One of the great things when growing your own vegetables is making things with them once they are ready. This recipe is typical of the things you can make.

These Beetroot Wedge’s are tasty and will melt in the mouth especially when you use your own home grown beetroots.

Ingredients

  • 500g beetroot
  • 200g spinach
  • 70g Cheddar cheese
  • 2 squares of puff pastry
  • 2tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • Ground black pepper
  • Sesame seeds

Method

  • Clean the beets and cut the ends away but DO NOT PEEL.
  • Cook them in lightly salted water until soft and tender then rinse under cold water.
  • Scrape away the peel.
  • Fry the spinach in olive oil until all the water in the spinach has dissipated then let the spinach cool.
  • Cut the beetroots into cubes and mix with the cheese and spinach. Season with black pepper and salt (if required)
  • Set the oven on 225C or gas mark 6.
  • Take the puff pastry and roll out into small squares. Remember you will be turning them into triangles so not too large.
  • Fill the squares with the mixture.
  • Take one edge of the pastry and fold creating a triangle. Firm the edges with a fork.
  • Brush with the egg and sprinkle sesame seeds liberally over the triangles.
  • Cook in the oven for 18-20 minutes depending on the type of oven you have, or until light brown.
  • Leave to cool before enjoying.

These beetroot wedges are great with honey baked red onions!

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I came across this article earlier about gardening from Computer Active:

Use your computer to help you with gardening tasks and ideas – Computeractive – PC help.

It’s a really good article giving you hints & tips about what to do in the garden, you can use the computer to help you with the tasks too.

I think I have mentioned this before but I am going to say it again, I love to cook! I have started to add some recipes on here PLUS on my environmental blog, Sensible Living. I have just added a really good recipe for Chicken cooked with fresh vegetables taken from your garden. Go over and look and if you do try it let me know how it turned out.

I love cooking and trying new recipes so here’s one I have tried recently.

Hot Tomatoes with Cheese

Here’s a simple recipe using tomatoes and basil from the garden. It’s a perfect recipe for a starter dish when one is having a dinner party, or for a simple afternoon snack. What a wonderful way in which to use your tomatoes and basil.

Ingredients

  1. 6 tomatoes from the garden
  2. Thin slices of a strong cheese or goats cheese
  3. Olive oil
  4. Basil leaves from the garden
  5. Ground black pepper

Method

  1. Take the tomatoes and slice in half.
  2. Grill for a couple of minutes then remove and place a slice of cheese on each half.
  3. Top with ground pepper and put back under the grill for another couple of minutes.
  4. Remove and sprinkle with olive oil then place basil leaves on top before serving piping hot.

If you try this let me know how you went on.

A couple returned from holiday to find their Agave plant had grown to 8 metres high!

BBC News – Cornwall homeowners shocked by plant\’s growth spurt.

Around the middle of July I blogged about some plants that were growing in the garden (you can find the post here.) The plants turned out to be tomato plants and they were quickly growing in the wonderful compost I had made. Apparently the reason they had survived in the compost was due to the fact my compost heap wasn’t hot enough (thanks to dreyadin for that info) so I ended up with 30 or more tomato plants in the garden, all clambering for light and food.

Anyway I went away for a small vacation and when I got back many of the tomato plants had flowered. They produce small yellow flowers which are beautiful and look great in the garden. Yesterday I was checking the garden after the rain and discovered this:

Little tomatoes are growing!

But not only 1 small tomato but 4!

4 tomatoes growing not 1!

I didn’t see the others when I checked yesterday and didn’t notice them when I took these pictures!! Now I don’t expect them to become ripe but who knows? I mean I didn’t expect the tomato plants to flower or grow very tall but they have done both, so who knows?

One thing I will need to do is sort out the compost heaps and try to make them warmer. I made the compost containers myself from Ikea headboards 3 years ago and they are still going strong, but they might need a lid or something to raise the temperature inside.

In the meantime I am looking through my recipes for meals that have tomatoes in!!