Autumn Garden

It’s so windy here today I doubt there’ll be any leaves left so I shot out to snap a few before they’re all blown away!

Autumn Leaves....bye

Opposite my kitchen and down the avenue to the farm are rows of beech trees.  They’re busy sweeping up barrows of them and heaping them for mulch.

Leaf Heap

The garden is pretty stark looking compared to the past season but some of my favourite vegetables for winter cooking are dotted around here – beetroot, leeks, celery, carrots, parsnips, squash (harvested & stored), cabbage – curly kale & savoy, brussel sprouts, onions (harvested & stored), garlic – I love them all!

Garden 11th November 2010

The other day I made a versatile winter veggie stew by sweating roughly chopped onion and fennel in a little butter until soft.  I then added carrot, garlic and cooked for another 5-10 minutes with the lid on the pot and finally added squash and parsnip along with salt, pepper, chicken stock, bay leaf, thyme sprig and simmered until the veggies were tender.  (Cut them different sizes so they cook evenly – i.e. carrot smaller than parsnip and squash bigger than parsnip).  We ate  this for 2 days – once with beans and another with shredded chicken.

As the garden begins to hibernate for the winter, there’s new life in the field next door – we have 3 new calves who are just gorgeous and sometimes like to lick their mama.

Calves

Affection in the Fields

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