Are you a gardener?
What is giving you pleasure in the garden at the moment?
My favourite exercise, since settling down to grow roots instead of travel, is gardening. Reg and I ate a fresh home grown garden salad with dinner after a harvesting stroll around the garden together.
I planted clematis seeds under cover, wish me luck.
I check the babies (seed beds) and get a buzz when the tiny green plants emerge.
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This is my Ryn Shell post: Yummy! Cauliflower cheese bake day (my delicious, nutritious, and easy cook and clean up after recipe) and planning the winter vegetable garden planting.
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Cauliflower Cheese Bake
Throw away the recipe book and create.
Boil the cauliflower flowererettes until tender. Drain the water into the stockpot and add the cauliflower sharks. There is no need to throw half your edible vegetable scraps away, they make excellent stock, soup of stems.
Add tho drained cauliflower to a lightly buttered (to stop it sticking to the sides) ovenproof dish.
Heat oven to 200C
The recipe says: Put the saucepan back on the heat and add the milk, flour, and butter. Keep whisking fast as the butter melts, and the mixture comes to the boil – the flour will disappear, and the sauce will begin to thicken. Whisk for two mins while the sauce bubbles and becomes nice and thick. Turn off the heat, stir in most of the cheese and pour over the cauliflower. Scatter over the remaining cheese and breadcrumbs.
I scrap all of that information. It is my kitchen. I create.
My plan is delicious, nutritious, and easy to prepare and clean up after.
Lightly fold the 400 grams (not measured, just tip from the packet) of grated cheese over the cauliflower and fork through.
Pour a little will over the top. Cover with more grated cheese, add a breadcrumb topping. Add dabs of butter on top ef the breadcrumbs. Put in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes until the cheese and breadcrumb crust is golden and crunchy.
The recipe says that this serves four.
It serves two, in two serves, because you will want to return for seconds, and I do on cauliflower cheese night.
What I plant in the garden in early winter
Beans - broad beans, fava beans
(also Fava bean)Plant in garden.Harvest from mid Spring.
Compatible with (can grow in same bed): Dill and Potatoes.
I have potatoes growing I leave a few in to from on from the previous year's crop.
Culinary hints - I pick them while tiny and sweat. cooking and eating Beans
Plant out seedlings.Harvest from August.
Winter is the best time to grow these. Get them picked and eaten before white butterflies are about in springtime to destroy the crop.
Compatible with (can grow in same bed): Dwarf (bush) beans, beets, celery, cucumber, onions, marigold, nasturtium, rhubarb, aromatic herbs (sage, dill, chamomile, thyme) Marigolds and nasturtiums are deterrent to insects but will not grow through wither in my area where we get frost.
Garlic Plant in garden.Harvest from November.
An easy way to remember when to plant garlic, is to plant it on the shortest day of the year and harvest it on the longest day.
Compatible with (can grow in same bed): Beets, Carrots, Cucumbers, Dill, Tomatoes, Parsnips
I have my garlic growing with onions, leek, chives and shallots, and I plant these in a different bed every year.
(also Borecole)Plant out (transplant) seedlings.Harvest from August.
I find kale easy to grow. It is one vegetable that does not need full sun.
Compatible with (can grow in same bed): Dwarf (bush) beans, beets, celery, cucumber, onions, marigold, nasturtium, rhubarb, aromatic herbs (sage, dill, camomile)
Plant in garden. Harvest from early spring,
Compatible with (can grow in same bed): Carrots, Onions, Strawberries, Beets, Brassicas, Radish, Marigold, Borage, Chervil, Florence fennel, leeks.
Plant in garden.Harvest from early summer
Plant in garden.Harvest from early spring.
(also Sugar Peas, Mangetout, Chinese Peas)
Plant in garden.Harvest from mid spring,
Plant in garden.Harvest from mid spring
It is time for me to remove my strawberry runners, and replant them. They will take root to form new plants. Cut them off and leave the parent growing.
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