18 January 2012

Zucchini heaven

I am picking three or four zucchinis each day. I like to pick them when they are six to eight inches long and are more tasty.
I have tried freezing some for the first time. I have been blanching and freezing broad beans, greens beans, butter beans and peas. After much research (surfing the net and reading blogs, while sipping cups of tea and eating cake) I found that other people have success freezing zucchini so I have given it a try.

I made a Zucchini and bacon flan and I also found a great recipe for Zucchini Bread. The recipe makes two loaves, so I halved it and made one. It is delicious. I made the first recipe and I added chopped walnuts and dried cranberries which were optional.
I found the Zucchini Bread recipe at Simplyrecipes.com

I have also made more Strawberry Jam ( a jar at a time).
Dear daughter gave me some beetroot and I made Pickled Beetroot.

I am hanging out for my tomatoes to ripen. There are lots on the plants, but some have turned brown underneath. More research on the net (involving more tea and munchies) revealed it to be "Blossom end rot". I hope the others are OK and ripen well. I just love home grown tomatoes.

No formal exercise for me at the moment, but keeping up with the chooks and the vegetable garden is keeping me fit and happy.
Hope all is well with you. xx

10 January 2012

Never bored at home

I don't think I could ever get bored at home. I always find so much to do. It may not be everyone's "cup of tea", but I am a happy homebody.

Here is my first sunflower dancing in the wind. I only planted three and they are gorgeous! I want to collect the seeds and plant lots more next time.

I have been eating three or four strawberries from our garden every morning with yoghurt for breakfast. They have grown so well. I picked a large cup full on Sunday and made a jar of Strawberry Jam for DH. He doesn't eat them raw but loves Strawberry Jam. I would much rather eat them straight from the garden, but he was happy.

One really hot day last week I made myself a yummy yoghurt soft serve with blended frozen raspberries and plain yoghurt in a sugar cone. YUMMO!!!

My feet have been getting very dry from being outside in the garden with sandals on, so I made a batch of tiny heart bath salts to soak my feet in. I have been using them every day and my feet are almost back to normal.
I had the hearts drying on a cake cooler and DH came home and I caught him about to eat one. He thought they were blue marshmallows! He never knows what to expect in my kitchen!

03 January 2012

Happy New Year 2012!

Well it is a beautiful warm beginning to 2012. I have a really good feeling about this year.
The last 12 months have mainly been spent establishing our new home and garden. I love living here. Not that I have much to do with the actual little town we live in, but I am happy with the position of our house - close to a riverbank, not far away from the "city", but far enough away to be peaceful.
Our vegetable garden has come along well. I didn't realise how much I actually enjoyed gardening until I had time to potter.

I have made pickled beetroot, Pumpkin Relish and Zucchini Pickle with our own vegetables. The recipes are all from Sally Wise "A Year in a Bottle" and they are delicious.
I have also made Raspberry Jam from frozen raspberries.

The "girls" are mostly laying quite well, but they are often going broody. I would not recommend Wyandottes for egg laying. They have such a strong desire to hatch chickens and I can't seem to talk them out of it. I have to separate them when one goes broody, otherwise the broody hen just sits on the nest all day and doesn't eat or drink and stops the others from laying. They are my pets though, so I will keep them.

During the year we adopted Monty. He is a grey shorthair kitten. He is a great cat. He sleeps in our garage. I don't like cats indoors. My son and grandchildren are allergic to cats. Monty is quite happy playing outside during the day and guarding the garage from mice at night.

I knitted some doll's clothes for a Christmas present for my step grand-daughter. I bought Jemima and knitted her some clothes.

I actually made an effort and lost 7 kilos the last three months. I have gained back a kilo or so over Christmas but that is to be expected - too much yummy food and wine.

I hope 2012 is a happy year for us all. xx