#Tanka 52 — Dreaming of Ratatouille

Original artwork copyright (c) Sarah Potter 2020
Peppers and eggplants...
dreaming of ratatouille.
Solanaceae,
a coat of many colours,
some deadly, some nutritious.

September’s Allotment Beauties

marrows-courgette-and-squashes

Let the judging begin, from smallest squash to largest marrow!

I’m just taking a break from my preparations for tomorrow’s book launch of Noah Padgett and the Dog-People, to reflect upon other ways of being creative: that of growing your own food and using it to create yummy meals. In the case of the beauties in this picture, Mister was responsible for their planting and nurturing, and I’ll be responsible for their cooking.

As I’ve mentioned before, I love inventing recipes and hardly ever refer to cookery books, so maybe one day I’ll take a break from writing fiction to produce my own book of tasty and nutritious meals.

https://sarahpotterwrites.com/2013/08/14/wordless-wednesday-from-garden-to-table/

https://sarahpotterwrites.com/2014/06/05/allotment-to-table-artichokes-on-the-menu/

https://sarahpotterwrites.com/2015/09/02/wordless-wednesday-wholemeal-rhubarb-cherry-jam-double-crust-pie/

Monday Morning #Haiku 30 — Sea-kale

Sea-kale

Wholesome sea-kale,
food of ancient mariners.
Protected species.

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Please note that in the UK (and probably other countries), it’s illegal to harvest sea-kale that’s growing in the wild.

In the old days, this super-nutritious plant saved the lives of many mariners by helping prevent scurvy, but then Victorian foodies over-harvested sea-kale and now it’s so rare that it has become a protected species. But the good news is that you can buy packets of seeds and grow it in your gardens or allotments.

The ones in the picture above, I found amidst camomile flowers on the shoreline a few miles from my home and this was first time since my childhood that I’ve seen them in their natural habitat.