Monday, 15 July 2019

Baby Beetroot and Broad Beans

We have more broad beans from the garden plot; and some baby beetroot.

I had to pull the beetroot out of the ground as they were beginning to bolt.  
I also harvested some more raspberries, but the strawberries are beginning to dwindle.  
And for those of you who came by last week, this is what I did to my red gooseberriesI made a Red Gooseberry and Raspberry Tart.  
If you look close, you will see half the side is filled with red gooseberries and the other half with raspberries. It was delicious.  
I will share the recipe for the Red Gooseberry or Raspberry Tart over the next few days, right now though I am sharing this blog post with Dave over at Happy Acres for Harvest Monday, where gardeners from all over the world come together to share their harvest.

Monday, 8 July 2019

Broad Beans and Red Gooseberries

Last month I shared the first of my strawberries and the last of the chard from the garden plot.

Today, I share a small harvest of goodies from the garden.
Here are some broad beans, some strawberries and a good handful of raspberries.  
And most of the red gooseberries. I managed to get to them this year before the birds did. 

If anyone has got any sweet recipe ideas for red gooseberries, please do let me know. 
Now a quick peek to see what else is growing, of course more raspberries.  I have to say, these are much tastier than those I harvested last year that lacked flavour. We've been eating them with Greek Yogurt.
Blueberries coming along.  
In the greenhouse we have tomatoes, still a little way off.  We are not growing any fancy tomatoes this year, which I am a little disappointed about as I do like to try some heritage variety, but just was not organised enough.  Plus our good neighbour got himself a new hobby which included a greenhouse is growing a number of heritage tomatoes.  He is even growing goji berries.  He has been bestowed these plants by a friend of his who grows unusual vegetables and heritage variety.  Am I jealous - of course not - yes I am a little, I want his friend to give me some. Truthfully though, we get on well with this neighbour, he is the one that gave us cherries and the reddest eating apples I have ever seen. So I am really pleased that he is enjoying his new hobby. 
Here are some broad beans - more ready for the picking.
The peas are coming along now, there are pods if you look closely. 
And finally climbing beans in purple, yellow and green, as well as runner beans.
You can't see it here, but right in front is the courgette patch, the gold/yellow variety.  I think I will have harvested my first courgette come the weekend. And forgive me for the make shift cane toppers which also includes a empty bottle of wine and beer.  Well someone stole my terracotta pig cane toppers that I haven't got round to replacing them, so I am doing a bit of reusing.
And finally this Echinacea belong to D.  He bought it for the bees, as if our garden doesn't have enough bee friendly plants! No I am really happy about it.  I marvel at how its grows. 

I am sharing this blog post with Dave over at Happy Acres for Harvest Monday.  

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Lots of Tea In My Kitchen

Well July has started well with the allotment garden plot rewarding us with our first harvest of broad beans. 

Its the only homegrown vegetable I am sharing this month, but I am hoping come next month there will be a lot more.  

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Johanna's Raspberry Lime Muffins

It's been a busy week, so it was nice to spend some time in the garden - weeding.  Yes funnily enough, I found the act of weeding quite relaxing today. It was nice to switch off from work stuff and listen to the variety of birds tweeting  and fluttering about in the garden fighting for a chance to perch on the various bird feeders dotted around.  We even have a Great Spotted Woodpecker visiting us on a regular basis.  I sit back and admire how well the allotment garden plot is coming along.  We have begun to harvest broad beans and strawberries. The summer raspberries will soon be ready to eat too and I cannot help but  be embarrassed in the knowledge that I still had some autumn raspberries in the little freezer. 

So I was pleased when Johanna blogged her Raspberry Lime Muffins a few weeks back using frozen raspberry.  It was well timed and gave me the nudge to use them.  
I found these Raspberry Lime Muffins delicious to eat with its sticky top on the day and they were still good on the second day, very light. 
You can find the recipe for Johanna's Raspberry Lime Muffins here.  My only alternation, rather substitution was using diary milk in place of soya milk, which might explain the visual difference - I am always fascinated at how the same recipe can look different when made by different people. I also plopped a frozen raspberry on top before they went into the oven, which may explain the raspberry swirl or burst effect!

