I swear, I will never, ever, ever, ever complain about the price of leeks again. This is the first leek I’ve ever grown from seed and it took almost a year! When I finally picked
it we were all stunned at its size and its human qualities – I had to fight the boys to get it for dinner. I never thought I’d live to see the day when my boys played with a leek. Hah! Who needs KMart …. they don’t sell monsters as crazy as this one!
We slaughtered the giant pumpkin yesterday too and it was the kids who loved it most …. they couldn’t get over the size of it. Dozens of people left the market with a piece, and some seed, and with a bit of luck we may see an invasion of giant pumpkins in Blackheath next summer.
I’ve spent the day cooking up my remaining piece …. an enormous vegetable stock, pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin and orange soup. Last night we had pumpkin pasta and tonight we’ll have roast pumpkin risotto made with the pumpkin and leek stock. That should just about see us through. Interestingly it wasn’t even remotely woody as I’d suspected it might be. If anything it was quite watery and very mild in flavour but tasted fine when I added a bit of spice. If I make more soup I’ll simply add some potato for a bit of body.
Seeing as it’s not every day that you get to slaughter a Dill’s Atlantic Giant I’ve made a little slide show of the event. Looking at these photos, and remembering how lovely it was to have so many people contribute to our vegetable co-op, helps me deal with reading New Scientist today – the cover story is “The Collapse of Civilization – It’s more precarious than we realised.” Community Gatherings with the generosity of spirit that was evident yesterday, remind me where it is that we need to put our effort … and to see the children so happy …..
Potatoes from the School Garden
Our first slice!