No much in the veggie garden right now, and I am a bit tired of bok choy and broccolini, the only things left. I am looking at my fennel fattening up, tomorrow I may pick the first ones. The rest is still too small.
The other day I pulled up the last bean plants and so this was my last bean harvest! No much eh! I needed colours, and even if out of season I got some capsicums. I mixed them with onions, carrots, celery and my few beans, and made a big stew. I miss summer already.
I did get a few potatoes though, some tiny, while cleaning the beds for the next season. The soil is looking good and full of worms, I covered it with more newspaper to give the little creatures shelter, and work happily in the darkness to make my garden more fertile.
The kids love the tiny potatoes, and some of the big ones I used for a potage soup. In an attempt to be more seasonal I went for winter veggies: more onions, carrots and celery again, coriander, and then some not so popular vegetables: swede and parsnip. Once again my husband reacted like for the brussels sprouts: it seems like swede and parsnip have a bad reputation too! Not my favourite veggies either, I would not bother growing them since I am happy to have them just once a year.
After chopping all the veggies I felt that they didn't look bad: at least there was colour there! But not for long. After cooking everything with some vegetable stock, and blending it into a creamy soup, I had a strange yellow colour.
But the soup was good (I think that the coriander really works here)! The kids tried to guess: pumpkin? No. Kumara? No. I realized that they didn't remember what swedes and parsnips were! I think that the last time we had them (in a soup, as always) it was about 2 years ago!! And my husband? He liked the soup and said that it did not particularly taste of swede or parsnip anyway, and this, apparently, was a good thing :-).
Do you eat swedes and parsnip?
Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©