Monday, 10 August 2020

Exquisite Sunflower

The sunflowers in the garden have been hit and miss. 

This one fortunately is one of the biggest, I think it may be the one called Sunzilla sunflower. 

Just look how exquisite the centre is - I've never seen anything like it before, so detailed and intricate.

 First of the Chantenay carrots - not so short and stubby though, tasted wonderfully carrots though served as part of a vegetarian Sunday Roast Dinner
Bunch of Dazzling Blue Kale.
Some used in a savoury Kale and Cheddar Cheese muffins.
Some as individual Colcannan Cakes.  I am sharing this blog post with Harvest Monday where vegetable growers from around the world share homegrown fruit and vegetables with Dave from Happy Acres.  

Sunday, 9 August 2020

Vegan Eats from The Superfun Times

I made these recipes from  The Superfun Times: Vegan Holiday cookbook a few of months back, way before the global pandemic and for some reason, did not get round to sharing them.
So thought, I would do so today as I made these Chickee Style Seitan pieces again.
I really liked the seitan, but D was not happy with the way i had sliced them, making them look more like sausages than chick'n wings.  Fortunately for him, i have some more to cook with.  
Regardless of his grumbles, these were good.  
Irish Stout Stew with Potato Biscuits, I made this only because i liked the potato biscuit topping (not shown) rather than the stew itself.
Cauliflower Tikka Masala Bake based on British Tikka Masala.
Cauliflower Tikka Masala Bake was a good vegan take and enjoyable to eat.
Buffalo Cauliflower was delicious and one that I will be making again - for sure!
I am sharing this blog post with Weekend Cooking usually hosted by Beth Fish Reads, but this month is hosted by The Intrepid Reader, as I have cooked a number of recipes from The Superfun Times Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. 
Please see other recipes cooked from the book:

Monday, 3 August 2020

Eats from the Garden

So for this weeks Harvest Monday, below I have Runner Beans, Purple and Neckargold Climbing Beans and a  Long Fiorentino Courgette
And some Champion and Telephone Peas.
The Runner Bean were added to a vegan version of Puttanesca.
I also made these Pea, Feta and Mint Crescents bookmarked from Green Seasons Cookbook by  Rachel Demuth.   These Turkish pastries were made from scratch.  The golden puffy pasty was made with some yogurt and filled with  pea, feta and mint combination. Taste of Summer indeed and it made for a lovely light lunch. I tried to find a link to the original recipe on the website to share with you, but its not there.  
I am sharing these Pea, Feta and Mint Crescents with Soup, Salad and Sammies hosted by Kahakai Kitchen
Some of the peas were turned into a Pea and Basil Spread/and or Dip served with some crusty rolls.
We had about four tablepoons of the Pea and Basil Spread left over, so I whisked it together with some  cream cheese and an egg and then poured it over some ready rolled puff pasty that was layered with slices of Courgette to create another  light lunch.
Here is a generous slice of Courgette, Pea and Basil Puff Pastry Tart with some salad leaves
Close up of the box with Long Fiorentino Courgette , Neckar Gold Beans and Purple Climbing Beans
Some Blueberries, not many...but enough to be
Turned into a Soured Cream Blueberry Tart with a handful of plums
Adapted from Neither Fish Nor Fowl: Meat -Free Eating For Pleasure by Sarah Beattie. I was a bit naughty as it has been advised to cook the fruit down with some arrowroot, but i was impatient hence why the bottom is so juicy, but it did not detract from the taste.  It was delicious and I will be making it again.

I am sharing this blog post with Harvest Monday where vegetable growers from around the world are welcome to share homegrown fruit and vegetables with Dave from Happy Acres.  

Saturday, 1 August 2020

From Garden to My Kitchen

Come Monday, it is the start of my annual leave (again).  Some of you may remember I took a week off early last month, truth is by the time I started to unwind and relax, it was time to go back to work; and then on returning, I was off sick for a few days.  So I think, my body is telling me something, so I have taken off another full week off work for some self-care and reflection. 
This is also to say, I don't have very much in the way that is new or from the supermarket to share, so here are some things mostly from my garden and homemade. 
Runner Beans turned into 
Pasta Dinner
A puff pastry tartlet topped with courgettes and pea cream cheese base.
Homegrown peas.
Some turned into a Pea and Basil Spread/and or Dip.
I also made these Pea, Feta and Mint Crescents bookmarked from Green Seasons Cookbook by  Rachel Demuth
An old favourite Roasted Purple and Green Climbing Beans with Couscous adapted from a  Denis Cotter recipe.
I found a packet of vegan Chorizo Sosmix 
And made Vegetarian Chorizo Scotch Eggs
Here they are coated with Panko ready to be deep fried.
Our neighbour knocked on the door and gave us a ramekin of homemade hummus.  He told us the recipe came from Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi.  It was wonderfully flavourful.  
In my brothers kitchen, foraged cherries.  He sent this picture to me through his mobile phone.
I also found these crisp packets in one of the cupboards, they were given to me a while back.  They were terrible, that is all I am saying about them. 

 am sharing this post with Sherry's Pickings who host the In My Kitchen series

Monday, 27 July 2020

Dwarf Fantasy Sunflowers and Blue Berries

Last week, I shared the echinacea growing in my vegetable garden plot.

Today its the turn of sunflowers. 
Although they have not been as tall and magnificent compared to years gone, they are still adding cheer and colour to the garden - so much so, our neighbours went to the garden centre and bought some potted sunflowers to put outside their front door. 
Ours came out of a packet called Dwarf Fantasy Mixed Sunflowers and were started from seed.
Indeed all are different and even different shades of yellow.
I think this is Sunzilla sunflower - very, very big sunflower - its still growing and taller than me, over five foot and came in a packet of its own.  
We do also have some Russian Sunflowers growing too, but more about them next time. 
Okay, so this is supposed to be Harvest Monday where I share homegrown fruit and vegetables with Dave from Happy Acres.  

So i have some homegrown blueberries to share. 
Turned into a Blueberry Loaf Cake adapted from thiCranberry , Carrot and Orange Bread recipe.
One Long Fiorentino Courgette with which i made pasta dish.
A handful of runner beans.
If you look closer, you will see that i also harvest the first yellow Neckargold French bean buts its looking more like a yellow runner bean. 
I f you look closely, you will note how closely have put vegetables together to make the most of the space this year.  From the right hand corner - Dazzling Blue Kale, then Perpetual Spinach, the  Long Fiorentino Courgette  and then Runner Bean wigwams and right at the back the Tall Climbing Pea frames (and some crocosmia creeping  in between the fencing from the neighbours).