Fancy continuing the alphabetical tour of the allotment, garden and kitchen……
D is for Dill pickles and Dwarf French beans, we’ve already seen the Dahlias
D is oops I forgot to sow Dill this year, but I am making Dill Pickles. I’ll post the pickle recipes soon, I have a couple that I’m road testing, a classic French Cornichon recipe and what I’d consider an all-American Dill Pickle recipe, but in truth it probably came via Europe and settled in nicely into N America, snuggled inside some bread and keeping a burger company.
The Dwarf French beans, you may know them as Filet Beans, or Green Beans, except that this variety is yellow and is a French variety called Roqencourt. It doesn’t seem to have a big beany flavour if you see what I mean, very pretty but the taste jury is still out on this one, let’s call it delicate. And the photo, yes those beans are stuck in hand-thrown glasses, just so I could take a photo that didn’t involve yet another bowl. I borrowed the idea from many a fabulous cooking blogger who pops sweet treats into cups and mugs. Basically I was getting very bored of bowls!
E for Egyptian onions and Elephant garlic
Egyptian Onions, what’s so Egyptian about onions? Well I don’t know the exact answer either, but just to prove I’ve not invented a vegetable there is this link and while I was searching I found a site called all about onions . Why I thought there wouldn’t be a site called All About Onions I don’t know either. They are also known as Walking Onions as they split and self-divide, hence the walking moniker. I’ve found them both useful and easy to grow. I can ignore them for months on end which suits a busy gardener and when I remember them I dig a bunch up, divide them in half, take half home with me and re-plant the rest. Use them like you would a Spring (Green) Onion – fresh in salads or quickly saute in a stir fry. And just a quick question – are you now singing “Walk Like An Egyptian” ;)
The Elephant Garlic is drying well, and I need to update you on a silly caption competition I had here. I had some rather bendy elephant garlic growing at home in the garden, I have no idea why it was bendy, it’s a whimsical garlic. Anyway I couldn’t think of anything witty or clever to say about it so I asked you for suggestion, and of course you didn’t fail me ! But as I plan to write up a recipe for the elephant garlic, a real summery number which I’ve been waiting to try as and when the tomatoes are ripe, I’ll ask you to wait just a little bit longer.
F for Fruity Fennel salad and Fabulous Flowery Flowers
The Fennel is fattening up – perfect when thinly sliced and mixed in a salad of pink grapefruit and black olives or as a naughty treat fried. Frying the breaded Fennel keeps it’s texture and taste, but gently cooks it and is perfect dipped into homemade Aioli. See I said it was naughty but nice!
F is for Flowers on the allotment, there are always flowers on the allotment. Borage is an allotment trooper if ever there was. Self seeds (a bit too wildly, but any you don’t want you just yank out of the ground), is the most stunning bright blue and attracts the bees by the busload. A perfect planting companion with Winter Squash which need all the pollinating help they can get.
And I realise now that I started on this Sesame Street Alphabet style of the garden and kitchen I might have to get a bit imaginative with I, I have Q and Z covered…… I think ……. :)
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