Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Today's Harvest

Today's Haul

Three Bean Stew. with a neat little side salad with herbs. First chopped and sauteed onions garlic and two courgettes. Added passatta and chopped beans - dwarf, scarlet and borlotti -  to the casserole pot.
 I used tahini paste to the mix and seasoning. Left to simmer. 
PS smells divine

Add A Simple Salad
couple of lettuce leaves and rocket leaves, nasturtiums are spicey as are the coriander leaves and seeds. Wash tomatoes and cut simply in half as they are so sweet. Garnish with herbs for flavour and decoration.

A little hint,  if your cucumbers are a little thick skinned - yes yes it happens lol - a nice trick is to score the skin vertically with a fork - leaves a pretty finish and softens the skins.

July 17

The polytunnel is bursting at the seams in July, with peas beans and tiny plum tomatoes ripening on a daily basis. Patty pan courgettes and normal courgettes by the bucket load .
Being bee aware planting has been particularly focussed on the bee friendly variety.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Chateau Shokran - First Steps

 First steps. Pick enough grapes to fill three buckets. They are ripe and the smell in the polytunnel is ripe!

 Once we had picked the grapes we gathered on the lawn for the ceremony! The equipment we used was some what less traditional than I would have liked but needs must!

Large plastic bucket with small hole drilled into which the tap was firmly inserted. Juice to be collected in 5 litre water bottles for convenience. The bucket was lined with a fine muslin material to effectively sieve the pips and skin.

Got any grapes? Added one bucket of grapes to the muslin.

Add one child to the bucket containing the grapes. Instruct said child to wriggle their feet and generally squash the grapes.

If needed add a second child to the mix. Take care that they do not overbalance thereby spilling the precious grape juice. Continue until the water container is full. Repeat with each bucket of grapes. A bucket of grapes produced 5 litres of pure grape juice.

The end result of the grape stomping is an impressive 15 litres of pure sweet grape juice.