Ten at Ten: From The Vegetable Patch



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This week, we have Erica who blogs at A Little Luxury for Me with an emphasis on enjoying food as an every day luxury in her life. She likes to write about foodie treats and enjoy eating out.

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At this time of the year, my vegetable patch, fruit beds and greenhouse are starting to gear up towards peak production. So I’m on the lookout for recipes to make the most of my harvest, so that nothing goes to waste.

  • For me, asparagus is the king of vegetables and this wonderful asparagus and cheddar quiche from Mess Makes Food is pretty as a picture. It would make the perfect centrepiece for a weekend al fresco lunch.
  • Pestos are a great way to use those lovely, green vegetables and this spaghetti primavera from Chez Maximka incorporates lots of them. A great presentational touch is the addition of some flowers, which provide a striking contrast to the green of the pesto.
  • Courgettes need to be harvested regularly through the summer and this crispy oven baked courgette fries dish, from Fish Fingers for Tea, is versatile enough to go with many a meal.
  • Green bean gluts are a regular summer event for us, so I was interested to see Kavey Eats’ Japanese style dish: green beans with tofu, miso and sesame dressing. The Japanese flavours will bring new interest to a garden favourite.
  • Beetroot is a vegetable with a punchy taste and I’m planning to make the most of our crop by trying Marmaduke Scarlet’s beetroot and lentil spicy kofta, as I think it will be full of flavour.
  • Mushrooms are often used as an alternative to meat because of their strong, complex flavours. I love the idea of Modern Mummy’s mushroom ragout on toast with chervil. I think the ragout and toast combination sounds like it would make a great light lunch and I think the chervil would life the flavours.
  • Don’t forget the humble spud. New potatoes are coming into their own at this time of year and they can taste divine. I love how Eat Your Veg have combined new potatoes and lettuce to create a new potatoes with a lettuce pesto dressing.
  • Strawberries are abundant at this time of year and the English Kitchen has lots of ideas for how to make best use of them. For simplicity, it’s hard to beat strawberries with balsamic vinegar.
  • I’m very tempted by The Crazy Kitchen’s strawberry and lemon curd buns. The combination of the doughy buns, the fruit flavours and that wonderful lemony icing looks hard to beat.
  • Eton mess is a summer staple, but I love Mummy Mishaps take on it in this gorgeous looking strawberry and eton mess cake. I bet it tastes as good as it looks too.

I’m certainly inspired to make better use of my garden produce by these recipes, helping me enjoy the fruit and vegetables whilst they are at their best.


Thanks Erica. You’ve inspired us to get out into the garden and actually plant more veg! You can follow Erica on Twitter and Instagram.


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