At the weekend I got busy baking a loaf of courgette and mushroom bread. It was very tasty! I recommend it to anyone with a glut of courgettes. I only needed to add half of the amount of recommended water and needed quite a bit more flour whilst kneading. So you might wish to bear that in mind.
Recipe can be found here:
Well I never, after all this time finally we have life on the Avocado front!
I adapted the this recipe because I didn’t have most of the ingredients but it turned out really well all the same.
I swapped out the flat breads for mini naans, the mozzarella for Philadelphia and the mint leaves were replaced by mint sauce.
We got a little eager and harvested our garlics too early because we had a couple showing signs of mould. Luckily only a few were affected so the survivors were hung up in the shed to dry out for a couple of weeks. Once they were all dry I plaited them together and here is the final product. Hopefully these will store well for the next few months.
I followed this recipe minus the broccoli to use up some of my recently picked courgettes, potatoes and beans.
Its the time of year when all the hard work starts to pay off. Below is our latest harvest.
There are plenty of broad beans to pick at the moment, so this time we tried a new recipe. Broad beans and mushrooms on toast.
Using only the freshest picked ingredients of course, I put together a small salad using seasonal produce.
I have my first pumpkin already well on the way and a few gooseberries almost ready to pick. Yey!
I came across this funny looking orange and brown bug attached to one of my leek leaves.
After a lot of googling, I finally found out that it’s a ladybird in its final stages of development. You find out more about the lifecycle of a ladybird here
I planted a little plum tree back in March so I wasn’t really expecting any fruit this year. However look what I found… 2 little plums 🙂
Whilst Avocado tree attempt #1 gets underway in its plant pot, I thought I would hedge my bets and start off a second using one of the other methods described on the fruit expert website.
Fingers crossed one of these will produce a little tree for me!
Everything seemed to be going so well. My tomatoes and runner beans were dominating my cold frames and what with peppers, chillies, aubergines and cucumbers all demanding room, I decided to take a calculated risk and plant some outside. After all it has been the hottest April on record.
But the calculated risk didn’t pay off… 2 days after planting them out and only a few weeks after sun damage. Frost sneaked up on me and claimed them. So I thought I’d share a pic or two of what frost damage looks like. Guess I need to exercise a little more patience and wait a few more weeks before planting any more out.
Tomatoes on the left, Runner Beans on the right.
England doesnt exactly have the ideal climate for growing an Avocado tree. However i’ve been assured by several articles that it is possible to get one to grow here, it just takes a little patience… upto 10 years apparently!!
So armed with a little advice, i’ve selected 1 of the 3 listed methods of getting an Avocado seed to germinate.
“leave the seed in direct sunlight until it starts to split. Then pot it up”
Sounds simple enough.. lets see how it goes!
Courtesy of my colleague David for the recipe and my neighbour for the rhubarb, I tried out a new recipe this weekend. Its very easy to make and super tasty too.
100g of butter
100g of caster sugar
4 egg yolks
250g of plain flour
1tsp of baking powder
1. Cream the butter and sugar together.
2. Add one egg yolk at a time until its all mixed in together
3. Add the flour a litte at a time until its all mixed together and a smooth pastry is formed.
4. Roll out the pastry and place in a greased muffin tin. (Makes approx 18-20 small pies)
600g of uncooked rhubarb cut into small pieces
60g of corn flour
4 egg whites
200g caster sugar
1. Mix the chopped rhubarb with the cornflour.
2. Whisk the egg whites together until you can form soft peaks.
3. Gradually add the sugar into the egg whites.
4. Fold the rhubarb into the egg whites and sugar mix.
Place the meringue mixture into the pastry cases. Cook for 20mins at 170
So it turns out seedlings need time to adjust to new climates. See my poor little tomato plants below…
Lesson learnt: Place seedlings outside in the shade and then gradually introduce to full sunlight an hour at a time.
The seeds I planted a couple of weeks back are looking good. Im just hoping they werent planted to early as they are starting to get a little leggy.
Its the time of year to start chitting potatoes ready for planting. This year we have decided to grow:
- International Kidney
- King Edward
Last weekend we went out and brought 6 little strawberry plants to add to our ever growing soft fruit collection. Hopefully its going to be a yummy summer 🙂
Our first seeds have been sown in little pots for the window sill. We are hoping that an early start will mean chillies in September rather than December this year!