Thursday, 10 May 2012

We have lift off...

I'm fast running out of rocket puns, and I imagine you're all sick of me harping on about it all the time.

Last year, I set readers a rocket challenge because I was astounded at how easy it was to grow.

This year, I challenged readers to be a bit more creative with their salad and see if it was possible to grow rocket in something crazy, and to do so by Easter Sunday.

Now, this is a small spare-time blog, not one of the more glamourous, professional websites that run lovely competitions attracting many entrants (usually including me!) However, it's all about quality, and I have been so thrilled ever since I received my one entry because it quite simply shows how something simple can inspire a bit of fun.

May I introduce @chantscottage who made me jump up, with a kind of leap of joy at such a cracking response to the Easter challenge. Rice krispie cakes for the grow your own generation (just don't eat the soil!)

I'm can't decide what I love the most - the ability to coax green life out of such a tiny amount of space in a cake case, the voracity of the rocket or the bewildered chick! 

I strongly recommend you head over to the rather wonderful blog to find more from where this little gem came from! 

Now, I promised that I too would participate and grow my own rocket in a can. Which I did, and it survived the abusive winds that took down my grow house. I also hoped to decorate my tin can. Which I didn't. Because I'm rubbish at anything remotely involving colouring in. However, that really doesn't matter when you have rocket as abundant as this:

But lets face it. If you didn't take up this challenge because you just didn't have time, or were just not inspired enough, or perhaps you think the supermarket grows it better for you, then I think it's about time you were shamed by some (talented) kids. Yes, there are five boys (aged 3 - 11), offspring of my good friend and co-writer at yummymummycookingschool Ruth, who have got off their behinds, made their own rocket rockets and are writing about it. On their own blog (five boys bake)

Now if that's not a rocket up your...I don't know what is.

Rocket for the rocket

Reach for the stars


Chants Cottage said...

Well, you kinda trounced us there on the growing front. My rocket plants are still only a third of the size of yours, now struggling on outside on one of my lasagne beds, battling the elements (mainly water in the form of drizzle and air in the form of nithering gales). The chick has, I regret to inform you, gone to the big chocolate crispie cake in the sky.

Splendid effort from Ruth's boys too...

Catherine Jennings said...

Hi Tom,
Since I enjoy your site and blog posts, I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award.

If you’d like to read and repost the award, here’s the link:

I look forward to reading more of your posts.

The Hapless Kitchen Gardener

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