Friday, 29 May 2015

Almost a Meal

We raided the polytunnel the other lunchtime and had 'almost a meal' made out of homegrown salady things.  

Radishes, spring onion thinnings, mixed leaves, pea shoots and micro leaves, broccoli in this instance.  You pay a fortune for a salad made with micro leaves in a posh restaurant, ours are free merely veggie thinnings.  Tasty, tiny little samples of what is to come later in the season.

With two buns, ham for Lovely Hubby and grated cheese for me it made a tasty and very satisfying first meal from the tunnel  :-)

The place is a mess outside a proper builders yard full of of building supplies and pallets ...

... but there are starting to be little hints of what is to come.

Arthur, pictured on the last post, is a man of many talents, walling being just one of his finer accomplishments.

At the moment we are living with the constant sound of the cement mixer as the wall grows in height yet again, ready for more concrete to be poured between the two layers on Monday.  Tomorrow is to be a day of fencing, aided by a neighbour with his fence post knocker-in attachment, as we put a fence around the nut trees so our friendly local sheep farmer can get his sheep back into the paddocks to keep the grass down without causing any damage to the newest trees.  We have decided this is to be our wildlife haven, with rocks already piled up as shady nooks and part of the old tree will be lifted into there by Arthur when he has a spare minute and his digger to lift it with handy.

Sue xx


  1. You have just saved my life
    Id just got up when I heard the front gate " scrape" so I thought it was the postman
    To my surprise I found a small container on the front door knob( initially I thought it was an Auntie Gladys gift)
    But no
    In the container was two absolutely beautiful scotch eggs
    Which tasted like nectar
    Thank you sue
    Thank you so much for making a slightly shopworn old Trelawnyd-ite
    Very happy xxxxxxxx

    1. My pleasure.

      I didn't knock as I guessed with the curtains closed and Albert peeping through them that you would be either in bed or not long out of it. :-)

  2. I just came over from John's place, and joined up. I take it you are doing some renovating, and the wall captured my attention. I have a wall that needs replaced. It's six feet high at one end and tapers down to the road, way at the other end. I haven't consulted anyone yet to tell me what can be done, but I see by yours, it can be done.

    1. Welcome Joanne. I always find there are ways to do anything and everything, if you set your mind to it and consult the right people.

      Heck I even managed to make some Scotch Eggs ;-)

  3. Such a kind and thoughtful thing to do Sue :)

  4. Thank you for being so kind and wonderful to John today Sue xxx

  5. Oh that must be such a wonderful feeling to be able to eat from your poly-tunnel :) fantastic!
    have a great weekend :)

  6. Sue, thanks for looking after our favourite nurse xxxx

  7. you have such a kind heart helping John out. Love the looks of your sandwiches. Great that everything salady came from your land.

  8. I don't know who John is but I know you made someone happy and that's a good thing.

    How much extra growing time will the polytunnel give you? I love radishes so your meal looked very appetising to me.

    1. Thanks Rhonda.

      The polytunnel should mean I can grow virtually throughout the year. Different crops in Winter obviously as it will still be so much colder, but it it always a few degree warmer inside in the coldest of weather and reaches dizzying heights in the full sun.

      This year is all about me experimenting with the planting as we have just moved to this part of the UK. We are in North Wales which has a shorter growing season than southern England where we used to live, and it's also quite a few degrees colder ... it's surprising how the move has changed things.

  9. Those sandwiches looked wonderful, how great are your poly tunnel ingredients!
    Love that wall, I need 2 myself!

  10. So kind of you Sue!
    Can you post your scotch egg recipe as I am tired of reading John's ravings & it has been years since I have had one!

  11. What a lovely person you are, Sue. Kitty in the forest

  12. John Sue & Joanne three of my favourite Bloggers all in a row. So kind of Sue to make the Scotch especially as she is a vegetarian.

    I have family staying for my mum's 85th birthday & am enjoying making meals for us all ( though husband is doing today's - a Paella ) It feels good to make people something lovely to eat.

    John, Jess made that Jamie Oliver Hummingbird cake again & this time made Pecan brittle ( twice the first lot burnt ! ) I hope my mum's teeth can cope ! xx

  13. So you didn't have to wait long to have your first mini-meal from your polytunnel. Well done on being so patient and having to wait so long because of the planning permission. A taste of things to come indeed.

  14. I didn't know you could eat pea shoots! Can you eat mongetou leaves as well? Do you just use them as salad leaves? Is there a special way to pick them so they keep growing? Thanks xx

    1. Hi Sarah,

      Yes, any pea leaves are very edible and pea flavoured. We use them as salad leaves as an edible garnish, for when a plate of food is missing that bit of green and on sandwiches.

      If you want the peas to keep growing only take the top shoots, you will find your plants stay shorter, but if you do as I do and use up old seeds, or buy a box of dried peas from the supermarket. You can get a great big box for just over a pound in most places, cheaper than buying 'pea seeds' which are guess what .... dried peas, and sow them thickly on a tray of compost, cover lightly and water whenever they need it, you will have a whole tray of shoots that you can cut and crop whenever you want to without stunting your main pea plants.


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