Hackney Permaculture


Making leaf curd from lime tree leaves
April 19, 2009, 2:42 pm
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I recently invested in the British permaculture bible, The Earth Care Manual by Patrick Whitefield. It is a truly awesome body of work which I recommend to anyone with a pulse.

One of the first things to catch my eye was a recipe tucked into an obscure corner of the book about making leaf-curd and feeling slightly nervous about where us vegans are going to find tofu when flying it over from the other side of the world stops making economic sense, I thought it time to have a go at making some…

  1. First I accosted my friend Richard Godwin to climb up the lime tree and harvest some of the lovely young leaves, which just so happened to be a nice lime colour.
  2. Next we stuck the leaves into a liquidiser until we had a smooth leafy paste which was then strained through a tea towel to remove the pulp.
  3. The remaining liquid was then boiled and the curd which formed on top collected by skimming from the top of the pan and put into an improvised mould.
  4. Then we knocked up a quick stir fry and ate ‘leafu’ as it also seems to be affectionately called.

Richard also wrote a column about this for the Evening Standard which can be read here – http://godwin.thisislondon.co.uk/2009/04/permaculture.html

Further research lead me to this PDF document – Leaf concentrate: A Field Guide for Small Scale Programs by David Kennedy and Leaf for Life (1993) which is utterly huge and if you want to get geeky on the topic seems to pretty much cover EVERYTHING, ever that you could ever ever ever want to know about making leaf curd anywhere at anytime with anyone.

Richard Godwin harvesting lime leaves

Richard Godwin harvesting lime leaves

Lime Leaf purée

Lime leaf purée

Leaf curd in improvised mold

Leaf curd in improvised mold

Leaf curd or Leafu stir fry

Leaf curd or Leafu stir fry

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Roots, making a riddle, pruning etc
November 23, 2008, 10:00 pm
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A huge day – we had eight people getting stuck in this week including the epic Dean ‘I like digging holes’ Firth and Angela ‘I live next door’ McSherry.

I started off by showing Dean a huge root which needed digging out and gave him the pick and a spade whilst I climbed up a nearby lime tree and began pruning branches overhanging another neighbours garden which had been causing some distress.

victory over the tree root

victory over the tree root

a spot of light pruning for me

a spot of light pruning for me

The Pogo crew arrived a little later and made a riddle, which is basically a massive garden sieve, out of a pallet and mesh. With it we got all of the rubble out of the rear bed which had obviously been used as a dumping ground by the builders when the roof was replaced many years ago…

making a garden riddle

making a garden riddle

Using our home-made garden riddle

Using our home-made garden riddle

Around this point I hit the wrong button on the camera, so I must apologies for everything being a little blurry from here on… Austen pruned the laurel tree which is apparently not a good thing to use in compost as it contains arsenic! We found this out just after we had spread all of the cuttings all over the main bed – doh! We had a go at burning some cuttings but that was aborted, and Dean and Ben got all alpha-male digging in the pallets to edge the raised beds at the rear.

Trying to burn things

Trying to burn things

Building the rear beds

Building the rear beds

Austen up the laurel tree

Austen up the laurel tree