Besides running for around a month longer than they should have, the peas in this week’s veg box are also a wonderful payoff for our persistence – this specific block of them was sown 4 (!) times before we got a decent germination. It took the right temperatures and a few applications of lime (to raise the pH) for these guys to be happy, but they paid us back for our determination in spades (excuse the pun). Apparently the seed company knew this – turns out the instructions were quite clear on the packet. Ahem. Anyway, we’re claiming “successional sowing” was always the plan, in case anyone asks.
Another accidental surprise was a potluck bed of potatoes which grew out of a (seemingly) failed sowing 9 months ago, so well that they out-competed our poor beets.
The take home message for aspiring home gardeners is never give up! Even when you fail time and time again, you never know when the planets might align and the reward is well worth the wait. That, and maybe read the sowing instructions before diving in…
Not content to just insult the French, we are also offending Tunisians this week as we apply their delicious national condiment to a Gallic favourite. Serves 3 generously.
- 300g waxy potatoes, roasted
- 250g cooked, oily fish (eg tuna, sardines, mackerel)
- 100g french beans, halved lengthwise and blanched until just soft (about 3 mins in boiling water)
- 50-100g salad leaf
- 3 soft boiled eggs
- 2 spring onions or 1 salad onion, finely sliced
- generous handful of olives, halved
- bunch of parsley, chopped
- 2 tbsp harissa
- juice of 2 lemons or 2-3 tbsp white wine vinegar
- big glug of olive oil
Step 1: Make the dressing by combining the harissa, lemon juice and olive oil. Adjust each ingredient to your liking.
Step 2: Toss together the remaining ingredients to combine, except for the eggs.
Step 3: Serve out the salad and break an egg in half on top each plate. Season well with salt, pepper and the dressing.
After much blood, sweat and tears (hopefully none of which made it into our boxes) and fitful rages at the computer, we excitedly and trepidatiously packed and delivered our first veg boxes on Friday last week.
Plunging in at the deep end is a fairly regular occurrence for us but this time it came with a greater fear of failure, probably borne out of an incredible pride in our produce coupled with a sense of growing expectation around the high quality of fruit and veg being grown in the Huon.
To our customers in the veg box pilot, we thank you for bearing with us while we grappled with frustrating tech and extremely hot weather on our first day of deliveries. We included something special to help cool you down on summer days and brought you a mix of last season favourites and new seasonal treats. Each week will bring more surprises and the best produce we can grow.
If you are short of inspiration we will always include some suggestions on ways to enjoy the produce:
From below the avocado line comes this cracker of a side dish or brunch meal – just slap it on some sourdough and save your avocado dollars for that mortgage you’ve always wanted…
500g peas, shelled
1 clove of garlic, crushed
splash of olive oil
splash of cream
squeeze of lemon juice
handful of mint, shredded
salt & pepper
Step 1: Cover the peas in a microwave safe bowl and nuke them for 4-5 mins (depends on how firm you like them).
Step 2: Drain the peas and add the other ingredients (except mint).
Step 3: Think of your ex while smashing roughly with a fork or potato masher to the desired consistency. Garnish with mint