Monday, June 08, 2009

Steve and I went to the allotment for a couple of hours last night, managed to plant my Salad Rocket, Lollo Rosso lettuces, replaced some of the cabbages that were nibbled and the cucumber that disappeared! Sowed 2 rows of carrots (early nantes) and 2 Cherry tomato bushes. Caned the gardeners delight, which now has a few flowers and one very small green tomato!!! hooray!

The runners now look more healthy in colour and actually seem to be growing up the canes by themselves now, all is good!

My parents paid us a visit whilst we were up there, they and a few other friends/family like to see how it is coming along and quite often wonder on up to see how everything is growing. They were amused to see Steve on his hands and knees planting and being overly fussy with everything!!

On the home front, the gardener's delight are coming on well, as well as the lettuces and dwarf beans (which might actually be runners, I'm not sure, as they are outgrowing the canes!)
The mint I transplanted seems to be extraordinarily healthy and really filling the pot!!

Recently sowed and in our makeshift greenhouse - Greenshaft peas and more toms (can't get enough of them!!) and this morning I sowed Sweet Marjoram, Mint, and coriander and placed in my kitchen window sill, can't wait to see the first signs of life!!!

I'll upload some photos from my mobile soon xxx

Lovely soup recipe made tonight and which I hope to use when my very own butternut squash has grown!

Serves 4

1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion – peeled and diced
2 cloves garlic – peeled and crushed
15mlsp (1 tsp) ground cumin
300g (11oz) sweet potato – peeled weight and diced
250g (9 oz) butternut squash – peeled weight and diced
1 litre (1 ¾ pts) vegetable stock
2 x 15mlsp (2 tbsp) chopped fresh coriander

1. Heat oil in large saucepan, add onion, and garlic, cook until soft,

add ground cumin and cook a further minute.
2. Add sweet potato and butternut squash, stir and cook for 2

3. Add seasoning and stock, bring to the boil and reduce to a

simmer for 20 minutes or until the sweet potato is cooked.
4. Blend or process vegetable mixture until smooth, stir in the fresh

coriander, dilute with water if necessary.
5. Serve soup hot or cold.

1 comment:

meplusmolly said...

Oo I'd like to have my own allotment one day...... for now we are growing a few things in tubs, pots anything thats not moving!!!
Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog too ;0