Garden dreaming

It’s really too bad that Amelia is still dairy free as this recipe for Rice Pudding from the delicious Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall looks so good and surely the perfect comfort food. Having this awful cold means I am drawn to all things comfort. It’s too bad comfort always seems to mean a lot of cream, butter, cheese or milk. While Rice pudding is perhaps not a dish that we will be serving up around here any time soon anyway due to climbing Summer temperatures, it is worth keeping and mind, and worth blogging so you northern hemisphere folks can consider it.
We have been watching the latest DVD of the River Cottage series over the last week – River Cottage Forever. It arrived from the UK just in time for Christmas which was lucky as it meant we all had something to watch other than Dad’s massive Akira Kurosawa box set. Not that I am complaining because what a fine box set it is, but sometimes the perfect antidote to watching hours of peasants knocking samurais over the head with hoes is a good dose of two pommes filling cow intestines with pigs blood. Ha! Ok, so the gratuitous blood sausage incident was not my highlight of the series, but the rest of it is a treat.

So now I am feeling quite inspired to get into our new garden and start growing food. Realising that we won’t have room for a particularly large veggie garden let alone a hot house or an orchard (dream dream!), I have been checking out the various container and small space gardening books that are around. There is Jen’s kind suggestion of McGee and Stuckey’s Bountiful Container, and two which I found on You Grow Girl’s book review page – one which looks perfect called The Edible Container Garden. The review finishes with “Reading this book is like a daydream on your most inspired day. I recommend it as a motivator to get out there and do some gardening: the tone of the book is very pro-experimentation, pro-DIY and pro-creativity.” That sounds good. And the other is Urban Eden which looks pretty interesting but our new place is not really an urban space – but does have limited space and close neighbours are an issue and so on. Any suggestions?