Monday, 27 December 2010

Summer vegetables

The basket of vegetables that I picked yesterday,
as well as a few more collected this morning, are definitely surplus to requirements as we finish up the Christmas leftovers today.  I have been freezing some of them already.
So far I have two bags of green beans (5oz each,  150g) a bag of green zucchinis (about the same weight) and there will be three bags of yellow squash... each larger than the other vegetable bags.
I would have had some reservations about freezing so many zucchinis if I hadn't discovered the zucchini soup recipe recently.  I have often used zucchini cooked in oil and garlic until they are very soft and made that into the main part of a pasta sauce.

The soup is even more interesting.   I made a pot full of stock,  using a chicken that went mainly into "chicken and dumplings" but I retained some for soup.  
I cooked the yellow "patty pan" zucchinis in the stock until they were quite soft,  and then blended them.  They went back into the saucepan with the bits of chicken and some rice, and it was cooked until the rice was done.  This was a real success and leftovers were all gone by the next morning.

Any of these that are blanched...
... and frozen like these today will be good for pasta sauce, soup or even just to be added to a stew once the winter is here.
The full amount today is really worth the effort...


There are some new varieties beginning to appear in the garden also....  kohlrabi...
....  the first baby eggplant....
 ... cucumbers...
 ... tomatoes... none ripe yet though...
... but as one crop ends, another seems to follow.   It's also time to begin planting the vegetables that we'll be eating in the winter.  It's always a bit of a worry, planting the winter brassicas as early as this because of the likelihood of really hot and dry weather in the next several months, but it is worth taking a chance, if only on a few plants.  They will need protecting during heat waves, but will be ready very much sooner than the plants that are started much later.

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