Real Men Sow

My 5 Favourite Squash Recipes


During the week, I got tweeting about squash, and what a versatile ingredient it is. I was making stew, and whilst cooking I away I totted up the amount of different things I’ve made using squash this Winter.

There’s been soup, mash, curries and risottos to name just a few. My Twitter buddy Neil tweeted about needing some good recipes, so I said I’d send him some. ‘Hang on’, I thought, ‘there’s a blog post here’.

So, if you’re new to this awesome vegetable and are looking for some interesting recipes, here are 5 of my favourites.

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What My Patio Has Taught Me About Herbs


Sometimes, the days when you’re bored are the most dangerous…

Last weekend, with the plot sleeping for the winter and a bike ride done, I took to demolishing our old patio. We’d deliberated for a while and gone as far as getting quotes for the work, but then I had a brainwave.

‘I can do this. I’m a young (ish), strapping (ish) lad…’

So, now, I’m committed. And as well as smashing up hardcore, this means something else: moving my herbs.

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Overwintering, Tea in the Rain and Melons: Why Having a Greenhouse is Ace


I adore my greenhouse, but never more so than when it is raining. During a heavy downpour, there is no finer place to be, pottering about away out of the wet stuff.

It’s like cheating the weather. I can still be gardening but remaining cosy and snug, supping tea whilst dreaming of better days. For me, a greenhouse is good for the soul – there is something very romantic about listening to the rain on the roof and sowing a few seeds.

Of course, there are plenty of other practical reasons for having a greenhouse too. ..

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About Real Men Sow

meIn 2007, I took on a redundant allotment plot with my gardening-mad mum Jan. As all good mums do, she went along with it, but I don’t think she held out much hope.

However, three years on, and she now lets me do stuff without watching over my shoulder, so I must be doing something right. [ read more ]

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Allotment Cakes for the Weekend

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  • An Allotment Cake For the Weekend #11 – Apple and Cinnamon Flapjacks
  • An Allotment Cake For the Weekend #10 – Fresh Ginger and Apple Cake
  • Good Food Magazine Marrow and Pecan Cake
  • A Rhubarbey Roundup, and Whatever Happened to Allotment Cakes for the Weekend?
  • (Not) An Allotment Cake for the Weekend #7 Rhubarb Crumble Ice Cream
  • Allotment Cakes for the Weekend #7 Waitrose Rhubarb, Macadamia and White Chocolate Cake
  • Allotment Cakes for the Weekend #6 – Carl Legge’s Rhubarb and Polenta Cake

Saving £500 a year!

During 2011, I kept a diary of how much money I save from growing my own fruit and vegetables. After totalling all my outgoings, I saved approximately £500 over the year. I made a spreadsheet to calculate these savings - it’s nothing too complicated, as I’m no Excel guru, but hopefully someone else will find it as useful (and strangely fun) as me. For more info, visit my Money Saving Experiment page by clicking here.


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