Sunday, 8 November 2020

Reasons to be Cheerful Pt3

England is in lockdown for a month and the weather is gloomy but ... on Tuesday, a little bit of Christmas cheer visited the site. Forbes hasn’t gone completely mad, there is a reason behind this photo, but I’m not revealing today! 😀

I used the last of the focaccia mix. It was supposed to represent the classic Day of the Dead skull, but it didn’t quite turn out as intended 😂 
Oh well, it still tasted ok, dipped in celeriac and squash (thanks Jim & Martine) soup. The squash was really delicious roasted. (I’m missing all our usual home-grown squashes). Jamie bought the celeriac and some braised fennel so I also made a soup with them - my favourite soup. It will be nice to grow our own ingredients again next year.
Anyway, no whinging, this is a cheerful post! Our garlic seedlings are growing well in this mostly-mild Autumn.
Though we did get a frost (-2.5°) which has seen off the runner bean plants and begonias.
Luckily Jamie picked the remaining Gigantes beans on Tuesday, so they’re drying in the polytunnel.
And the broad beans have avoided becoming mouse food in their little cloches.
Yesterday afternoon we visited the plot to just sit awhile in the last of the sunshine and Min gave us a couple of her interesting harvest of Yakon. I hadn’t heard of it before. It grows like Jerusalem artichoke but the flavour sounds quite different. We’re drying them out as that should apparently sweeten them up. It’s always good to get to try something new, don’t you agree?
And the main reason for using Ian Dury’s great song title is the US election Result. How relieved must the non-Trump supporters feel?! Just need to move the big orange baby on now...

8 comments:

  1. I love trying a new vegetable. Good to see the new garlic and broad beans on the go as well, I like the signs of a new season even as one draws to a close. I wish I could grow squashes here, but my soil is too poor to support them. Might give it another go next year though, with plenty of compost.

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    1. Thanks for the visit. I have big plans for squashes next year (fingers crossed). A big hole full of manure and compost should do the trick

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  2. Garlic looking good (Mine is sulking underground. A really cheerful post!

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    1. Thanks Mal. The garlic's ok, just don't want the broad beans to get too tall as we want to cover them if we get snow this winter...

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  3. You’ll be popping up on `Bake Off next.

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    1. Haha, or maybe not 😂 I do like GBBO but cannot imagine anything worse - cooking under pressure, ugh!

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  4. You know what, I am sure i commented on this blog post! But nothing here, did i imagine it?! :( Even though your focaccia did not turn out the way you expected, i like it - vibrant cheery colours. My garden is going to sleep, other than some leeks and carrots, not much going on - oh and hardy herbs. I am pleased to see that your allotment is emerging with new growth for the following year

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    1. I wonder where your comment ended up!?
      Aah, leeks and carrots, such a tasty partnership. We look forward to having them again this time next year!

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