Spuds a Chitting
I doubled up on this collection including a new variety of salad potato ‘Pippa’ . It’s bred from Pink Fir Apples and offers a pink blush and waxy yellow flesh. The other two are favourites: Lady Christi is a 1st early and stays firm when cooked and has good disease resistance. And Charlotte is a second early which can be left in the ground till early Autumn.
I spotted a packet of 4 organic baby leeks in the supermarket for £2.50 which makes my twenty or so babies worth £14. So in the diary for this year is a reminder to sow seeds mid-summer for a row or two of tender little leeks perfect for this simple recipe. The trout fillets were pan-fried for eight minutes skin side down whilst the leeks were saute in a little butter for about 30 minutes and then assembled with basmati rice.
I had a last-minute inspiration to serve it with the celeriac and beetroot pickle made three weeks ago and it was excellent together.
The blast of intense perfume from the Sarcococca and the Viburnum ‘Dawn’ currently in flower makes me crave more scented plants in the garden at this time of year. So I rounded up two pots of Iris unguicularis which are a little underwhelming at the moment but I am optimistic for next year. The rhizomes can be divided in Spring to increase the patch.
The garden is looking scruffy and dormant and all the beds are desperately in need of a gentle raking. It’s too chilly to get out there but the first job will be to cut back the leaves on the hellebores to expose the flowers which are just emerging at soil level.
With very little to pick I decided to forfeit a Helleborus angustifolius with its huge, fat, cream flowers now in a vase surrounded by arum leaves and Euphorbia robbiae to bulk up the greenery.