Extending the Vegetable Patch

The sunshine we have enjoyed recently has inspired me to get out in the garden.  That and my recent gardening course.  I bought this little box of 5 seed packets.

5 seed packets When I opened it up, inside there was a cute little tin.seeds tin Inside the tin were plenty of planting notes and recipes plus the seeds.  This would make a great gift as it was so beautifully presented.seeds and notes I only managed to plant out some rocket and lettuce though because hail stopped play!seeds and gloves I have been planning to extend my vegetable garden for a while and I have recently found someone to help me i.e. someone to do all the hard work.  This part of the garden will have my new greenhouse, a fruit cage and 2 raised beds.veg garden makeover 4 This part is going to be tidied up and then it will all be rabbit proofed.  I am really excited.veg garden makeover 3 As promised, George and Dan turned up on Sunday, staked out where the new raised beds are going and the outline for the rabbit proof fence.veg garden makeover 2 I can not wait to see this part of the garden being transformed.veg garden makeover 1 Now for the eating part.  I have eaten lots of healthy food but have also eaten sugary things.  Not too many but any is too much when you are trying to quit sugar.  So I am doing week 1 of Sarah Wilson’s plan again.

I did make a delicious courgette based recipe from ‘I Quit Sugar’.  I am going to grow 2 varieties of courgette this year so I can make this a lot.  If you are ambivalent about courgettes, which I am, try this.  It is delicious and will convert you in to a courgette fan.

courgette Cheesecake Courgette Cheesecake

Ingredients (serves 4 – 8)

  • Coconut oil/butter for greasing
  • 2 – 3 large courgettes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 550g Ricotta
  • 75 g grated Parmesan
  • 2 spring onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 tbsp chopped dill
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 large eggs, well beaten
  • 75g crumbled Feta

Method

  • Preheat oven to 170 °C
  • Grease a 23cm cake tin or medium sized baking dish
  • Grate the courgettes (I used the fine shedding disc on my food processor)
  • Combine the courgettes and salt in a colander, leave for 15 minutes and then squeeze out as much water as you can
  • Combine the Ricotta, Parmesan, spring onions, garlic, dill and lemon zest

courgette and stuff in bowl

  • Stir in the courgettes and eggs
  • Tip n to the greased baking dish or tin and bake for 1 hour
  • Sprinkle with the Feta and return to the oven for 20 minutes
  • Leave to cool so it sets properly

I ate this yesterday with tomato and took another portion to work today which I ate with tomatoes, cucumbers and mixed green leaves.  It is perfect packed lunch or picnic food and is really delicious.  Highly recommended.
Courgette Cheesecake and tomatoes

This fillet steak was pretty good too – our celebratory dinner to welcome Lara home for Easter.welcome home steak dinner

 

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Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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One Response to Extending the Vegetable Patch

  1. laura1952 says:

    Have fun with the new landscape gardening! Nice! I love it.

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