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Parasene Garden Square Incinerator with lid
This square incinerator with a lid will help to effectively manage your garden refuse. It is constructed of strong galvenised steel and it comes flat packed for easy home assembly. Dimensions Height: 65cm Width: 46cm Depth: 46cm
Let tomatoes take centre stage
I love to use my home grown tomatoes for dishes such as spaghetti bolognaise or a Rogan Josh but sometimes I think it’s nice to let the tomatoes take centre stage rather than being hidden in a sauce. After all there is nothing to compare with the flavour of a freshly picked tomato, something quite unlike that of some of the tasteless specimens bought in the supermarket.
Of course tomatoes are good in salads but what about making them the centre piece and have a salade de tomates to give it its French name. It is simple to make but delicious. Apart from slicing the tomatoes and adding some chopped chives (or finely chopped onion) and fresh basil you need to make a tasty vinaigrette with olive oil, wine vinegar, garlic, mustard, salt and pepper. Just shake the ingredients together in a screw top jar and drizzle over the tomatoes.
For a slightly more substantial tomato treat why not try bruschetta, the scrumptious Italian snack of toasted bread rubbed with garlic and topped with chopped tomatoes, basil and olive oil?
For something even more filling, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s recipe for tomato gratin hits the spot. Sliced tomatoes are cooked in the oven with cream, garlic, thyme and cayenne pepper, then topped with cheese such as parmesan. Served with bread it makes a meal on its own.
Tomatoes are also great in tarts, using either puff or short crust pastry. You can adjust the tomato filling according to your own taste. Add a few fresh herbs such as basil or alternatively cheat and use some of the range of Schwartz dried herbs. Top with grated cheese but choose one which will not overwhelm the taste of the tomatoes.
Tomatoes might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you are planning a barbecue but cooked in a foil parcel with a little olive oil, chopped parsley and seasoning, they make a delicious dish.
Things to do with tomatoes
If you grow your own tomatoes you may well wonder at some stage in the season what on earth you are going to do with them all if you have a bumper crop. Luckily tomatoes form the basis of many a tasty dish and best of all they have great health giving properties.
A tin of tomato soup is all very well if you are in a hurry but there is no comparison to a bowl of home made tomato soup. Everyone has their own favourite recipe but my personal favourite uses chopped bacon, onion, garlic and basil along with a pound of tomatoes and some chicken stock. Cook until everything is soft and whizz it in the blender for as long as it takes for you to get the consistency that you like. It freezes well so make a big batch and decant into individual portions.
Tomatoes are also excellent in pasta sauces whether you prefer a nice meaty spaghetti bolognaise or a simple tomato and basil or tomato, garlic and chilli sauce. I must admit to having a few Schwartz packets and Dolmio jars in my cupboard to help me out when I am short of time but making a pasta sauce from scratch is well worth the effort. A tasty pasta sauce with a difference is asparagus, pancetta and tomato served with grated parmesan on the pasta of your choice.
Tomato chutneys are an excellent accompaniment to cold meats and also make good Christmas gifts for busy people who don’t have time to make their own. There are all sorts of recipes for chutney available in cookery books and on the internet.
Your kids might prefer Heinz tomato ketchup but have you ever tried making your own tomato sauce? It is easy to make with the help of a blender and will keep in the fridge for up to three months. Vary your ingredients according to your own taste but my favourite recipe includes onion, garlic, chilli, root ginger, red wine vinegar and brown sugar.
Complete Book of Vegetables
The author has been a professional gardener for over 20 years. In this book he shares his knowledge of a wide variety of vegetables and inspires the gardener to take on the fulfilling activity of vegetable growing. It includes an A-Z of vegetables and sections on the history of vegetable growing harvesting and storing and over 200 recipes.
Vitax Compost Maker 2.5 Kg
A compost accelerator containing organic nutrients to speed up the breakdown of organic garden and household material. 2.5kg
Wilko Vegetable Garden Spring White Lisbon Onion
Popular and quick growing salad type. Sow Mar-Jul, harvest May-Oct. Sow thinly in prepared seed bed, cover lightly with fine soil. Average contents 450 seeds.
Backyard Composting by John Roulac
Covers everything you need to know about composting at home and more.
(Round-seeded peas) Very hardy dwarf variety that crops well even in exposed situations. May be autumn sown. 24in/60cm 350 seeds S: October-November or January-March H: 8-10 weeks (56-63 days) after spring sowing
Convenient Online Food!
There is now a new way to do your grocery shopping. The new service from milk&more allows you to place orders online from a large range of products which can be delivered as early as your next delivery day (subject to placing your order before 9:00pm.) milk&more is a service delivered by Dairy Crest Group via your local milkman, but don’t worry if you don’t want milk – what you order is entirely up to you, it could for example be a fruit and veg delivery.
One big advantage to using milk&more is that their service requires no minimum spend and there is no need to book “a slot” as with the bigger players in the online grocery business and they offer a wide range of fresh and household products from well-known brands such as Kingsmill, Nescafe and Nutella.
milk&more have an excellent selection of fresh fruit and vegetables for delivery straight to your door. They have taken into account the many different types of household whilst developing their fresh fruit and veg delivery range so that you could buy just one iceberg lettuce or four oranges right up to a family sized fruit and veg box or a 25kg bag of standard white potatoes.
As you would expect, you can still order all the dairy products associated with your local milkman but milk&more also offer non-food items such as cleaning products and toilet roll alongside well known brands of pet food such as Felix and Baker’s Complete for our furry family members.
For further information and to find your local milk&more Milkman, visit the website at www.milkandmore.co.uk