We are eating broccoli, snow peas, asparagus and avocados at the moment and lots of them. The other day, Maus even said that she was sick of avocados. Now that is a problem. We have two trees laden with the buggers. It is near the end of the season, though. Soon she will be spared. It will be tomatoes with this and cucumbers with that.
The broccoli situation, as I predicted, is serious. As with everything you grow, it came all at once. In one week, I picked seven broccoli heads. Luckily, I saw enough people to find homes for them all.
Maus and I have decided we don’t like frozen broccoli which is a bit of a problem because there are several bags of it in the freezer – Oh well, more dog food. 🙂
As a consequence, when I picked two huge broccoli heads last week, I was determined to find a use for it. We made penne with broccoli and chorizo which lasted us two nights and then I found this salad. It is from a great little ABC publication I use more than I thought I would, Homecooked Favourite Recipes from Australian Kitchens. It was out and about because I was making one of my favourite biscuit recipes, gingernuts, from it. I started flicking through its pages (as you do) and came across this recipe. Continue reading
This month, the Cookbook Guru’s feature cookbook is Vegetable Book, by Jane Grigson. As I didn’t have it, I ordered it from Book Depository. That was after two weeks or so of wresting with myself. I know very well I don’t need another cookbook but I decided, ‘Ahh! What the hell? It’s only $20’.
The Vegetable Book arrived a couple of weeks ago. It is a classic, if ever there was one. I was quite looking forward to its arrival. I have Jane Grigson’s Fruit Book and love it.
The first thing I did was open up the cucumber chapter. Nothing really appealed so I went to the bean chapter. Again, nothing appealed so I moved on to the avocado chapter and then, in desperation, the broccoli chapter. I stopped there. I was happy to buy the book but I wasn’t going to go out and buy vegetables when our house is overflowing with them. Continue reading
I planted broccoli this summer, notwithstanding my understanding that broccoli is a winter crop.
Friends came to visit in early spring and during their stay they toured a broccoli farm that specialises in summer broccoli. The next day, I was at the local hardware shop and noticed summer broccoli seeds. I was willing to be proven wrong, so I planted a row of seeds. And now we have lots of broccoli. 🙂 Continue reading