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Allotment Muffins 

Things you will need 

Large mixing bowl
Mixing spoon
Medium bowl or jug
Muffin tray  

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Makes: 12 muffins
  • Cooking time: 30-35 minutes
  • Approx. cost per portion: 19p

Allotment muffins


  • 200 grams self-raising flour
  • 100 grams low fat cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 small courgette (grated)
  • 1 small carrot (grated)
  • 2 spring onions (finely chopped)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 100ml semi-skimmed milk
  • ¼ tsp of black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6
  2. In a large bowl mix together the flour, grated cheese, carrot, courgette, spring onions and black pepper
  3. In another bowl or jug, whisk the egg, milk and olive oil
  4. Add the egg mix to the dry ingredients and mix all ingredients well
  5. Spoon the mixture into the holes of a greased muffin tray and bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until golden brown on top

Handy Tip: Allotment muffins make a nice alternative to sandwiches for lunch or a good after school snack.  They can also be frozen for up to a month. 

Mackerel Pâté 

Things you will need 
Chopping board and knife
Large mixing bowl
Small bowl and large plate for serving

  • Serves: 4
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: no cooking

Mackerel Pate


  • 200g (1 small packet) smoked mackerel
  • 125g low-fat cream cheese
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Juice of half a lemon or jiffy lemon juice
  • Ground black pepper
  • For the sides:
  • 2 wholemeal pitta breads
  • 1 large carrot
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 red pepper


  1. Open the packet of smoked mackerel, and separate the fish into flakes in a mixing bowl – remove any skin or bones
  2. Use a fork to finely mash the fish
  3. Add the cream cheese to the fish and mash into a paste
  4. Slice the lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the pâté (or squeeze in the jiffy lemon juice)
  5. Add a few sprinkles of black pepper and stir well
  6. Taste the pâté and add more lemon juice or black pepper if required
  7. Stir well and serve in a small bowl
  8. Slice the pitta bread into long strips for serving
  9. Slice the peeled carrot, pepper and cucumber into long thin strips for dipping
  10. Serve on a large plate for sharing

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