I don’t know about you, but one of my favourite ‘grow your own‘ crops is potatoes. Not just because they are so easy to grow, but because you can do some much with them. My favourite at this time of year is freshly dug, boiled and buttered new potatoes – gorgeous.
Now I am sure many people have more exotic recipes than that and the great news is that if you have, LovetheGarden, the online gardening experts, have just announced the second of their popular vegetable garden competitions.
In February, they ran an online competition to find the best cabbage recipes to celebrate this often ignored and much maligned vegetable. The prize was a £200 meal for two at a restaurant of the winner’s choice, anywhere in the UK. The response was amazing, with some innovative and delicious recipes for everything from a modern twist on cabbage soup through to our winning entry, melt in the mouth cabbage and mushroom pasties. The winning entry was by Karolina, posted on the Senses in the Kitchen blog. The recipe is now a firm favourite with us at LovetheGarden, and you can find details of how to make Karolina’s pasties at www.sensesinthekitchen-Karolina.blogspot.com.
A chip off the old spud…
This month’s competition features a vegetable we all take for granted – the potato. This stable of the western diet is bashed, mashed, chipped and roasted almost every day in kitchens across the UK, so we’re sure you’ve got some secret family recipes for potato dishes that you want to share with the world. To pay homage to this family favourite, we’re offering another prize of a meal for two worth £200 to the winning entry of this month’s competition.
Growing potatoes is easy and, as the price of spuds spirals up in the shops, growing vegetables like potatoes for yourself makes good economic sense. Picked fresh from the garden, these delicious vegetables also pack a punch in vitamin C and other essential nutrients. Rather than just deep frying them, roasting them in the oven or mashing them with butter, we want to know what you do with your potatoes to give them that extra something special.
Rewarding culinary creativity
“The potato is so familiar to everyone that we tend to take it for granted,” says George Hope from the LovetheGarden team. “So we want to celebrate the spud in all its forms, from sweet baby new potatoes right up to main crop Maris Pipers. If you’ve got a recipe for potatoes, we want to see it, and we’ll reward your creativity and culinary expertise with a celebratory meal for two in your favourite restaurant. Of course, potatoes will be on the menu!” he adds.
The closing date for entries is August 16th 2011, so if you’ve got a special potato recipe, whether it’s an old family favourite or a brand new culinary creation, post it up on your blog and let LovetheGarden know. Every few months there’s a new featured vegetable and a chance to win that £200 meal for two, so get blogging!
For more details and terms and conditions of entry, visit the vegetable garden competition page at LovetheGarden.com