The Russian Giant Sunflowers have been a disappointment this year, not living up to their giant name - these should be called Five Footers, some are not even four foot.
Still its nice to see in the garden. There is something cheerful about sunflowers regardless of their size.
So here is my most recently harvest.
Starting from the top: a round courgette, yellow courgettes, some tomatoes, green beans, purple beans, peas and runner beans
My plum tree brings all the butterflies to the yard,We have had a load of courgettes. Some of which were turned into another Quiche.
This Quiche also has spring onions, garnished with nasturtium flowers.
Yellow Courgette, Spring Onions and Twarog Cheese Quiche
For the pastry
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried parsley
200g plain flour
For the filling
2 tablespoons grainy mustard
2 eggs plus 2 egg yolks
Salt and pepper to taste
180g soft cheese such as Twarog or Cottage cheese
Place flour and butter in a large bowl and rub with your fingertips until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs.
Add enough water to combine into a dough.
Turn dough onto floured surface and roll out to fit a deep greased 8 - 9 inch round or square tin.
Carefully place the pastry into the tin, pressing gently down and trim the edges.
Prick the base with a fork.
Chill for 30 minutes, then remove from fridge and cover with non-stick paper and weigh down the pastry with dried beans.
Bake in a preheated oven at gas mark 6 for 20 minutes.
Then remove paper and beans and bake for another 10 minutes till crisp.
Leave to cool.When it is cool, scatter over the chopped courgettes and spring onions.
Evenly distribute the cheese.
In a bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, mustard and season to taste.
Pour over the creamy egg mustard mixture.
Bake gas mark 4/180oc for 40 - 45 minutes or until golden.
Allow to cool, before serving.
Oh I should mention that the eggs used in this quiche came from this rescued chicken that belongs to the neighbour next door. There are four of them, but this one always comes up and close to us when we are harvesting, in the hope it will get something to eat from us. Have you heard of the pecking order...I understand it now, completely.
The tomatoes are coming along nicely, but again, not quite right - even though they are super sweet and tasty, they seem to be growing the size of cherries, that you'd think we had planted cherry variety, but that is not the case. Again, not sure what it is - perhaps the weather, perhaps the soil, perhaps we are not feeding them enough...
We have artichokes in the garden. I am growing these mostly for ornamental purposes.
The pear tree this year is laden. Last year was the best year for pears for us, but i think this year may be the best so far. I cannot say the same for the plum tree, this year is not its best, but we will still get some.
I am sharing this small harvest with Dave who blogs at Happy Acres for Harvest Monday.