This lackadaisical attitude to carrot planting probably explains how I later ended up with about a billion carrots growing on my balcony - my best gardening haul EVER! The carrots are the one thing (besides the kale + rosemary) that thrived during my neglectful four week jaunt to Europe. I came home to a mass of carrot tops poking out of the ground screaming "pick me, pick me".
The thing is, I wasn't actually sure what I'd find once I pulled up all the carrots. I mean these guys had been in the ground for MONTHS. I was expecting them to be a) kinda rotten and/or b) all growing together into one big twisty carrot seeing as I had not taken the time to plant each individual seed into its own little hole on the garden.
Imagine my surprise when I unearthed a mound of perfect looking carrots - albeit, some were a little small. I was chuffed. And I was overwhelmed. That's A LOT of carrots to figure out what to do with. Ummm...help! I washed them all off in a bucket on the balcony, trimmed their tops and promptly went inside to plea to twitter for a recipe, or 12, for carrots.
The twitter-sphere quickly came back with a plethora of salad recipes, the most interesting of which was a recipe by Jamie Oliver that included ginger, lemon, chilli and toasted almonds. Best of all I got to use my nifty electric grater/blender thing that I one for "best story" from the Sweet Swap fiasco.
I really liked this salad, It was super zesty and refreshing and the chilli + ginger provided a good hit of heat. The Boy thinks I went a bit heavy handed on the ginger. Whoops!
Happy gardening, Miss Piggy xoxo