29 March 2011

Water, water everywhere

We had lots of rain in areas above our little town last week and there was a major flood in the South Esk River near our house. Even though this is what we saw from our windows we are WAY above the flood line and in no danger of ever flooding. It was quite spectacular to watch the normally quietly flowing river turn into a raging torrent with huge trees and branches racing down the river all day. It was the highest flood in 50 years here and Winter isn't even with us yet!

Yesterday I finished knitting a large, bulky jacket in preparation for colder days. I am calling it my Chunky Chick Jacket.

24 March 2011

Baby Blue and yummy tomatoes

These tomatoes were so yummy.

2 punnets of cherry tomatoes sliced in half and sprinkled with oregano, salt and pepper and a little sugar. Drizzle some olive oil over and throw on a couple of cloves of garlic.

Bake on an oven tray lined with baking paper (100 degrees celcius)for three hours. Place in sterilised jar and keep in the fridge.

If you want really dry tomatoes leave in the oven longer. After three hours they were still quite juicy- delicious! Use instead of sundried tomatoes.

More knitting this week - a Feather and Fan baby blanket for a little boy who will be born in May :-)

15 March 2011

Little green babies

Surely this will lay an egg soon?

This reminds me so much of my Dear Dad. He used to protect his lettuce plants with cordial containers and now I'm doing it. I can't believe I am enjoying gardening.

The plants in our heart-shaped garden are coming along well.

Here are some of my little green baby capsicums. I was so excited to find little capsicums are growing at last. I haven't grown them before. I hope they survive the frosty weather. I am covering them at night, so here's hoping.......

09 March 2011

Zucchini Flan, new linen and first pansy.

Our "guest" room has new linen.

I love pansies.

I am still picking zucchinis. Just made a Zucchini Flan.

1 sheet reduced fat puff pastry
2 to 3 small zucchinis
1/2 cup milk
2/3 cup grated cheeses
two tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
sprinkle of onion flakes
salt and pepper
5 eggs

Grate most of the zucchini and let sit for five minutes and then squeeze water from grated zucchini. Slice a small amount of zucchini in very thin slices to place on top of flan.

Whisk eggs and milk. Add cheese, onion flakes, parsley and zucchini, salt and pepper.
Cut pastry sheet to fit pie dish. Gently pour mixture on top of pastry and place sliced zucchini on top. Bake in a preheated 200 degree celcius oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until pastry is cooked and zucchini mixture has set.

06 March 2011

Silver Laced Wyandottes, Lemonade Scones and knitting

Maisie and Mary the Silver Laced Wyandottes are growing fast. Maisie is much larger though as she is really greedy and tries to eat everything before Mary can have any. I'm still hoping she isn't Maxwell instead of Maisie!

I finally finished a hat that I have been knitting for dear eldest grand-daughter. Looks like we will need to get our winter woollies out soon. We have had a cold couple of mornings the last few days. Yesterday was a frost!!

These Lemonade Scones were so light and yummy.

4 cups Self Raising Flour
300mls Lemonade (carbonated)
300mls thickened cream
pinch of salt

Whipped sweetened cream. Raspberry Jam.

Sift flour and salt. Make a well in the flour and salt, mix in the Lemonade and cream with a knife. Turn out on to floured board and roll lightly. Cut out scones and bake in a 210 degree celcius fan forced oven for 10 to 15 minutes.
Split and top with raspberry jam and whipped sweetened cream.

04 March 2011

More from the garden

I decided to try freezing some mint and parsley for use in sauces during winter. I chopped up the herbs and placed some in ice cube containers with a little water and then popped them in the freezer. When the herb cubes were frozen I transferred them into freezer bags and put them back in the freezer.

My celery has grown really well and today I made some creamy celery and parmesan soup.

With my Basil I made some yummy Pesto. Another recipe from "Out of the Bottle" by Sally Wise.

03 March 2011

Zucchini Pickle

I made Zucchini Pickle today using a recipe from "Out of the Bottle" by Sally Wise. Very yummy and easy recipe. I love her recipe books. I have her book "Slow Cooker" as well and there are some great recipes in that book too. I made zucchini quiche and curried zucchini and corn soup, and then saved a kilo of our dear little zucchinis for the pickle.

Our one strawberry plant has produced a lovely strawberry which I am carefully taking to little grand-daughter as she helped me choose the plant and has been watching and asking about this strawberry for weeks.