Wednesday, 6 July 2022

Day 12: It's all edible (almost)

 


I just can't stop myself!!  More bargain plants from Dobbies, these are half price herbs.  I bought 6 @ £1.49.  2 apple mints, 2 creeping thyme, 1 camomile (sadly they only had 1 left) and 1 creeping rosemary for my Lovely Mum.  They had rows and rows of them, all mixed up so I had to really hunt through them for what I knew I would use.  I drink mint tea and camomile tea so wanted them to dry the leaves and store over Winter.  I have spearmint in my garden so wanted a different one for the plot.  Thyme can be used on roast chicken and in mixed herbs (def going to have a go at drying my own mix this year.)


Here they are all planted up in my new herb bed!.  Hopefully they'll grow and spread a bit this summer then next year I'll split them and plant up even more.  One of the mint roots had grown right through the bottom of the pot.  It broke off so I've planted it too in the hope that it will take.  Everyone knows that if you leave even a tiny bit of mint root it keeps coming back so here's hoping!! 🤞


Of course I checked the food bargains too when I was there and got 5 unwaxed lemons for 18p!!  I'm going to zest and juice them, then freeze in ice cube trays.  The last time I scored unwaxed lemons was in my Lidl box.  I sliced and froze them then used them a week later to make elderflower cordial.


Recipe HERE  It makes 3 litres so you could easily half it.  You don't need to add the citric acid as long as you keep it in the fridge.  I do any way as I like to keep it cold.  The elderflowers actually came from my class garden at school!  I left plenty to become berries in the Autumn.


I'm venturing into the world of sourdough.  I've tried before to make a starter myself but making a gluten free one is tricky.  So I cheated and bought one from this wee company in Brighton  https://www.sourdoughbythesea.co.uk/  It comes in dried form and you add flour and water daily to activate it.  This is it on Day 5, all bubbly and ready to start using tomorrow 🍞 A standard GF sourdough loaf costs £3.50 so hopefully I'll be able to make my own better tasting for a fraction of that!  Plus you can make pizza bases, pancakes and more with a sourdough starter! 😋  Frugal gourmet stuff!


I was watching Lovely Greens on Youtube last night where Tanya was talking about seeds to plant in July.  Check it out HERE  I was so happy to see that I had many of the seeds she was recommending! (wee yellow packet is Swiss chard) Woohoo!!  More edible planting and therefore more food for me 😊

But this avocado was not edible 😠 One of the 2 pack that was labelled 'ripe and ready to eat.'  Nope, it was black all the way through.  And the other one was barely ripe and not deliciously creamy.  I was so disappointed especially as it was my treat item from my delivery.  Ah well, everything else above is edible or will be at some point 😋 

14 comments:

  1. Oooh, really interested to know how you get on with your sourdough starter. GF bread is so expensive and often not that nice. That seems like a great idea though.

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    1. Yep it's not worth the price and always tastes too sweet to me. I've done a bit of research so fingers crossed I can make some edible bread goods!!

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    2. Zero-Waste Chef has many great recipes for Sourdough.
      I also found my pizza recipe from King Arthur Flour site. ~ skye

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    3. Found the website, thanks! Looks fab, all the sourdough tips/recipes together :-)

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  2. What a shame about the avocado. That's why I hardly ever risk buying them.
    I'm always on the look out for cheap unwaxed lemons. We are addicted to preserved lemon so there's always space for another jar to be made. Love a lemon/almond cake as well.

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    1. I went through a phase of buying the chopped frozen ones but they've been unavailable since the start of the 'you-know-what!!' I make a hot lemon and honey drink throughout the Winter months when I have a scratchy throat so I'm always on the lookout for unwaxed lemons

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  3. I've had more than the odd avocado that looked just like yours. It's so hard to get them at just the right degree of ripeness, isn't it?

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    1. It's very frustrating as they're expensive. I've tried all the tricks to test ripeness. At least the chicken enjoyed some of it!

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  4. Fingers crossed for your mint (and mine) and good luck with the sourdough. xx

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    1. I love sourdough bread so I'm prepared to put in the work to get an edible loaf of bread!!

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  5. I'm glad I can't eat avocados, it seems to be really hit and miss what state they are in beneath that dark bobbly skin, at least bananas have the good grace to go black and spotty ;-)

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  6. Sour dough is something I have been thinking of doing as well. Sorry your avocados were not good.

    God bless.

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    1. My starter is ready to use today! :-)

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