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The Seedlings Are Up!

12 Apr


Because of the cold and bitter weather, which went way past Radio 4s description of inclement and became downright depressing; the garden has had to come inside. The conservatory is now absolutely full of pots containing the seeds for this years crop of vegetables and herbs, which are finally starting to sprout!

The broccoli was first past the post. To me this little army of peat pots with their tiny green shoots is such always such a sign of hope.

While I love broccoli, particularly the purple sprouting variety, I have never really understood the popular combining of this tender vegetable with stilton in a soup.
But I do recognise that it does go very well with blue cheese. By way of compromise, therefore, and in honour of the broccoli to come we made this; we wrapped the steamed, and very well drained, heads of purple sprouting broccoli in thin slices smoked Brunswick ham and made a creamy sauce of Roquefort and Gorgonzola (this was a great way of using up Easter leftovers).. We put this in an oven proof dish and sprinkled with parmesan and breadcrumbs. Once baked in the oven for around twenty minutes, it was rich and delicious. This recipe also works really well with whole braised Chicory heads!

The weather looks set to warm up, so hopefully the brave little seedling will be planted later this week!