It's almost mid-November, but amazingly enough I still have some late blossoming nasturtiums and marigolds in my greenhouse. I have planted them among the tomatoes and cucumelons (now the last ones were a big mistake, never again) to keep the slugs away. I had a fabulous crop of tomatoes this year, and it seems to be the only veg which produces great results consistently from one year to another.
Nasturtiums always remind me of my childhood. One of my earliest memories is of our nursery yard with a cheerful carpet of nasturtiums.
They are very pretty to look at, and make a lovely addition to salads too - both flowers and leaves.
I don't have a proper recipe to share, as I didn't take any notes on the exact weight of ingredients, but roughly it was half a big juicy persimmon, sliced, a handful of baby tomatoes, a half of goat's cheese and roasted cubed squash and sweet potato, with a scattering of nasturtiums, drizzled with a dressing made of the olive oil, honey and cider vinegar.
Tomatoes are also the remnants of my crop, there are still a few tomatoes left on the vines in the greenhouse. Khaki or persimmons are from Spain (bought at the local fruit market).
This was a light and very satisfying lunch. I wanted to keep it as a palette of orange, with only the whiteness of the goat's cheese breaking the pattern.
Next year I will be planting the nasturtiums again, for a splash of colour in the garden and on the plate.