Thursday, September 13, 2012
Harlequin carrots harvested!
I have been waiting for the Harlequin carrots from MrFothergills to raise their shoulders above the ground, and then the other day I thought I would take a peek.... wow! huge carrots, and so straight! Funnily enough all the purple ones seem stunted and I seem to have lost the straight rows - even though the regular carrots were planted evenly with carrot tape. This is a great time in the garden - cucumbers are struggling with downy mildew, but there are four different kinds of lettuces - plenty for a daily salad.
I thought the white carrots looked a bit insipid but they have the nicest flavour. I haven't cooked any - they make great snacks to munch on - even hubby has been known to do that. He commented the other day (after I cooked the pumpkin vines) that as long as it grows in the garden I will eat it. I said "well honey I don't eat the grass", but then I thought about the fact that I had been thinking of growing barley grass.... :) I guess it takes all types.The parsley seeds that MrFothergills sent me in the little pot were enough to also plant out my lower section of the the herb spiral. I love having ample amounts of flat leaf parsley in the garden.
Talking of eating everything, I do hate waste, and we have been having high wind, which yesterday knocked over one branch of my pawpaw tree - loaded with 10 pawpaws, all green.
I have not been that crazy about green papaya salad in the past, but figured I had to find a way to use them up. Last night I grated up a papaya and looked up my recipe. I didn't have bean sprouts - I really must start those ones MrFothergills sent me, they would have been perfect. My fish sauce smelt off so that went into the bin, and I used soy sauce instead. It turned out lovely so maybe I will use soy sauce in future. Here is the recipe. My problem might be with fish sauce as I saw it made in the islands and cant get that image out of my mind. I am "sure?" the commercial stuff is not made the same way... but still.
The vegetable garden is looking a bit messy at the moment.