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Our allotment is beginning to take shape – finally it looks like an allotment.  That might sound funny, but it’s true.  Until the other week it wasn’t much more than a strip of motorway verge.  All overgrown and unloved.

Now it has a small lawn (currently suffering under the baking sun) for us to sit and eat lunch on, a herb garden (thyme in full flower), potatoes about to flower, sunflowers, courgette and pumkin plants, slender sweetcorn plants, and the beginnings of bark pathways.  It is so exciting!

This week is all about eating lettuce.  We have some lovely gem lettuces that I’ve grown in the garden, but they are all starting to go wild and therefore we need to eat them – and soon!

So we got out the recipe books and here’s what we came up with…

So far we’ve eaten a salad of lettuce, peas and ham; wilted lettuce with broad beans which we teamed up with a quick ham omelette; and the lettuce risotto became a barley risotto with lettuce, pea tendrils, spring onions and peas.

Recipes to follow later this week, but here’s a sneak peek…

A salad of  lettuce, peas and ham

Wilted lettuce with broad beans and a ham omelette

Barley risotto with lettuce, pea tendrils, spring onions and peas

This is Buddy and me in a meadow near our house.  We are really enjoying the warm evenings and the pretty countryside around where we live.  I love England when it’s like this.  Buddy loves racing and bouncing through the long grass, then rolling in it to cool down.

We are also doing a doggy behavioural training programme which we started on Sunday.  Buddy has ‘other dog’ issues and we are seeking knowledge advice from a canine behaviour expert to help us and Buddy through these problems.  Our first session was really positive, we learnt a lot and now have lots to put into pratice until we go back for our next session.  Wish us luck!

It is so warm at the moment that we are enjoying lots of meals eaten in the garden.  We have a tiny little red metal table and two chairs, providing just enough space to squeeze on dinner for two.

Tonight we ate crusty bread…thin slices of French sausisson…fat pieces of Parma ham…my favourite cheese at the moment Brebirousse

…and a bowl of warm tomatoes with torn chunks of milky buffalo mozzarella and drizzled with lots of extra virgin olive oil and a few splashes of balsamic vinegar.

Simple food is always good food.

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At the bottom of my garden, nestling in amongst a forest of leaves beautiful fruits are starting to blush.  This evening there were just enough for a small bowlful of strawberries.  More and more alpine strawberries appear as you rustle through the leaves, and some are as big as N’s thumbnail.  Their flavour is so intense I just love them.

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