Pictured is my winter veg. It’s still going strong, with leeks, spinach, curly kale and carrots in the ground.
Trouble is, I’m not sure how much longer they’ll last now we’re into BST, and what’s more I need to clear the space for my forthcoming summer veg. To add to the problem, my stored squashes are starting to show signs of decline.
So, as it’s a geeky year for me, with saving spreadsheets and Excel allotment designs, I’m going to up the ante and meal plan. I’ve never really been a planner, and this is all rather alien to me. But I reckon it’ll help.
I’ve nicked the idea from Louisa’s The Really Good Life blog, who regularly posts her weekly mean plans (thanks for the inspiration Louisa!). If I’m going to use up all the remaining winter veg, and juggle my spring crops too, I need to eat some serious allotment fare.
Hopefully, weekly meal plans will be great for me to make the very most of what’s available and also get me in to practice for the summer when with luck, I’ll be picking stacks of lovely fresh produce.
If you’re interested, this is my inaugural meal plan for next week, designed for maximum winter veg munching (with a hint of springtime newbies):
Veg curry, using up overwintered Autumn King carrots, stored butternut squash and spinach.
Going for something light as me and the missus will be off to body balance classes (the only thing I’ve ever found to tackle my flexibly-challenged and peculiarly shaped body), so will be giving the excellent Veg Box Veggie’s squash falafels a whirl, in a pitta bread stuffed with my winter salad and maybe a griddled leek.
Chicken with curly kale and squash wedges on the side.
Body balance again, so another light one: leek and potato soup (a big batch so I can freeze some).
A nice quicky PSB pasta and winter salad so I can nip out for a pint.
I’ve also got a few kilos of gooseberries left in the freezer, so will need to start finishing them off before the new crop comes in the next couple of months. I like a compote on my muesli in the morning which will help get the berries eaten. I’ve been slow this year though, and my rhubarb is taking preference at the moment.
Looks like it is going to be a squash-tastic week, but I grew loads last year and really need to get them eaten. Give how much I need for the recipes, I reckon this week could be the one that I bust out my record-breaker…
Have a great week!