Thursday, 28 August 2008

Sun Dried

My Tomato crop reddening is currently at full tilt, and so I've decided to start preserving. It's not something I've ever considered before but I want nothing to go to waste (I'm ever so slightly mean, you see).
I found a recipe on the net and set to work. The recipe said "Cut 'em and microwave 'em. Even I can do that I thought.

30 mins later and they were done, my first microwaved dried tomatoes. Tasty? No they were awful. Still, I'll have another go tomorrow.

Sunday, 24 August 2008

Putting on the Ritz

I haven't posted for a few days as I have been to London for the weekend.
My girlfriend was given a voucher for tea at the Ritz as a birthday present.
I thought I'd fit in quite well in such an establishment. That was until we went into the Rivoli bar (or Ravioli as I pronounced it, much to the annoyance of the waiter) and ordered some "pre tea" drinks. Seven quid for half a lager? Lucky I took my wallet. The sandwiches and cakes were very nice though. When we finished a plate or two the waiter would bring out some more. A bit like a posh "all you can eat" restaurant really.
I don't think I'll make it my local though, I'll stick to the Hungry Horse up the road, only £2.50 a pint there.

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Nothing to report

Well that's not strictly true but I've been really busy at work and the garden has had to come second. I have watered the toms and cues and even found time to mow the lawn, but take pictures? Unfortunately not. However, the toms are getting redder and the marrows bigger so I will post some pics next time. Tea's ready, bye.

Monday, 18 August 2008

Quick Snack

I've just got in from work and I'm hungry. "Dinners on, but won't be ready for about minutes", she calls from the living room. I go to water the greenhouse and it strikes me why I grow Tomatoes and Cucumbers in the first place. SANDWICHES! Just enough time before dinner to try out my first tomatoes of the season. Hmmmm. (These didn't last long after this picture was taken).

Friday, 15 August 2008


The Sprouts aren't looking too good at the moment. Caterpillars everywhere. Now, if it were up to me I'd continue to let them have a good time, munching away. My other half however likes the little green bogies to accompany her Christmas dinner. So I'm sorry fellas you've got to go.

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Pumpkin Pie?

I got feeling that I will soon be searching for recipes for Pumpkin pie. I thought I'd grow a few so my little boy would have fun carving them for halloween. Little did I know that these beasts would take up half the garden and produce around twenty fruits (so far).
Pie anyone?

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Firsts things first

Ok, what was the first thing I wanted to grow? Rhubarb. One of the easiest too. It's looking pretty good at the moment. The only downside to growing this veg (honestly, it is a vegetable) is that I have to wait for a few years before I can start picking the first tender stalks. But once established I can look forward to tarts, pies and fools 'till my heart's content.

My New Garden

Here's my garden, it's only small. I moved in to my new house last year and couldn't wait to get started on it. The bottom half of the garden is the veg patch (behind the trellis) and the top half is my cottage garden. At least that's what I intend it to be. I will keep you updated as often as something happens, which hopefully will be more often than not.
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