A Carroty Harvest (and a recipe!)

Hey!  It’s been a long while since I last posted a gardening update.  Plants take a long time to grow.

How does your garden grow?

How does your garden grow?

But now, I have lovely news!

Yeah, that's right.  I've just pulled in a bumper crop of purple carrots from the garden!

Yeah, that’s right.  I’ve just pulled in a bumper crop of purple carrots from the garden!

The fun thing about growing carrots is that they make an absolutely satisfying “Pop” sound when you pull them out of the ground.  Purple carrots are especially fun because they’re quite long and thin, so they always leave a little carrot shaped indentation after you’ve pulled them out.

They’re also very easy to grow.  Just sprinkle the seeds into a big (and deep) pot and water whenever you feel like it.  Purple carrots thrive a little in your neglect – just poke the soil a little with a finger every once a week or so to make sure that the soil is dampish when growing them.

Purple carrots are very healthy, by the way.  They’re apparently the next superfood, containing more beta-carotene than the modern orange carrot and having anti-inflammatory properties.  There are several different varieties, some of which are more purple than others.  Mine were vivid orange on the inside and tasted less sweet but more “carroty” than orange carrots.

They were delicious in the pasta sauce I made.

By the way, here is my recipe for delicious Carroty Bolognaise Sauce!

Ingredients

  • 400 g of diced tomatoes
  • 400 g of tomato passata
  • 350 g minced beef
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 pepper (red, yellow or green), chopped roughly
  • AS MANY CARROTS AS YOU CAN HANDLE, chopped roughly
  • 1 stick of celery, chopped roughly
  • 1 tbsp of herbs
  • Some black pepper
  • Some salt
  • 150 ml of beef stock
  • Some Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Pour some olive oil in a pot and fry onions with garlic until fragrant
  2. Add all the veggies and the italian herbs and fry until peppers appear soft
  3. Add minced beef, brown it.
  4. Add tomato, salt and pepper.  Bring to boil
  5. Add beef stock, stir well and simmer for 1 hour
  6. Add Parmesan and mix well

Enjoy with spaghetti (or any pasta of your choice)!

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