We love salads.
Even through the winter both SH and I like to have a salad at least twice a week. There is something about eating something crisp and raw and fresh that makes you feel good. While tomatoes and cucumbers are non-existent in the garden and horribly expensive (and tasteless) in the shops, I have been dressing up our salads with oranges from our tree, roast kumara and pumpkin, carrots, walnuts, spring and red onions, raisins, cranberries and anything else that takes my fancy.
I have to admit I haven't sown my own lettuce seeds through winter though. Every couple of weeks I buy a six pack of lettuce seedlings, pop them in the garden and for the last six months or so there have always lettuces that I can pick a few leaves from to feed our salad habit.
I now have seedlings of my own ready to plant out - these in my picture are hopefully the last of the seedlings I will have to buy in. They might be compact but I picked enough off these tonight to add to our Friday night open satay burgers and they're still cheaper than buying a bag of lettuce at the supermarket! The burgers also feature our own bottled beetroot. Unfortunately the tomatoes and kumara is store bought - but not for long!!