May Meal Plans

By the time May comes around we’re picking lots of fresh veg from the garden. As I write this the herbs are flourishing and we are spoilt for choice at meal times. We have thyme, parsley, coriander, oregano and chives, all of these help to add flavour at meal times.

We have rather too much chard at the moment (try it sauted with chorizo – delicious).

Most of our regular favourites have been included in previous months but now that spring is well under way fresh veg is moving centre stage.

There is an abundance of fresh wild garlic (cue risotto, pesto and cod fish cakes flavoured with the flowers). We still have plenty of nettles and soup has featured regularly at the weekends, topped with a poached egg it’s delicious).

Home made pizzas  with big green salads picked from the garden are a weekly treat at this time of year.

New on the menu:

Pork and beans

Pot roast chicken

crab cakes with sweet potato “fries” served with a fresh tomato salsa

Lentil and roast vegetable salad

Spicy veggie curry with roast coconut and onion bhajis

Asparagus and pea shoot tart

Mixed vegetable stew with quinoa

roast veg pasties

Roast tomato “toad” in the hole

My susbscription to Delicious magazine is still earning its keep –  thanks Mr T x

Kimchi and quinoa salad (Delicious magazine May 2017 p100)

Farinata with roast grapes and Ricotta (Delicious magazine May 17 p106)

(Farinata is a type of pancake made with chick pea flour and water)


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#crochet #crochetgirlgang #neverenoughshawls #sheshed #madenotmanufactured #crochetlove Free food! Next best thing to growing your own food is eating other people's homegrown. I'm looking after my neighhour's garden & boy does he have a lot of radishes just now! I have written a blog post about more of my favourite (almost) free foods. Link in profile, now I'm off to pickle these radishes.
#frugalfood #foraging #ediblegarden #growyourownfood #girlgardener #allotmenteering #eattheseasons #permaculture  #zerowaste #slowliving #gardentotable #organicgardening #forktofork I'll admit it, I grow this mostly for it's amazing colour - but the stems are delicious sauted with chorizo or streaky bacon!
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