Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Wow! What a feast of veg! This a just a taste of the kind of harvest we are reaping these days. No more vegetable boxes for this household.
As you can see we have a fantastic supply of summer veg – potatoes, broad beans, beetroot, cougettes, rather overgrown marrow-sized cougettes. One of the great things about growing your own is that you can pick them at the size you think is tastiest e.g. small broad beans seem much more palatable to me than those big fat leathery ones, we also much prefer baby courgettes to the enormous marrows we ended up with by mistake. We have also been trying out new recipes and have over come some childhood prejudices to certain vegetables e.g. broad beans which are fantastic in Italian salads or fried with tomatoes and onions; and beetroot – again, lovely grated in salads or baked or as salad leaves etc etc. It is amazing how over cooked (or horribly pickled!) vegetables can put you off for a very long time.
We have been generously handing out mini veg boxes to friends as we have definitely over-planted this year. We have also had a very great pleasure of having friends over to dinner and being able to produce a completely self-sufficient meal.