It has been a while since I last posted and after a day in the garden enjoying the sunshine, I have been collecting the goodies that Autumn has provided. This includes a great crop of Jerusalem Artichokes and chillies. I feel inspired to cook using what I have found beneath the earth and picked.
I have been waiting patiently for my artichokes to be ready for picking and today was perfect. The sun appeared mid morning and it became lovely and warm.
I would like to share a few photos that were taken and what was harvested. There are so many ideas going through my mind as how to use these treasures. One of my favourite ways to prepare artichokes is by roasting them in the oven with olive oil. As for the chillies, home made curry pastes, chilli oil, sweet chilli sauce and dishes that need just that little bit more heat. I dry them, freeze them and also enjoy the freshly picked ones. I am always delighted that my little garden provides me with home grown goodies.
During the summer months we had a bumper crop of Lebanese Cucumbers. They were fresh, crunchy, sweet and full of flavour.
Gardening can be a bit of work and at times can be a struggle getting out there. Once I make that move I enjoy the exercise, sunshine and most of all watching the plants grow and then providing me with a crop. I am not always successful with a great harvest however, I am learning along the way.
I have already planted some Swiss Chard, Rocket and Kale in the garden for the winter months. There is still some sun and warmth in the air which will provide these plants with a good start.