Allotment colours

Okay, I’m showing off a bit. The last of the sweetpeas were needing to be picked and having picked them, I couldn’t resist harvesting a twilight purple kohlrabi to set alongside them and then the green table begged to be a setting … very arty, I hope you agree.

So, back to the adventures with kohlrabi – I wasn’t thrilled by the flavour in a casserole, so I tried it in a coleslaw, as suggested by plot-holder Duncan. That was better but still not exactly thrilling, so finally I cut this kohlrabi into chunks, sprinkled it with garlic, herbes de provence and salt and roasted it in olive oil with carrots, potatoes and peppers: superb! Since then we’ve also tried kohlrabi oven chips (like potato chips but oven roasted, well sprinkled with black pepper and chili flakes) which were just as good.

As I’m spending most of my weekends digging over the bottom of the allotment so that we can use it for root crops this year (we have no idea when it was last planted, it has turned into a impressive jungle of weeds and even a weekly digging only reduces it to a wasteland, rather than an outright jungle) I’ve got a healthy appetite for the vegetables we harvest. This weekend I’ve got to deal with two giant courgettes – very nearly marrow sized – and they are not my favourite vegetable but I’m determined to find a similarly superb recipe to make them a family favourite. Tonight I’m trying the first one in a coconut milk curry with chickpeas … I wonder if that is going to be the answer?

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Sunday, August 17, 2008


Blogger Amy said...

Very artistic indeed! I have used Kohlrabi chopped in stir fries before which worked quite well.

I love your sweetpeas, what variety are they? Mine are still hanging in there just about, but sadly nearing the end of flowering.

August 17, 2008 at 9:08 AM  
Blogger Claire said...

I can recommend Green and Blacks Chocolate Courgette Loaf for when you're sick of courgette soup, curry, tagine, pasta and salad - as we are here!

August 17, 2008 at 12:05 PM  
OpenID coffeeandapplepie said...

Hey Kay! Great blog...thought I would answer your question you posted on mine! I have just cut up the beans, and bunged them in a freezer bag. Ta da!! used some the other week, and they were fine, quite sweet really....but ask me in a few months how they have stored...?

Having read your blog - sweetcorn -have tried & been unsuccessful 2 years running, so don't think I'll bother for a few years...too much heartache for me! Cat x

August 18, 2008 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Hi Amy - I'm afraid the sweet peas were seeds harvested from a neighbour's plants last year - she said she got the original seeds from Chiltern Seeds though, and they were called something like Pastel Striped. They were very sweetly scented too.

Claire, I made it yesterday and you're right, tis a wondrous cake!

Thanks Cat, I'm wondering about the freezer life of unblanched beans myself, so please do report back because enquiring minds and lazy people want to know!

August 20, 2008 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I just found your blog! I love it.

Kohlrabi is good just sliced and eaten too.

September 4, 2008 at 7:04 PM  

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