Down on the Allotment

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Food Yards!

This is the most perfect way to demonstrate our delight in cooking home grown veggies.
Step 1. boil your water Step 2. go down the garden and decide what you want to eat - in this case my early PSB 'Rudolph'
Step 3. cut your broccoli heads. You can see here that there are plenty of side shoots ready to come on.
Just so fresh and clean this time of year.
Step 4. take back into the kitchen and steam for 5 minutes. This really was the most tender broccoli you could imagine. Taste was out of this world. When you think of the food which is flown here from Argentina and Peru... how about the end of your own garden?

18 Comments:

At 6:17 PM, Blogger The Garden Faerie said...

Whew--what a relief that step 4. was steaming and not boiling! :) I used to watch "Chef!" with Lenny Henry and he had a hilarious rant about how his mother boiled every last bit of taste out of vegetables!
~Monica

 
At 9:00 PM, Anonymous easygardener said...

One of my favourite veg..
We have Rudolph too. The Digger had the job of staking them this year and half of them have keeled over. How a stake and string can be complicated is beyond me!

 
At 9:44 PM, Blogger Anna said...

Could not agree with you more - no damage to the environment and the flavour of home grown, freshly picked vegetables is infinitely superior. I would have to change the order of play and step 1 would become step 3. I always get distracted when I set foot in the garden :)

 
At 8:50 AM, Blogger Yolanda Elizabet said...

I like to steam my broccoli too and you are right growing your own reduces your carbon footprint quite a lot.

Have a great weekend!

 
At 10:37 AM, Blogger clairesgarden said...

it looks fabulous! I'm jealous!

 
At 11:52 AM, Blogger Garden tips said...

Thanks for the tips, my little boy only seems to eat broccoli. You can't beat home grown food.

 
At 1:31 PM, Blogger Goldmember AKA Cus AKA Cazaux said...

That is a handsome crop. The greens and purple colours just look so healthy and delish.

I have a few plants which have been ravaged by the pigeons but are now netted up again. Hope they recover and produce a crop just half the quality of yours.

Well done.

 
At 1:32 PM, Blogger Goldmember AKA Cus AKA Cazaux said...

Wonderful crop.

Well done - they look to die for.

 
At 1:43 PM, Blogger Vegetable Heaven said...

It's so difficult even to get purple sprouting broccoli in the shops. It's usually the big-headed green calabrese that's sold. We fell in love with PSB when we first grew our own - about 35 years ago - there's a give-away!

 
At 4:09 PM, Blogger Eco Gites of Lenault said...

Oh lucky you - my PSB isn't ready yet and I'm hoping it has survived the cold spell.

Rosie x

 
At 8:12 PM, Blogger this is my patch said...

Makes a great light meal with some grated cheese melted over the top. x

 
At 8:12 AM, Blogger Dreadnought said...

Hi Matron, My Broccoli isn't as advanced as yours. I'm sure yours was very tasty. Its raining here so I think the day will start with some cleaning up in the conservatory, thats after all the sheep stuff of course. Best wishes, Bob.

 
At 2:10 PM, Anonymous Soilman said...

What beautiful purple sprouting. It looks flawless; no nibbles, no white fly, no mealy buy, no problem! What's your secret!?!

 
At 4:31 PM, Blogger Gary Jen Sammie and Ruby said...

Looks yummy!

I do love marmalade.

I usually cheat and buy from Aldi at 49p per jar!

 
At 9:31 AM, Anonymous Liz said...

Your broccoli is ready! I'm so jealous - I've still got weeks to go with mine. And that's providing I get to it before the pigeons do...

 
At 12:40 AM, Blogger Aim said...

Such beautiful colors too! Thanks for the inspiration!

 
At 11:47 AM, Blogger Lindab said...

This is what broccoli should be like. I am still cursing my lateness in protecting ours - which has now all gone to the pigeons. The sight of yours will spur me on to get the netting and supports I need for next year.

 
At 7:41 AM, Blogger Parsec said...

Wow...that purple broccoli is intense! Looks very good...maybe I'll plant some this spring.

 

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