Lara (with a bit of help from her Mum, I think), harvested her first home-grown new potatoes of the year on Sunday. No wonder she is looking so smug!
Lara's potatoes were planted on 6th March, three weeks before mine, so they are ready earlier too. As you can see, there are not many potatoes in this batch, and they are not very big, but I'm sure that they will make up for this by being extra delicious. And anyway, you can see how proud of them she is!
My potatoes are going to stay in the ground for another couple of weeks, by which time I hope the haulm (foliage) will have begun to die back. At present is is still a luxuriant green - and very straggly.
Home-grown new potatoes fresh from the ground must count as one of the best culinary delights in the world! I like them simply boiled (preferably within a few minutes of harvesting) and then sprinkled with salt, pepper and butter (LOTS of butter...). They are also delicious in what we loosely call “Pasta à la Genovese”, which to us is pasta, new potatoes, and French beans, all smothered in a gooey pesto sauce made from fresh basil, pine-nuts, oil and parmesan cheese.
My final photo for this post has nothing to do with potatoes. It's simply a picture of a nice salad I made a couple of days ago: baby leaves of red lettuce (Romana Rossa), Land Cress and Rocket. I thought it provided a fabulous combination of colours and flavours...