As well as the viability of the bean seeds in the Reading Food Growing Network's seed swap boxes I have been testing the pea seeds as well. Rather than throw away the germinated pea seeds - it's too cold to plant them outside at the moment - I have been putting them in pots on the window sill to grow pea shoots for food.
They are very easy and quick to grow and we've already had our first "crop". Further details on how to grow them together with a video are at How to grow pea shoots.
So our lunch consisted of vegetable biryani (parsnip, squash. swiss chard, onion, garlic), dhal, homemade yogurt with spring onions and garlic, and pea shoots.
Monday, 22 February 2016
Friday, 19 February 2016
As part of the early spring cleaning in the kitchen I usually check what chutneys and preserves we have in the cupboard. It gives me a chance to see what we have left and to move older jars to the front of the shelves for immediate consumption. This year we are doing rather well, although we are getting through the four fruit marmalade I made from oranges, lemon, lime and grapefruit in January this year.
From 2015 we still have:
- Tomato and red pepper relish
- Spiced tomato relish
- Spiced marrow/courgette and bean chutney
- Glutney chutney (based on a Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall recipe)
- Piccalilli (Waitrose recipe http://www.waitrose.com/home/recipes/recipe_directory/p/piccalilli.html)
- Piccalilli (Hairy Bikers recipe http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/hot_mustard_pickle_87973)
From 2014 I discovered lurking at the back of the cupboard:
- Rowan, rose hip, hawthorn and apple jelly
- Spiced blackberry and apple jam
- Spiced damson chutney - 2014 was a bumper year for damsons, which was just as well as 2015 was rather disappointing.
Supplies should last until production starts again later this year!
Saturday, 6 February 2016
I managed to harvest enough plants to yield about 200g of edible leaves, stems and bulbs. They are delicious chopped and stir fried, and taste like garlicky leeks. A worthwhile addition to the garden but, if you are going to try them yourself, be careful where you plant them. They will strongly resist attempts to move them if you later decide they are in the wrong place!