Saturday, June 27, 2009

Another perfect pea

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Nine peas in a pod...

Sweet and tender...will they make it to the pan?

All gone......must pick more!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Three 'P's

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Firstly there are Potatoes - Great crop this year from non-commercially sourced seed potatoes. Cropped today:

Then there are Peacocks - up to 6 at a time on a feeding frenzy:

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And finally......Peas, lots of them, sugar snap and pod peas:

All in a days work eh!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Summer Fruits - 'Spot the Odd One Out'

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This week we have cropped our first raspberries of the season - delicious with greek yoghurt or just by themselves. It is wonder we have any to crop as Luis can often be seen 'raiding the bushes' as he finishes work on the plot. It will be a good year for fruit bushes but not so good for apples - more of that another time.

The Gooseberry bushes are also bearing good amounts of fruit as are the red currents with black currents not doing so well. We think that the black current bushes need moving to a better location with higher quality compost - a move is planned for later in the year. This year we have also planted a couple of blueberry bushes and they too are fruiting well to say they are such young bushes. As in the UK, there is a pick your own farm not too far away that has raspberries and blueberries but we were disappointed with them when we last went there so having our own supplies will be great. I doubt we will have enough gooseberries to do a great deal with this year but hopefully we can grow them on enough to make one of my favourite pickles: Gooseberry and Mustard Seed Pickle - absolutely delicious.

A quick and easy 'trifle-type' dessert we often make during summer is: layers of home-made chocolate and orange cake, with layers of raspberries, Greek Yoghurt and a sprinkling of sunflower seeds. The layers are built up in a tall sundae glass and as a special treat we sometimes soak the first layer of cake with home-made blackberry brandy. Oh...and the 'Odd One Out'? The young walnuts at the beginning of the post. Technically a nut but green, young and ready to be pickled - summer fruit. This year we are going to reduce the spices a little when making the pickling vinegar as last years were just a little over-spiced.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Artesania La Pasera - New Blog

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We have started a new Blog for Luis' mosaic making and chair seating restoration. The link is displayed on the sidebar.

The Blog is written in Spanish so not many of you will be able to read it but for those of you who can.....please let your Spanish contacts know of this new venture. Maybe you know some garden designers, people who need a new name plaque for a house or someone who would like an old chair restored? For those of you who cannot read Spanish.....there are some interesting pictures for you to look at! We will let you know how we get on.