Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Anemone


Monday, August 29, 2011

I’m Blue – Part Two



Normandy pork with home-grown carrots, courgettes and Congo mashed potatoes. Slightly disconcerting to eat (the potatoes, that is) but relatively tasty mashed spuds.

(Click here for part one)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

I’m Blue

Occasionally, I fall prey to pictures in seed catalogues and rather than think “Hmmm – it looks different so no doubt it’ll be disease-prone and with a tiny yield”, I think “Wow – cool. I want that!”

And so it was with my impulse buy of ‘Congo’ potatoes. I grow ‘Cara’ for reliability, versatility and some blight resistance. ‘Ratte’ is nice and tasty and a little bit different. ‘Congo’ is blue (well, purple really, but described in the catalogues as blue).

We dug one of the five plants up today. It had an extensive root system, and a smallish yield of tubers. Well, there may have been more, but distinguishing the tubers from the soil was very difficult. The tubers, before cleaning, looked rather like what can only be described as ‘poo’. Well, they can’t only be described as that, but I’ll leave any other descriptions to your imagination.

IMG_0869 Not inspiring or attractive, are they?

But contrary to the slightly rude saying, you can polish one (if you catch my drift…). And this is what you end up with:


There are some ‘blue potatoes’ that are all mouth and no trousers. A lovely blue skin but underneath – a grey-stained white flesh. But no, not these. ‘Congo’ is bloo all throo.

IMG_0872 We have yet to eat them, so remain excited. No doubt when we try them tomorrow, they will have all the flavour and texture of cotton wool. But they look good. I will update the post with more photos of the cooked results.

And if you would like to continue the blue theme, I have an earworm for you – just click on the play button below. But don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Thursday, August 25, 2011


I’ve been quiet recently.

For those who haven’t seen the news on SomeBeans blog or on Twitter, we have had some good and very unexpected news quite recently.

Meet ‘Beetle’…


Unfortunately, my morning (ha!) sickness means that the smell of my beautiful sweet peas has been turning my stomach this year, so they have had to stay, uncut, down on the allotment.

Should all go well, Beetle is due on 21st February, and my mind wanders to the spring plants that will be starting to flower at that time of year. This autumn, I think I’ll be planting lots and lots of early daffodils and crocuses to welcome Beetle into the world.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011