Posts Tagged ‘Growing Veg’

Leeks are still at their seasonal best in February.  If you are lucky enough to still have some in your garden try harvesting a few for our fabulously tasty, cheeky leeky soup. 


If not you will find lots in the supermarket, and because they are in season they will be well priced and hopefully from a local supplier.

Growing your own vegetables is fun and there is nothing better than the taste of something you have grown yourself.  …And with the trip from plot to plate taking no time at all, you get to enjoy the full flavour and nutritional goodness of every mouthful!  For lots of gardening goodies – raised beds to compost bins, patio gros to potato bags take a look at www.recycleworks.co.uk.


4 medium leeks
3 large floury potatoes
olive oil
75 cL vegetable stock
25 cL milk
Salt and pepper


  1. Peel the leeks and potatoes and chop
  2. Fry the leeks in a dash of olive oil until soft
  3. Add in the potatoes, plus a pinch of salt and pepper and mix well
  4. Heat through gently for a few minutes
  5. Add the stock and milk, turn up the heat and simmer for around 25 minutes until the potatoes are cooked
  6. Allow the soup to cool a little
  7. Blend until smooth
  8. Add a little more water if required for your desired consistency
  9. Serve with a teaspoon of cream drizzled on the top along with a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds

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We often receive wonderful posts from many people and we’re delighted to be able to share this post with you from Dawn Isaac who’s site is called Little Green Fingers. Thanks for sharing this with us Dawn and letting us post it on the Blog. Please do have a look at Dawn’s site as it’s wonderful to read!

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Just Look at the Prices!

I’m looking at my kitchen windowsill and feeling guilty. It’s groaning under the weight of tender vegetable seedlings which the children and I will plant out in the next couple of weeks. There are tomatoes, pumpkins, courgettes, squash, outdoor cucumbers and even a fledgling sweetcorn.

Sounds good doesn’t it? Trouble is, like the diner party hostess who bought Marks & Spencer ready meals, I feel such a fraud.

You see, although we planted the tomatoes and pumpkins, everything else was bought from a shop. Not even a garden centre or nursery – just the local discount shop in town. Is this wrong? Have I let myself down? Even worse have I let the children down not growing it all from seed?

Of course, my intentions were honourable, but as Bill Clinton would have it ‘It’s the economy, stupid!’ Packet of squash seeds £3.65. Cost of single, successfully germinated and grown on plant £1. Likelihood I would misplace seeds until too late to sow – high. Ditto for cucumbers, courgettes and sweetcorn. This way, the children get the chance to try growing a range of vegetables they would otherwise miss out on, plus I only have to make windowsill room for a single plant of each. Pragmatic or just cheating? You decide…

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