Regular visitors to my blog will know how much I love Higgidy and their very freshly made pies and quiches. So much so that I have been to an event with them, shared recipes and hosted a competition to win a pie party.
Well, recently I was asked if I would like to work with them and their new friends Sarah Raven who they are teaming up with for a special ‘Grow Your Own’ promotion. How could I refuse?!
I have always loved a bit of pottering around in the garden but, like most things in my life, it seems that I am always a ‘bit too busy’! But this gave me the perfect excuse! So around 4 weeks ago, I was sent 5 different types of lettuce; Mizuna, Red Solix, Mustard Red Giant, Green Salad bowl and, my absolute favourite, Rocket.
I was also sent some VERY nifty black labels and a white marker pen – I was rather proud of how professional this made them appear.
I planted them on Friday 2nd May 2014 and this is how they started off…
I was rather thrilled to see the flowers…flowers I could use in my salad and go all ‘Masterchef’!
So, I popped outside to harvest some of each of the lettuce leaves together with the flowers from the rocket and the mustard red giant and then went inside to wash them.
Whilst preparing the salad I popped two halfs of two different Higgidy quiches into the oven (because I couldn’t decide which one to have!). I chose the spinach and roasted red pepper and the balsamic onion and cheddar quiches and had half of each.
I washed the lettuce leaves and decided to make a Walnut, Stilton and Apple Salad mixed with a raspberry vinaigrette. You CAN FIND THE RECIPE HERE.
I also decided to make the delicious, and very healthy, minty potato salad that Camilla shares over on the Higgidy website.
And the result? An absolutely delicious meal! The best thing about growing your own? There is always more!
Disclosure: I was sent some pies and quiches from Higgidy and some grow your own lettuce from Sarah Raven to complete the task and write this post. Please note that all words and opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.
If you would like to know how to make my salad then just click on the photo below.