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Garden produce recipes

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 19:50

Thank you

Garden produce recipes

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 18:56

Hello Topbird, hope you are well

I totally agree about lemon zest and juice, any soup or risotto that is a bit 'blah' can be lifted tastewise far more healthily with lemon rather than beastly salt.

What does 'open freeze' mean please?

Garden produce recipes

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 18:29

Garden produce recipes

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 18:21

Courgette and herb rissotto by Sophie Grigson, just google that

Courgette Clafoutis; from Annie Bell's book; Gorgeous Greens;


110 plain flour,sifted. 1/2 tsp sea salt

2 med eggs. 150ml milk. 150 ml water

2 tsp Dijon mustard. 2 tsp wholegrain mustard.


3 courgettes ends trimmed, sliced lengthways

virgin olive oil, sea salt, black pepper

200g rindless smokey bacon diced OR medium mature goat's cheese.

1 tblsp finely chopped fresh rosemary


Whizz all batter ingredients in a blender till smooth, rest for 30 mins

heat a ridged griddle pan over medium heat. Brush both sides of sliced courgettes with olive oil, season and cook on ridged pan for 3 mins, flip over then 2 mins. They need to colour without being too dark. Cook them in batches. In another pan cookthe bacon on medium heat 7-8 mins, stir sometimes.

Halfway through resting batter, preheat oven; 200 (fan), 220 or gas mark 7

Take a 30cm oval gratin dish or similar, add 2 tblsp oil and put in oven for 10 mins.

Pour chilled batter into bowl, plus rosemary and half the bacon; stir.

Pour this into the hot dish then scatter over the courgette slices, pushing down so about half of them are submerged. Scatter over remaining bacon and bake for 30 mins until batter is risen and golden. Serve straight away.

Bon appetit



How do you grow large garlic bulbs

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 17:49

treehugger, I have never heard of starting garlic off in modules! When do you do this?

I might try a few using this method

Garden produce recipes

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 10:08

pansyf, yes 'Frog in the Hole' would be a good name for it. I haven't tried it, but am just about to do the rissotto. Do you want the Clafoutis recipe? It is from a brilliant book called Gorgeous Greens by Annie Bell.

Hello Star Gaze, I really liked Bressingham and it was just so lovely to see everyone.

blighty mam, you mentioned that your kitchen looked a bit bloody after pickling little Jack Russel appeared to have a bloody behind - I was worried, but on closer inspection she had sat on a black current


Posted: 30/07/2015 at 10:00

jo47, since it always grows in the same place, I had sort of assumed it is perennial.

It grows for me in very poor soil, shallow and very dry. Perhaps I should give it more of a sporting chance next time

How do you grow large garlic bulbs

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 09:57

cajary, I've also heard that about the cold weather...and vernalising is a new word for me, I looked it up and amongst other things it means to treat seed in a special way before planting, so shall def try the fridge idea.

Are garlic greedy feeders? I know onions need pretty good soil, perhaps it applies to all alliums.

How do you grow large garlic bulbs

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 20:42

I have been growing garlic for years; there are good years and there are bad years. The advice that I give myself is;

only grow from your own stock for 3 years, then buy in new cloves to plant.

I now only really grow elephant garlic (relative to a leek)

Plant in late October/ early November in healthy soil. Remove any flower buds in June (called scapes) and use them in stir fries or Pesto.

I have never fed garlic, just plant in good soil with home made compost and some organic chicken manure hoed in a couple of weeks prior to planting.

I don't always follow this advice, real life intervenes. My garlic does not always split into cloves, but it is still usable.


Posted: 29/07/2015 at 20:32

My flax, (the seeds sort of fell into my hand a few years ago) has been very healthy for several years, but is dying back now, so will be saving seeds to sow again. The blue of the flowers is just stunning.

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