Other Raspberry Recipes 
Raspberry Crown Cupcakes
Double Chocolate Raspberry Cake
Raspberry Lemon Muffins (vegan) by Dine In, Dine Out
Raspberry Swirl Muffins

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Eat Your Greens This July - Please Join in

Well July has started well for the sun-worshippers and my garden seems to be loving it too. It also my turn to host this months Eat Your Greens challenge.  

Please do join in as its really easy especially if your a food blogger.  All you have to do is make either a vegan or vegetarian recipe with green vegetables or fruit on your blog.  

Then copy the blog link to the comment section below and we will share it at the end of the month.  The use of the #EatYourGreens logo is completely optional, but is appreciated.  The deadline is the 29th July and the Round up will be on the 31st July 2019. 

For more details on how to participate, please Follow this link  just please remember to link back to the host page (this page) and my co-host The VegHog.   Also if your looking for some seasonal inspiration, then please do check The Veg Hog round up from June. which includes Macaroni Cheese with Broccoli; Bruscetta with Mint and Peas; and Baby Arugula Tomato Salad -  all So good!

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Cinnamon Chickpea Tagine and Bedminster Street Graffiti Art 2016 Part 3

Here is final part 3/3 of Bedminster Street Graffiti Art from 2016 that I did not get round to sharing a few years back.  
I know its not to everyones taste - but they do make for interesting viewing.
I haven't been cooking much of late, but I did make this Moroccan Chickpea Tagine from Cornucopia.  You can find the recipe here.  It was quite heady from the cinnamon stick, but nice to eat none the less.
I am sharing my Cinnamon Tagine with Eat Your Greens which is hosted by The VegHog this month as it has some courgettes in it; and My Legume Love Affair, a monthly event celebrating legumes.  Adminsitered by Lisa's Kitchen and co-hosted every month by a different blogger, this month it is Seduce Your Tastebuds
Other Tagine style recipes

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

John Lennon Mural and Bedminster Street Graffiti Art 2016 Part 2

Here is part 2/3 of Bedminster Street Graffiti Art that I failed to share with my readers a few years back.  

Unlike most graffiti art that disappears when someone paints over it, this one - Best Thing Since Sliced Bread is actually still there. 
This is not graffiti art, but it is street art - embroidery bird and flowers. 
I like this - Press to Reset the World !
This one is pretty cool too, in fact they all are. 

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Bedminster Street Graffiti Art 2016 Part1

Many of you were delighted to see the Greta Thunberg Mural, that I thought I would share with you some more graffiti street art from Bedminster in Bristol that I took in 2016, but did not get round to share them.  
As there are so many of them, this is Bedminster Street Graffiti Art Part 1/3
Please note many of the street graffiti art featured on this blog post were not there on our most recently visit

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Greta Thunberg Mural and Graffiti Street Art in Bedminster Bristol

We went to Bristol on Sunday for a mooch about.

We had also heard that there was a new tribute mural featuring the young Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, so that was another good reason to go to Bristol as we do like checking out the graffiti street art too.   
So we took a slow walk from the city centre to area of Bedminster to see it in person.
This is what else we saw along the way...

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Spicy Korean Style Gochujang - Vegan 'Meatballs' with Kimchi Gratin

I made this Spicy Korean Style Gochujang mock 'meatballs' some time last year, but never got round to blogging it for whatever reason.  It was whilst looking at photographs in my computer food files that I was reminded of it and have decided to share it as I haven't been doing much exciting cooking or baking the last few months.  

Life is just busy and I want to make the most of my lazy days with the other things happening in my ...friends...the garden...

