Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Basic Farm Food - Tomato Tagliatelli

Basic Farm Foods is a concept that embraces the less packaging, additives, chemicals and sugar in the foods we eat on a day to day basis. As a family we are all commited to recycling and repurposing so it is a natural step to grow our own foods. Enabled by a three acre orchard which also plays host to a forty foot polytunnel, we are on the journey to simplifying our lives.

This evening I picked a colander of tomatoes of different varieties.

With a small amount of sunflower oil fry two red onions and four cloves of garlic, finely chopped. 
Rough cut up the tomatoes, you can include green tomatoes that have fallen off the vines.

Think it took about three or four boards to cut them all up! Add them to the pot and simmer away.

 Next add three teaspoons of tahini to the mix along with a light touch of himalayan (pink rock salt )

Leave the mixture bubbling along whilst you ut the fresh beans - sorry forgot to mention dashing out to pick a handful of various beans!

A neat trick with runner beans, especially once they are overgrown, the things are growing faster than we can eat them, is to run a potato peeler down the edges of the beans. This removes the unpleasant stringy parts!

Once all the beans are roughly chopped, add them to a pan of boiling salted water. Also add to the same pan the balls of tagliatelli - no point using two pans for the same purpose.

Using a blender finely smooth the sauce into a fine paste. Drain the pasta and beans and mix into the sauce. Serve with a sprinkling of pine nuts or pumpkin seeds - just to add protein and a little crunch to the dish.

I wish I could post photos of perfectly presented bowls........but it got eaten FAST!!!!

Ok so in conclusion, the tagliatelli did come in plastic wrap, but otherwise the vegetables came straight from the plants so no food miles or packaging wasted there.

Last of the summer fruits

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.