Saturday, June 7, 2014
Harvest and noodles
Lately I've been wondering into the garden and picking random things, then brining them into the house for lunch. This is what I brought in the other day. From left to right, Chickweed, Mangel Wurzel leaves, and a garlic scape.
I'm a bit disappointed in the garlic, usually it goes to see much later in the year, about the same time as the pickling cucumbers are ready. Last year I made this really delicious fermented pickle from them. But not this year. Right now the cucumbers are at an all time high price in the shops, and our home grown cucs are a long way off.
These Mangel Wurzel leaves are actually a kind of animal fodder food. We are growing them for the first time this year to feed to the sheep and goats over winter. The leaves we feed in the late summer when the grass is too dry to grow, and the roots we keep for winter feeding.
But to me, the young Mangel Wurzel leaves look and taste like chard, only better. So I've been munching on them too.
Another one of those one-pot-meals. Toss everything in, a bit of bacon, some noodles, some carrots, garden veg, then put it on low heat for an hour or five. Very, very tasty.