About Me

We moved out to Portugal to live a frugal but better , simpler and peaceful life, our house is a very basic, semi ruin, up in the hills outside Figueiro Dos Vinhos, where we work our land, enjoy life with each other and our dogs, and hope to make the smallest carbon footprint we can,

Friday, 1 July 2011

Salad Days are here again...

Oooh I love this time of the year when all the lovely salad stuff is coming in. We are eating new potatoes with most things at the moment, plus we have tons of lettuce, rocket leaves, and beetroot. I love the beetrootleaves either in salads or wilted like spinach with a knob of butter. I also eat baby courgettes raw and chopped on salads, plus lovely new fresh peas...
ust last night we had homemade veggie quiche, a salad of new pots, chopped raw courgettes, grated carrot and sprinkled with fresh peas. I made Rick a huge bowl of homemade coleslaw, its his absolute fave stuff at this time of the year, made with our own red cabbage, grated carrot and onion... yummy.
The tomatoes although no where near ready are very tall, and healthy looking after our scare with the potatoes. They havelots of fruit setting and tons more flowers, so I think we'll get a good crop. The corn is also looking as if it wont be long , another week or two maybe, some of the silks are already turning a bit  brown, and that when you should pick. when its all brown.

Today I picked a huge bucket of peas, and another one of french beans which have all been frozen for winter. We are eating a lot of cabbage as normal, if Rick doesnt get to eat cabbage in some way at least three times a week he complains..
Tomorrow or sunday I'll have to pick green peppers, there is around twenty ready, and the aubergines re starting anyday now, we have ome small ones coming on. I'll freeze most of these peppers and aubergines that we dont eat , then when the tomatoes come in, I'll use the access peppers and aubergines with them for pasta sauce in jars.

We have been busy planting our new rhubarb crowns out today, we have two now and they are small but looking good and healthy, maybe next year or the following one, I'll be making crumbles with it...