From field to table

by Mars

All the hard work we’ve put into our vegetable garden is starting to bear fruit, quite literally. Tonight’s dinner was picked minutes before we ate; yellow courgette, Isobel onions, Thermidrome garlic and sage for a delicious vegetarian pasta. You can’t get more from field to table than that.

It is a cliche you hear so often, but this meal really tasted much better than using supermarket purchased veg. The onions and garlic were bold and fiery, and the courgette was buttery and fresh. We added a bit of feta, shavings of Parmesan cheese and black pepper to round it off.

There was nothing fancy about this dinner, but if was full of flavour, goodness and incredibly delicious.

Homegrown veg makes all the difference, especially for foodies like us. We planted our garlic and onions in October last year, and here we are nine months later enjoying them.

from field to table

Tonight’s dinner was satisfying, liberating, delicious and a sign that we’re making progress on our sustainability journey.

10 comments

Luffy 20 July 2020 - 22:36

Well done guys! Success! Just think of all the amazing varieties that you’ll be able to try. I used to grow pink Roscoff onions as their taste was so wonderful, and because they were pretty expensive to buy, if you could find them. You’ve got such taste adventures ahead of you ☺️

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Mars 21 July 2020 - 07:03

Thanks Luffy; we’re very excited about the food journey ahead.

I’ve not heard of Roscoff onions. I’ll make a note to keep an eye out for them. Thanks for the suggestion.

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Eddy Winko 21 July 2020 - 07:00

Looks delicious 🙂 The taste pay off far out does the hard work once you start harvesting, not to mention the health benefits. We also enjoy supplying our surplus to friends and family, which usually ends up as an exchange as they have a surplus of something too 🙂

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Mars 21 July 2020 - 07:05

Thanks Eddy. As you said, the taste pay off is unparalleled, and it’s also great to know that we didn’t use any pesticides or chemicals so what we’re eating is genuinely healthy.

What do you guys grow?

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Eddy Winko 21 July 2020 - 14:26

Its a long list, but at the moment we are harvesting beans, onions, courgettes, cucumbers, turnip, beetroot, kale, lettuce, rocket and many mare that I’m sure to have missed. I will be turning on the second freezer soon and the tomatoes are just around the corner which means the start of passata making various sauces in jars. I must do a post update but I’m too busy 🙂

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Mars 21 July 2020 - 18:37

Please try to find the time to get a post done. It would be great to see what you’re growing.

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Steve Elliott 21 July 2020 - 07:14

Well done Mars! I completely understand how you feel.

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Mars 21 July 2020 - 07:14

Thanks Steve. What are you growing this year?

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Steve Elliott 21 July 2020 - 08:10

I meant to say, two of the nicest vegetables to pick, cook and eat straight away are Asparagus and Sweetcorn. You might already be growing them. Asparagus especially, it’s a real treat early in the year and it’s season is short so you really look forward to it by the time it comes round.

We have a pretty big vegetable plot so we grow lots of stuff. We get failures of some crops in some years but on the whole we don’t do badly.

For about ten years we were proud (and more than a little smug) to say on Christmas day that everything on the plate was home grown including the bird. We don’t grow main crop potatoes any longer so we won’t be able to say that this year.

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Mars 21 July 2020 - 08:43

We have got sweetcorn growing, and it’s coming along nicely. No asparagus as it takes a long time to establish and get going, but maybe be’ll dedicate some space to it next year in the veg garden because we love asparagus.

Your Christmas haul (bird and all) is very impressive indeed. Amazing!

If the wireworms don’t affect our Maris Pipers, we will have all our veg for Christmas dinner coming from the garden too. Exciting times.

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