Actually using stuff from the garden.

Ripening figs

We spotted ripening figs on the tree yesterday. I ate one, just to say that I had. One is enough for me, thanks.  They’re so weird.

Inside a fig

The flavour is strange, as is the dual texture. I dislike the pap but the crunchy seeds are interesting. I’ll give most of them away but I like to make one annual figgy gesture by trying them in a recipe. I could do a chutney I suppose. One year I dried them but they were kind of medicinal.

Nasturtium seeds to pickle

These are Nasturtium seed pods. I’m making piccalilli today. I picked these yesterday, as well as other things to accompany them.

vegetables for turning into piccalilli

These are all from my garden and have joined a chopped up onion to attend a piccalilli party. Yesterday, I sliced them up and put them in a giant bowl with lots of salt.

vegetables being salted for piccalilli.

In about an hour I’m going to wash off the salt and then muck about with the pickling ingredients. The recipe is a River Cottage one. I wouldn’t have thought of using the Nasturtium pods. I’ve heard that you can treat them like capers, but I haven’t looked into that.

courgette polpette

With more courgettes than is necessary, I also remembered another recipe I wanted to try; Courgette Polpette. They were OK but I would change the recipe if I made them again. With all that courgette, they were just too wet. And they needed way more cheese. Everything benefits from a shed load of cheese.

Parsley from the garden. Very easy to grow.

The Parsley is from the garden too. I love it. I like to grow it in the veg bed where it can get nice, big roots. Growing it in pots is not the same. It also lasts all season and you can collect seeds the following year, to start all over again!

Mojito in the mint!

Saving the best till last, cocktails! I had a Mojito with my garden Mint. We’ve only got dark rum though, I hope that’s acceptable.

Mojito in the garden

The only other thing I use the Mint for is sauce for roast lamb. I’m so hungry right now.

drinks in the garden

And an order was put in for a G&T, so I plucked a few Borage flowers off of the many many plants I have and popped those in with a slice of cucumber. Borage flowers have a kind of cucumbery flavour too.

Borage and cucumber in a G&T

I’m also quite thirsty.

Gin and Tonic with cucumber and borage flowers

Anyway, I’m off to finish my piccalilli! Hope it works. I have to wait at least four weeks to find out…

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