I haven’t spent much time on the allotment this year. What with opening up a cafe, settling into a rhythm of freelance work and just general family life it’s been hard to get there on a regular basis. My crops have suffered as a result but if there’s one veg that never lets me down it’s beetroot.
I planted quite a lot in late Spring and as I’ve run in and out with watering duty it’s caught my eye with a mental note of “I must pick some next time”. Well “next time” turned from days to weeks to a few months and when I finally got around to pulling it out last week, here are just some of the giants I found.
I have so many ideas for using up this bounty but the colour was just too irresistible for pasta again. Instead of beetroot tagliatelle like last time I opted for gnocchi as the leaves were good eating for a pesto. It was earthy as you’d expect, rather sweet and enormously filling.
I’ve joined a few blogs in celebrating this abundance of extra veg in my kitchen this month. If you haven’t visited them before they’re full of lovely, easy ideas: Veggie Desserts, Utterly Scrummy and Fuss Free Flavours