Sun Dried Tomato, Beetroot and Feta Salad

Bored of lettuce, tomato and cucumber salads? Me too. Try this.

Beetroot, its the vegetable equivalent to Marmite. And like Marmite, I absolutely love it. Couple that with one of the best flavours in the world, sun dried tomatoes, and you have an amazing salad. Spinach and rocket make the bed, on top of that bed lay the super sexy sundried tomatoes and beautiful beetroot. Adorning the top is a scattering of fabulous feta which is by far my favourite cheese at the moment. Drizzle a little olive oil and a touch of salt and pepper and you have a salad that will knock the socks off your usual, dull, lifeless bowl of iceberg, tomato and cucumber.

Let there be life

We’ll, I had nearly given up on these. I have been away for five days as well so they weren’t watered in that time. I honestly thought I would have to scrap this experiment.Then this morning I notice this


This is the vermiculite which is the one that i thought would work, if it was going to. Then I looked at the perlite pot and..


As you can see there is some mould (I’m guessing) on the surface but a single shoot has managed to grow directly in the perlite. How amazing is that. Then when you look from another angle,


You can see another shoot in the centre about to come through the surface and another just to the right of the first one. I honestly didn’t think they would grow in the perlite. And admittedly it has not performed as well as the vermiculite but that’s not to say there are other seeds that may prefer the environment that the perlite offers. I wish I did a control with compost to see how they compare. But now I know it works.