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We have another packed issue this spring, with a Norwich food update and Easter recipes from Zena, a fun numbers game for children from Emily, gardening tips from Rachael, lots of Norfolk events, plus tonnes of local businesses that may come in handy over the next few months.

We also have a new competition, giving you a chance to win a gift voucher for the Goat Shed, an amazing farm shop and café in Honingham.

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Heaven 7 Chocolate

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A fun game to help children learn numbers

Tips for using up leftover chocolate

Events 12 Norfolk

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Food News 14 Norwich

An update on Norwich’s evolving food scene

Zena’s recipe for a traditional Easter cake

How to grow purple sprouting broccoli

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Purple Sprouting Broccoli By Rachael Leverton

Purple Sprouting Broccoli is a beautiful, tasty addition to the dinner table, and the garden. It has a great flavour, a long harvesting season and is nutritionally beneficial. A single portion provides half your daily requirement of carotenoids, plus high levels of folic acid and vitamins A and C. It's definitely a 'plan-ahead' crop though. If you start planting now you will give yourself something to look forward to next January, and as it is a 'cut and come again' crop, that long season should keep you going until April or May! Purple-sprouting broccoli is extremely hardy, tolerating temperatures as low as -12°C. You can actually start raising seeds in March, for even earlier crops. I usually start the new year with 18

good intentions of staggering my planting like this (because it is one of my favourites veg), then forget and end up planting in April or May. One of the reasons I love it is that I garden on fairly alkaline soil, in which it thrives. It prefers a heavier soil than mine ideally but seems to do well enough in my garden. I dig in a fair amount of leaf mould and well-rotted manure to bulk it up. Purple sprouting broccoli doesn't like exposed sites, because the wind buffets the stems, so if your garden is more open it will need a bit of protection. Sow seeds into small pots or multi-cell trays, using a good quality multi-purpose seed and cuttings compost. When the little plants are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out and transplant them into single 9cm pots. Watering them in well.

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