Thursday, November 30, 2006

Thursday 30th November - 2007

Thanks for all these kind comments! We are handing Allotment 21 over to a new tenant on 1st January 2007 and today he has bought the greenhouse, shed etc. Spouse is thrilled as this gets him off the dismantling hook. Considering the time it took to build the thing I'm not surprised.

Spouse & I should be moving to a cottage in the countryside in January where I am going to start serial killing vegetables once more. This will be the start of a whole new blog...

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Tuesday 28th November - For Sale

A new bloke is going to take over Allotment 21 from January 1st but he didn't seem keen to have the greenhouse and shed. I don't think Spouse or Steve would be willing to dismantle and move it so I have put up some posters in the hope that another plotholder will. Fingers crossed...

Monday, November 27, 2006

Monday 27th November - Sprouts

According to a survey in 2002 Brussels sprouts are Britain's most hated vegetable. Spouse refuses point blank to eat them.

I picked some of our rubine sprouts today and stir-fried them for lunch with bacon, thyme and pine nuts - delicious. I will try them out on Spouse this weekend and hope he doesn't realise what's on his plate until he has eaten them all.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Sunday 26th November - Edinburgh

No posts for a few days due to a trip to Edinburgh. Spouse pointed out all the Ian Rankin murder spots while I sampled Highland Park, Bunnahabhain and The Macallan in a noble effort to immerse myself in Scottish culture. The weather was wet, windy and quite sunny so I'm not sure what I'll find on the allotment in the morning.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Sunday 19th November - Masterchef

Sister held a 'Venetian themed Murder Mystery evening' last night which involved cooking an Italian meal for eight. Sister doesn't do cooking and was horified to find that our local M&S didn't have eight portions of the same dish. Her solution was to buy three different ones and give her guests the choice. Concerned that she might forget who wanted what when they were delivered from the microwave, Sister gave everyone the outer sleeve as a visual reminder.

And no, I didn't make that up.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Wednesday 15th November Catch 22

Blue seeds or not, we are finally getting a decent crop of carrots. The problem is getting to the allotment when it is still daylight. I need the carrots to improve my night vision but I can't see them to pick them... A big torch is going on our weekend shopping list.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Sunday 12th November - Dark Evenings

Spouse drove up to the allotment after work on Friday to pick some parsley. It was dark, he didn't take a torch and wasn't sure where the parsley was planted.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Thursday 9th November - Kale Nero di Toscano

The Kale Nero di Toscano is growing really well and once all the whitefly are washed off, Spouse cooks it up with garlic.

In parts of north west Germany they have "Grünkohlfahrt" where folk will visit a country inn to consume large quantities of kale, sausage and schnapps. I like the sound of that.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Wednesday 8th November - Catnip

While I was splitting and saving plants from the garden, Tiggy got into drugs again. As long as she steers clear of Lily Plants.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Tuesday 7th November - Potted Garlic

As Allotment 21 will be no more after December, I have been quite envious of other allotment bloggers planting up their garlic.

Solution = pots.

Here is my June 2007 supply of Purple Wight garlic surrounded by other 'rescued' plants from the garden.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Monday 6th November - Only 8 weeks left

Only 8 weeks until the New Year and (I hope), a new cottage in deepest, darkest Herefordshire with a garden large enough to grow veg.

I feel a whole new blog coming on...

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Sunday 5th November - Baba ghanoush

Baba ghanoush is off the menu after the frosts last week. I hadn't even noticed that the aubergine had fruited until this weekend when the shrivelled foliage revealed this rather sad specimen. Maybe next year...

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Wednesday 1st November - Chutney

noun [C]
a supply of something that is much greater than can be sold or is needed or wanted.