Under a dome of plastic, sparklers and cherry belles

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Take a peek, under the hoops, at what is growing in my little polytunnel:

Polytunnels are not pretty. The plastic sheeting glinting in the sun, rippling in the breeze on plastic hoops, does not blend easily into the earthy, natural delights of my garden. It’s an interloper, an alien, definitely unnatural and inorganic. It doesn’t belong!

Aesthetically unpleasing, polytunnels caught my eye – and then impressed me. Gee, those heat-trapping and insect-repelling domes really produce the goods! I became envious of several massive, walk-in tunnels that have sprouted up on the allotment. Look at those tomato vines, dripping with non-blighted fruit… Check out those brussels sprouts and purple sprouting broccoli, not a cabbage white on them…

And so early this year – keen to get growing, anxious not to have such a dismal season as last year – when I stumbled across a basic kit of plastic sheeting and hoops…

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Giuliani’s Stromboli – (Recipe)

STROMBOLI not just a sandwich

The Sparkling Spoon

This recipe is for my brother, Giuliani, who absolutely loves this dish! “Giuliani’s Stromboli” is why this is named after him!

Don’t know what to make for dinner? Want to try something different? Are you feeling like you want an “Italian Style” meal? Well, I am going to teach you all how to make a spinach & prosciutto stromboli! It sounds difficult, but is super easy! And since I know making the dough is probably a process for some, I will give you the simple and easy way to do this!


(1) 1 Box of Spinach (you can use frozen, but you have to let it defrost first).

(2) Cheese (mozzarella, genuino, etc are fine). I like genuino, but you can use whatever you’d like!

(3) Prosciutto (cubed and cut into small chunks)

(4) Garlic

(5) Tomatoes

(6) Pizza dough. (If you don’t want to make this by yourself…

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