Thursday, 19 April 2018

Bee's by the Beach

So in other exciting news this week.....I became a beekeeper!

My beauties were delivered on Sunday from Erik at King Creek Farm.

Erik has been amazing in his support for teaching, offering advice anytime and delivering quality bees.

He also won first place for his honey at the Wauchope Show.

These little power workers have settled in wonderfully with zero stings, phew!

Already we are finding ourselves mesmerised by them as they buzz around in the figure 8's before zipping off to duty.

I'm yet to make up a stencil to paint my beekeeper ID on the hives and am waiting for more beekeeping goodies to arrive in the mail.

These guys - or should I say girls as most of them are just that, wont be bothered much over the coming months of cool weather with only the occasional hive inspection. 

The hive is full of brood, bee's and honey, which we can smell when the breeze pops up.

Who else has bee's?

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Balinese delights

Yesterday I had a catchup with my mothers group (8 years now) at our gorgeous friend Ika's house. 

She has an amazing garden growing all her kind of foods - coming to Oz from Bali. 

She cheerfully showed me around and we picked and pulled up lots of goodies including cassava stock and leaves, sugar cane, 2 types of chilli, kaffir lime leaves and kaffir limes, a couple of choko's, normal limes, and macadamia nuts (and she kindly lent me the cracker to enjoy them).

She then shared one of her traditional recipes with me called Daun Ubi which is Stewed Pounded Cassava Leaves cooked in coconut milk and so we had that for dinner.

I added a few ingredients from my garden (lemon grass, turmeric, bay leaf, shallots and garlic) and we had a side of crispy coconut chicken to go with it.

It was deliciously eaten up by everyone so now I cant wait for my own cassava to grow so we can make it again.

Have you tried making anything new and different lately?

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Going banana's again

What do ya'll reckon these mean......
The banana tree carrying this baby, could not support it any longer and buckled in half yesterday, so the cluster of glorious banana's were cut off to ripen further inside.

Needless to say we will be eating banana's like crazy very soon and making other glorious creations too.

In particular the good ol' favourite Banana and Ginger loaf. 

My ginger harvest was not as abundant this year but there is enough for this delight. 

Do you have a bumper crop of anything at the moment?

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Here & Now

Its been a long time since my last Here & Now, but I will hopefully be more consistent now with my new 'goals' in mind. I am always making myself busy, sometimes too much so, but at the moment I am.....

Loving // Our new deck that is almost finished being built, photos to come when completed.

Eating // Fresh salad (from my garden of course) and chicken 'green' wraps for lunch everyday this week.

Drinking // Leftover fruit smoothies...The kids can be so wasteful and I cant handle it, so the bruised and uneaten bits go into my after gym smoothies.

Feeling // Tired and sore from my favourite gym class that I started about a month ago and have been sore ever since.

Making // Kombucha every Friday which I sell to my local followers. Trying out new flavours now the popularity is increasing.

Thinking // I have been super slack with my blog contributions, so have updated and backdated a lot of the goings on around here.

Dreaming // Of a holiday! I cant wait for hubby and I to go on a holiday together just the two of us.

If you would like to share your little thoughts too, pop on over the Sarah's page Say Little Hen :) You will also see some other lovely blogs shared there as well x

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Garden stocktake

Just did a little stock take of whats going on in my Garden today....
Beetroot (3 varieties), red and yellow cherry tomatoes, asparagus, lettuce (4 varieties), leek (2 varieties), capsicum (4 varieties), rainbow chard, fennel, butternut and jap pumpkin, wild rocket, white/orange/purple sweet potato, green snake beans and dwarf french beans, spaghetti squash, carrot (heirloom mix) radish (2 varieties), kohlrabi, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, purple and sugarloaf cabbage, eggplant, spring onion.
Mulberry, fig (2 varieties), raspberry, boysenberry, strawberry, cape gooseberry, strawberry guava, passionfruit (3 varieties), honeydew, pineapple, cavendish banana, dragonfruit, paw paw, papaya, bababco.
Herbs and other goodies:
Oregano, chive/garlic chive, coriander, lemon balm, mint, vietnamese mint, bay leaf, rosemary, curly and flat leaf parsley, basil (3 varieties), sage, comfrey, curry leaf tree, garlic (3 varieties), turmeric, heirloom chilies (5 varieties), horseradish, ginger, nasturtium, lemongrass, barley, pigeon pea, calendula
And a whole heap of other flowering bug attracting plants mixed in.
Is there anything in this list that you haven't heard of before?

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Seeds and Seedlings

Some seedlings are in the garden already and some are newly sprouted. 
I plant some seeds every few weeks to hopefully grow enough of what we like to carry us through the season. 
I am still yet to master a constant supply, but we do eat pretty much daily from the garden, whether that be herbs, vegetables or fruit even.
I buy my seeds from a few different places, like Greenpatch Organic Seeds & PlantsEden Seeds (through local retailer Oxley Rural Supplies & Produce), Boondie Seeds and also my local Library.
I also manage to save a lot of my own seeds as the original seeds that I do buy are heirloom and non GMO.
I just let most of the plants flower and go to seed and gather once they have dried out or they fall on their own and just start growing again when they are ready.
Do you save your own seeds too?

Monday, 2 April 2018

Garden to the Plate

Tonight I made some yummy pesto from my ever abundant supply of basil and roasted some pumpkin and eggplant I gathered from the garden over the last couple of days. 
I tossed some pasta with the pesto and topped with the roasted veggies and a sprinkle of feta.
Delicious and nourishing dinner to cap off a great Easter long weekend with perhaps a little too much indulging!
Did you over indulge too?

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Lovely junk

One bonus of having all this reno 'stuff' lying around is it is perfect for making shade for my new seedlings on a particularly sunny day like today. 
The other bonus is I now have a giant dirt mound.....and what do you do with that - plant some seeds of course! I have growing in my dirt mound flat leaf parsely, cape gooseberry and cherry tomatoes (self seeded from dirt that were dug up near the original plants) and I also popped in some seeds from my butternut pumpkins I grew earlier on in the season. 
Hasn't cost a cent and is putting an ugly mound (with good healthy soil) to use.
Have you created something handy out of 'junk' recently?

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Snakes and Birthdays

There's been a lot going on here the last few days......
We had a carpet python try to steal our eggs or chickens..... 
I planted out our garlic, gifted to me from various friends......
We had lots and lots and lots of rain and now lots and lots and lots of mud....
And I had a birthday and was amazingly spoiled!
What have you been up to lately?

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Raining snails

When it rains it snails!
These guys are from round 2 of a scan of the garden, the first round had twice as many. 
I love to go out into the garden after a bit of rain and round up all these slimy critters that love to eat my juicy plants and especially my new seedlings.
Then I squash them up and feed them to the chookies who love them.
Sounds a bit harsh but then that is the nature of organic gardening I guess. 
Have you had a scan of your garden lately to see what critters you can manually remove and save using those horrendous chemicals?

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Drying herbs

The other day I watched a clip of rats running all over dried chillies, my skin crawled. 
Another tick in the box reason of why I like to know where my food comes from. 
So it also got me thinking about other food items I have in my pantry and how I can go about making them myself.
The first one I saw was my dried herbs. Boom!
So yesterday I went out to the garden to pick a selection of herbs (Basil, Oregano, Thyme, flat and curly leaf parsley and Rosemary) and then I popped them into my dehydrator.
Dried out for a few hours and then pulled off the stalks and crunched up. Viola!
Have you had a thought recently about where your food comes from?


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