Friday, 17 June 2016

Awash with Goodness.



The weather here in Sunny Southern France has been foul. Rain, wind, sunshine, fog, cold, hot; you name it, we've had it. And it's been perfect for growing!

The first of our Cauli's is ready; this one we ate last night.


The beans are in flower, so we'll be eating those in about a week's time. Lady Magnon scolds me if I don't provide enough.


The Spinach is up and about; I love Spinach. I will make a Saag Dal tonight to celebrate.


These Red Cabbages are growing much too quickly; I really don't know what I'll do with them, make instant fridge pickles maybe?


I didn't have much room left for my Pumpkins this year, so I've enlisted the help of an old compost heap. So far my plants seem to be enjoying themselves. These are those big, ribbed, powdery grey jobs. I'm expecting a bumper crop.

Don't you just love the word 'bumper'!




45 comments:

  1. Bumper crop! The words can't be said without a smile. Everything looks so healthy, like a gardening catalogue! The red cabbages - maybe you could try your hand at making sauerkraut?

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    1. Red Sauerkraut? Sounds good; I've never tried.

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    2. If you want to make really ruby red sauerkraut, add a grated beetroot to the cabbage. It looks spectacular.

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  2. Everything looks good. All vegies coming from the Growers' Market here. Beautiful sunny days and it is nearly the shortest day. Winter proper must start soon.

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    1. Still rainy and dull here, all change on Monday. Hooray.

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  3. Spinach envy. We don't plant spinach because it doesn't do well in the heat of summer...

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    1. This one is Perpetual Spinach. I've never had problems with heat. Maybe we eat it too quickly.

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  4. I love spinach, too. It's far too hot to grow it here, though. At least in the summer.

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    1. I shall pick my first proper crop of Spinach today, it's looking good.

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  5. I wish i lived near you, I might call for a red cabbage ro pickle.x

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    1. And you'd be very welcome to one.

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  6. Your garden is picture pretty and SO healthy. The cauli looks awesome and the I look forward to seeing your bumper crop of pumpkin. All so yummy.

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    1. The Cauli was delicious. I'm looking forward to seeing the Pumpkins too.

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  7. Spinach for the grandchildren. Lovely 'bumper' crop, Cro. Greetings Maria x

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  8. Red cabbage, onion and apple stewed gently with some cider vinegar and sugar delicious in winter! What a lovely show of vegetables, very envious.

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    1. I'll put a few more in for Christmas. Cold Turkey just ain't the same without pickled red cabbage.

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  9. Have you tried cauliflower rice? We love it…used instead of normal rice. Marmalised down into tiny bits, and then fried in a spoonful of oil for about 5 mins….yummy and healthy!

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    1. No I haven't, probably because I actually like eating small florets; I like the size and texture of them.

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  10. Few ideas for a red cabbage glut http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/top-10-ways-red-cabbage
    We can't grow any veg this year due to us redoing the back garden. Thankfully we will still have raspberries and a few apples.
    Arilx

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    1. The red cabbage and potato hash looks very good; I'll certainly do that one. I already do some of the others; or versions of them. Thanks.

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  11. What a smashing lot of veggies. I made a cauliflower mash the other day. Made the same as potato mash, butter, little milk, then blended with a hand blender. Really good with some fish.

    Jean

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    1. I've made a half/half Potato Cauli mash, it was very good.

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  12. I had a friend stay last night and I made a 'non-cheffy' rustic dinner with corned beef, red cabbage, cauliflower et al and it was delicious. We are heading toward the depths of winter here so it was an ideal meal for this time of year.

    Your cauliflower looks marvelous. I'm looking forward to mine.

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    1. We're supposed to heading for high summer, but no sign of it yet. I believe it may arrive on Monday.

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  13. Your cauliflower looks perfect .... I do love a bit of cauli !! Sorry not to have commented for a while Cro ..... As you know, grandchildren are all- consuming ..... I'm knackered !! XXXX

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    1. Nothing better Jacqueline; grandchildren keep you young (or wear you out).

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  14. Your garden looks very healthy! I don't grow cauliflower or broccoli because I just can't get past the cabbage moth worms that inevitably show up. That cauliflower, however, looks wonderful! I like it raw, too. -Jenn

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    1. I also make a light curry flavoured pickle with Caulis, which is excellent.

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    2. This is the recipe; I can recommend.

      http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2013/09/curry-pickled-cauliflower/

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  15. I love cauliflower but by the time I've smothered it in rich cheese sauce it's not really that healthy any more. Fortunately I don't always eat it that way.

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    1. I actually like it just as it is, either lightly boiled or steamed, with very little seasoning. I like to taste the true flavour.

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  16. All of your fresh veg look so good. I also appreciate some of the recipe ideas in the earlier comments.

    Perpetual Spinach made me smile! Might also do as a name for a band.

    Best wishes.

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    1. If you like such things, the pickled/curried Cauli is good. I made a very small jar to begin with, then made more.

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    2. I think that I've got most of the required ingredients, besides the cauliflower. Tomorrow is a great farmers market day, so I will let you know what I get around to preparing. (Still hoping to find those mushrooms.)

      Thank you.

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  17. I do love the word providing it is not linked to my figure (especially a back view of my rear end).

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  18. Much too hot here for spinach, et al. Even my tomatoes require afternoon shade. I'll save the cool weather crop for Florida's version of winter.

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    1. It's actually Perpetual Spinach, which is a type of Chard and much more tolerant of the heat. We could do with some of your heat, it's been atrocious weather in Northern Europe for the past 3 weeks or so.

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  19. That's a great cauliflower. I love those things, but I have to pay up to $4.00 for one at the grocery store.

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    1. They are like little miracles. They keep themselves completely covered, then open up to reveal a beautiful head of Cauliflower. Nature's gift.

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  20. Your garden is wonderful, is that garlic or onion in front of the red cabbages?

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    1. They are Red Onions which are doing really well. We do have some Garlic elsewhere, but not much.

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  21. I like the word 'bumper' & the word 'abundant'. Well done on the garden, Cro.

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