And on that note (imagining eating a tasty giant red spider face), I'll link in with Harvest Monday on Daphne's Dandelions. Or alternatively you can imagine me spiking myself in the bottom and ripping my trousers whilst accidentally crouching down on a cane this evening. Ow! Luckily I had a shirt to tie around my waist to hide my modesty!
Monday, 20 July 2015
Harvest Monday - berry bonanza featuring raw raspberry tart
Woah, I didn't realise how much I'd picked this week until looking back at the photos, here's a quick run down:
The first tomatoes! Earlier in the week my two pots of tumblers started ripening, they turned out to be yellow, cool.
And just today the first red 'uns too (I got all my varieties mixed up, can't remember this one)
Sarnies with my own purple basil
And some more (I'm not very original with the sandwich fillings!)
There were enough yellows to also take some as a snack for lunch on a day out at the weekend too. Although Jan thought they were all for her and I had to rescue some for myself! Hehe. She must have been distracted by the SPOONBILLS (yes!), avocets and marsh harriers we were watching from the hide at NWT Cley Marshes, we'd got the bus there with the wheelchair.
Also the first cucumbers this week (marketmore) from the plot
The courgettes have started to gain apace plus this first patty pan style squash (And another cuke, it will be a little while before there's more cukes though, only just getting more flowers, it's been very dry again and any rain just dries up in the sun or wind)
I love the shape of the patty pans when they're cut up
I went through and picked all of my spring-sown broad beans (Eleanora express), they'd done ok-ish despite the blackfly attack
Yes, I made broad bean and egg stew again...twice! And a pasta thing too. The skins were a little tough, I should really have popped the green innards out but it was too much to faff with at the moment.
I had a big bag of pumpkin in the freezer that needed using up. It was from a huge pumpkin that jan's work had carved for an event. The pumpkin itself was a bit flavourless but I made a sort of curry soup with it.
More courgettes, including a round one, first time I've grown these. I've lifted all my onions and have them in the shed on the allotment, but am just bringing a few home every now and then that need using up first.
And yes, the berries through the week have been rather abundant!
Raspberries and saskatoons. The raspberries take ages to pick
And some more. I think I spent an hour and a half just on the raspberries
And some more
And some more (gooseberries) - excuse the bad pic!
And some more
And some more
And for a bit of variety, here's tonight's tea, with courgettes, more pumpkin and my own onions and garlic - we had friends over to pick fruit from the plot beforehand
Quite the haul between us, it's much quicker picking with three people for sure (hi Jen and Phil). I dug up some early potatoes too.
So I thought I'd make Shaheen's raw raspberry mousse tart (I made it last year too) for our pudding. I did make a bit of a boo boo, I wasn't thinking and put the bananas in the freezer with their skins still on. So when I got them out the freezer, of course the skins were frozen on. But I broke them in half (weird experience breaking a frozen banana in half ) and after a little thawing they just popped out the skins, phew.
The finished product! Decorated with redcurrants and blackberries picked tonight, as my raspberries don't look nice enough for a posh topping. Although I think this looks a bit like a spiders face?