Sally’s Griddled Lettuce

We have a few lettuces, just a few, and we weren’t getting through them quickly enough. Then I read Sally BR at Bewitching Kitchen on an intriguing recipe for grilled lettuce. Read her post here.

I  have to report that it is the most popular lettuce dish in the house. It was requested again today. So maybe we will get through them all with luck, plus I’m hiding them under my coat and smuggling them out to the neighbours.

On the subject of growing your own;  you know, on those gardening programmes, they always talk about sowing little tiny quantities of everything every two weeks, so you have a constant stream of fresh vegetables, does anyone actually manage to do that?  We did it last year and found that they all catch each other up anyway, like the No 65 bus from Ealing to Kingston via Richmond.

I just looked it up here to check it still existed, as it’s been a while since I was on it, and am happy to see it behaves the same way as it has done since I was a child. The shape of the bus may have changed over the years,  but it is still notorious for its erratic regard for the timetable and its proclivity to travel in a pack with fellow 65s.

But I digress,  here are some pictures. So if you’re ever stuck with more lettuce than you know what to do with, what’s the answer?  Try this for starters.  I made a dressing with creamy home made yoghurt, crushed garlic, olive oil, lemon and fresh mint;  everything Sally says about this dish is true!  Completely delicious.  From ground to plate in ten minutes! Griddled lettuce tastes better than chinese leaves, and almost as delicious as asparagus cooked in the same way. Mmm. Thank you Sally!

13 thoughts on “Sally’s Griddled Lettuce

  1. GillthePainter

    That number 65 bus!!!
    One every 10 minutes, don’t make me cry. The amount of times we waited for the 65, watching taxi after taxi flash by thinking, shall we stop this one? ………… nah!
    There’s got to be a 65 along soon. How wrong can you be.

    Your lettuces look delicious, both cooked and raw. Aren’t they glossy, Joanna.

    Mine are getting a little moth eaten on a couple of the edges, but are so tasty.
    The rocket’s producing very pretty flowers at the moment too.

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      That bus and me go way back Gill! I wanted to find a picture of an old routemaster 65… It used to go to Chessington Zoo too when I was a child.

  2. lynne

    I will definitely be making that lettuce…it looks wonderful.
    regarding sowing at different intervals – I have never done that, but my organic veggie growing book includes the fascinating instruction on the subject of slugs etc eating your lettuce…”simply grow more than you need” then there is enough for the pests and for you..clearly their pests were better at sharing than mine ever were
    I cannot believe how I survived before I bought the griddle…if you grow leeks then the young thin ones that you pick out to let the others grow (about the width of a pencil) are lovely given the asparagus on the grill treatment..and I tried some marinated artichokes on there too (the usual sort halved in a jar of oil) and they were lovely
    Wishing I had not already eaten my lunch……

  3. sallybr

    Oh, how cool! Loved the post… :-)

    But I am absolutely amazed by the beauty of your garden… very very impressive! If you only knew the trouble me and my beloved go through with ours, we are the world’s most pathetic gardeners!

    thanks for linking to the BK…

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      Lynne, I haven’t tried griddling leeks, sounds delicious! I use nematodes for the slugs and a torch on a dark damp night for the snails.

      Sally, the veg bed is a metre wide and waist high and therefore easy to manage. Being raised, the soil stays warmer I think.
      Maybe 10 square metres in total. Gets overcrowded very easily.

      Raised beds are worth looking at…. What sort of climate do you have, Sally, apart from tornados?

      Celia, I’m on a yoghurt run at the moment. We had some artisan icecream in Hyde Park on Sunday and Brian went into wheeze mode all the next day. So I need to work on some good frozen yoghurt or soya icecreams, that is if the sun ever comes out again. :)

  4. sallybr

    We do have a raised bed, hubby built it 3 years ago – the problem is… we are not very good with plants, what can I say?

    Summer is extremely hot here, so lettuces are pretty much done – temps are reaching 95F, soon we’ll get to 100F – too high for lettuce

    Tornado season is over, that’s great!

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      So hot climate plants. Basil would love you, dwarf french beans, artichokes maybe, they might be fun to try and figs and all those lovely marrows and squashes that my summer is never long enough or hot enough to grow well.
      Does it get really cold in the winter too? I don’t really know much about veg growing zones, and( like the photography) Brian is better at it than me. We are mild and damp here, with the odd hot week. I think I’ve got to cut all those lettuces and give them away this weekend, they are so big now. And I had some mustard leaf, that’s gone mad too, I put some in some bhajis the other day..

  5. blue

    Joanna is there anything your are not good at?
    Every shot of the plants in your garden shows a perfect leaf colour and form, flower, produce. When I saw the photo of your lettuces yesterday, I just couldn’t take my eyes of it … absolutely beautiful. No little nibbled edges, no dust stains, no holes, no shredded leaves after the birds have had their fill. And I can see in the background that you have cabbages which look like they’re made of silk they’re so beautiful and untouched. So tell us your secret – do you cloche and net them as well as the nematodes?

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      Do you want to see pictures of holey leaves? I can go out and take them :) The lettuces are unnaturally good, I will admit, I am a bit bewildered by them myself. But the broad beans are covered in black fly, snails have munched their way through the hostas. It had just stopped raining when I took the lettuce shot, so they were all washed and shiny. And I think that the long cold winter, the first one in ages, has killed off a lot of the bugs and things. The veg bed is small and cossetted and the garden faces south east and is fairly sheltered being in the suburbs. Mm, what else do we do? We lay canes across the width of the veg bed and that stops the pigeons walking about in there too much. And we have two resident bird and squirrel chasers of course….. A small amount of home made compost… in an earthmaker thingy….

      As to things I am not good at…where would you like me to start?

  6. Choclette

    Oh, how envious I am of your wonderful lettuces – they look so tasty. I’ve tried sowing lettuces every two weeks for the last 3 months and not one has come up – I can’t understand it. Have used different seeds from different packets – bah! Have heard that grilled lettuce is good, though have never yet tried it. I guess griddled is much the same.

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      Brian says possibly sowing them too deep, do you have birds, especially pigeons or rabbits, mice that could be eating the seed? Is it a fresh patch of soil from where you grew them before? Other thing is to sow them into plugs and then plant them out when they have their second pair of leaves, we did that last year and you can protect them better that way. Ooh it’s like Gardeners’ Question Time here. And, oh he is a cynical man, now he says are the seeds all from the same shop, could be they are selling old seed or they have stored them at the wrong temperature in the shop and it is nothing to do with you. I like that last thought. You can tell the suppliers if you can be bothered. He is getting carried away now, he says do a test row of radishes, have you tried the cut and come again sort and the little gems are pretty good…. And if it is too hot then it won’t happen either. Phew, he’s wandered off now.

      I think Sally calls it grilled, but I calls it griddled. Maybe an American/Brit english thing.

  7. Choclette

    Goodness, thank you for the lettuce advice. It could well be pigeons in our garden now you mention it – they are always hanging around there as that’s where the bird feeders are. They could be down at the field too I guess, where I’ve done most of the sowing. Haven’t had a problem with any other seeds coming up. No, the seed has been from various places – although to be fair some, though by no means all, were not this year’s seed. I’m reluctant to use plugs, but might just have to give in.

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