Our farming friends dropped by for afternoon tea on Sunday. They are easy and relaxed and their little girl A is divine. She gave our biscuits the thumbs up – the past selection weren’t up to much and we found little pieces of half eaten biscuit hidden in the kitchen for several days after her last visit. Our kitchen is a messy, lived in room so the biscuits provided a great diversion for the dogs.
I had fallen asleep after a late brunch on Sunday and woke with just time enough to fly into Newmarket to buy the biscuits. Yes I know that I should make my own but if I started that I’d be making cookies every day with disastrous waist enhancing consequences.
K and JP brought us vegetable presents. Danny tottered into the cottage with a vast sack of potatoes and JP hauled in a string sack of onions. JP’s onions keep so much better than the supermarket ones and a lot are dried in the dehydrator for use throughout the year.
We all inspected the newly dug herbaceous borders and the veg patch. JP is a farmer so is great to turn to for advice. As we passed the rows of purple sprouting broccoli we noticed that I could start harvesting it. JP mimed snapping the heads off to encourage the side shoots. Up until now I have harvested the broccoli when the plants look ready – now I realise that this was a haphazard and a rather stupid system. This is one of those vegetables that the more you pick the more you get.
After we waved our friends goodbye, I grabbed a colander and went down to the purple sprouting broccoli patch and snapped the heads off every plant even the ones with no side shoots. These were delicious with roast chicken with a Shitake and cream sauce – yes Danny wanted to try it one more time just to make sure that the quantity of ingrediebts was correct.
In a couple of days I will start selling PSB on the gate side stand. Fingers crossed that our passers by will like this vegetable as much as we do. We have over 40 plants and even we can’t eat that much PSB.
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