We’re at the height of our productivity at the moment, harvesting over 22kg of salad leaves each week. The variety of leaves is wonderful, really strong rocket, lots of spinachy orache and the leaf celery has started to make an appearance, which gives a good fresh taste to the salad. To complement the pickings this time of year, this week we had apprentice Sean pitted against old-hand grower Ru in our fifth dressing show down. If you’ve been reading the proceedings of these competitions, you’ll know that nobody’s won the title more than once – unless you count May’s tie. So it was with great trepidation that we handed round the two bowls of salad this week – would Ru become the champion?
We had a good number of volunteers on hand to cast their vote, even my sister Janet was in town, all the way from Zimbabwe, for the occasion. And it was a seriously hard call so it was lucky there was an odd number of us. Both tasted so good!
But…Ru was not to walk away with the title this time…for the bowl of salad dressed by Sean won by just one vote. It was only after we heard the ingredients that we figured out why it was quite so hard – both featured tahini as their secret ingredient!
Sean’s dressing for you to try…
A small spoon of Tahini
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
A little bit of chilli
Juice of a lime
London Honey – though I’m sure your local honey will do just as well…
Be sure not to miss my dressing feature next month, volunteer Martin is gearing up to bring in his ‘winning’ concoction.