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The harvest begins

The courgette season is upon us. Hooray! I sowed more courgette seeds than usual this year, to make up for growing fewer types of veg. Most of them came up. So now we have about fifteen plants in three different varieties, all producing prolifically. In previous years we might have …

Drowning in weeds

I think we are going to have to succumb and get a gardener, even though we can’t really afford it. Those things in pots are courgettes which really need to get into the weed-filled bed on the right in the next couple of weeks. And this is with a really …

Chopping veg

We’ve found we can save a lot of time during the week by chopping all the vegetables at once, at the weekend just after we’ve bought them. They keep fine in plastic pots (and we have no shortage of those!) in the fridge for the week. Not only does it …

Aubergine pizza

Robin has shared the secret of his awesome aubergine pizzas with me. I suspect it was mainly because he was tired and didn’t want to cook them himself. Nevertheless, I now have the hidden knowledge, and I’m going to pass it on. This is currently one of my favourite meals. …

What we eat, and why

I’ve mentioned in a couple of posts now that we’ve changed the way we eat. I think it’s time I gave a bit more information. A couple of months ago, I was recommended some bargains at our local butcher, and we ended up with a big pile of sausages and …

My potatoes! They have the blight!

Over the last week the rich green leafy stand of potato plants has become corrupted by blight: first just a few spots, but within days leaves were rotting and stems falling over. I blame Maris Piper. The other, speciality, varieties (Salad Blue and Pink Fir Apple) didn’t seem as badly …

Jar of salad

I’ve discovered this fantastic way of transporting salads. You put the dressing at the bottom of a jar and then layer all the other ingredients on top. All the ingredients stay fresh, and you can include an oily dressing without either turning the leafy bits soggy or leaking runny goop …

Vegetables, and where to get them

We typically spend about £25 a week on vegetables. We’re trying to work out if this lot could cost-effectively be replaced partially or wholly by a veg box scheme. The trouble is that we eat a lot of vegetables, and I suspect that the box scheme will work out more …

Good food? Costs less? No.

Dad had dropped a strong hint that he would like some Stilton for his birthday, so we went looking for a good cheesemonger. We learnt of one in Dundee that stocked Colston Bassett Stilton –  a very good Stilton indeed – so decided to pay The Cheesery a visit. We …