Sunday, 6 May 2018

The garden centre

Tony and I didn't go to the Harrogate flower show this year as we have been so many times before. Instead we spent the cost of the tickets at a gorgeous local plant nursery. We weren't able to buy any curly kale plants there though so had to pop into our local garden centre after a quick cuppa. . I do wish they would sell smaller packs of plants there.  I had to buy 12 plants... We love kale but even we can't munch our way through that much. I decided I would treat it as a garden plant and have put a few in my front border.... It has the most vivid acid yellow flowers when it starts going to seed.  The flowers buds taste delish in salads. We also bought some sweetcorn plants.. 9 of them. I thought we had bought a pack of six until I planted them.. in the front border.  That border gets the sun from very early in the morning so it is the ideal spot for growing corn.  It will look very striking when it starts to grow. It should reach nearly six feet tall.
The rhubarb is really growing strongly and yesterday I made a gorgeous rhubarb and raspberry jelly.

Rhubarb and raspberry jelly


4 sticks of Rhubarb
1 Raspberry jelly
2  teaspoons of sugar
Small cup of water

Cut the rhubarb into inch (2.5cms) long pieces and place in a bowl. Cover with the sugar and microwave for three minutes. Give it a good stir and microwave for another minute or two depending on the thickness of your rhubarb. Add the jelly cubes and water.  Microwave for another minute and stir to make sure the jelly has dissolved.. Check for sweetness and if necessary add a little more sugar. Allow to cool and refrigerate until set.  .

A squirt of cream and a crispy biscuit to decorate was a nice addition.

I will try it with other flavours of jelly.


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