Category Archives: Make & Do

Flatbread making Workshops at The Hidden Gardens

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)

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

Each workshop is £46 per person, and booking is essential. To book your place email

Happy cooking!

How to enjoy sunshine all summer at The Hidden Gardens

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

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

Delicious Margherita Pizza
Delicious Margherita Pizza

Easy Margherita Pizza


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

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

Handful basil leaves (optional)


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.

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.

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,
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)


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)


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: / 0141 433 2722.

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Recreating The Hidden Gardens

Beautiful watercolour of the chimney by a member of the Round About Art Group
Beautiful watercolour of the chimney by Maryel, a member of the Round About Art Group

There are many beautiful parts of The Hidden Gardens, and we love seeing people take photos of all the flowers and wildlife in our wee space.

This summer an art group visited The Hidden Gardens and recreated some of the sights. We love this watercolour by Maryel – it feels gentle, and communicates the peaceful atmosphere of The Hidden Gardens beautifully.

Have you drawn, painted, photographed, embroidered, sculpted anything from The Hidden Gardens? We’d love to see! Email with your creations.

Edible Garden course August 2014

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Our popular Edible Garden course starts up again on 28 August. A six week practical course that takes you through everything you need to start growing and transform the way you think about growing your own, whatever space you have, from window box to allotment.

“I would highly recommend the course to anyone, regardless of experience. You will definitely meet new friends, have great fun and learn loads about organic gardening.”

Happy Growing!

Youth Film-Making Experience 1-29 July 2014

Youth Film-Making Experience

The Hidden Gardens and Scrumptious Productions present a Youth Film-Making Experience during July 2014.

The Hidden Gardens are hosting two large-scale events this summer, and are looking for local young people (aged 16-25) to document these events.

Ten people will get the chance to learn every aspect of the film production process, from presenting to producing, and directing to editing. No previous experience is required.

There will be six workshops during July, with five filming opportunities. Find more information in the flyer below.

To take part email Spaces are limited, so get in touch now!

The Hidden Gardens – Youth Film-Making Experience Flyer

Make your own Commonwealth flower square this Friday

Beautiful embroidered square by Seona Anderson
Beautiful embroidered square by Seona Anderson

This Friday 20 June, 11am-1pm, Plantlife will be giving a workshop where you can make your own textile square inspired by flowers and plants of the Commonwealth.
Come along to the Boilerhouse and make one as beautiful as Seona Anderson’s, pictured above!

This collaborative art work will be included in a crowd sourced exhibition during the Commonwealth Games and in an online gallery. Materials provided, but any scrap material welcome.

This workshop is free but booking is essential. Email to book your place.

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