Shout out to my grandma @gerryboyette !! She and Frank grow, pick, and jar their own veggies. Occasionally I get to bring some home with me! Tonight I get to enjoy some homegrown #beets with my dinner.
Made this chunky tomato based vegetable soup with carrots from the garden and celery from a friend. The tomato base was from the tomato sauce we made in late summer from the abundance of tomatoes we grew this year on the allotment.
While I had it as a chunky soup yesterday it’s also the base for my grandmothers Polish tomato and rice soup. To make it into that it just means you blend the soup once done into a smooth consistency and add already cooked rice. Either way it’s perfect for these cold days and nights we’ve been having. —
Ingredients and method:
•3 cups of tomato sauce (or if you’re using fresh tomatoes 2 lbs skinned) •1 large chopped onion •2 ribs of celery •2 large carrots •1 clove of garlic •2-3 cups of vegetable stock (depending on how much liquid the tomatoes produce) •1/2 cup of soured cream
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#tbt to our Lista de Gandia eggplant last summer. .
Two plants gave us more than enough eggplant for grilling, roasting and -our favorite - eggplant lasagna! .
This summer, the first dish I’m planning to make is ratatouille. I still remember eating it in Italy years ago. I think it’s one of the first times I realized I really enjoy eating eggplant. It soaks up whatever you cook it in which, for me, usually means it tastes like butter. .
We will be starting our eggplant seeds inside this January. I know! Crazy, right? It allows us to plant mature plants outside after the last freeze instead of planting seeds, extending the season and providing us with more food! .
The jungle (and the first red tomatoes are appearing ) This garden bed looks great, but in all honestly my seed raising was a disaster this year . Almost everything I tried to grow from seed failed to germinate, got eaten by slugs or wilted in the hot sun . In this bed lots of tomatoes self-sprouted from the compost I'd dug in, and I thought - what's the point in fighting nature? Why pull out what is actually growing to try to force something that really doesn't want to happen? So I have a selection of mystery tomatoes. Which is much better than zero tomatoes. The globes of red peeping through the foliage cheers me no end.
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This season my tomato plants have gone wild! Lesson learned too many planted into this @holmangarden raised planter has resulted in my own jungle
Silly me squished about 8 plants into a single planter!
While seed saving, I was sure to save plenty of these petite watermelon from last year. They have a sweet yellow center and grew remarkably well. I found they grew 4 to 5 pounds and if you waited too long to harvest they would split. Of course the chickens got them when they did so they didn’t mind.
Plenty of #blueberries this season. This blueberry was put in the ground 6 months ago after living in a pot. It’s now thriving in its own garden bed. I put it in a mix of pine bark and azalea mix and it’s produced so many berries and plenty of new growth Hope everyone had had a great day ♀️
I was massively impressed by @mimscuisine and @kat.lavers garlic braids. So, I did what any budding Garlic Braider would do- I watched a U tube video. And it turns out garlic braiding isn’t my forte’ (my lack of hair braiding skills should have given it away really ). The finished product was very ‘loosey goosey’ and had several gaps and the fact that I had left the garlic to dry too much didn’t help ...... It looked so hillarious- I was laughing my head off throughout the process -my neighbours must have thought that there is a mad woman residing in my garage . So, then I decided to treat it more as an ‘evolving sculpture’ AND GOT OUT THE CABLE TIES! A little bit of a tie here and there and it now actually looks like a braid. I am so going to do this again next year (garlic gods willing) if only to post a live video of the ‘creative process’ for everyone’s entertainment . @miss.mclaughlin@reana_louise@mimis_patch I finally finished the Kabuki tee here. The linen is from The Fabricstore- @daniela_mariotti reckons I look like a sofa cover! I still like it!!! I struggled with the square corners when setting in the sleeves and it’s only thanks to my best friend The Iron that it looks somewhat decent! Waiting to get some expert instruction from @miss.mclaughlin before sewing another one.