The Backyard Larder

A place to explore and buy perennial vegetables and other food plants.

August Meals

Here are some of the dishes we’ve had using perennial vegetables in August. (For neatness I’ve presented them day by day for a week – but really we’ve eaten these at various times over the course of the month).

Monday – Purple tree collard, mushroom and sunflower seed roulade

Purple tree collard and mushroom roulade

Tuesday – Roast tomato, corn and Good King Henry pasta sauce

Roast corn, tomato and Good King Henry pasta sauce

Wednesday – Sea beet gratin

Sea beet gratin

Thursday – Welsh onion cakes

Welsh onion cakes

Friday – Vegetable curry with globe artichoke hearts

Vegetable curry with globe artichoke hearts

Saturday – Perennial kale and parsley pesto

Perennial kale and parsley pesto

Sunday –  Sorrel and callaloo soup

Sorrel and callaloo soup

2 comments on “August Meals”

    Love your monthly meal reports ! It’s realy inspring. I’m just wondering what “callaloo” might be, google told me it was a carribean dish in which the leafy green part can differ. Since Belgium has no historical connection with the carribean , I’m clueless 😉


    Hi Cindy, That is lovely to hear. I thought I’d share the ways in which we were using the perennial veg – but they get less response than my other posts so I was beginning to wonder if people were thinking, ‘What awful food they eat!’

    Yes ‘callaloo’ does seem to be usually used for a dish rather than a vegetable doesn’t it? The leaves I used were from the Heritage Seed Library and were labelled as Nigerian Callaloo. It is an aramanth (an annual). I’m not sure which species but reading on this page I think it may be Aramanthus hybridus.


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