Saturday, 19 May 2012

Today I picked....

Rhubarb, leeks, onion or shallot thingy, some sort of broccoli that isn't heading up and a big bunch of flat leaf parsley.
The leeks, onion and broccoli went into a stirfry and the rhubarb will turn up tomorrow morning for breakfast.

Monday, 7 May 2012

What's for Dinner?

 Rhubarb, Rainbow chard, leeks, parsley and fennel 
and a rather strange onion that could be a shallot 
with two bulbs. I remember planting it late last year,
shoved into a corner near the leeks and forgotten

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Leo peas

"Leo" peas are sold in cardboard boxes in the supermarkets, complete with Steeping tablet and Pea net!
That is not a typo - the Steeping tablet contains Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate and Acid Sodium Pyrophosphate. That's a lot of Sodium in various guises. Maybe this is why I can't stand Mushy peas.
These cheap dried peas can be used to grow pea shoots and that's what I've been doing through the winter, just to have a taste of summer by nibbling the leaves.

Ignore them for a week or two and suddenly there's a tangled mass of tendrils and wiry stalks. I shove the pots outside as the shoots are inedible but, being a soft hearted soul, I can't bear to uproot them.  In gratitude, white flowers appeared, pretty and delicate like small sweet peas. Their next test is to provide pea pods and I can assure any pea that forms within, that they will not be steeped with all those chemicals but eaten fresh. Please, Peas, pretty peas.