Ar Bruidair Autumn update

Ladies & Gents, we have received our first ever complaint about the blog. Well when I say complaint it was more of a disappointed observation about how little activity there has been on here recently.

But let it not be said that we don’t listen… so here is the Ar Bruidair Autumn update.

The seasons are changing, we’ve gone from the – ha ha ha I was going to say summer, the couple of weeks of nice weather, to a bit of a nip in the air and the sobering fact that I’ve had to put the heating on while typing this update. Autumn and cold weather, wind and rain are always a bit sad so lets cheer ourselves up with the thought that Christmas in our new house is just around the corner and I have the joy of picking kittens out of the Christmas tree to look forward to!

So what has been happening since our last posts, well mostly eating.

One of the great pleasures to be had has been reaping the rewards of all of our hard work and eating lots of lovely veggies and salad as well obviously as looking at all the lovely flowers. So here are some little smiles we’d like to share.

1. Tomatoes.

wpid-IMAG1009-150x150wpid-IMAG1028-1We were giving them away we had so many.

We have three cherry tomato plants, two of which were giving us enough tomatoes on a daily basis for two lunches and two dinners.  We ate an awful lot of  a pasta dish called summer garden pasta which is basically spaghetti with lots of cherry tomatoes and lots and lots of garlic and some basil.

We also have two plum tomato plants which gave us enough for two big pots of pasta and meatball sauce and some Spanish chicken. Yum!

 

2. Pumpkins & Squash

wpid-IMAG0984-1-1-150x150The pumpkins and squashes were a bit of an experiment which we didn’t expect to work. And excitedly they did.

We didn’t get a lot, one or two from each plant, but given that we were told not to expect anything, I am really happy.

We did our lovely Baked Leeks and Pumpkin/Squash which you can get the recipe for on this blog.

It was so satisfying getting my little gardening knife out and cutting pumpkins from the plant. The only disappointment is that we didn’t get more. I’m about to brew some pumpkin beer and had to get pumpkin from a friend for it, I would have loved to make this using our own pumpkins.

3. Radishes

The radishes were the biggest event of the year I think.wpid-IMAG0911-1-150x150

Kate had never eaten radishes and was very dubious about it. They are now firmly one of her favourite veggies from the garden and we’ve just planted out third batch.

I just can’t keep up with the demand, she eats them in salads, in sandwiches, in curries in stir fries.

 

4. Carrots and Beetroot

wpid-IMAG0965-150x150The carrots and beetroot were two of my favourites this year. I love beetroot and the biggest issue for me was leaving them long enough to get bigger, I just wanted to be picking and eating them RIGHT NOW! I liked them roasted and we even blogged a recipe.wpid-IMAG0885

We have discovered though, that later on in the year the carrots were ravaged by what I think might have been carrot fly and we ended up throwing the last 15 or so in the bin.

To make up for this, I have another couple of batched going in the greenhouse just now (both carrot fly resistant).

What we did do which went down an absolute storm with friends and family, was we had a barbeque as a birthday celebration at the end of July and as part of the feast, we made a salad with all our own produce and a potato salad with out own potatoes.

Wow, what a fabulous night. The food was great and so was the beer, well obviously as it was our home brewed beer.

So that leads us onto potatoes I suppose.

5. Potatoes

Would you believe we only ate the last of them last night?

Like the tomatoes, the beetroots and the carrots, our own potatoes tasted so amazing, better than anything we’ve bought from the shops. So good in fact that I’ve planted some more and we will be pulling them up on Christmas morning for our Christmas dinner.

Now I have obviously missed out some of the fabulous foods, like the herbs and the salad and the spring onions, but I can’t finish up on veggies without mentioning our little blog celebrity, Colin.

IMAG0819The absolute star of our garden this year has to be the courgettes which we ate with almost every meal for months and then started leaving courgettes on other people’s desks at work to try to use them up.

We only had two plants but the amount of courgettes we got from them was amazing.

So going forward, our plans and ideas… well just now we’re starting to think about what we want to be growing for next year as well as learning about what the different season mean for the garden.

We also have some ideas for making things even more pretty, so watch this space.

 

 

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