Monday, 12 June 2017

allotment tasks



It's a busy time on the allotment, so all help is gratefully received.


There are important tasks to be done: watering, stroking the thyme plant to release the aroma and ....

... most important of all, pouring water onto the paving stones to see how they change colour.


We picked the first of the gooseberries and several bowls of strawberries plus some radishes.
There are beetroot, broad beans and swiss chard to come soon.


And if you have red onions and cucumber, (or other crunchy veg) either homegrown or bought in your fridge, here is a very quick and simple pickle to add a pop of flavour to summer meals.



Recipe adapted from the June edition of Waitrose Food magazine.


Hoping the week ahead is a good one for you.

annjenny
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Sunday, 4 June 2017

a taste of summer


Is it just me or is there a proliferation of buttercups this year?
The meadows round here seem to be have an abundance of these sunny little flowers.
So good to see.


And on the kitchen windowsill, these little seedlings which with a bit of nurturing, will hopefully produce lots of delicious Butternut Squash later in the year.


On the allotment, the artichokes are growing well. I'm hoping they will be an improvement on last year's harvest.

It seems a little early to be picking them, but they are already quite big.
Not sure what to do. Any ideas?


Self seeded Sweet Williams from the allotment and cornflowers, scabious and roses from the garden.



And finally, a delicious summer lunch using English asparagus in a creamy filling on puff pastry.
The recipe is from Kellie at Food to Glow. Her blog is a real treasure trove of inspiration and information.



The recipe can be found here.


I loved the addition of capers in the filling and dressing, which gave a lovely hint of acidity.



annjenny
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