Plant, Eat: Pairings

One of the best things a family can do together is eat their meals together. Every night here, my crew and I  pick together and cook together (one kitchen mama – many helpers) and eat at the table together. My little rent a family. This kind of grouping works in the garden too. The things we cook together often like to grow together. As long as you don’t want tomatoes in your lettuce salad – that pairing never works from the garden.

And maybe not pumpkins and blueberries (which I am experimenting with planting together purely because they fruit at opposite ends of the season and the blueberries need the constant watering that pumpkins need, and orange and blue sound cool together). More tomatoes and eggplant and zucchini with basil – the ratatouille garden. The salad garden with kale, parsley, chard, lettuce, spring onions, brocolli raab, beetroot, etc (the salad garden is a big one and I seldom cook the deep greens – they are all eaten raw).

What other pairings can we grow together and cook together?  I am trying to think.

Elle had my camera for a while yesterday while I cooked a C- dinner. Sometimes my dinners are not all that good. I experiment too much in there too.  I made asparagus pesto and frankly it was awful. Poppy liked it though.

The three plonkers are happy down the back.

Once I got my camera back, my pics were through  the kitchen door!

My boots will not be abandoned for long as it is going to be chilly for a week now. Overnights in the 40’s.  Cold – but that will encourage good root growth in the plants.

Molly and her babies are settled in their side of the barn. Poppy is settled in her newly scrubbed farrowing pen. And Sheila (after a few days in smelly Coventry while I reshuffled) was led back to her Sun-Room in the South-West corner of the barn and has settled in there with a harrumph.  My three big sows. (Though Sheila is technically not a sow but calling her a gilt is a bit weird as she is the biggest of the lot). Beautiful girls.

The rain seems to be slowly pushing itself back into the weekend so, after we brain-stormed plenty of rainy day work, it looks like we can get back into the gardens again today. Today we are transplanting raspberries, tying up raspberries and dividing and transplanting horse radish (and grinding some up).   Then we will plant out one row of zucchini with covers to keep them warm.

I wonder what horse radish would like to grow with – Beef?

OK – time to get up and at ’em.

Hope you have a lovely day.

Love celi

My weather:

Friday 04/28 40% / 0.09 in
Cloudy with occasional showers this afternoon. High 63F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Friday Night 04/28 30% / 0.03 in
A few showers this evening with overcast skies overnight. Low 48F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

The weekend is 100% rain – all weekend! So today looks good to me.

23 Comments on “Plant, Eat: Pairings

  1. C – … I could live with that. I often tinker with a recipe using what I’ve got on hand as ingredients… fortunately the outcome is mostly edible. Today I used a lot of onion, garlic & chillies… and a lot green beans gifted from a neighbour, and learned that tofu and Singapore noodles don’t freeze & defrost well. The lamington slab cake I baked this morning didn’t rise, so I called it a slice, and the G.O. enjoyed it for dessert, so maybe C+ 😉

  2. I meant to say yesterday that my dog is experiencing a big moult at the moment (we are into winter now) and had developed bald hotspots. A vet tech suggested she may have a light case of mange and recommended a flea and tick deterrent that the dog eats (lasts for 3 months) and a couple of healthy scoops of coconut oil mixed with her food. One or the other has certainly worked and dogs coat is growing back thick and glossy – including bald spots! Perhaps try the big girls on coconut oil – but shouldn’t they be losing their hair for summer anyway? As for the vege combinations – you are on your own 🙂 Laura

  3. It does seem a bit weird calling the Divine Sheila a gilt… There was a granddaughter of a French King who was called La Grande Mademoiselle. She was immensely rich but died unmarried and without children. She had a rich and dramatic life. Perhaps Sheila is a fitting heir to the title 🙂
    Personally, I think horseradish likes to grow with cream and smoked trout, but to each her own.

    • That’s exactly what I get today, Kate: Smoked trout. But alas, forgot to buy the horseradish-cream thing… And you are right: Both go so well together. I love it. – So next time…

  4. Horseradish is incredibly invasive – just keeps going and going….I grow mine in a large tall upended chunk of culvert that I’ve sealed on the bottom with a barrier so the horseradish can’t escape. Punched a few holes around the sides for drainage. I harvest after the leaves die in the fall – simply take what you want and plunk the rest back in the dirt. And because I never listen to much advice – I made the horseradish in the house the first year. Almost gassed myself to death – definitely make outside. I toss my vinegar in after q five minute wait – I like decent heat. The sooner you add the vinegar, the milder it will turn out. Keep in fridge. 😊

    • Always something to learn here! I hadn’t realized that horseradish was that openly aggressive. It’s so mild-mannered in the jar, until . . .

      • Good tip on the vinegar! thank you. Mine is not invasive at all – weird – it has sat in its patch for years now. You are even colder than us too – I wonder if you have a different variety. I sure have no idea what one I have! c

  5. An invited and constructed family is just as warm. (Of course all your animals consider themselves included even if not seated…they know there’s just so much room indoors)
    Unusually warm (90’s F), terribly humid, overcast, extremely high tides along coastal areas. Molly would gladly trade for dusting of snow)

  6. The one thing I insisted on when my kids were growing up was family dinners. And your rent-a-family sounds wonderful, too. I seem to never follow one recipe any more. I look at a variety of them on my phone or computer or from my own files and take a bit of that and a bit of this. Way more fun that way.

  7. Could you take a picture of Sheila with something (like even a human) that will give us the full understanding of her size? I know she is big from your descriptions, but I would love to see her in a picture that demonstrates her beautiful size.

  8. There can never be too much experimentation in cooking! If some dish shows promise next time it will be more delicious! Love fresh horseradish . . . you have the beef and only need the Yorkshire puddings and potato wedges in goose fat or lard . . . . oh, I love the classic Brussels sprouts also.

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