Cooking has totally gone out of the window at the moment. The reason is my garden. I don’t think I fully realised just how much of my time it would take up. Instead of pottering round the kitchen when I get home from work, I’m weeding and watering my mountains of veg. Well not mountains, but there is a fair bit.
So far I haven’t bought any lettuce leaf of any kind since the end of April. I’m regularly (in fact living off of) open leaf lettuce, red and green cut-and-come-again, rocket and Chinese mustard leaves. Plus I’ve eaten lots of cute red and white radishes.
I’ve got some promising looking green tomatoes on my two plants, plenty of green strawberries (one I noticed today is a pale pink!) and runner beans nearly at the top of the canes! I hope you don’t think I’ve written this to show off, I’ve done it to inspire – if I can do it anyone can. Really, I haven’t grown anything successfully other than a bit of lettuce and mint before, and now I have my own vegetable patch. And, yes, I know I said I spend all my time watering and weeding – but not all my time, half an hour a day maximum – when it rains no time at all. Plus what can be nicer on a beautiful sunny day than pottering around the garden among the flowers?
I can tell you a salad from your garden need nothing more than some oil, vinegar, salt and pepper to taste divine. Hopefully I can blog soon about some actual meals made with the vegetables.