An Early Summer Salad

Without doubt this has been the best year we’ve ever had for broad beans.  Sown last Autumn the warm Winter and abundance of rain have conspired to give us plants two meters high and more pods than we could have hoped for.  I’m managing to pick most of them at the ideal ‘finger width’ size and as well as having them cooked as a side dish they’re also delicious raw as a snack, sweeter than you could possibly imagine when newly picked. Someone said on twitter this week that they think homegrown potatoes are the crop that is most different to that which you’d buy in a supermarket, well I’d say it’s broad beans.  On the odd occasion that I’ve gone the ‘store bought’ route I’ve found them pretty much inedible. So if that’s your experience then please do try growing some of your own. You won’t be disappointed.

Early Summer Salad

This as with all salads is more of an assembly than a recipe so the quantities are not so specific, you pull it together with what you have to hand in the proportions you like. You’ll notice that I haven’t done the fashionable thing and ‘double podded’ the beans, in the main because they don’t need it and also as I think I’ve said in earlier posts, who has the time.  Enjoy!

Monday Plotlines

So here we are, the new home of Southbourne Gardens.  It’s been a strange couple of weeks, a bit like moving house, detached from one place but yet to arrive and make a home  in another. I still have some formatting to do  and will be working through that in the next couple of weeks by which time I suppose it will feel like the site never looked any different.

Southbourne Gardens

If you read regularly you may have noticed that things have been a little erratic of late, both in terms of the number of posts I’ve been writing and the days on which they’re published. In part this has been due to our recent travels but also because of a project I’ve been involved in behind the scenes.


This is now complete and  I’m very pleased to announce that on Friday I will launch a new website for Southbourne Gardens. There will be some new features, you will be able to print out the recipes for example and it will be far more visual making things easier to find in the archives.

If you follow the blog via e mail you will still receive e mail notifications as normal so there will be no change and for those that have WordPress accounts the blog will still appear in your reader, however if you would like an e mail notification you will need to ‘subscribe’.  I’ve tried to make the process as simple as possible and hope it doesn’t cause any inconvenience.

I’m very excited about the new site and I’m hoping that you will like it as much as I do.

Before I finish I want to thank all of you who take the time to read the blog regularly and take time out to comment, you’re support has really meant a lot to me over the last couple of years and makes it a pleasure to write the posts.

This will be the last update before the change so I look forward to seeing you all on the flip side.