Grow delicious pea shoots on your windowsill

Grow delicious pea shoots on your windowsill to add to your salad and discover how to start off your runner beans indoors. Find out what is blooming in the gardens in March. Big thank you to our funder The Scottish Government!

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Grow delicious pea shoots on your windowsill to add to your salad and discover how to start off your runner beans indoors. Find out what is blooming in the gardens in March.

Big thank you to our funder The Scottish Government!

How to sprout beans and sow microgreens

Learn about sprouting beans and sowing microgreens for your window ledge- fenugreek seeds, sprouts, microgreens and green lentils. And seeds you can sow indoors in February/ March like chillis.

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Learn about sprouting beans and sowing microgreens for your window ledge- fenugreek seeds, sprouts, microgreens and green lentils. And seeds you can sow indoors in February/ March like chillis.

Hidden Haiku

When you take your daily exercise why not include The Hidden Gardens – it’s a quiet, peaceful, inspirational oasis. If you feel inspired, why not have a go at writing a simple Haiku poem when you get home. This activity is suitable for all ages.

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When you take your daily exercise why not include The Hidden Gardens – it’s a quiet, peaceful, inspirational oasis. If you feel inspired, why not have a go at writing a simple Haiku poem when you get home. This activity is suitable for all ages.

Flatbread making Workshops at The Hidden Gardens

We’re running Flatbread Making Workshops in the Boilerhouse with our fantastic Cultural Cookery facilitator, Fatima Uygun, over the next few Saturdays. Saturday 24 October: European flatbreads Torta sul Testo (Umbrian griddle baked flat bread); Irish Soda Farls; Gozleme (traditional Turkish pastry stuffed with Italian feta piadinas) 1pm-4.30pm Saturday 31 October: Asian flatbreads Indian chapatis; Malaysian […]

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flatbread making workshop

We’re running Flatbread Making Workshops in the Boilerhouse with our fantastic Cultural Cookery facilitator, Fatima Uygun, over the next few Saturdays.

Saturday 24 October: European flatbreads
Torta sul Testo (Umbrian griddle baked flat bread); Irish Soda Farls; Gozleme (traditional Turkish pastry stuffed with Italian feta piadinas)
1pm-4.30pm

Saturday 31 October: Asian flatbreads
Indian chapatis; Malaysian Roti Canai; Mana’eesh (flatbread covered with za’atar eaten in the Lebanon, Palestine and Syria)
1pm-4.30pm

Each workshop is £46 per person, and booking is essential. To book your place email administrator@thehiddengardens.org.uk

Happy cooking!

How to enjoy sunshine all summer at The Hidden Gardens

It was a great day in the Gardens, with lots of people out enjoying the sun. We wish the sunshine would last all summer, but… …here’s a way to enjoy the sunny Gardens, even in rain! Materials required: *Sunglasses/regular glasses *Scissors *Blu-tac *2x beautiful shots of The Hidden Gardens in the sun 1. Cut out […]

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150715 make sun last all summer

It was a great day in the Gardens, with lots of people out enjoying the sun. We wish the sunshine would last all summer, but…

…here’s a way to enjoy the sunny Gardens, even in rain!

Materials required:
*Sunglasses/regular glasses
*Scissors
*Blu-tac
*2x beautiful shots of The Hidden Gardens in the sun

1. Cut out photos
2. Stick in glasses
3. Done!

It will be summer all year long in our administrator’s eyes!

Taskforce Cyanotypes 2015

This week Taskforce volunteers made their own cyanotypes. Using cartridge paper that had been soaked in light sensitive chemicals, they chose and arranged leaves and flowers from the Gardens to make their own pattern. Check out the slideshow for some behind the scenes shots of cyanotype creation!

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This week Taskforce volunteers made their own cyanotypes. Using cartridge paper that had been soaked in light sensitive chemicals, they chose and arranged leaves and flowers from the Gardens to make their own pattern.

Check out the slideshow for some behind the scenes shots of cyanotype creation!

Get rid of slugs (in a nice way, of course!)

This isn’t (as our administrator may have thought) how oranges grow, but rather a great way to deal with slugs. Simply halve an orange, hollow it out, and put it round side up into your soil. Slugs will crawl into these wee domes overnight, so you can simply pick up the oranges the next morning […]

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Some all natural slug traps in situ at The Hidden Gardens
Some all natural slug traps in situ at The Hidden Gardens

This isn’t (as our administrator may have thought) how oranges grow, but rather a great way to deal with slugs.

