We had our first real taste of winter weather in Melbourne yesterday morning and I relished it. It feels like we’ve been waiting for a true change of season for 9 months. So now that our first cold snap has arrived (there was even a dusting of snow in some outer suburbs of Melbourne this morning) I feel I can legitimately get down to the very important winter business of simmering things in the oven for hours, snuggling under blankets on the couch and making hot chocolate.
In preparation for the colder months, we re-planted our vegie patch a couple of weeks ago and also collected this year’s crop of olives that had matured very late because of our mild, wet summer.
This year we have been very ambitious and as well as spinach, lettuce and silverbeet and broad beans we’ve also got cavolo nero, Roman broccoli, roly poly carrots, climbing beans, beetroots, leeks and radishes.
I must confess though that as much as I’m loving rugging up, I can’t help longing to see the little broad beans sprawling all over their trellis so we can feast like this again as we did late last Spring.
Having said that, the longing decreased just a little bit when I pulled this plum and pear crumble out of the oven tonight.
Happy to share the recipe for anyone who is interested. It’s from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and even though this is the same guy that once made and ate placenta pate (and kind of enjoyed it) it’s a cracker of a dish. Actually, even though that makes H F-W sound a tad strange (understatement?), he is in fact a British national treaure. He’s a champion of seasonal produce and ethical eating and I think he’s ace.
What about you guys? Any vegie patches on the go? Slipper-clad bag-ladies at your door? Delicious winter recipes to share?