Eat Fresh - Garden to Table

Simone - Picnics and Paddocks is talking about growing Beetroot, Herbs, Lettuce, Spinach from Northland

Garden ready!

It’s been cold, wet and windy here today. When I got home from work I decided that this kind of weather called for some home comfort food. I popped out to my kitchen garden and picked lettuce, a baby beetroot, baby spinach, celery, herbs (french parsley, sage, thyme and rosemary) and a few edible flowers. I also collected our free range eggs from our chickens. You’ll notice the rosemary isn’t in the photo. That’s because I forgot to pick it the first time and had to run back out in the rain to grab a couple of pieces. 

For dinner I made halloumi, bulghur wheat and salad wraps. I used our baby spinach leaves, lettuce and baby beetroot in those. Last night I bought a fresh sourdough loaf so tonight I used my french parsley and a little bit of thyme to make a herb butter to spread on the bread. I then popped it in some tin foil and into the oven to melt. 

Unfortunately I don’t have my own kumara or potatoes ready for homemade chips yet, so used kumara I purchased from the growers market. I did use our rosemary and thyme, along with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt to cook our homemade chips in though. 

Close to half the vegetables and herbs came from our garden tonight. We’re not harvesting a lot yet, but it’s fun using what we do have. Hopefully as the weather gets warmer we’ll have more of our own fresh vegetables to put on the table. 

I’m in the process of designing a large herb garden. Can anyone recommend some of their favourite herbs to include? I have the usual Basil, Rosemary, Thyme, Sage, Chives etc on the list. Looking for something maybe a little different. 

Oh and P.S… that’s my three year old’s dinner plate, not mine haha.