Well, today has been incredibly warm and quite calm, in contrast to most of the recent weather that's been windy, windy, windy (with a hint of rain). There was a bit of respite yesterday too and before an afternoon at the allotment, I cycled to Whitlingham Country Park again. This time I took the iPad and got some pics. Incredible that this is just outside Norwich, and only 10 mins cycle from my house!
And another contrast, some not quite so photogenic potatoes! I discovered more as I was planting out my sweetcorn this week. I mean, how could I have missed these too?
They went into several meals - a tasty soup (it looks a bit boring but was was nice, honest)
The next day I picked some chard and....some asparagus! I added it to soup leftovers to make a spring veggie soup (plus some bought mange tout)
More of the potatoes went with pie and leek.
I picked some overwintered rocket from the back garden
For my packed lunch which I took to the allotment yesterday
So also yesterday, looking around the plot, there was so much marjoram popping up everywhere (which I usually just let go to flower because the bees love it, and it's very pretty). Jan had managed to get down the plot for the first time in ages (she's hardly left the house over the last few months as she's been ill with a thyroid problem that finally seems to be getting sorted) and whilst enjoying listening to the birdies singing for a bit of nature therapy she looked up what can be done with it (the wonders of the smartphone!) It goes with many things including eggs and potatoes, so.....
Went with some shooting brassicas...
And I fried these up with more of the cooked potatoes and some onion and mushroom
..cracked in a couple of eggs and served with a side of the largest and best condition purple sprouting broccoli leaves I could find (These were actually very tasty too and I might have a look and see if there are any more before I pull the plants out for the next crop). The marjoram gets added right at the end of the cooking, so you don't lose all the good oils etc (according to the web, which is always true)
And finally, tonight I made my new regular meal, cauliflower curry, with more overwintered chard
Oh, I forgot, I also had a couple of sticks of rhubarb from last week, so added some marmalade and toasted some flaked almonds. Double mmmm.
Phew, that was a long post! Linking in with Harvest Monday on Daphne's Dandelions