Tag Archives: Recipes

Today John the farmer is harvesting broad beans.

Fava beans can be stored frozen. Splice them in half, then remove the tough skin.

Boil rapidly for about a minute so they turn dark green.

Plunge them into iced water. Drain.

Pat them dry, then freeze !

Sourdough Recipe.

Sourdough starter:

1 Cup sourdough

1/2 Cup water

1 Cup flour

Mix and leave in container at room temperature for 1 1/2 hours.


1 Cup refreshed sourdough

2 Cups water

3-4 Cups wholewheat flour

Mix above ingredients, leave in mixing bowl at room temp. for 1/2 hour.

Add 1 teaspoon salt with a little water and mix.

Leave to stand at room temperature for 4-5 hours.

(If baking next day put in fridge after 2-2 1/2 hours.)

Shape sourdough + fold.

Cover with cloth and let rise for 2 hours at room temperature.

Last 1/2 preheat oven to 200-210 deg. C

Bake for 45-60 min.


Today John the Farmer is processing mustard seed


John the Farmer’s falafal recipe




2 Cups Dried chickpeas soaked over-night. (if you don’t have a meat grinder you can use canned chickpeas)

50ml Olive Oil

30ml Lemon juice

2 cloves garlic

2 green chillies

1 medium onion

1 medium green pepper

1t paprika

1t cayanne  pepper

1t cummin powder

1T coriander powder

salt + pepper

Ground falafal

Ground falafal

Once you have ground the chickpeas add the finely chopped onion, garlic, green chilli and green pepper.

Add the spices.

Mix all the dry ingredients thoroughly.

Add the olive oil and lemon juice.

falafal balls

falafal balls

Roll the mixture into balls and eihter deep fry them or fry in a shallow pan, turning them often, until golden brown.

You can freeze falafal balls and fry them directly when needed.

Fried falafal

Fried falafal

falafal wrap

falafal wrap

You can serve falafal with a tzatziki or coleslaw on a pita or wrap !

Today John the Farmer harvested Broad (fava) beans.

Broad (Fava) beans

Broad (Fava) beans

Fava beans

Fava beans

Blanching of beans:

Remove beans from pods

1) Prepare a bowl of ice water with ice cubes

2) Rapidly boil water in a frying pan/ pot

3)Blanch beans in boiling water for 1min. (Beans go bright green)

4) Plunge beans in ice water

5) Drain beans and freeze on a tray in a single layer

6) Once frozen, store in zip lock bags.

7) Simply defrost beans and use as needed.

Enjoy !

Today John the Farmer picked fresh organic strawberries for his pancakes.

Potjiekos recipe

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Vegetable Potjiekos recipe :

Tblsp or more olive oil

Tblsp mustard seed

Tblsp cumin seed

Tblsp tumeric

Tblsp cayenne pepper

Tblsp smoked paprika

Tblsp curry powder

Tblsp masala

salt + peepper

Garam masala (Coriander + cumin)

Roughly chopped garlic; ginger; chillies; onion; green peppers; potatoes; carrots etc..

Presoaked + parboiled beans like chickpeas; broad beans; sugar beans etc.

Mushrooms; broccoli; quartered toms etc.

1)Add oil .Fry mustard seed until they starts popping. Add garlic ginger chillies green pepper potatoes and carrots .

2)Add other spices

3)Stir-fry for a while..

4)Add parboiled beans

5)Add Mushrooms, broccoli, green beans; toms etc.

(Layer these – do not stir.)

6)Add salt + pepper

7)Cover with water

8)Add garam masala

9)Cover with lid

10)Slow cook until done 45-60 min.

Today John the Farmer made John the Farmer’s famous ‘John the Farmer’ Quince preserve .


Quince preserve

Quince preserve with ginger

Recipe for John the Farmer’s Quince preserve :

Peal the quinces thinly, slice. Remove the hard flesh around the core .

Place in a bowl of lightly salted water to prevent discolouring.

Wash your jars in hot soapy water, rinse well and set aside to drain.

Set oven to 150 degrees and place jars and lids (lids off) in oven for at least half an hour while boiling your fruit.

Cooking the fruit in water until soft :

All hard fruit is first boiled in water until soft . Test by piercing the fruit with a match; if the fruit is soft enough, the match should easily penetrate the fruit . If the fruit is not soft before boiling it in the syrup the preserve will be hard and tough .

Boil the water rapidly, then gradually immerse the fruit in the water so that the water does not stop boiling. This will prevent the fruit from becoming too soft . (+- 10min for 1kg fruit)

Drain and set aside in saucepan with lid on to keep hot .

Preparing the syrup :

Use a good quality, heavy preserving saucepan .

Use 500g sugar for every 500g fruit .

Use 500ml water per 500g fruit .

Weigh the required sugar and add the water . Stir until all the sugar has dissolved and then bring the syrup to the boil.

To prevent crystallization and improve the flavour, add 1 tsp citric or tartaric acid to 3 to 4 kg fruit .

Place small quantities of the cooked soft fruit in the boiling syrup so that the syrup does not stop boiling .

The syrup must be thin at the start of the boiling process, otherwise the fruit will shrink instead of swelling out .

Place a small cube (100mmx100mm/kg) of ginger in the syrup. (Remove before bottling.)

Prepare a small quantity of syrup on the side to add if necessary .

Cooking the fruit in the syrup :

Boil the fruit rapidly in a large, open saucepan, otherwise the preserve will turn a dark colour .

Boil the fruit in the syrup until the fruit is soft and translucent, and the syrup has thickened sufficiently .

Test the syrup by cooling a bit in a spoon . The consistency should be that of thin honey .

If the fruit is ready but the syrup is still too thin, lift out the fruit and bottle while still hot . Place the lids on the jars and set aside .

Add additional syrup now if the syrup in which you boiled your fruit has reduced too much . Continue boiling the syrup until it has the right consistency .

Bottling the quince :

Drain the excess water from the jars of fruit .

Add the syrup to the fruit while still boiling hot . Place lids on and allow to cool .

Store the preserves in a cool, dry, dark place .

Refrigerate after opening .






Ripe figs on Panini toast with melted camembert and sprinkled with cinnamon .

Figs on toast

yumm .

Today John the Farmer picked fresh, ripe Adam's figs . After eating a few I'm going to try this Jamie Oliver recipe for figs in honey :

Adam's figs

Fresh, ripe Adam's figs .