Category Archives: Growing plants

Summer of 63

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The supermarket had an aubergine marked down to 63p.¬† I bought it with the vague idea of a curry, but after consulting the Oracle of the Fridge picked up this Jack Monroe aubergine “meatballs” recipe to try instead….

http://agirlcalledjack.com/2014/03/15/a-tory-cabinets-nightmare-telegraph-cookbook-of-the-week/

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Vegetable Bake

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This is a recipe I’ve posted before, but it’s such a cheap, versatile and tasty larder-clearer¬†that I thought it could do with another airing…..

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Bring Up the Solanaceae

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Say hi to the Red Hot Cayenne Chilli Peppers! Sans socks!* One brave plant produced all five of these, but at this time of year they won’t ripen due to lack of sunlight, so I picked them rather than let the plant waste further energy on them. I’m not sure how long cayenne plants live, but as they’ve made it this far would be nice to give them a chance at fruiting when there’s some proper sun going. Heard from a casual Pilipino acquaintance that they use the leaves a lot there, as well as the fruit – might have to google recipes. It hadn’t occurred to me before to try these, but then I’m cautious about experimenting with unknown bits of plants of the Nightshade family…

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*Possibly NSFW
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Abbey_Road_E.P.

In between plant-wrestling I’ve knocked up a white bean bake. Enjoy.

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Basil & Coriander Tofu Pancakes

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A light lunch, and a break from the traditional Xmas diet at this time of chocolate, more chocolate, roast potatoes, sprouts, extra sprouts, more sprouts just-in-case and rich fruit puddings with custard.

And it’s about time that the happily re-potted Steve (my basil plant), earned his living again.

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