Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Fruit and veg and baking

I've been fairly busy, with one thing or another, hence the lack of posts - sorry folks! The garden is still producing well considering we are into Autumn. I have yet to get any winter veg in, but I guess there is still time for a few things.

However we're still picking tomatoes - I've been making loads of passata and bottling that, also freezing halved or chopped tomatoes to make soup and add to stews etc. I also made up a batch of tomato relish which we have yet to try.

I've also got a few chillies and capsicums ripening now, looking forward to those.

We've cut into our first pumpkin - one of the Queensland Blues - and it is a good pumpkin, nice solid flesh and not too hard to cut. Not sure how easy the Musquee du Provence will be to cut up! These ones are not quite ripe yet, although getting there.

A small Queensland Blue pumpkin, and one cut open showing the inside
Watermelons 'Sugar Baby' and raspberries
We're now harvesting a different watermelon 'Sugar Baby' which grew really fast. Probably a few too many melons for us to eat but we can give some away I'm sure! The raspberries (not sure what variety these are unfortunately) are producing quite well now for young canes (I think we put them in only a couple of years ago). So today I made some more friands:

And for the space crazy youngest member of the family who doesn't like the friands (yay!), I made some of these gingerbread cookies with my new rocket cookie cutter:

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Here are some of the fruits from the 2 varieties of eggplant/aubergine I planted this year. The top one (all purple) is 'Long Purple' and the bottom stripy one is Tsasoniki'. So far we've enjoyed them simply cooked on the BBQ and the taste is fantastic, full of flavour.
However, now that I have received 'How to Store Your Garden Produce' by Piers Warren that I won from Spades and Spoons, I'm going to try out one of the recipes in this book called 'Brinjal Pickle', an Indian pickle with fresh ginger, garlic and various spices. Looking forward to trying that with a good curry soon, maybe lamb.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Rain and some photos

Yay we've had a decent amount of rain, and it's still raining which is great for the plants and for our water tank!

Thought I'd post a few photos from around the farm as it's been a while.
The chooks are now allowed to roam freely in the sectioned off part where we grew the corn and some tomatoes. The pumpkins are still on the vine and ripening up nicely. The chooks really enjoy being able to scratch around and get the bugs. The 3 chooks on the right in this picture will soon be chicken dinners..and they were from this lot of chicks so they are approximately 16 wks old and should make nice table birds.

The big yellowy brown pumpkins are Musquee de Provence and the grey ones are Queensland Blue. Looking forward to tasting the M d P as I've not eaten this variety before.

The little Kumquat is doing quite well considering the dry summer and is covered in flowers which I'm pleased about. The citrus orchard is really not very impressive as we put it in before we'd established any shelter hedging, probably a bit too keen! However the Rangpur limes are still fine, they must be the most hardy out of all the citrus we have. The hedging is coming away now so in a couple of years things will look a lot better!

Here is part of another hedge along the front boundary fence which is currently in flower. The tree is called 'Lacebark' (Hoheria populnea) and is very pretty when covered in these lovely white flowers:
Lacebark 'Hoheria populnea' in flower

Thursday, March 3, 2011

I crashed but survived!

Well all I'm thinking right now (maybe I should have saved this post for tomorrow's 'On My Mind' over at Down to Earth) but gee am I glad to be alive today.

The other night at about 11pm I lost control of my car while driving home from work. After sliding on some loose gravel and going through a fence, then down a hill, I ended up on the roof in the middle of a neighbouring paddock...!:

 The rubbish bin had food scraps for the chooks, which of course ended up strewn throughout the car interior, eewww!
The next morning after some help to right it
I probably would have gone a lot further down the hill if I'd gone off the road in a different spot and since it was late at night I doubt anyone heard a thing..


Bye bye little car, off to the wreckers!
After getting my seatbelt off and opening the door I clambered out and scrambled up the hill (fortunately I had a torch on my cellphone - no signal though to call for help!), climbed over the fence and walked home on the gravel road for about 500ms in barefeet..ouch!
After the initial shock, Hubby drove back to the scene in our other car to assess the situation and retrieve some of the contents that I'd left behind, which included groceries and the bin of scraps for the chooks!
Unbelievably I came off relatively unscathed, just a few cuts, knocks and bruises and my back is sore but otherwise hey it's great to be alive! and I'm SO glad I didn't have my wee boy in the back seat...
Best wishes everyone