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what have you harvested this week/ today!
Fri 11-Jun-10
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Danny
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Some forum systems have that built in. I must read the manual for ours.

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Fri 11-Jun-10
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Danny said:

Some forum systems have that built in. I must read the manual for ours.


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I'll try that again!

Wed 16-Jun-10
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latest harvest today ; beetroot (already on its way to being beetroot and orange chutney) courgette; may dry this lot and rose petals to make a failed rose petal jelly (my roses are not scented enough - end result yuk!)

 

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Thu 17-Jun-10
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On the courgette front, this is a recipe for a really nice raw courgette salad:  

http://joannasfood.blogspot.com/2005/10/courgette-salad.html

Even people who don't normally like courgette like it, which is amazing given it's raw!  Another nice & quick recipe is a courgette & green pepper sabzi - recipe is from Madhur Jaffrey's ultimate curry bible cookbook:

3 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, 1/4 tsp brown mustard seeds, 560g courgettes, peeled & cut into 4cm long/1cm thick fingers, 1 large green pepper (quartered lengthways, cut into 1cm wide slices), 2 tbs natural youghurt, 1tbsp ground coriander, generous pinch of cayenne pepper & a squeeze of lemon juice.

Add oil to a wide pan/wok on a medium-high heat.  When hot, add cumin & mustard seeds.  As soon as seeds begin to pop, add courgette & green pepper.  Stir fry for 5 minutes.  Add the yoghurt, stir until it has been absorbed.  Reduce heat to low, add coriander (& salt if you use it).  Stir for a minute, add the cayenne pepper & lemon juice & serve.

That's our favoured summer curry vegetable side-dish which deals nicely with the courgette glut.  Friday night is always curry night in our house. Always! The winter side dish is a carrot & cabbage dish which again is quick & easy and goes with much more than just curry.  The cabbage is shredded & the carrots grated.  A chilli, lemon juice & coriander are the other key ingredients: the recipe is  from another Madhur curry book that I don't have to hand at the moment.  

Thu 17-Jun-10
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Shelley, I've just had a look at your picture, everything looks very good, including your basket! Cool

I'll try that again!

Thu 17-Jun-10
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shelley said:

latest harvest today ; beetroot (already on its way to being beetroot and orange chutney) courgette; may dry this lot and rose petals to make a failed rose petal jelly (my roses are not scented enough - end result yuk!)

 


Shelley,

you're lucky your courgettes are ready to harvest - I suppose that's the head start you get for being further south. We've got one about 2 inches long (and banana shaped) which might be a decent size in about a weeks time (fingers crossed it doesn't rot and fall off first, which is what happened to nearly all the courgettes last year )

I've got a beetroot which looks like it's trying to escape from the soil so it's probably ready to harvest. A friend suggested I try a 'beetroot cake', which may or may not be like a carrot cake - I'm waiting for him to send me the recipe.

 

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Thu 17-Jun-10
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I sowed my courgettes late but I can see flower buds so I'm hopeful.  Bet you get into a right mess with the beetroot cake!

I'll try that again!

Thu 17-Jun-10
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Hmmm, yeah... I didn't really think about the beetroot colour getting everywhere. I'll try to make sure I wear purple clothes so the stains don't show too much.

I'm hoping it doesn't taste of beetroot because it's one of the few vegetables I don't like. I only planted it because I got the free seeds from last year's BBC Dig In campaign. There is more beetroot on the shady side of the garden but it's still on the tiny side. I could probably put a few slices in the vinegar when I pickle some quail eggs, to give us some novelty purple eggs Wink

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Thu 17-Jun-10
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Have you ever eaten beetroot raw?  You can julienne it and sprinkle on salads, it's rather good.  Also finely sliced on a mandolin and gently fried.  I do love it though any which way (except pickled). 

I'll try that again!

Thu 17-Jun-10
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I just used the beetroot to make the beebs spiced beetroot and orange chutney; it is DELICIOUS!! HIghly recommended!

I am having problems with my courgettes ; the rain is rotting the flowers and then the courgettes are rotting from there up!!  However those that survive are doing well!!

Thu 17-Jun-10
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That sounds good Shelley, I'm not very fond of chutneys but that one piques my interest.   Shame about the courgettes, has it stopped raining yet?

I'll try that again!

Thu 17-Jun-10
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Oh I love chutneys TA.

I had my first taste of the early peas yesterday and I made a stir fry which included a fairly decent sized courgette and lots of tasty pak choi which I am picking early as Danny said his became bitter.  

There is no chance of rain rotting anything here.  We have had no decent showers of rain for ages - so unlike the west coast of Scotland.  Today was glorious and I spent ages working  ( gently ) outside.  And no midges either, they do not like sun.Cheers

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Peas are scrummy, don't you think?  Especially if you've grown them yourself.  Did you manage to plant all the bedding flowers you bought?

I'll try that again!

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Oh the pea pod was so delicious.

Yes I managed to plant the majority of bedding plants  today, including the ones I had grown from seed.  Most of my repotting has been done now, apart from a few tomatoes  and I also planted some carrots, more peas and yellow dwarf beans today.  It makes such a difference when there are no midges, especially as my midge machine has stopped working.Monster

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I'm still waiting for my carrots from Dig-in to do something, but I don't think they'll do anything now.

I'll try that again!

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