Our growing year has mostly been dismal this year. This year when we’ve added a large allotment to our small kitchen garden, giving us lots of extra growing space.
The irony of ending up with less produce than any other year for a decade is not lost on me.
However, we have had a few small successes to offset the failures, including this pretty purple pak choi. We bought the seeds at BBC Gardener’s World Live and planted them a few weeks later.
We used them in summer salads to add colour and flavour.
Here, we’ve mixed them with little gem (also from the garden), Capricorn goats cheese, a very mild and creamy goats cheese, probably ideal for those who don’t like stronger, goatier ones, and with Unearthed’s Chorizo de Leon, a fabulous smoked chorizo sausage from Spain. The dressing was a ready-made Maille one we picked up in France.
The beauty of home grown salads is that you can combine them with so many different ingredients to create hugely varied and satisfying meals.