Monday, 9 November 2009
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Hard labour over several weeks has added 11 beds to the existing 4 - plus lots of space to play with insect attracting flowers, a wildlife wood pile, herb boxes and a "fruit slope" of raspberries. The bay leaf tree in the middle is growing and growing, as are the lemon balm bushes. The herbs are also all labelled up to help with identifying and picking. Good work all round!
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
5-6 large leaves Rainbow Chard (or other leafy green veg)
200g Green or Brown Lentils
50g Pot Barley
1/2 Red Onion
1-2 cloves Garlic
3 tbsp Sunflower Oil
15 Black Peppercorns
2-3 Bay Leaves
2 tbspMarjoram (dried)
3 tbspTomato Puree
1 Vegetable Stock Cube (optional)
Sea Salt to taste
Soak barley 6 hours, and lentils ½ hour prior to cooking. Dice onion, carrot and garlic. Chop chard leaves. Heat oil in pan and fry onion until lightly browned, then add garlic, paprika, marjoram, and bay leaves. Stir and fry 30 seconds. Add lentils and barley and water, and bring to boil. Crush peppercorns and add to pot. Add stock cube (optional) and tomato puree. Reduce heat and simmer 30-40 minutes or until lentils and barley become tender. Add more water as required. Add carrot and chard, return to boil and simmer 10 minutes.
Serve stew on its own, or over mashed potatoes or rice. Serves 3-4.
Sunday, 4 October 2009
Friday, 2 October 2009
Wash (don't peel) the potatoes. Cut thin potatoes (like pink apple) lengthways in quarters, thicker ones into wedge shapes. Dry wedge surfaces very thoroughly on dry kitchen towels, rub with oil, salt and oregano and bake in a 200C oven until edges are deep brown and middles soft. No need to pre-heat - it's a waste of good energy.
2 cloves of garlic
4 small beetroots with leaves
4 rainbow chard leaves
Slice shallots and garlic. Cut beetroot into thin chip shapes (2-3mm wide), and coarse chop beetroot leaves. Chop chard stems and leaves separately. Fry shallots and garlic in olive oil, add beetroot chips and chard stems, cover and fry until tender (but still cruncy), add a little water if necessary. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in chard and beetroot leaves until just wilted, serve warm, drizzled with balsamic vinegar. Delicious with goat's cheese as a starter, or side dish.
Parsnips are poking out among the weeds now! Our latest crop this year.
Pink apple potatoes, and mini beetroot finally dug up. Herb chips and warm beetroot salad ensue!
Sunday, 27 September 2009
The bean poles were leaning diagonally under the weight of runner beans, so we came to the rescue. Bean curry anyone? The rainbow chard has shot up since planting out, the yellow, pink and white ones make a great salad - the red ones are better cooked as they're quite tough. Sweetcorn are looking like they want attention soon - the maize hair is browning on the crowns. Hmmm fried in butter...
The new plot is looking great, except Alexandra's poor flower that has been demolished by slugs. Someone has weeded another two beds ready for sewing - can't wait to see what!
On the old plot we've taken down the old bean poles and dug up the pink apple potatoes - David's first potato harvest. This was also the first outing of my new camera, and I can't recommend alternating potato digging with lens handling. From originally 12 seed potatoes in April we filled a tray...
The tomatoes in the greenhouse have been less prolific, though the 100s and 1000s plant in our kitchen window at home just keeps them coming - tomatoes and greenfly galore. In the picture: mini, gardener's delight, yellow and pink plum tomatoes.