The kitchen garden’s been slowing down now there’s less general warmth, but we’ve still been getting plenty of food out of it. The French beans are still going, and we’ve just eaten what look like the last three courgettes along with a handful of those.
The bulbs of garlic have dried well in the shed, and they’ve been going into sauces, soups, casseroles and roast veggies. The last trusses of tomatoes on the kitchen are still ripening, so we still have fresh tomatoes for salads and sandwiches, along with spring onions and a few baby lettuce leaves.
Salad days move over
We’re moving more in the direction of side salads now, rather than main course ones, but that’s about right with the change in the weather. The first Red Kuri winter squash has been eaten, half as spicy soup, and the other half roasted with rosemary and served with a Sunday dinner. This week I’ll also be baking the first Sweet Dumpling pumpkins, so I’ll have to report back on how well they cook, and whether they taste as delicious as people say they do.
The home grown sweet peppers and chillies have been doing really well, with a mixture of ripening fruits and new flowers. The jalapenos have gone into some home made tomato salsa and some bean burritos, and the sweet peppers have ended up in salads and stews. The next one’s going on to the top of a pizza, along with some of the cut basil I’ve managed to keep going in a glass on the kitchen windowsill.
Going even greener
The greens are going well for the Autumn, apart from the Brokali Apollo which has just started to flower and go over. We’ve had a fair crop of chard and spinach, some stir-fried with soy sauce, and some kale for side dishes. Probably best not to use too much of the kale just yet, it’s a useful staple later on in the season when very little else is available.
There are plenty of raspberries still coming though, so those have mainly been mixed into yoghurt or added to breakfast cereal. I’ve also started off a batch of raspberry flavoured vodka, which is infusing merrily next to September’s blackberry brandy. If anyone wants the recipe for either of those, just let me know.
Although I haven’t bought much in this month, we have had some new season pears which were delicious, and I’m about to cook up some sweet potato stew. Also had a nice meal out, with john dory and baby turnips for the main course, so that was another seasonal treat.
What’s doing well on your plot?