Curry, National Allotment Week, August sowings

Well the curry was good – not superb but definitely good. Since then I’ve tried the Green & Black’s courgette cake, which IS superb and been introduced to the sneaky world of ‘extending’ meat.

Sounds very dubious doesn’t it? But our grandmothers knew that meat was the most expensive part of any meal, so they worked out many sneaky ways of stretching the meat to make it seem like more to the hungry mouths around their tables. One way was to grate vegetables and mix them with minced meat … and I have discovered that if you grate some peeled overgrown courgette into beef mince, it makes a very nice moist cottage pie and nobody is any the wiser!

But back to allotmenteering – did you notice National Allotment Week? No, nor did I. It’s a shame not more is done to celebrate allotments on a national scale, I think. Perhaps next year we could have a blogfest for National Allotment Week, with each of us showcasing our allotment site – what do you think? We celebrated in style, if very locally, because Duncan’s shed arrived! It’s got to be wood-preserved before it goes up to the allotment (my job, as I love painting wood) and we’ve also got to clear the ground and put down some kind of hardstanding but it feels great to know that we’re about to set up our very own (well, Duncan’s very own) shed.

Seeds I’m planning to plant this month:

Mustard greens – because they are hardy and keep producing new leaves, assuming you harvest them regularly, even in terrible weather
Kale - to overwinter in a polytunnel because that way we’ll get for delicious green stuff through until next spring
Winter radish - for soups, stews and stir-fries

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Wednesday, August 20, 2008

3 Comments:

Blogger Mark Hubbard said...

Between us both I keep losing track of seasons. These are being planted for your winter crops obviously. I thought mustard was just something you planted over winter to put 'something' back into the soil: are you saying you can eat it? In a salad or cooked?

August 21, 2008 at 1:05 AM  
Anonymous Cat said...

Hi Kay - Cat @ Manor Veg Plot! I take back the 'its simple to freeze veg'! Took out the broccolli and its DUST!!! Green beans are okay...bummer! May have to think to plan B which is just eat it!!! I didn't realise it was National Allotment week either. Shame really - think I read it on a blog. happy gardening this weekend!

August 22, 2008 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Hi Mark, it must be difficult to keep track of British summer (ha ha, we haven't had one!) when you're in New Zealand - good for you for even trying. The Mustard Greens are Brassica juncea, not the little mustard you grow as a green manure - they have largish toothed edged leaves and are very nutritious in winter - the seeds of the plant, if allowed to set, are the ones that go to produce dijon mustard (don't tell Duncan though, as I'm not up to making mustard, I'm sure!)

Hi Cat - so sorry to hear that! What a pain in the bum for you - but thanks for telling me. I shall haul out the blanching pan and get back to boiling the water and counting the minutes - thought it might be too good to be true, to be honest. Have you tried oven drying tomatoes? I did some that were super ...

August 23, 2008 at 4:06 AM  

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