Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A salad fairytale

It reads like a fairytale. Buy salad, eat the leaves, grow the stump and eat more leaves. Well, it happened right here in my patio.






















The robust regrowth of new leaves is quite amazing. I made a large salad out of them. In fact, I find the new leaves more tender and tastier after the regrowth.

Salad leaves with tomato, sauteed onion and portobello mushroom, walnut, raisin and parmesan.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Capers

Have you ever wondered what capers really are? You know, the sour and salty stuff pretty much like miniature olives usually served with smoked salmon or carpaccio?











I always thought the little pickled thing is a fruit until I came face to face with them in Sicily. They are actually the unripened bud of the flowering plant! They grow wild everywhere in the rocky valley of Scicli. The best thing is, they're free for anyone who is diligent enough to pick though it can be back breaking work!

Reading David's post reminded me of my encounter with this fascinating plant few years ago. If you wish to know how the buds are prepared for eating, he describes it very well here.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Regrowing lettuce























One of the lettuce stumps rotted away after a week but the other one kept producing new leaves. I am so pleased with how the experiment is going!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Regrowing vegetable stumps

I like experimenting with plants. I've tried growing different kinds of edibles from seeds and cuttings in my patio. My recent experiment with a salad green that I purchased from the market was a success.

















The salad vegetables came with healthy roots. After cutting the leaves for salad, I planted the remaining heads in soil. On the second day, new leaves were seen sprouting out from the stumps.

Day by day, the leaves grew taller and larger. The photo below shows the stumps exactly one week after I've planted them. At the rate they're growing, I will have a new crop of salad greens in no time.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Growing mustard greens

















I know, not many people can appreciate the bitter taste of the oriental mustard green but they're so lovely to look at. The leaves are big and showy and they grow so quickly, they can really perk up any garden. Just give them plenty of sun light, fertiliser and room to grow.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Growing fig at home






















Fresh figs are expensive at our stores simply because they are too delicate to transport across the globe. Eating fig is almost a luxury here. Not only are they rarely available, they are usually not lusciously sweet.

Before my friend gave me his fig plant, I had never imagined they'll do so well in Singapore. The plant I have is just about 1.5 metre tall and it takes up very little space. It doesn't require any special attention or care. In less than a year, I have harvested about a dozen plump and delicious figs.

If you're a fig lover like me, you should start growing your own plant at home.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Vine-ripened tomatoes



















I leave my tomatoes on the vine until they have turned a deep shade of red because that is when they're so unbelievably sweet and delicious.

I don't pick the fig until it is dark and almost cracking. That is when the flesh is honey sweet and succulent.

Being able to savour my own organic sun-ripened fruits is what makes gardening so rewarding.