Just because it’s January doesn’t mean I’m struggling to complete the weekly salad challenge that I’ve set myself up for. In fact, I’m finding that a weekly target is concentrating my mind. I’m now sowing seeds every two or three days in order to keep myself in regular supply.
I have to say that the mustard seeds I sowed in week one have taken longer than I expected to be ready. Perhaps it’s the windowsill I’ve been growing them on, which, though sunny, is in a spare bedroom in our flat, where the heating is never on.
When they popped up, I was rather excited:
As the days went by, the leaves grew a deeper shade of green:
And today, they were ready to be served alongside a comforting pasta, bacon and caramelised onion bake.
I cut them with a little pair of scissors, and served them in mini dishes alongside the bake, with some baby leaf chard and violas from the balcony.
And there you go: the third week of the 52-week salad challenge is another yummy scrummy one. With a salad this light and flavoursome, you only really need a very light dressing. I prefer a gentle olive oil mixed with a little bit of passionfruit balsamic vinegar.
This week I sowed:
A spicy salad leaf mix, beetroot ‘Detroit’ and coriander.
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