stuffed courgettes and - perhaps most enjoyably - shovelled into our mouths at 9pm whilst standing in the fluorescent light cast by our fridge.


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