Today at my allotment, I tamed my monster!….My Shark Fin Melon is now so big, it had sprawled all over the netting that covers my purple sprouting broccolli and it had actually broke the cane holding the netting up, as it was too heavy.
I moved it and chopped some of the leaves off. It actually climbs over an arch I have too, but I didn’t quite realise how big it grows and the arch has been unearthed on one side!
You can read about the shark fin melon on my blog here.
Also at the allotment today I covered my compost heap, as it was full and I now have the new compost bins that I made last week. This is the compost bin that I filled with all my perennial weeds.
I have weighed the weed suppressant down with bricks and to make sure it doesn’t come off in the wind, I have put my two trusty old wheelbarrows on top.
I just need to wait four or five years for the wonderful compost it will make.
I finally found some cucumbers ready for picking today. I really thought I wouldn’t get any this year, so I am very pleased. I have put some glass around them as it’s turning cold at night now, in the hope I may get some more.
I finished by finally putting away the plastic bottles that I used back in May. The half bottles gave my small plants a bit of protection from the cold and slugs. The act like mini-cloches.
You can see in the picture below how I store them on top of each other on canes. In the spring I will wash them and use them again.
Following on from my post on Friday regarding child poverty, (which you can read here), I have another cheap and easy family recipe.
I think a lot of people will know how to make this meal anyway, so apologies to you, but if I can help just one person who doesn’t usually cook, to feed their family more cheaply, then I will have achieved my aim.
Today I am writing about Fish in Parsley Sauce.
I buy skinless, boneless frozen fish fillets for convenience and I cook them separately in a foil parcel with a few splashes of lemon juice, for 25 minutes, Gas Mark 4 / 350F / 176C.
I find this way the fish keeps lovely and moist during cooking.
While the fish is cooking I make the Parsley Sauce:
50 grams margarine
50 grams of plain flour
600 ml milk
2 heaped tablespoons of fresh parsley or 2 teaspoons of dried parsley
Melt the margarine in a milk pan.
Take the melted margarine off the heat and add the flour. Mix in until no flour is visable.
Add a little bit of milk and beat it in, until it is totally combined.
Keep doing this until all the milk is mixed in. There should be no lumps.
Bring the sauce to the boil, stirring all the time.
When it has boiled mix in the parsley and simmer for two minutes.
Pour over your cooked fish.
I have worked out that the Fish in Parsley Sauce that I made today cost me less than £2.00 for a family of four. I managed to find a readymeal of Fish in Parsley Sauce and it costs £3.99 . I would put money on it, that it doesn’t taste as nice.
I served mine with homegrown vegetables.
Thank you for reading my blog today.