Monday, 28 July 2008

arrrrgggghhhh .... its courgette time

Oh my god !!! So much for keeping on top of the courgettes. They have gone barmy and today I picked 18, yes thats 18 from cricket ball to small football size. Two have gone into courgette quiche and two have been chopped up and roasted. So four down ... when are those first frosts due ?

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The peas are looking worse for wear and I suspect that these might be the last of them. I've still to sow the remaining packet. Some of them had grubs inside, I'm not sure how to avoid them

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It looks as though my first Gypsy is just developing, hopefully if they grow as long as last year, I may get some peppers yet !

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I pulled my first beetroot today, although they are still sat on the worktop waiting to be cooked.

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It seems that my potatoes don't have blight, they are just dying back naturally. The potatoes are quite small and I don't think I'll try the variety again. I've made them into potato salad to go with the quiche.

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Here is one of Ken's swedes, I've not grown them before so I don't know if it is doing well or not. Not sure yet what we'll do with them (especially as the carrots appear to have popped their clogs)

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After a very poor start, thankfully the beans look to be making progress at last and they are all in flower. Here are my canneloni:

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Borlotti:

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and Scarlet Emperor:

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We are having a fabulous supply of artichokes .. here are the latest batch about to go into the oven. I think we are getting addicted to them.

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Its quite nice to be able to go to the lottie with a shopping list - today I wanted strawberries, raspberries, potatoes, artichokes & courgettes.

Sadly it looks as though the strawberries have finished. Just as I've found a fabulous recipe too. Fortunately I had just enough to make strawberry & raspberry oaty bakes and boy are they good. Next time it'll just be raspberry oaty bakes.