April 17, 2017

How to turn leek into ash

Make two cuts in a leekprei, same as you normally would — one at the root, and one where the stalk turns from light green to dark. Save the white part for another time, discard the root.

Rinse any traces of grit from the dark green trimmings, and dry with a towel.

Place them on a baking tray in a single layer. Roast in the oven (with the fan off) until charred and black.

Let cool, grind into dust.

April 16, 2017

How to make mustard

“Grind seeds and add liquid.” 1

Mustard seeds contain a chemical that reacts with cold liquid — heat damages this reaction. Break the seeds first to release it: coarsely grind 6 tablespoons whole mustard seedsmosterdzaden (a mixture of yellow, brown, black).

Add ½ cup mustard powder, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon turmeric (for colour, optional). Stir in ½ cup of flat beer, cider, wine or fruit juice.

fig.black mustard

Let sit for up to 10 minutes — more minutes = more mellow. Then add 3 tablespoons vinegar.

If using any herbs, spices or honey, add them. Wait at least 12 hours before using. Mustard will last in the refrigerator for at least 12 months, but due to its antibacterial properties, it will dry out before it goes bad.

1HOW TO MAKE MUSTARD by Hank Shaw

April 15, 2017

How to cook broad beans

fig. a single bean

Separate the broad beans (also called fava beans or garden beanstuinbonen) from their pods. If they are older, larger beans, they need to be blanched to remove their waxy outer skins.

Boil a pot of water, submerge beans for 30 seconds, then remove toan ice water bath. Slip the skins off with your fingers.

Transfer to a fresh pot of water and simmer for 15-20 minutes, orjust until tender.

Dress the beans with olive oil, salt and a fresh lemon juice.

April 14, 2017

How to grow peas

fig.peas in pod

Plant early in the spring, ideally a month before last frost, for peaserwten are best grown at temperatures below 21°C. A light blanket of snow will not bother pea plants.

Peas will appreciate a sprinkling of wood ashes to the soil before planting. Peas do not need to be fertilized. Plant seeds 1 inch deep and 2 inches apart.1

Peas (like other legumes) will fix nitrogen in the soil, making it a perfect home for nitrogen-loving plants like lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers.

Pick peas in the morning after the dew has dried, when they are the crispest. Keep your peas well-picked to encourage more pods to grow.

1The Old Farmer's Almanac

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