When I was at work, everyone was asking me where I am going for my fortnight off. Of course, we enjoy a break as much as the next person but we’re not going abroad this time (we are later in the year though, I’m not averse to it). However what I do want to use these 2 weeks for is a combination of things. Firstly to spend plenty of time with Ste and the kids doing things that they find fun and that do not cost the earth. Secondly to get on top of the veg plot, greenhouse and polytunnel and house chores so that when I’m back to work, it’s more of ‘maintaining’ than ‘drowning’. Included in the house thoughts is cooking for the freezer. We do have some space left in there, not much seen as though they are all full of meat. However I’ll make sure they are stacked well and there’s plenty of home made produce in there for go-to meals.
Today started off as always feeding the animals and checking everything is present and correct. The dogs came with me. They love that I am off work. Then back in for crumpets and a cup of tea before heading out with the kids and dogs to the feed shop as we needed more layers pellets and corn. We were back and sorted by 9:15. The kids offered to help out for an hour by tidying their rooms with the view to spend time after lunch doing the craft things they have both been waiting for. They did a great job so I am pleased. Making a start on cooking for the freezer, first up was a lemon drizzle traybake a-la Mary Berry. I had all of the ingredients in, including the lemons thankfully. It took no time at all to prepare. It’s a throw it all in recipe, which suits my lifestyle 100%.
It turned out really well so I am adding it (and the cookies I made yesterday) to my batch bake list as the kids loved it as you can see!
In the veg plot, I have a million and one things to do. I decided the best way to go about it is one bed at a time, finish it and move on. Sounds obvious but when you get out there it’s hard not to start something and move on before you finish as something always catches your eye and before you know it the day is over.
So today I lifted the onions from Bed 1. These have been brilliant, great size, didn’t go to seed and every single one came up so as long as the taste isn’t too bad then we will stick with these each year. If it’s not broken then don’t fix it. They are Sturon an Garnet (sets). The bed was full of weeds in between the onions, they’ve been crazy after all this rain.
However I am really pleased with the results. They’re all drying out head down which my neighbour told me to do. We’re due a really heavy down pour tonight so they’ll get a wash and tomorrow is supposed to be lovely so they should dry out nicely before being taken into the barn.
I also tidied up the swiss chard as it was taking over, despite us using it regularly. I’ll definitely be growing this every year, it is so versatile.
So that’s 2 of the beds weeded and tidied up. Although I didn’t start on the other beds, I noticed a few squashes coming along nicely which made me very happy. I’d missed a couple of courgettes whilst I’d been so busy at work too, so I roasted them tonight for tea.
I’m really pleased as we had a free, home raised meal tonight. It was pork burger (with chilli) in a homemade roll, cucumber and tomatoes, roasted courgettes, red onion and pepper with steamed Athlete potatoes. It was delicious however a talking point was I’d thought the peppers were peppers when in fact they were chillis, ooops…..Burgers aren’t something I ate until this week – but these are too nice!
I also made a couple of loaves of bread for the freezer and I will continue to so we have them ready to just take out.
We then went out bramble picking for the first time this year and got a great haul which I will preserve with tomorrow as it was a bit late tonight after a busy day.