Blooming great

9 Jul

The Sun is shining and the garden is blooming Great !! Life’s good!

I’ve got a good mix of veggies and herbs in the garden , I use my pond water on the plants – it works wonders (phosphorus , something or other from the fish?) I’ve got tomatoes , strawberries , carrots , beetroot,beans ,wild garlic  & a good selection of herbs, all taken care of by my little helper (Annie ) when I’m away working.  

The plants & flowers have done their thing for another year and I’ve managed to take a load of the herbs to make this really tasty herb bread.

I’m also gonna do a double whammy by making meatballs & spaghetti – I love home-made meatballs. Kids love-making them – they get their hands in , and help mould the balls(making a mess along the way)

The herb & olive oil bread is a really good accompaniment  for the meatballs.

Ok let’s get down and dirty!!  all good meatballs start with a good sauce – this is a fab sauce!

what you need for the sauce:

1 tin/can  Chopped tomatoes

2 tablespoons sugar  

2 cloves of garlic (I used my wild garlic)

30mls olive oil

1 med chopped onions(rough)

4 slices od chopped smoked streaky bacon

black pepper / seasoning

100ml water

First – heat 1/2 oil in a pan – place the onions ,finely chopped garlic & bacon in the pan sweat down for 10 mins or so – now add the chopped tomatoes , sugar , seasoning and remaining oil . Now add the water and bring to the boil – simmer for 30 mins – take off heat and blend in food processor. Pour back into the pan and place on a low heat.

Meat Ball time!! Use any good quality beef mince /or Pork mince (usually 250g will give you 8 nice balls) Mix your mince with 1 egg , 1/2 chopped onion , table-spoon of Dijon mustard ,good mix (1 table-spoon) of all fresh thyme ,oregano and rosemary. Add salt & pepper , and a good(Yeh be generous) handful of grated parmesan.  once all the mix is blended (by hand) mould into small balls and fry in a little hot oil – you only need to colour , once coloured place into the simmering sauce.

Serve with a good portion of spaghetti , make the herb bread with my basic dough recipe(follow lucys bread recipe)

 and add a good handful of mixed herbs – any will do basil , parsley , sage , rosemary ,thyme etc mix with a little olive oil – rub the herb mix on top of the bread as the picture shows

Bake the bread in the oven as bread – At 19o degrees  – the bread should be cooked in 25 mins.

serve meatballs and spaghetti with a huge chunk of this really good bread …Hmmmmm yum yum!


7 Responses to “Blooming great”

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  2. wendy kitching September 17, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

    P.S. love your blog!

  3. wendy kitching September 17, 2010 at 1:28 pm #


    We also grow lots of herbs inc. Rosemary, Lavender Sage, Thyme Fennel, parsley – grows like a weed – in our veg patch now turned over to salads, herbs and fruit. I use the herbs a lot in cooking but also for remedies for eczema, aching joints etc. as I am a big believer in Aromatherapy. And although I use a lot of essential oils, I like to make tinctures and flower waters when I can… they also make the kitchen smell lovely;)

  4. rebekah July 12, 2010 at 5:33 pm #

    lovely garden! we’ve harvested radishes already and i’m going to get to the spinach we grew next.

    man, i’ve GOT to make that bread …

    • David July 12, 2010 at 10:58 pm #

      Yeh , I’ve got alpine strawberries now and my tomatoes are doing really well , my little girl has carrots & beetroot growing. Let me know how you get on with the bread!! its easy really 🙂

  5. Sasha July 10, 2010 at 4:51 am #

    Herbal plants used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine are facing extinction.
    Definite cause of concern, as Ayurveda is increasingly being used around the world to treat various disorders such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes, ulcers and many others.

    Some herbs that have been identified are – Ulteria salicfolia, Hydnocarpus pentandra, Gymnocladus assamicus, and Begonia tessaricarpa.

    Conservation of traditional herbs and plants should become a high priority for all. Challenge
    becomes more severe as many of these herbs grow in the wild and are not cultivated.

    Planet Green (a venture) reported on this earlier this month. threatened-with-extinction/

    • David July 10, 2010 at 11:20 am #

      i agree growing traditional herbs & intoducing wild herbs ( i have few) – every household should be able to grow their own herbs (which lets be honest is easy do) – even in the city. thanks 🙂

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