In the time of the virus: day 15

Hello Monday again.

Today began with a family zoom call postponed from yesterday.  So nice to all be (virtually) together.  Sharing notes on events of the weekend.  Which in the case of the farmers, included planting a massive number of potatoes and broccoli plants for the community, as well as more lambing.

At home we’re running low on fresh vegetables and fruit, which are normally a big part of my diet.  I always thought that I wasted very little food, but I’m learning that I could still do better.  I’m becoming more resourceful about making the very most of what we have.  Which includes trying some things from the allotment that I wouldn’t have thought of usually.

Today I picked the last remaining purple sprouting and supplemented it with some sprouting kale tips.  Usually I would have lamented that the kale was going to seed without seeing that I could make use of the tips.  A shame, because they turned out to be very tender, sweet and delicious.  I cooked some for my lunch, and the rest has been included in tonight’s cauliflower cheese.

Similarly, when I prepared the cauliflower I kept and sliced the outer leaves to eat separately.  Last week I had these for lunch one day, lightly steamed and served with some soy sauce.  They had a very delicate flavour and I really enjoyed them.  I think that will be my lunch tomorrow.

To eke out the onions we still have, I plan to cut and use some of the green tops of the onions I planted back in the autumn.  I may include some chopped garlic tops as well.

We have plenty of potatoes, as we happened to buy a surplus sack from youngest son’s farm last time we visited.  They are delicious and in impressively good condition for this time of year (I went through the whole sack and removed every shoot, which has helped them stay firm).  We will carry on eating potatoes while they last, and save any rice and pasta for later.

My two rhubarb plants have been giving me enough stalks for me to eat stewed as part of my breakfast most days for several weeks now, and I expect to continue eating it until the gooseberries are ready for use.  Fortunately I really like rhubarb, and as it can be picked pretty much all the way through to the autumn, I will freeze and maybe bottle some for winter use.  This crisis has reminded me that I should make the very most of everything I grow.

Garden/allotment –  a bit, but not much.  Mainly getting things ready for a big sowing session tomorrow.

Exercise/staying fit – a long walk, in the sunshine, delivering some eggs to a friend.  Up a decent hill too.

Craft/making – crochet.  Of course.

House/home repairs, improvement – quite a bit of general pottering – laundry, cooking, tidying.  All things I enjoy (yes, I really do).

Admin – a bit of that too.

Kind deeds/something for others – in one street where I walked there were no fewer than 3 boxes of books left outside with an invitation to passers by to help themselves.  None of the books appealed to me, but I thought it was a lovely idea.

Stay sane! – yoga, again.  And walking.

I hope this finds you well.

See you tomorrow.

About deborah @ the magic jug

Now I've passed 60 I'm still doing all sorts of things I haven't done before, as well as carrying on with the things I already love. I live a happy life with my long term love Malcolm. In my blog I explore local and low tech ideas, food, growing, making, reading, thinking, walking, and lots of other words ending in 'ing'.
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4 Responses to In the time of the virus: day 15

  1. Marian says:

    Hello Deborah! I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the photos and video from your last post. It’s so lovely to virtually visit a place.
    I spent the better part of today sewing masks and listening to Reasons to be Cheerful. It’s been a tough few days and this was a great way to spend the day. Many thanks again for the podcast recommendations.
    I’ve never tried cooking the outer leaves of cauliflower, but I’m also watching our food very carefully, so I’ll give this a try too. I’m planning on expanding our veggie garden this year. I still have kale in the freezer from last summer, but I’d love to grow an even bigger crop this summer.
    I’m glad you’re keeping well 🙂 .


    • Oh that’s lovely, Malcolm will be pleased to hear that! I’ll pass the message on.
      Glad you’re enjoying Reasons to be Cheerful. In fact yesterday Ed Milliband (who was once leader of the Labour Party) was appointed to be part of the new Shadow Cabinet – I’m really pleased, he’s excellent on the environment and poverty and in his new role he’ll have a prominent role in speaking about both,
      What pattern are you using for your masks? I’m planning to start making some this week. Though I will need to get hold of a supply of elastic – but I’m optimistic that twitter may deliver.
      Hope you’re ok too, good to see you’re keeping busy 🙂


  2. Like you, I’m trying hard to use every scrap of food. After making a leek and potato soup yesterday, I turned the potato peelings into oven baked chips. They were delicious. I’d quite like to exercise in daylight but I’m now responsible for the evening dog walk, which is taking place later and later as I’ve been encountering too many people. And dogs!


    • Oh I like the sound of the chips! We’ve been doing plenty of oven chips (our own of course), but never thought of using the skins like that. Will give it a go next time I peel spuds.
      Yes, being able to go out in the daytime does now feel like a huge privilege. I’ve been avoiding parks and sticking to the streets, which so far have been pretty empty. And everyone I’ve met along the way has been both friendly and at the same time careful to keep distance.


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