Thursday, 12 February 2015

Harvesting and baking

First of all, welcome to Andy via Bloglovin. My raised vegetable beds are almost cleared now, apart from bed 2, which still has a few leeks in it. A large perspex cover has been put over bed 1 to help warm the soil ready for sowing in a few weeks time. I have still to put a little manure on bed 3.

Bed 4, from which I harvested the last carrots today, will be covered over to stop weed seeds getting in. Covering it helps prevent the wood (which is only 1' thick) from getting too wet. Herewith my little carrot harvest:
They are between 2" and 3" long and in good condition considering they have been in the ground from last July. I always leave some in for harvesting during winter, they don't seem to mind.
 
Also trialled another soda bread recipe. This time, I added Linseed, Sesame and Poppy seeds, you can certainly taste them. Sometimes soda bread can be a little uncooked in the middle so the dough was divided into 4 and each bit placed close to (but not touching) its neighbour:
We had some with carrot, tomato and lentil soup. They taste even better toasted which is good as soda bread doesn't last as long as normal. Made this type of bread as I had quite a bit of yoghurt and whey to use up.

13 comments:

  1. The bread looks lovely - there's something pleasing about the consistency of soda bread. You could sell those carrots for £2 or more in the supermarket!

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    1. Thank you, we like soda bread for a change. Carrots aren't too bad considering.

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  2. The carrots look great. I've bought some pelleted carrot seed to sow in a few weeks time. Never had much luck before so I'm hoping my luck changes. Bread looks delicious.

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    1. Just keep trying different varieties and don't give up!

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  3. My carrots all rotted in the ground this year so I'll have to clamp them next year. My ground is quite wet though.
    I love soda bread as well with homemade soup as well. Just with a few oats in the mix is nice.

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    1. Carrots wouldn't survive here in the ground either but seem fine in the raised beds.

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  4. Most definitely going to try making soda bread at some point DC, looks scrummy ;-)
    John

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    1. thank you! Give it a go as it's one of the easiest breads to make.

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  5. Your bread looks delicious DC. I've never made it but if it's easy that'll do for me! P x

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  6. I do love soda bread but have never made it with different flavourings, must give it a try.
    Twiggy

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    1. Add sugar and fruit for a sweet version.

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  7. love carrot soup, never made soda bread before.

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