Allotment haul and risotto recipe 1 February 2011

So it was dig day on plot #201 on Monday! The first task on my list was to lift some soup parsnips.

Soup parsnips are what I call these roots which are often forked and twisted or too skinny to roast. They exist because OH panics every year and thinks the first parsnips, which go into beautiful, not too rich, not stony soil, aren’t going to germinate. I insist that we won’t replant as the first sowing is just being slow. He then re-insists that we sow more parsnip somewhere else or ‘we won’t get any’. I point out that if parsnips grow in stony soil they fork and if they grow in overly rich soil they contort, but he says that’s better than nothing …

And always, by February, we have eaten all the first parsnips, which come up straight and huge and gorgeous, and we’re onto the second parsnips which look like mutants but still taste good, so we’re both right in a way!

Also harvested from plot #201: purple sprouting broccoli, kale and leeks. The psb is not nearly as good this year as last, when we had a glut, the kale has whitefly and the leeks are fully recovered from their tussle with the leek moth. All in all, a happy harvesting day.

Soup leeks can be used for soup, obviously, but are also great if you scrub them thoroughly, slice to thinnish coins or chop, and use in a hearty risotto made with wholegrain basmati, leeks, carrots and winter radish – in the last ten minutes stir in some psb and serve with grated cheddar rather than Parmesan.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Blogger Joanna said...

I can only dream of harvesting considering my leeks are under the snow. Anyway another suggestion for risotto is to use barley instead of rice. You still get a gloopy mixture but the grains are a little more chewy than with rice - makes a nice change and if you can't take the chewiness then you can use half and half. The advantage with using barley is it has less foodmiles than your rice.

February 2, 2011 at 4:39 AM  
Anonymous allotments4you said...

Sounds like you had a pretty good haul...I thought it was a bit early for the psb and think you might still have time for that glut!!

February 2, 2011 at 6:52 AM  
Blogger Mal's Allotment said...

Aren't those whitefly stubborn, given the winter we've had!

February 2, 2011 at 1:12 PM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Joanna, that's excellent information - barley risotto here I come!

Tanya, last year our early psb was ready for Xmas day but yes, I am still hoping ...

Mal, unbelievable - I think whitefly might even survive Armageddon.

February 7, 2011 at 9:34 AM  

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