Simply halve an orange, hollow it out, and put it round side up into your soil. Slugs will crawl into these wee domes overnight, so you can simply pick up the oranges the next morning and relocate the slugs far away from your precious plants. Birds love to eat these guys, so if you’ve a bird table you could offer them some limace à l’orange!

Just… don’t relocate them to The Hidden Gardens, okay?

Men’s Cooking Group – Easy Margherita Pizza

Easy Margherita Pizza Ingredients Base 300g strong bread flour 1 tsp instant yeast (from a sachet or a tub) 1 tsp salt 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling Tomato sauce 100ml passata Handful fresh basil or 1 tsp dried 1 garlic clove, crushed Topping 125g ball mozzarella, sliced Handful grated or shaved parmesan […]

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Delicious Margherita Pizza
Delicious Margherita Pizza

Easy Margherita Pizza

Ingredients

Base
300g strong bread flour
1 tsp instant yeast (from a sachet or a tub)
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling

Tomato sauce
100ml passata
Handful fresh basil or 1 tsp dried
1 garlic clove, crushed

Topping
125g ball mozzarella, sliced
Handful grated or shaved parmesan
Handful cherry tomatoes, halved

Garnish
Handful basil leaves (optional)

Method

Base
1. Put the flour into a large bowl, then stir in the yeast and salt.
2. Make a well, pour in 200ml warm water and the olive oil and bring together with a wooden spoon until you have a soft, fairly wet dough.
3. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 mins until smooth. Cover with a tea towel and set aside.
You can leave the dough to rise if you like, but it’s not essential for a thin crust.

Sauce
Mix the passata, basil and crushed garlic together, then season to taste. Leave to stand at room temperature while you get on with shaping the base.

Dough
1.If you’ve let the dough rise, give it a quick knead, then split into two balls.
2. On a floured surface, roll out the dough into large rounds, about 25cm across, using a rolling pin. The dough needs to be very thin as it will rise in the oven.
3. Lift the rounds onto two floured baking sheets.
4. Heat oven to 240C/fan 220C /Gas Mark 8. Put another baking sheet or an upturned baking tray in the oven on the top shelf.
5. Smooth sauce over bases with the back of a spoon.
6. Scatter with cheese and tomatoes, drizzle with olive oil and season.
7. Put one pizza, still on its baking sheet, on top of the preheated sheet or tray. Bake for 8-10 mins until crisp.

Serve with a little more olive oil, and basil leaves if using. Repeat step for remaining pizza.

Men’s Cooking Group – Moroccan spiced chicken (or halloumi) kebabs

The Men’s Cooking Group kicked off another enthusiastic season of learning, chopping, slicing, stirring, braising, kneading, baking and making last week, with some Moroccan-inspired dishes packed with herbs, spices and a whole lot of taste! The group enjoyed a lively discussion about their favourite foods and recipes, and have devised a series of weekly menus […]

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The Men’s Cooking Group kicked off another enthusiastic season of learning,
chopping,
slicing,
stirring,
braising,
kneading,
baking
and making last week, with some Moroccan-inspired dishes packed with herbs, spices and a whole lot of taste!

The Men's Cooking Group at work
The Men’s Cooking Group at work

The group enjoyed a lively discussion about their favourite foods and recipes, and have devised a series of weekly menus that will take in both new and favourite cuisines including Scottish, English, Italian, Greek, American, Indian and Thai.

Delicious Chicken Kebabs! Our Blog Administrator is upset she does not work when the Men's Cooking Group are in...
Delicious Chicken Kebabs! Our Blog Administrator is upset she does not work when the Men’s Cooking Group are in…

Moroccan spiced chicken kebabs or (halloumi kebabs)

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large handful (15grams) flat leaf parsley
1⁄2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
4 skinless chicken breasts cut into bite size chunks ( or halloumi)

Method

If using wooden skewers soak them in water for 30 minutes

1. Put oil in blender and add the parsley, garlic, paprika, cumin, lemon zest and juice and whizz into a paste.
2. Put chicken or halloumi in a medium sized shallow dish and add the spice paste, then rub in, and leave to marinade for at least 20 minutes.
3. Preheat grill to high.
4. Thread the marinated chicken or halloumi onto skewers and grill for 10­-12 minutes, turning every now and then, until the meat is cooked. Serve with a squeeze of lemon.

Watch this space for more mouth-watering recipes, updates and cooking tips. The Hidden Gardens Men’s Cooking Group meets on Tuesdays from 12.30pm-2.30pm. The group is currently fully booked; if you are interested in future workshops please contact Natalie Davidson, Community Programme Manager, to find out more: natalie@thehiddengardens.org.uk / 0141 433 2722.

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