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Monday, 18 June 2018

Yum Yum Kimchi

Because one can never have too many different types of fermented foods.....today 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 weekend.....so 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

Winning

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!?








Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Healing Soup

We have a few sick people in the house, so tonight called for some healing soup. 
I had some chicken bone broth frozen just waiting for this such occasion. 
Then out into the garden to find some goodness to add. 
A sprinkle of my own turmeric powder and we had the perfect concoction. 
Lentil, rainbow chard and turmeric broth delight. 
Mmmm, can feel it nourishing and healing already.
What's your go to healing food?






Saturday, 19 May 2018

Bee hazards


When the wipper snipping needs to be done near the bees, don't even risk it! 
Extreme conditions here 😂





Friday, 18 May 2018

Birthday season

Birthday season has begun here, kicking off with a few cupcakes for school. 
I don't bother with fancy, I know they'll get eaten either way....
12 choc with vanilla icing, 12 vanilla with choc icing and a sprinkle of sprinkles.
The boy is happy so I'm happy. 
Are you fancy (and clever) or more like me....


Thursday, 17 May 2018

From the garden to the plate

Today's basket of goodies included butternut and jap pumpkin, sweet potato, chilli, basil and eggs, fennel and silverbeet.
I didn't use all of these for dinner, but I definitely cooked up something yummy.... 
We enjoyed sweet potato and silverbeet rostis with basil mayo/sour cream and a fennel, beetroot and feta salad. 
Freshest most yummy dinner I must say. 
Did you cook with anything from your garden today?





Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Too cold for kombucha

All ready to bottle up some rooibos and green tea kombucha today and they're just not ready. 
This cool change in the weather is slowing the fermentation process down. 
They'll need at least another week. 
Sorry if you've been hanging out for these yummy's, but you can't hurry a good thing 


Monday, 14 May 2018

Just a few garden pics

Just a bit of what's growing around here in my patch....🍌🌱🌻\













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