The allotment at the moment

I have a bit of a problem.  Blogging.  I take the photos, upload them and then stuff happens and I never get around to showing you the photos.  I am also very, very behind on posting photos of Brette’s kitchen which I know you will love – this is coming this week.  I promise.

Last Sunday I spent a couple of hours at the allotment.  With the weather finally dry and quite warm it was the perfect time to assess and damage from the rain and to kneal on the ground humbly and weed.

The entrance to the allotments.

I was so pleased to find that apart from a lot of weeds, everything is growing really well and there are positive signs for the future.

Weeding around the broad (fava) beans completed, next time = the peas!

Flowers turning into strawberries.

And here are a couple of photos of other allotments in our section.

The grassy one:

The perfect one:

I live in hope of making our allotment a bit more perfect, but we need to wait until the end of the summer before making many changes to the layout.  Oh, if only to start all over again…

~ Pru


Leek, Bacon and Pea Risotto

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you had a great weekend.

My weekend was very busy.  Time spent at the garden centre, supermarket, baking, walking the dog and a lot of work over at the allotment.  Mum and I were up at six on Sunday morning to dig woodchip from a pile that had been left nearby and ship it to the allotment.  We made four trips and got so much done.  But it left me wondering when I was going to get time to make the Martha Mondays pick.

I love risotto.  Love it.  Mum often makes a plainish one with onion and we have it with sausages and vegetables for dinner.  I love it.  And this risotto did not disappoint.  Whilst some of my friends think that it is difficult to make, I find that it isn’t difficult just time consuming.  I managed to get not one thing done whilst I was making dinner, every few minutes adding more stock to the rice.

I made two changes.  I used pancetta slices instead of bacon and I put the peas into the risotto earlier than the recipe called for.  I think they would have still been too hard if I had put them in at the end.

I made the full batch and have a container ready for work on Monday.  No doubt I will eat it cold – the best way!

~ Pru

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