Thursday, 19 July 2018

Herbs are amazing

The addition of fresh herbs to a dish can be worthwhile in so many ways adding flavour, colour and even medicinal properties. 
Tonight I cooked up a simple vegetable pasta dish and added so many herbs just because I can!
I saw this tidbit floating around fb today regarding nasturtiums so I also chopped up a heap of leaves and added them too. 
Eating from our own garden to nourish our bodies is one of the simplest pleasures in life.
What did you do today to nurture your body?

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Gardening reality

Its been a bit of a topsy turvy winter, but there are still little green babies coming along. 🌱
The beetroot loves it here, phew! The snow peas never make it into the house, I'm dreaming about what I will do with my sweet cabbages and the broccoli looks so cute.
I find it so very interesting when I talk to other gardeners around here and how vastly different the growing conditions are for similar plants.
I have been having a crack now for a good 8 years on this patch and I can tell you it took me almost 8 years to accept I just cant grow everything I want.
So I put the love into what I know will grow and am rewarded with my abundance.
Figure out what grows well in your patch and be blissfully happy when you serve it up for breakfast, lunch or dinner. 🙌
Do you struggle to grow something that your neighbour somehow manages?

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Green Smoothies

My magic bullet blitzer thingy broke recently after 8 years, I upgraded to the nutribullet and am loving its magic blitzing powers. 
Breaky this morning is big green smoothies using frozen homegrown banana and pawpaw, fresh kale, turmeric and mint, and homemade rooibos kombucha. 
The girls love this! They think they are getting a special treat for breakfast, I know they really are 😉
What treats are you having for breakfast today?

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Gardens in the rain

I've been spending a lot of time in the kitchen of late, but the garden is still going on beautifully out the front. 
I love visiting the garden during the rain, everything looks so clean and bright against the drab light of an overcast day. 
With the recent winter solstice and the beginning of longer (and soon warmer) days I planted out more seedlings - kale, celery, more beetroot, red onion, tomato, pak choy and more broccoli. Each time I visit I try to get a little more mulch down, its a slow and careful process putting it all in and around new babies.
My gifted sugar cane and cassava have sprouted new growth and I have a solitary winter sunflower hanging about near my beehive.
I also thought I'd share my pretty dinner from last night....Potkin Risotto with pomegranate and feta. Yummo!!
And a couple of jars of sauerkraut I bottled up today....only 2 available $8 each.....if you want some I can do some more, but you'll have to wait, it takes a good 3-4 weeks to ferment this baby.
Have you visited your garden in the rain? What else have you been up to in the garden this winter?

Monday, 25 June 2018

Turmeric time

One of my favourite harvests of the year is my Turmeric.
I've been busting to get this up as I recently ran out of my homemade turmeric powder which I use in everything!
This root spice has great anti-inflammatory properties and gives dishes a good punch of flavour and colour.
The health benefits of turmeric include an improved ability to digest fats, reducing gas and bloating, reduce joint pain, and improved skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne.
How do you use turmeric?

Monday, 18 June 2018

Yum Yum Kimchi

Because one can never have too many different types of fermented I made kimchi. 
Kimchi is a traditional Korean spicy salted fermented cabbage side dish. 
A yummy alternative to sauerkraut if you like a bit of spice.
It also only needs about 3 days of fermentation before its ready to eat.
Have you tried or made kimchi?

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Dried Herbs

Ran out of my homemade dried herbs on the it was as simple as heading out to the abundant patch of oregano and pick a tub full to dry out and voila! 
All stocked up. 
Have you tried making your own dried herbs yet?

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Conscious food

In my quest to be more conscious of my food choices and in particular knowing where it comes from I have been part of the journey with this beautiful chook. 
I know exactly where it was raised and that it came from a free range caring home. Prepared in the simplest way to appreciate its life.
I want my kids to know that its not really the shops where their food comes from. Everything we consume has a story. 
This chicken will feed my family for two nights and then make a stock. I dont want to waste any of it.
Do you know where your food comes from?

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Visiting the local market

It was pouring at home this morning but we still ventured out and made it to the Grown and Gathered Pappinbarra Community Market
The sun was out and we had a beautiful morning. 
Couldn't help but come home with lots of goodies. 
We visited Reegz Steepy who made beautiful shopping bags perfect for going plastic free, some amazing fresh native flowers from Robert Williams, homemade wooden swords, Kerrie's avocados, quite a few interesting plants from Julie's Backyard Botanicals, Chay and Peter's delicious fruit and nut sourdough bread (which I gobbled up when I got home with a drizzle of King Creek Farmhoney), we finally bought an Eastern Rosella box from Trevor at Habitat Hollows, and the kids had their faces painted by the magical Charlie.
I loved the completely relaxed and friendly environment and I cant wait for the next one.
Have you been to a small country market lately?

Saturday, 2 June 2018

15 seconds of fame

I recently was asked to be interviewed for a local magazine.
It was published and distributed today.
Here is a bit for you too.
I've most certainly been blushing all day with the kind words from my local friends regarding the article.

Friday, 1 June 2018


The other day I won some beautiful fresh locally (Kempsey) grown vegetables (a potkin, bunch of silverbeet and some turnips) in a guessing comp! 
One can never have too much of the good stuff. 
I was expecting hubby to be able to pick them up on his way home from work today but I forgot he had a conference here in town for 2 days.
Thankfully the lovely Wendy brought them to town today when she came down and I was still lucky enough to score my prize!
I was so excited to receive these goodies.
Thank you PMW Vegie Ranch for your gorgeous seasonal produce.
I love local food!

So with my winning Silverbeet I cooked up make my version of spanokopita or spinach pie like my oldest calls it (who devours every mouthful telling me in between each this is her favourite 😍)with a few added yummies from my garden (shallots, mint and eggs) and with a side of my home grown roasted sweet potato.
Vego goodness to the max! 
Have you eaten a vego meal this week?

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Garden to the Plate

From the garden to the plate:
I picked quite a few radish's (watermelon radish mostly plus some other heirloom varieties) the other day, so its been in most of my meals since. Did you know you can cook radish, just like any other root vegetable?
Last night I used it as an added vegetable to our curried sausages, then I had some fresh in my salad for lunch today, then with a few extra yummy ingredients from my garden again I had it in dinner tonight, Wild Rice with Creamy Spinach & Kale.
Now dinner tonight might not look so crash hot with all that green and stuff, but it is yummy as and bursting with flavour. Plus I'd be inclined to think its a pretty healthy choice for my insides, which makes me wonder what my body might do with it when its finished.....😳👾
Have you made and served anything that looks a bit so so, but is oh so YUM!?


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