Let’s have some chillies!

I just read a nice bit of news this morning. A new Italian study shows that eating peperoncini, the Italian word for chilli peppers (also spelled chili, with one “l,” mainly in the U.S.), can cut our risk of having a heart attack or stroke by 40%. Yes, by a whopping 40%!!!

Here’s the link to the CNN article about this study: https://cnn.it/36Fatro

It should be noted that other researchers cast a few doubts on the study’s findings, pointing out that perhaps people who eat chillies are also eating more vegetables, as well as other herbs and spices, so it would be difficult to figure out if the purported health benefits are determined by one single food item.

Okay, that may well be true, but we have another BIG reason to eat chillies…

Capsaicin, which is an active component of chillies, kills myeloma cells. So even if chillies don’t end up protecting us from heart attacks and strokes (they may or may not), we should definitely be using them in the kitchen…!!!

21st Century Garden March 2015

As promised I bring you photos of my garden. To be honest there isn’t much to see yet, but isn’t that half the fun? A six month or so journey to see what grows and what doesn’t. 



So far the only real sign of life from the fruit trees is courtesy of the pear. The blossom buds are on the verge of bursting open.

We have improved around the pond, are are waiting for the clematis plants to frantically climb the trellis.

We have added a gooseberry bush to fruit corner and thinned out the raspberries.

The vegetable patch is bare, although that strip of soil to the left of the photo has onions and carrots sleeping below its surface.

The only real colour comes from the primrose tubs in the front garden. 


In trays of compost on window sills and around the house we have sown tomatoes, peppers, aubergines, peas, butternut squash and courgettes. Hopefully next month we will have lots more photos to share. 

21st Garden – April

I nipped out while it was still sunny and my porridge was cooking and took my photos. Even as I type, the sky is clouding over.


Aubergines



Blackcurrant

Butternut Squash

Chillies

Courgettes
Onions (oh and weeds)

Pea (plus weeds)


Potatoes (what do you mean “where”?)
Raspberries
Rhubarb
Strawberries

Tomatoes
Zucchini

The beetroot, carrots and swedes are too hard to identify yet, may be next month.





21st Garden – March

Here we go again.

This year we are growing tomatoes, swedes, butternut squash, courgettes / zucchini (yes Paula, again!), beetroots, asparagus (takes 2 YEARS), carrots and peas. The chillies have started to grow:

The onions are starting to sprout:

The potatoes are in the garage ‘chitting’:
The blackcurrant and strawberries have moved to new homes, away from the strangulating raspberries:

Oh and Mike requested I post a much clearer view of the beautiful gate he made for me:

September 21st Garden

Another month has flown by and it’s time to show you all my garden. It is probably the very last time as the weather has turned a bit nippy and most of my produce has done it’s thing and is now over.

A mess of unthinned leeks and compost tomatoes.
Slowly going red, chillies now it’s chilly.
The raspberries are still doing what raspberries do.
The tomatoes still refuse to ripen.Next month we’ll have to find something more interesting to blog about, although if good news is no news we’re glad we’re boring you all.

August 21st Garden

Well August has arrived. The peas are over now, so no more photos this year.

The courgettes continue to grow.


The tomatoes are doing a bit better, but still green.


The onions are small, but perfect for pickling.


The first of the beetroot has been picked and pickled.


The chillies, the red ones are picked regularly.


A second crop of raspberries.


Baby sweet corn.