Ridiculously Fond of Radicchio

Somebody tampered with my default settings when I was born.  It was all scrolling down predictably:

Place of Birth:  Northern industrial town

Queue Tolerance: Able to wait patiently in line

Sporting Predilection: Basic grasp of cricket

Style:  Appalling dress sense

Then we got to the taste bud field which should have read something like love of meat and potato pie with mushy peas.  However at this point, some bright spark decided to type in sardines, olives, tomatoes and all things salady.  In terms of sustainability this is something of a problem.

Living in the Midlands one doesn’t often bump into sardines.  It could be worse I suppose, Goldilocks tells me she would like to be a marine biologist when she grows up.  My sardine habit, of course, requires either refrigerated transport or industrial processing, neither of which score me sustainable living brownie points.  If it was possible for me to grow an olive tree in the garden I think we would have to assume that, in environmental terms at least, things have already gone seriously wrong.    This leaves me with tomatoes and salady stuff.

Get your seeds

Click Image for Crocus Seeds

Granny Goo very kindly donated to me some tomato seeds called ‘sub-artic plenty’, a cherry variety that promises to grow plentifully and ripen despite our rubbish English summers.  So I’m hoping to have plenty of fresh toms and then will have a preserving frenzy in the autumn so that my tomato habit can be sustained throughout the winter months. 

Salad leaves are easy enough in the summer,  but I have decided to set myself the challenge of eating a salad on my birthday which I have grown myself.  My birthday is in the middle of December, we don’t have a green house, heated or otherwise.  Queue the radicchio, oh and a generous definition of salad borrowed from the Farlex Free Dictionary as follows: 

“A dish of raw leafy green vegetables, often tossed with pieces of other raw or cooked vegetables, fruit, cheese, or other ingredients and served with a dressing. ”

I think raw green leafies are a must, so in will go the radicchio, also spinach leaves and japanese mustards that I think might survive into winter. My flat leaf parsley seems to survive anything so that earns a place also.   I hope to still have some red onions left in storage and I could probably manage beetroot.  I think the definition will certainly allow sun-(rayburn)-dried tomatoes, don’t you think?

I bought my seeds from a variety of sellers, you can never seem to get everything you want from just one, but that’s part of the fun.  I bought the radicchio seeds from Crocus.  If like me you have Mediterranean taste buds they do a good range of Italian seeds. 

Before I say Ciao, I thought this would be a suitable place to draw your attention to this  petition for more allotments. You may well be aware that local authorities are struggling to keep up with demand, yet this is surely a solvable problem. Please sign the petition if you have not already done so at,  http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/more-allotments/ .  It would be wonderful if everybody who wants to is able to grow their own food.

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