Serving up a dish you’ve cooked from scratch is one of the best feelings in the world. But there is a way to go one better – growing the ingredients yourself! You don’t need to have a fully functioning farm as a backyard to rustle up recipes from the garden. Here are some of the best dishes you can make from things you can grow yourself.
There’s nothing quite as delicious as homemade pasta sauce, using tomatoes from your back garden. Tomatoes are one of the easiest things in the world to grow, and you don’t need a lot of space. Peel and chop your tomatoes before putting them in a pan with onion, garlic and red wine for 15 minutes. Add in some brown sugar, tomato paste, salt and pepper, and herbs before simmering away for another 10 minutes. You’ll have a fresh tomato sauce that lasts three days in the fridge or months in the freezer!
The clues in the name with this one! There are so many different vegetables you can easily grow in the garden that will make for perfect salads. Some of the quickest and easiest to grow are lettuce, beetroot, cucumber, green beans, carrots and tomatoes. Not forgetting a whole bunch of herbs that can even be grown indoors. You can rustle up some jam jar dressings to ensure that your garden salad always tastes delicious. Who knew healthy eating could be so much fun?!
Pear and Blackberry Crumble
Fancy something sweet that isn’t cookies or cake? A pear and blackberry crumble is a great alternative to the traditional apple based pudding. Most gardens have a secret blackberry bush hidden away in the crack of a fence or wall. If not, you can go blackberry picking in the woods. The Concorde Pear variety will be one of the nicest for this crumble, as they’re sweet and juicy. If you don’t have a pear tree in your garden then perhaps it’s time to invest! Start by softening the fruits in a pan, adding sugar to take away some of the tanginess. Make up some crumble using flour, butter, pistachios and demerara sugar. Then pop it all in the oven for 20-30 minutes.
This dish is extremely popular in the US and should definitely be eaten more in the UK! You can grown corn cobs in your garden quite easily, and they are perfect for serving as a side dish. You could just put a knob of butter on them and serve them like that, but creamed corn is an interesting alternative. Scrape your corn kernels into a saucepan before adding double cream, salt, pepper, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and butter. Whisk together some milk and flour before adding that into the pan too. Let it thicken up (around 10 minutes) before adding some parmesan and serving up.
These recipes are so super easy, and all the ingredients can be grown in your garden. Imagine how much money you’d save if you grew everything instead of buying it. Also, nothing tastes fresher than a homegrown meal.