gardening, homestEAding

summer garden snapshots…

Despite the dismal weather at the moment some parts of the garden are looking good and I managed a few photos after work one sunny evening.

 

 

 

Since we came back from our holiday in Scotland we have had quite a bit of rain and have hardly sat out in the evening all summer this year or had need of the parasol…

 

but the hanging solar lightbulbs that clip onto the cherry tree branches have looked really pretty in the garden when they light up at night.

I am really pleased with my peas in the pot…

and courgettes…

just enough to make a summer quiche with a few mushrooms and tomatoes.

 

 

Delicious with a crisp salad.

fEAsting, meal planning, recipes

The end of the week budget meal…

Otherwise known as the ‘throw it all in and use it all up’ and see what you get!

By the end of the week I find that I have an assortment of bits of vegetables that are leftover and not wanting to waste anything I either adapt a recipe or just create something new (a bit like they do on the TV programme ‘Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook’ when presented with an assortment of items).

This is what I had left today to use up – I named it Hearty Chickpea Stew – it was quite delicious and very filling.  I will definitely make it again.

From the fridge or vegetable rack

  • 1 Leek
  • 2 small and almost sprouting onions
  • A few ends of celery
  • A handful of new potatoes
  • A medium sweet potato
  • 4 small carrots

From the store cupboard or pantry

  • I can of Chickpeas
  • a few slices of bread

Plus a few staple items

  • Add 1 tablespoon Olive Oil, 1 Kallo Tomato Stock cube, a scoop of Tomato paste, salt and pepper and a pinch of mixed herbs.

To make

  • Gently cook the onion , leek and celery together in the olive oil until soft.
  • Add chopped / diced vegetables
  • Add Tin Chickpeas (well rinsed)
  • Add stock to cover veg, tomato paste and seasonings
  • Bring to boil and simmer for about 30 minutes

Serve hot with crusty or speciality bread