Scoffers dinner

Look at this! When I planted these cauliflowers as seedlings in October, I heard some scoffing from the old guard on my allotment site but I didn’t pay any attention and let’s see who’s scoffing now!

This is the babiest of the six caulis I put in the ground – they had a little bit of fleece protection and it has been a very mild winter, so I could have got no curds on any of them, but as it is, all of them are heading up and two were just the right size to be harvested when we went to the plot on Sunday – they are fist-sized, which is just enough to make a little one-person cauliflower cheese, or even a cauliflower cheese pie in a biggish ramekin (dead easy – just steam the cauli, pop it in the ramekin whole, pour a good cheese sauce over it and then top with a round of puff pastry).

This one will be ready in another two or three weeks, I reckon and given the prices of cauliflowers in the shops, it was well worth us re-using a bit of empty ground with a gamble crop. I feel like Marie Antoinette, only I'm saying 'let them eat cauliflower ...'

The haul wasn’t bad this weekend, a few soup parsnips, a red cabbagette (they make great coleslaw and lunchtime salad leaves and you get three or four if you cut a red cabbage about two inches above the ground and let the stump produce more baby plants), a leek and the cauliflowers.

Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Monday, January 9, 2012

6 Comments:

Blogger Woody Wilbury said...

I like the cabbagette idea; must try that.

January 9, 2012 at 9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice haul.

Lee

January 10, 2012 at 9:14 AM  
Anonymous Lottie Life said...

Well done with the caulis. Always worth a try. The curd looks lovely and white too - mine always end up a bit brown which is less than ideal...
My little girls love red cabbage coleslaw too - especially the way it makes the mayo go pink!

January 11, 2012 at 8:22 AM  
Blogger HotBin Composting said...

In winter plants need great composted manure. Composting bin is a good way to recycle your yard and food waste and it reduces the volume of garbage sent to landfills.

January 12, 2012 at 4:49 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Woody - it always works for us, and the reds in particular are prolific at growing baby cabbages. Waste not, want not!

January 12, 2012 at 8:18 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Thanks Lottie - I try to fold a leaf of the plant over the curd as soon as it begins to form, stops that browning (which I think is an oxidisation caused by moisture on the surface of the curd) from being very prevalent.

January 12, 2012 at 8:20 AM  

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