Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Herb Garden

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Last weekend we went to a local garden centre we've not been to before, primarily to check it out, but also because we get a discount there (for our allotment association membership) that we don't get at our usual one.

We were stocking up for the first pass at our herb garden, we're growing this at home rather than the allotment for the convenience of picking while cooking. So far, we have spinach, purple sage, thyme, parsley, chives, rosemary, and some strawberries thrown in there for good measure too.

The beginnings of our herb garden at home.

Sunday, 13 April 2008

Spring Is Here

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Recording where we're at on 13th April 2008. It's spring, not a lot is happening at the allotment just yet for us, still readying the ground. At home, however, things are different as the greenhouse is full of little seedlings!

Monday, 7 April 2008

Spinach and Ricotta ravioli

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Home grown spinach (which had to be cleared of snow to harvest!)

Made a batch of fresh pasta

Wilted some spinach with garlic butter, chopped and stirred into some ricotta.

Used the moulds to make the ravioli and cooked for a couple of minutes.

Added a tomato and basil sauce to the top and garnished with some grated parmesan

Sunday, 6 April 2008

Italian Torte

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This is "La Torta Della Giovane Sara", or "Young Sara's Torte" from Jamie Oliver's Jamie's Italy book, page 300.

I'm trying it out as a possible desert for an Italian meal we'll be cooking some friends in a couple of weekends time.