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.