Friday, July 10, 2009

Bean treat

I expect all you lowlanders have been feasting off the fat of the land for weeks, already enjoying soft fruits and crunchy summer vegetables. Spare a thought for those of us on the top of this low mountain, where it is an overcoat colder and we have an extra layer of blubber and hairily insulated legs. The diet of brassicas has begun to pall and the siren song of a succulent young pea is enticing.

But look at last night's haul from the garden - the first of the broad beans, so young they shouldn't have left their mothers - and a handful of raspberries too. We ate the beans with new potatoes and a trout caught by my Glamorous Ass. A truly 'grown on our own estates' meal and worth the wait.

Incidently, have sent the Glam. Ass. out hunting again. Today he is stalking the streets of Manchester's China Town with instructions to bring home a crispy duck and pancakes. I can't begin to tell you the trouble there will be if he comes home empty handed.....

6 comments:

Wipso said...

Ooer that sounds yummy...is it a bit like a mallard? ;-)

Lindsay said...

Glad you are beginning to eat your veg and fruit crop. As you so rightly said us lowlanders have been eating broad beans, cabbages, spring onions, beetroot, strawberries and raspberries. We feel quite smug when visiting a supermarket and bypassing the fruit and veg sections!

rachel said...

We're sort of halfway along - cabbages are ready, peas just appearing, lettuce well-bolted, but some things seem to be sulking and complaining about the weather. The sweetcorn is remaining at rabbit's-eye height. And the red gooseberries disappeared overnight, the moment they ripened. It's a strange business, this gardening lark! Crispy duck sounds easier.

Nikki-ann said...

I love the colour constrast between the beans and the berries :)

Fennie said...

Wouldn't the crispy duck just be a normal duck that had outstayed its welcome in the oven? Can you buy a crispy duck in the manner of an Aylesbury Duck, or Indian Runner? Or is there a place in China called Krees Pee, which does a sideline in ducks?

elizabethm said...

Harvest looks good - ours is just starting too but nowhere near enough peas! i tried this year to sow loads more but only one lot behaved.