lettuces, dandelion, sorrel, tree spinach, mixed leavesIt's so nice to harvest home grown food, fresh for meals, tasting much nicer than shop bought. We're picking lots of leaves for salads at the moment - mixed lettuce leaves, spicy saladini, red veined dandelion, red veined sorrel, herbs and it's all so lovely.
blackfly only started to appear right at the end when we were picking the last beans off. We planted these in October last year and they overwintered brilliantly, then in Spring we pinched out the shoots (and ate them in salads I must add and they were lovely) while the bean pods continued to grow. Maybe this helped keep away the blackfly, although it looks for a 2nd year that our runner beans are suffering to them, so they will have to recover and be a late cropper again this year. Broad beans are so loved in this house we plan to plant lots more for next year, maybe double or even more.
So lots of broad beans have made it to the plate, sauteed with sage butter (one of my faves), in tortillas (Spanish omelette), and more. I also made a lovely raw humus with some a few times, with sprouted seeds we have been doing. It was absolutely yummy, not sure the picture does it justice but here it is.
Also picking some lovely strawberries, although not many as we transplanted these a little late, and some are still in pots too - but a few lovely ones and add to that the numerous wild ones that have just naturalised and spread along the bank in the back garden ... it's like a carpet. We are sharing these little beauties with some of the local wildlife though too who I often see popping by to have a pick.