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Chillis and that: week 5(ish)

Posted in Food & Recipes with tags , , , on March 15, 2010 by misterjrtaylor

Well, it’s been over a month since I sowed the chillis and yesterday I potted them on to individual pots… Looking good so far!

Chillis and that: Day 5

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 11, 2010 by misterjrtaylor

Chilli excitement!

One of the de Cayennes has started to germinate… Should have some peppers by next week!

And speaking of growing your own…

Posted in Food & Recipes with tags , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2010 by misterjrtaylor

At the weekend I sowed some chilli seeds, following on from the minor success of last year, having managed to grow a handful of Jalepenos, Hungarian Hot Wax’s and Red Cherries, all of which produced a useful and tasty crop of fruit.

It occurred to me today that last year I also sent away from some free packets of seeds from the BBC, which didn’t actually arrive until late autumn, so I put them in the back of a cupboard and forgot of their existence…

…30 seconds of searching and they were located!

The Beeb has very kindly supplied me with tomato (sweet and delicious), beetroot (tasty both raw and roasted), butternut squash (great roasted, baked or mashed), carrot (sweet and crunchy) and lettuce (an irresistible Italian frilly with red-tinged leaves).

I’m especially looking forward to growing the tomatoes – maybe a tasty salsa with the de Cayenne chillis is in order!

Seeds from the Beeb

Chillis and that: Day 1

Posted in Food & Recipes with tags , , , on February 6, 2010 by misterjrtaylor

Last year I grew a handful of chilli plants, some were successful, others weren’t – the sweet chilli sauce made from my Hungarian Hot Wax’s went down a storm at the various parties in the autumn, but a lot of the varieties didn’t fruit or were eaten alive by what I can only guess was an un-noticed plague of locusts, which covered by the stealth of night flew in, ate and promptly disappeared.

So, the time has come this year to start planting again – a trip to the local DIY store meant purchasing, on a whim, a set of seeds, compost pellets and propagator for the inordinate sum of £2.98.

The “Grow Your Own Pepper Seed Kit” has three varieties and will hopefully give some decent results, alternatively I’ll buy a jar of sweet chilli sauce and say I’ve made it.

So, I have:

Worldbeater – sweet pepper with large fruits that can be picked green or red. Great for stuffing or sliced in salads.

Corno di Toro Rosso – sweet pepper with delicious, long fruits which turn from dark green to red as they mature. Superb for traditional Italian dishes and salads.

Chilli de Cayenne – good crops of slender, hot chillis for Mexican dishes and curries.

We’ll see how they turn out… currently in a warm place germinating