Burns night, 25 January, is a celebration of the birth of Robert Burns, a Scottish poet, songwriter and collector of traditional songs (1759-1796).
Celebrations usually include a meal of Haggis (a traditional Scottish dish), mashed potatoes (the tatties) and mashed swedes (neeps).
For a number of years we have invited friends and laid on a meal to mark the occasion. Thanks to our allotment, this year there was a colourful twist and an unusual addition.
Our courgettes are producing a bumper crop on the Quest For Veg allotment plot.
This versatile vegetable can be added to any number of dishes – and we have been enjoying them in our usual curries and pasta sauces. But when they are this young and fresh, they are fantastic eaten simply as a salad.
Andrew and I have gone from not liking radishes to loving them. Just as well since this is our first and only crop so far, and we’re harvesting them in abundance!
But apart from raw, is there any other way to eat them? Of course there is!
Quite unexpectedly, Andrew spotted a radish that looked ready to eat.
He carefully extracted it from the soil and here it is: the first vegetable to be sown and harvested on the Quest for Veg plot.
Radish Scarlet Globe
We carefully carried this little jewel home to wash it and try it.
I should say at this point that neither Andrew nor I like radishes. I have wondered why we are growing so many. So we were a little bit apprehensive as we sliced into this tiny prize.