Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a Hampshire garden. I've been growing veggies since I was knee high to a grasshopper. Some traditional varieties and old favourites as well as new ideas. I share my garden with my allotment assistant Daisy the Labrador. On Twitter as @MatronsVeggies

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Key Limes

It is probable that most people have now heard of a Key Lime Pie, but I wonder if many outside the Southern United States have any further knowledge of the subject?  Well I did purchase a couple of pounds of fresh Key Limes while in Texas this last week.  If you take a peek at theUK DEFRA website under 'personal imports' you can see exactly which fresh fruit and vegetables you can bring back to the UK from any country in the world.
Key Limes are a different variety from the more common Persian Lime.  Key Limes are smaller, rounder and contain more seeds. The flavour is much stronger, thinner skins and have a higher acidity.  They are also known as the West Indian Lime, Omani Lime or Mexican Lime.  A Native to Southeast Asia, these are just irresistible to the discerning cook, gourmet or hungry traveller.

Really simple to make too. The base is just a digestive biscuit crumb base.  Make the filling by whisking 3 egg yolks with 14oz sweetened condensed milk.  Whisk in 5oz lime juice and 1 tablespoon of finely grated lime zest.  Pour this into the biscuit crumb base.  Cook for 20 minutes at Gas #4 and leave to cool completely.  Eat.  Or if you can really be bothered, decorate it then eat it!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Hot Stuff!

Matron is currently away soaking up the sunshine in San Antonio Texas!  There is lots to tell here,  loads of interesting stuff to tell.  If you like hot stuff, then here is the place to be when I get back next week.  All I can say for now is, "Remember the Alamo".

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Pot Leeks

Most Allotment growers will tell you that the month of March is the leanest time for harvesting anything edible on the allotment.  My one true stalwart this year has to be my Pot Leeks, this variety Cairngorm was available as seed last year.   I am really very pleased with these Cairngorm Pot Leeks.  Even after several weeks of snow and freezing conditions, they are nice and firm, no frost damage, not soft, and the most important thing of all is they taste wonderful!  I've tried several different varieties of leeks over the past years, some better than others.  These are wonderful!