Wonderful salad leaves!

A  very exciting moment  … when you harvest your first salad leaves! The little seedlings are developing into strong plants and I have just picked a few of the outer leaves from the spinach and chard. I have left the inner leaves to grow …for next time!

I washed, drained and spun dry the leaves before adding some extra virgin olive oil, freshly squeezed lime juice, little sprinkle of salt and a dollop of manuka honey. Chopped ripe tomato and spring onions added another dimension to the texture and flavour. The salad leaves tasted a lot stronger than the ones from the shops and even my children loved them.

When I planted the seeds of spinach and ruby chard, the intention was to use them in my cooking. I had not anticipated that the young leaves would taste this good. At this rate, it will be hard to resist allowing the leaves to mature! I must admit, the weather this year has been much cooler and damper and the growth seems to have been slower.

Nevertheless, all I can say is if you have a small space or even a pot, have a go at planting a few seeds of spinach and ruby chard as they have required no pampering to produce a beautiful crop! I mean just look at how well they are now growing:

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