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PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 4:13 pm    Post subject: First Spuds today!!!! Reply with quote

Very Happy First time on our family croft in 23 years, still a little too early for a harvest, but it was a test dig.

Looking forward to having them tonight with the first kohlrabi ever grown and harvested here

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well done simonj...I can almost taste them.wall to wall sunshine in Wexford today, hope it's as lovely in the West.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

congrats, enjoy the spuds and kohlrabi!

how are you going to prepare the kohlrabi?

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was a lovely day, just a bit sad my mum and sister not here for the first new spuds really, it was a family tradition for St. MacDaras (Jul 14th) to have new potatos.

Recipe for the kohlrabi elsewhere in the recipe drop section of the forum
and more details, pics etc. at the blog as always (link in signature)

The new Orlas were cooked in clean Atlantic ocean seawater, and it does not make them overly salty, justs holds the skin together tight and adds a tangy taste.
After boiling, a knob of butter and sme chives into the pot, quick stir of a spoon to coat the new spuds, and they are perfect - really perfect - in terms of texture and taste.

If anyone else is planning to use seawater, collect it on the flood tide (tide coming in)

There is a Grace that my family have always said with the first crop of new potato's, I guess its an old Irish post-famine prayer.
Nowadays we say it on the occasions we meet, Xmass and Easter Sunday dinner normally.

Fogriam Fuacht agus Gort as Eireann,
Dia go ar tharlu
Is go mbeireagh muid beo ag an am seo ar ais

It translates as

I banish cold and hunger from Ireland
God protect us
And may we be alive this time next year.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We also harvested our first potaoes today. Will be eating them with our Sunday lunch tomorrow with freshly pulled carrots. Can't wait. Smile
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