I remember the mock 'meatballs' being fine, they often are when they are out of a packet, but the spicy Korean style Gochujang sauce was exceptional and very glossy.  I liked it more the following day when the flavour matured a bit more. 
Gochujang is a thick red paste made up of fermented chillies and soy beans.  It's salty and spicy, but not hot hot.  It also umami tasting, I remember someone once describing it as a blend of miso paste and marmite with a little bit of kick. 
I admit it was a bit of a mish mash of a meal, the meatballs served here with broccoli, but it all came together on the plate with the Kimchi Gratin.  Yes Kimchi Gratin, I know …but it tasted good!
I take no credit for the Kimchi Gratin as it came from a book called Living Food by Daphne Lambert, which I picked up from Oxfam in Cardiff.  I was prompted to make it as I still had a jar of homemade kimchi in my kitchen cupboards. Gratins never photographs well.. And some chefs like to make them in mould or cut them out with round moulds - full marks for presentation, but a lot of waste - not in this house!.

Also here is an article by PeTa for 13 Vegan Korean MeatFree recipes.  I also recommend that you look at the defunct foodblog The Vegan 8 Korean that has loads of vegan Korean recipes for you to recreate at home, as well as The Korean Vegan who has some proper tasty Korean eats veganized.  Please also check out these awesome vegan BBQ Seitan Ribs with Spicy Korean Sauce by Delightful, Delicious and DeLovely.

Gochujang glaze
3 tablespoons gochujang
2 tablespoons maple syrup
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons Tamari
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 fat clove garlic, crushed
Place all the ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer.
Cook for a few minutes or until thick and glossy.
Reduce the heat and keep warm, until ready to serve
Gently spoon over a tablespoon of the sauce over each meatball.
The sauce was adapted from Quiet Good Food: Veg Eats for Everyone who adapted it from Tiger Burger in New Zealand published May 2016 issue of Cuisine magazine. 

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Hello June

So my lovely husband came home bearing gifts for me on  recent trip away.  He brought me African Coconut Chin Chin which are West African crunchy pastry snacks that originated in Nigeria.  Next to it is a rather large tin of Ghanian Palm Nut Soup with Herbs known as Abemudro .   If any one has had it before, please let me know, otherwise I will wait until I eat it. 
I know there is so much controversy around Palm oil, but have been told that Carotino Palm Oil is a good one to purchase; and isn't good that he came back with it.  I am looking forward to making a Ghanian Black Eyed Bean dish called Red Red again, when I made it a few years back, I never too a picture of it and therefore did not get round to sharing it.  I need to find that recipe first!   
Next we have is a box of Instant Plantain Fufu. I am guessing its like instant mash, which is not something I eat at all, but it will be interesting to try this Plantain Fufu.  I've had Plantain chips before and they have also featured on my blog in the past, so some of you will know that I am quite partial to them, they also make a nice change from potato chips or crisps.
Talking about crisps, we have Tyrrell's Vegetable Crips: parsnips, beetroot and carrot.  I do like these, but when you open the bag, the crisps are really shrivelled!
In our efforts to reduce plastic, we are trying to buy our oils in glass bottles, but its not that easy as most are in plastic bottles.  We did however find some extra virgin olive oil in a canister tin that will be decanted into a glass bottle at home.
Someone else other than my husband likes me, as I was gifted a bag full of presents from Greece including Sesame Pistachio Halva, Greek Delight and some Greek ingredients from my nephew.  It was very thoughtful .  Bless You and Thank you.  I will be tucking into these sooner than  you think.  
I also have some herbal and fruity Teapigs tea bags: Lemon and Ginger and Super Fruit.  I don't usually buy this product as its expensive for me, but as it was more than half price so how could I not. 
While D was away, I bought some blueberries from M&S and enjoyed  most of the with Greek Yogurt and a drizzle of runny honey.  It was good, though I must admit I am looking forward to homegrown blueberries.
Finally, we were both tempted by this Scottish Tablet Dairy Ice-Cream, hoping it would transport us back to our times in Scotland.  It was okay as an ice-cream, but tasted nothing like it promised, so that disappointed a tad.
For those of you who may have missed my In My Kitchen blog post from last month, for those of you who may have missed it, but today I am sharing this blog post with Sherry's Picking for the In My Kitchen series.  If you would like to join in, send your post to Sherry by the 13th of the month.