A little domestic wildness

It’s June so it’s time for #30DaysWild , the campaign run by the Wildlife Trusts to get everyone to spot a little bit of wildness every day in June. I’ve been doing this for a couple of years and most years I treasure the chance to stop for a few minutes before or after work or over lunch to notice the wildness in the city around me. This year it’s a little different, with the wildness restricted to my daily walks or my own garden. Working from home, I can nip out with a cup of coffee or over lunch to watch the bees. So that’s what I’ve been doing

Small pleasures. We’re having to follow a strict lockdown this week which means no shopping and my big chance to prove that we really can be self-sufficient using garden produce. It’s a bit early in the season but there are a few things in the garden to help, including the first of the mange tout peas

and lots of gone to seed rocket – fortunately you can eat the flowers

We won’t last long on that but I also found a good use for an onion glut

We’ve run out of bread so I made cheese and onion muffins, using an adaption of the recipe I told you about a couple of weeks ago. Here’s the savoury version:

Cheese and onion muffins

  • 2 eggs
  • 125 ml sunflower oil
  • 500 ml milk
  • 280g flour (mixed white and wholemeal – whatever you have to hand)
  • 2 tsps bicarbonate of soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 110g oat flakes
  • 1 onion (or a couple of small homegrown onions) chopped
  • a handful of grated cheese*
  • a handful of pumpkin seeds
  1. Beat together eggs, oil, and milk
  2. Sieve together flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt and add oat flakes
  3. Mix together the dry ingredients and the liquids beating well but leaving some lumps
  4. At this stage you can reserve some of the mixture and store in a container in the fridge for baking another day
  5. Add the chopped onion, grated cheese and pumpkin seeds – *the quantities are a bit approximate here
  6. Spoon into muffin cases
  7. Bake in an oven at 180 degrees/Gas mark 4 for about 15 minutes

A successful alternative to bread for today’s lunch. Moving the onions was necessary as I was running out of space in the seed palace and the marrows and cucumbers needed to go out into the garden. To make space for the cucumbers, I had to dig up last year’s Swiss chard, which has served us very well but, like the rocket, has gone to seed

While I was digging it up, I found an enormous root, belonging to a runner bean plant from last year. It had new growth on it. Runner beans are usually annuals, but this one seems to want to have another go. So I’ve replanted in this year’s bean bed to see what happens

We’re a long way from self-sufficiency but the growing season is well under way and there’s lots to look forward to over the summer. The bees are doing their bit to help. Look out for more ideas for #30DaysWild on Twitter

5 thoughts on “A little domestic wildness

  1. Sorry to hear you need to a strict lockdown this week 🙁.

    I hope your runner bean transplant survives and produces for you.

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