Sunday, 13 December 2009

Making the most of the winter

At this time of year there isn't much to convince me to go to the allotment, obviously there is still plenty that needs to be done but without the pressures of planting and picking I find it easy to let the horrible weather keep me indoors. So without the allotment to keep me busy I have started to do a bit more cooking, now is a great time to experiment with new recipes and foods because any you find you love can be added to next year's growing list.

A few weeks ago I made this recipe with my borlotti beans some tomatoes and a few other bits from the allotment and it was amazing. So if you're not sure whether to add Borlotti beans to next year's planting list buy a few and try this recipe. I think you'll make up your mind.

My celeriac has been a total disaster this year, only 8 survived long enough to be planted out and all but one died over the summer before the final one scorched to death in September so I am celeriac free this winter. Only I'm not because I love it too much to go without, so they have had to be added to the shopping list and I can continue to eat the lovely smashed celeriac. Hopefully next year I'll have more success in the homegrow area.

Next year I am planning to experiment with some new squash types and increase the variety of beans that I grow too so I'll be putting these cold wet months to good use to find some winning recipes. Which foods are you planning to add to the list next year?


Linda said...

Hi Amy, thanks for your comment. I only persevered in the fog because I'd taken a precious day of annual leave and I HAD to make the most of it!

Sorry to hear about your celeriac. This was my first year - I ordered plug plants from Delfland Organics, and they've been fine, but we did have a very wet summer. I love celeriac, so I understand how you can't do without it.

The bean recipe looks interesting. I haven't grown borlotti beans, but might be tempted by this.

Soilman said...

My celeriac a disaster, too. I did get some edible plants, but only just. They're the smallest I've ever had. Celeriac just hates dry weather, and it was the driest summer I can ever remember. At least, round my way...

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