Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Squash for Christmas? It will be a bit of a squeeze

Butter nut squash. Hardcore veg. Amatures need not apply.

You've seen them in the supermarket. Hulking great gourds the colour of a caramac and has hard as tarmac. You've got to be a bit hardcore to buy them; they don't look very appetising and they surely are not very inspiring. In my experience I needed a sharp knife and steady nerve just to cut them open. Peeling them was like trying to peel a car tyre and having roasted them... Meh! They're OK, but sweet potatoes taste better and are not anything like as fussy.

Coryn is made of sterner stuff than I when it comes to the kitchen. She made some excellent butternut squash soup last Christmas and plans to reprise the dish with homegrown ingredients for 2008.

We're doing fine but there's not much growing season left. Weve got six growing well but we did have nine and we lost a big one last week to a some sort of rot caused by the wet weather and lack of sun shine. We might have to supplement the soup with a ringer or two from Tesco. Shhhh!

If you look closely you'll see that I've put some ceramic tiles underneat them. this is to help stop them rotting in the dirt.

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