What excitement on the plots this morning when we learned that TV Chef Richard Corrigan and his film crew were going to pay us a visit!Saturday mornings are usually one of the busiest mornings on the allotment at this time of year as plotters tidy up and take home any produce that is ready for the weekend.It rained heavily but we had sunshine between the showers and when the film crew arrived the sun stayed out as if by magic so the plots looked their best.Daughter Kathryn and myself with Richard who is holding a cauliflower from Brian's plot which he was taking away to cook this evening. I must say he is a very pleasant man and dare I say it not a bit like his TV persona!
The film crew with Zwena, they walked through all of the plots and Richard was very interested in what everyone was doing.They spent over an hour with us but this will probably be condensed down to a few seconds for TV.Corrigans City Farm which is about fostering allotments and growing your own food will coming back on air on RTE 1 in the autumn
Angela and Peter have the plot next to ours and Richard and Angela exchanged recipes for Broccoli soup.Angela is passionate about food and loves cooking.
After the film crew had left we all repaired to the tearoom for a natter.Zwena had made brown scones with homemade blackcurrant jam,Angela had made a lovely moist Lemon cake and I had brought some of my raspberry/blackcurrant muffins as well.We did not forget to harvest anything ready to go, Potatoes which I think are Kerr's pinks, MORE courgettes,and a red cabbage which I am going to try with one of Angela's recipes.More blackcurrants were ready to be picked also.
A beautiful Gladioli which had opened since we were last out.
It was not all fun and games ,we got through quite a lot of work also.The Brussels sprout bed was uncovered and weeded, all of the yellowing leaves removed and it looked very businesslike when we had finished but I forgot to take a photo of it.I wrapped the Self Blanching Celery with hay, I banked it up around it and tied it in place. This is supposed to help the stalks to turn a lighter colour,the article I was reading said to use straw but there was none to hand so hopefully the hay will do the business.