Friday, 26 August 2011

Another treat

Baked cheesecake with raspberries. We still have frozen raspberries in the freezer from last season. Still absolutely delicious!

Fresh from the oven.Cooled for a few hours.Ready to enjoy. :)The filling is very silky and smooth. :)

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Spring omelette

Well, okay, it's not spring yet. But have a look out of the window! Doesn't it just feel like spring? It's sunny, warm and the bees are buzzing about.

The asparagus is starting to shoot up in earnest.
There are some absolute rippers in the patch!
Let's just cut them a little, get some eggs from the chooks - and ready for an omelette!Lunch is sooooo good! :)

Monday, 22 August 2011

Mt. Pleasant Fruit & Veg Swap

Another lovely Sunday morning spent at the fruit & veg swap, organised by the Mt. Pleasant Natural Resource Centre!

Even though we are still in the 'lean' months, the tables are always laden with produce, cuttings, seedlings, etc. from members' gardens.

You can get delicious goat's cheese.
Lettuce, greens, spring onions, mandarins.Cuttings, cut flowers.
Parsley, mandarins, lemons, recipes, pretty flowers (no idea what they are).
Lemons, oranges, books (at the very end of the table).
This is really only a small selection of what you find during one morning (from 9 to 12 o'clock). I came quite late, so that is what I found after 10.30! Not bad, ey?
(There are also often chook eggs, duck eggs, jams, preserves, olives, walnuts, grapefruit, tadpoles of the bango frog, herbs, etc. Too much to list in one go. This all changes with the seasons, of course. Exciting times!)

There are no people in the pictures (I pushed them aside - gently, don't worry!), but that place is at times pumping and rocking, you wouldn't believe it!

Oh, and usually there is a great selection of cakes, biscuits and savoury stuff at the tea & coffee table. Sorry, no picture. Maybe next time. :)

Last Sunday, after the swap, we even got a half hour talk about grafting apple trees, by Bernie Farrow from the Rare Fruits Society, thrown in. How good is that?!
And that's the basket of citrus (plus a nettle beer recipe), that I brought back from the swap.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Colour in the garden

It's always lovely to have some colours in the garden throughout the year. At the moment we have all kinds of bulbs, proteas and camellias flowering.
Aren't they gorgeous?!

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Winter in the garden

The cabbages are getting bigger.
The cauliflower is thriving.Purple cauliflower.
Another purple cauliflower. Groovy colour, eh?
The garlic is looking promising.
And a sookie sheep. Froggie wants pats.
How is your garden doing? Is it feeding you well? :)

Monday, 15 August 2011

Brussel sprouts

I have not had any success growing brussel sprouts. Yet. This year I am hoping to harvest a few.

So, this is what they look like at the moment. Loose sprouts on the stems. Will they 'hearten' up? I sure hope so. And how long does that take? When, oh when, can we harvest a delicious, home-grown brussel sprout?
Have you been successful with brussel sprouts? What's your trick? Advice?

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Today's harvest

A good sized cauliflower and finally! our first cabbage. It weighed in at 1.44 kg!

Friday, 5 August 2011

Signs of spring?

We have had a few incredibly warm days (10 degrees higher than usual), but now the temperatures are back to normal.

First signs of spring?