Having had my little rant earlier, I betook myself off to the kitchen for some therapy.
several pounds of strawberries rapidly became 1 litre of strawberry ripple ice cream and three large jars of strawberry jam.
Closely followed by these;
I plucked up all my courage after the last disastrous attempt which all cracked and sank like mini-soufflé's on a wet afternoon, and tackled the Italian syrup meringue method. Pretty brave of me as I have an aversion to anything that can burn a gaping whole in my clumsy flesh, but having already done jam I thought why the hell not and presto! perfect macaronage and only the slightest hint of a cap. These are plain almond flavour with the ubiquitous chocolate and coffee ganache, I am still experimenting with oven temp so colours are still a problem with browning, but as you can see, I am getting near perfection. (160° double trays, and pray for ten minutes)
From the allotment today I harvested;
- 2 marrow
- 12 white onions
- 12 red onions
- 4 lettuce
- 3 million giant radishes ( again)
- 200g peas shelled
- 6 Kohl Rabi
- 6 beetroot
- 50 shallots
- a handful of Maris Peer new potatoes
- 1lb of redcurrants
- 3.5 lb strawberries
some pics of stuff growing.
Beetroot, squash, marrows, lettuce, sweetcorn.
Lettuce ( and we don't even eat the stuff!) Onions, peas more broad beans , more sweetcorn.
Cabbage, Broccoli, and Romanesco, oh and more sweetcorn.
Sweetcorn, Kohl Rabi, potatoes and pears.
you can see why more room would be nice?