Friday, August 24, 2007
Food! (Fantastically fresh and free- except for the hard graft & seeds!)
I’m enjoying this time of year the most, as we are now eating produce from the plot. This is how it looked in August last year- just to spur on all you 'newbies' out there!
Venison Wellington stuffed with garlic & shallot duxelle, served with roast potatoes, climbing beans, peas and braised red cabbage. The veg for this meal was all home produced, but can’t take the credit for the carrots, venison or the pastry that made the ‘Wellington’.
All very much enjoyed & appreciated by HWDD and me!
Sadly the beans loose their pretty pink markings when steamed.
The slugs are still attacking most things including the beetroots-Urggggh!
The peas have picked up after a shaky start and a battering by the wind & rain.
These are spuds from just one plant and don’t seem to have been affected by blight. I’ve still got 45 plants still to dig up!
I spotted these little beasts on the sprouts so took off the netting and ‘dispatched’ all I found. Please don’t tell me they are some rare species- I just want sprouts for Christmas dinner!
Whilst on my knees, I noticed that the stems on the curly kale looked so pretty and velvety!
Although I said I wouldn’t grow any sweet peas this year- after last years mammoth effort for our wedding, I relented and sowed seed saved from last years plants. We gave away seed with our ‘thank you’ letters and everyone who has grown them has reported a distinct lack of pink & lilac blooms!
The leeks & parsnips are doing well. Note to self to grow more of these next year!
I’ve now finally got round to hanging up the onions & garlic in the shed in some old (clean) tights kindly sent by mum.
We are now eating the first of the tomatoes from the garden greenhouse- 2x red variety and 2x yellow from friend Karen. Can’t remember the names but they taste much better than shop bought ones!
I’ll finish with some shots of the garden:
This Echinacea plant was bought with 8 others from B&Q as bare roots in spring. The slugs just love them- this is now the only survivor of the nine!