We’re still in the ‘hungry gap’ for the moment, before a lot of crops get going. The kitchen garden here wasn’t planned all that well to get us through winter and early spring, but I’m hoping to remedy that for 2016 and into early 2017 with smarter sowings, timings and choices of what to grow.
In the meantime, we still have some Dwarf Green kale, some red rib chard and some hardy leaf beet here on the plot. I’ve used some of the chard in a stir fry or two, including the prawn cous cous in the picture above. The kale is unfortunately about to bolt, so we’ll be eating that next.
I’ll try to take just the outer leaves of the Perpetual Spinach leaf beet, and will give it some nitrogen-heavy liquid feed in the hope of it sprouting some more greens for us to eat while the rest of the garden gets going.
The chives made it through the cold season and haven’t gone tough so we’ve used a handful of those too, chopped finely and added to mashed potatoes, and we’ve used a few fresh bay leaves in soups and stews.
Some of the dried home grown borlotti beans from last year have also been turned into refried beans and bean burgers to make some hearty, healthy meals. I’ve kept just enough back to sow up a new batch, and give a few away to other friendly gardeners.
I’ve also bought a few market vegetables, seeing as we can’t grow it all here, especially at this time of year. So far this month I’ve had a helping of Jersey Royal potatoes and an asparagus omelette (above) as tasty treats. If I’m lucky I might find an Alphonso mango or two as well.
For the big list of the best seasonal food in April, check out our separate chapter of what to crop, buy and cook.
Do you have any favourite seasonal ingredients or dishes in April?