16 June 2013

It's a pumpkin!

The pretty much non-stopping rain has ensured our time at the allotment has been pretty limited, so there isn't that much to report. We've tried to pop over there between the showers and you sort of forget that a good rain shower does help things a long at the allotment- other plants than weeds too! However, having said that, it's time for some sunshine and warmth again now!

The peony is battling in the wind in full bloom.




Some male flowers had appeared on Haakon.


And, without a doubt, the most exciting development is this:

Frederik has a female flower and a tiny little start of a Crown Prince!



Mr and Mrs V x


10 June 2013

Sunday afternoon


The allotment was calling us on Sunday. Garden chairs and drinks with us we wondered to the allotment. I'll just sit down for 5 minutes on this comfy chair and enjoy the sunshine before we start building the cover for the romanesco broccoli and Brussels sprouts, I thought. 1,5 hours later the sun was still shining and I was still on the garden chair. I guess sometimes you can take little bit time off from gardening and appreciate everything the plot can offer you. Which, in this case, was a very relaxing break while admiring the view of the tidy plot that has been a result of many hours of work. And I was talking to the plants, making sure they were ok. Of course. Mrs V x 


P.S. The other day when we were relocating our squash plants outside, we were left with an extra Hooligan. Not wanting to throw it away, I thought it would get a nice new home in the old compost heap. Let's see how this one does. Nice fertile growing area, sheltered from the wind and getting sun all day. My money is on this one. 

7 June 2013

Summertime

Doesn't it feel like summer out there? At long last! The warm evenings have meant many walks to the allotment mainly to water the plants, but also to enjoy and absorb the calmness of the dreamy sunsets. Admiring the miracles that the sunshine makes happen never ends.


I'm sure you're familiar with this little bad boy by now- the fast expanding artichoke plant

Mysterious man with a watering can.. and a shed that desperately needs some paint!

Last Sunday was a moving day: our courgette and pumpkin plants, sweet corn, rest of the runner beans and sun flowers were relocated from the greenhouse to their assigned spots at the allotment. We have a full house now!

Hooligan plant


Charmant plant

Snapdragons

Sugar snap peas


Mr & Mrs V x

4 June 2013

Jamie's BBQ Chicken

Jamie, who would not love Jamie. And after trying his barbecue marinade for chicken, you will love him all the more. This featured in one of his shows, possibly in Jamie at Home. After scribbling the recipe down on some piece of paper that could never be found again, I tried googling the recipe, but due to lack of patience and poor googling skills I've been unable to find Jamie's exact recipe, but it went something like this:

4 whole cloves
1 tsp cumin seed
2tbs fennel seeds
1 tsp black peppercorns
1 tsp salt

handful of fresh rosemary
7 fresh bay leaves
handful of fresh thyme
1 bulb of garlic

rind and juice of 1 orange
4 tsp smoked paprika

half bottle of balsamic vinegar
 2/3 bottle of organic ketchup
8 tbs olive oil


Grind the cloves, cumin and fennel seeds, black peppercorns and salt in a mortar. Add them to a roasting tray. Roughly chop the rosemary, bay leaves, thyme and garlic and mix them with the spices. Peel the rind of the orange, roughly chop it and add to the tray with smoked paprika. Mix in the balsamic vinegar, juice of the orange, ketchup and olive oil.  

Add chicken breast to the tray and make sure they are smothered in the marinade. If you have time, let the chicken marinade over night in the fridge. Get the barbecue going and boom, soon you'll have the best bbq chicken ever on your plate! (We sometimes pre-cook the chicken breasts in the oven and then finish them of at the barbecue.)


Jamie says this also goes with lamb, whole chicken and thick set of pork ribs. So if  you're in the mood for a proper meat feast why not experiment.

Mrs V x
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