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Post by Chilli-head 2nd October 2022, 8:17 pm

Quinces. Red cabbage. Ohnivec chillies.

Dinner involved pork pot roasted with chillies, quince and white wine, with red cabbage cooked with apple. Taste of autumn indeed !

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Post by Dandelion 5th October 2022, 3:05 pm

Our taste of autumn usually involves marrow! Razz Razz

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Post by Chilli-head 5th October 2022, 11:00 pm

I have one courgette that has got out of hand. Feel like I should use it somehow, but memories of mum and dad's stuffed marrow still fill me with dread.
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Post by Dandelion 9th October 2022, 4:45 pm

Chilli-head wrote:I have one courgette that has got out of hand.  Feel like I should use it somehow, but memories of mum and dad's stuffed marrow still fill me with dread.

My daughters would be joking at this point about 'thoughts and prayers', because neither of them would go anywhere near a stuffed marrow, but I've put a wartime recipe for marrow into the recipe section (and it isn't stuffed!). It's remarkably tasty especially if you get the seasoning right: I haven't tried it but I would imagine some warming spices like cumin would be good in it. You can put more tomatoes in if you have a glut. It also freezes well, and you can also blitz up any leftovers with other veg and more stock to make soup. I can't help feeling that we need as many tips and hints from wartime Britain as we can get at the moment!

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Post by Chilli-head 11th October 2022, 10:06 pm

The French beans sown 2nd August. Got enough for a meal for two, maybe more will follow. But enough to be worth doing.

Tomatoes are pretty much over, but chillies and peppers are still good.
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Post by freebird 12th October 2022, 9:20 pm

Today I harvested my first ever pears from my own little trees. I hadn't expected that they would produce anything here, as the blossom is quite early, and last year I lost it all to frost, despite protection. This year I couldn't find my heavy-duty fleece and in the end the trees went unprotected,so the fruits are a joyful bonus.
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Post by Chilli-head 28th November 2022, 10:44 pm

I grew some oriental greens this year, sown in late summer. They grew enthusiastically, but the lush, green loose leaves are a magnet for slugs and snails. The very hearts were useable, but added little favour to a noodle bowl. I think if i try them again, I'll grow pak choi and chinese cabbage varieties that make a firm head - at least he slugs might not make it through to the heart so much.

Leeks are affected by allium leaf miner, but mostly edible. Some Celeriac is reasonably successful, picked some carrots too.

The broad beans sown earlier in the month, and garlic, are showing above ground now.
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Post by Dandelion 2nd December 2022, 1:12 pm

I pulled a leek for my daughter who was visiting, and likes to take some produce home with her. Unfortunately that'a when I discovered that either leek moth or allium miner had been at work, and in addition there were a few small slugs and one of those ugly dark caterpillars you get in the winter hidden in the leaves. She didn't take it home - it stayed on the garden table for a few days, and after that I used when I could to put in some soup. I hope there will be a few usable leeks...

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