Between the vegetable patch in the garden and the allotment I have my hands full at the moment but it doesn’t seem such hard work once we start eating the things we have been growing. This week we have peas, turnips, radishes and spinach ready, as well as the never ending crop of strawberries, which are really sweet this year. The radishes are just coming to an end and in retrospect I did plant too many, so some will probably end up in the compost. I did make an unusual radish pickle to use some up but the rest were mainly eaten in salads.
The peas are so sweet that they are best eaten on their own with the minimum of cooking required if you can resist them long enough not to eat them straight from the pod.
The turnips have so far been used in casseroles and in spicy turnip mash which goes with pretty much anything.
Spinach is one thing I tend to use a lot of and I think I might plant another rotation when the first batch has finished. I made a lovely spinach and ricotta cannelloni with it the other day and it’s also really good mixed with cheese and used to stuff chicken breasts.
I had another disappointing year with the onions, they just don’t seem to like the soil in the garden, so I think next year I will try growing them at the allotment to see if I have better results. I am really looking forward to sampling the courgettes which should be ready towards the end of this week or early next. They are growing really well so we should have a good crop of them this year, I must dig out a few more recipes in preparation for the harvest.