The last 2 mornings have started very foggy but then the spring sunshine has burned its way through and we have been treated to warm sunny days. I like the look of the fog from the house and garden as it is quite dramatic but I really dislike driving in it.
I have not managed year round vegetable growing with the same degree of success as Sarah Raven but I haven’t done badly. I have recently finished the red cabbage which we also enjoyed over Christmas. The Swiss and Rainbow chard goes on and on. It gets nibbled but I can always find hole free whole leaves or I just cut away the nibbled bits on the larger leaves which I find preferable to spraying. I never spray anything I want to eat in my garden. I also have kale and the last few leeks to eat. I can’t remember the name of this kale but I would grow it again. It has pale green leaves with a pink stalk and I like the flavour. Breakfast this morning was a mug of green tea with a tenderstem broccoli and mushroom omelette. Harvey was not impressed with the volume of vegetables in his omelette but was bribed to eat them by the “treat’ of an orange afterwards. How we have moved on from sugar laden breakfast cereals :-). Hi omelette did have a higher egg to vegetable ratio than mine did but I was still impressed he ate it all. Lunch was a huge bowl of chopped vegetables; half each of a red and orange pepper, cucumber, a large tomato, parsley and chervil. With salt and pepper, the juice of a lemon and 2 tbsp olive oil. I added 90g quinoa and half a small can of tuna, mixed it well together and set aside for a couple of hours before eating it to allow the flavours to meld. Very tasty.As it’s Friday we had an end of week treat which involved cake and chocolate which is bad but I gave in today. So supper will be a smoothie, similar to this one I made yesterday morning with 250ml coconut water, an avocado, a large handful of kale, the juice of 2 small limes, 1 tsp Spirulina and ice. It wasn’t palatable enough as it was so I blended it again with a large banana.
This was a perfect avocado. It’s such a joy to open the avocado and see it is perfect. Soft ripe creamy flesh with no bad bits or stringy bits and no hard bits. I was almost reluctant to blend it but everything else was in the blender waiting so in it went. Oh hello heavenly soft and creamy smoothie. This had the texture of Greek yogurt and a mild flavour which is surprising when you think it has kale in it. It is great eating something like this which is full of nutrition. I am going to make one for supper tonight.
Have a good weekend.