Monday, 20 July 2020

Almost Homegrown Sunday Lunch and Harvest Monday

This echinacea reminds me of those ballerina dancers in those children musical jewellery boxes dancing elegantly in the breeze of the wind. 
Quite stunning, i just wish D had planted it in the border rather than tucked away under the plum tree.
 We don't have many raspberry canes this year, but what we have had has been good.
I made these raspberry muffins with some of the raspberries, but they are no match for Dave's muffin recipe, did you see his blog post last week with homegrown blueberries and homemade muffins. I want the recipe and hope he will oblige. My muffins just never seem to rise.
I mentioned in my previous blog post, that We are growing carrots for the first time in years and they seem to be doing well from the look of the healthy feathery fronds. 
Here they are thinned out carrots quite healthy actually. They are yellow carrots called Jaune Obtuse de Doubs. Some had been affected by carrot fly, but the damage was minimal. so i am keeping my fingers crossed that the carrots remaining will escape the dreaded pest.
Homegrown Sunday Dinner....well almost...the only vegetable that was not homegrown were the new potatoes.  Caramelized glazed baby yellow carrots and the last of the purple top Milan turnips, steamed runner beans and homemade vegan seitan hot' pastrami' on the side (whiich I will write more about later).
Glazed Turnips and Carrots
250g baby carrots, sliced in half lengthways
200g turnips, sliced into coins, blanched and rinsed, set aside
40g butter
1 tablespoon caster sugar
Melt the butter in a pan and then add the carrots and turnips. Stir.
Sprinkle over the sugar.
Saute gently until the vegetables are lightly browned and glossy.
Taste and adjust seasoning, then serve immediately
Adapted from Sophie Grigson's Feasts for A Fiver.  
The last time i cooked from it was a Sri Lankan Beetroot Curry 
Purple Dwarf climbing beans and runner beans, plus a cooking apple that D thought was worth rescuing 
Here are some of the runner beans and green beans seared with togarashi.  Togarashi is a Japanese spice blend made with crushed red pepper flakes, black and white sesame seeds, nori and salt and pepper.  It was lovely served as an accompaniment to a couscous dish.
Some more Champion and Telephone - tall climbing peas coming along wonderfully considering it was a slow start. 
I also picked some rhubarb sticks to make rhubarb crumble. I have plenty more to pick, so any recipes, please do share.  am sharing my Monday harvest with Dave over at Happy Acres who hosts Harvest Monday every week.


  1. Your homegrown Sunday dinner looks really amazing!

  2. Mmm, lovely fresh carrots and beans! Home-grown carrots can’t be beaten for flavour. Togarashi sounds good. Echinacea are unusual with their petals hanging down, so pretty; I was given a bunch on the allotment this week, but they look better outside than in a vase

    1. Thank you Belinda, yes nothing beat homegrown carrots and my D is so delighted to be growing some at home in such a long time

  3. What a harvest! I love love love your garden!

  4. Those glazed vegies look wonderful - I usually have mine plain but when I see these I get a yearning for the ones my mum used to make. Glad to see your garden repaying you handsomely for your efforts. I am jealous of your raspberries because I tried to grow them and never got one. And that echinacea at the top reminds me of the gumnut babies by May Gibbs - they are Australian but I am sure you would love them because the stories make you feel that there are little people among the plants.

    1. Thank you Johanna. I normally do too, or with a bit of butter and seasoning, so this made a change. Donot be dishearted with the raspberries, sometimes they take a while like any fruit to establish. I am not familiar of gumnut babies by May Gibbs but will google in a while as your right, little people living among the plants sounds quite enchanting.

  5. Those raspberry muffins look pretty yummy to me! Your rhubarb reminds me I need to make another crumble. I found some rhubarb in the freezer, just enough for the dish.

    1. Thank you Dave and thank you so much for sharing the link to the muffin recipe too. Hope you get to make some rhubarb crumble. We had done so last weekend. Time to make some more

  6. Never seen my echinacea as a ballerina, but you are right! I'll call them ballerinas from now on ;-)
    Lucky you with those carrots! Mine were stolen by the squirrels ;-(
    Your sunday dinner is mouthwatering!
    Have a nice we!

    1. Thank you Ephee.
      Ooh shame that your carrots were stolen by the squirrel and kind of funny at the same time, i thought they only ever went for nuts.

    2. They steal everything ;-( Courgettes, aubergines, corn, squash ... ;-(


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