Monday, 22 May 2017

Green to Red Gooseberries

Its almost a month ago, when I showed you progress in the garden plot. 
Today a little more as some plants have gone into the ground, but many plants are still in pots.

Before I go further, I have to admit these photographs were taken last week before the rain came pouring down and much more has grown and sprouted since, including the weeds!
The climbing bean frames are finally up
Beneath these are climbing purple beans, the yellow beans and runner beans have not yet germinated, partly because the seeds were old and partly because I sowed them late, but I am hoping for some more.  On the bean frame at the back are Climbing Alderman Peas.  

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Bristol VegFest 2017

For the fourth year running, we went to Bristol Veg Fest and yes, it rained.  We still enjoyed the day.

So many vegan food stalls were missing including, some favourites like Ms Vegan Cupcake, Lettices, Mheat, Loving Hut, The Happy Maki, Chai Wallah, and Vegetarian Caviar Club - I was a little disappointed as I have been wanting to get my mitts on some jars of vegan caviar for special meals.  
  But there was still loads to see, including some favourites Vegan Sweet Tooth,

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Simple Curly Kale and White Bean Soup

I am thankful for the rain as the garden has been dry and wanting of water from the skies, but c'mon   - enough already.  

I am hoping the weekend is dry as we have made some plans, so I guess I should really be saying bring it on now, but then please give us a break.
I made this Curly Kale and White Beans Soup over the weekend with what we had in the house as I wasn't feeling adventurous. 
Its nothing special, yet variations of this Curly Kale and White Beans Soup has featured on many a blog and many a cookbook, but it made for a nice change from a smoother soup with its chunky vegetable and crinkly soft greens. 
I am sharing this Curly Kale and White Bean Soup with Soups, Salads and Sammies hosted by Kahakai Kitchen and No Croutons Required hosted by Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen and Tinned Tomatoes. 

Friday, 12 May 2017

Harissa Butternut Squash Stew with Broccoli and Chickpeas

I don't know if he was just very hungry or being honest, but D complimented on how delicious this Harissa Butternut Squash Stew was, not once but twice with a Thank you Lady.  
I thought it was going to one of those stews that would benefit from overnight rest in the fridge, but we had it within an hour of making it and it was most enjoyable.  The harissa and the smoked paprika offset against each other wonderfully.
Be careful with the cooking of the vegetables, especially the broccoli towards the end, you do not want it really soft, but still with bite, otherwise it would be more bordering on soup than stew, which is not a bad thing, but sometimes you want texture not bambino  food.