A new world salad for a summer Christmas

A new world salad for a summer Christmas

You know what they say about hubris, right? “Oh, I’ve got it all sorted out,” I thought. “I have a plan for Christmas and it’s going to be great.” Ha. I woke this morning with my uterus tying itself in knots. It’s been so well-behaved lately that I haven’t even...
Kimchi pancakes

Kimchi pancakes

This is something I’ve been eating a lot lately. It makes a good breakfast, bruch, lunch, or light supper, and it uses things I have around the house anyway — including kimchi, which we made about 8L (2 gallons) of during the winter. We’re on our very last jar of...
Chili verde

Chili verde

Okay, a few people demanded this recipe after I tweeted about the deliciousness of my dinner, so here it is. This is pretty much a mishmash of the top few chili verde links I found on Google, but it’s my mish-mash, and it resulted in what’s the tastiest chili I’ve...
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Garden share collective, April 2014

Garden share collective, April 2014

Time for another Garden Share Collective, hosted by Lizzie at Strayed from the Table. You should definitely head on over there to see how everyone’s garden is going! Last month, my garden had exploded and I was picking zucchini, eggplant, and other high-summer veg. I was planning for winter planting, and had just laid out...

Garden share collective, March 2014

Time for another Garden Share Collective, hosted by Lizzie at Strayed from the Table. You should definitely head on over there to see how everyone’s garden is going! Last month, my summer garden was going not-too-badly considering how late it had been planted, and I was starting to harvest a handful of vegies every few...
Harvest Monday, 24th February 2014

Harvest Monday, 24th February 2014

Whew, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but it seems like the stars have aligned and I have both a harvest and the time to post about it. This week, like the last few, has had harvests that look more or less like this: Actually those photos are from earlier weeks...
Garden Share Collective, February 2014

Garden Share Collective, February 2014

Time for another Garden Share Collective, hosted by Lizzie at Strayed from the Table. As you probably remember, I moved into my new house in December and quickly rushed to set up a bit of no-dig garden using my moving boxes as the bottom layer. It now looks like this: (For comparison, see last month.)...

Succession Planting Tuesday (14th January, 2014)

A quickie because it’s too hot to have the laptop on my lap. First, because I missed Harvest Monday yesterday, here’s a quick pic of the only stuff I harvested this week: I think starting my tomatoes and peppers in Melbourne gave them a headstart on everyone else in Ballarat, as most of my neighbours...
Resilience vs efficiency

Resilience vs efficiency

Just before Christmas I read Changing Gears: A Pedal-Powered Detour from the Rat Race by Greg Foyster. This is not a book review (though it was a pretty interesting book), but rather a riff on one small phrase that sprung out at me and that I’ve been thinking about ever since. I don’t have the...
Recipe: carrot and chickpea salad

Recipe: carrot and chickpea salad

The other day I wrote about making this salad for my extended family, but I didn’t have any pics or a recipe. Well, this weekend I went to a BBQ lunch and was asked to bring something to share, so I made it again, and this time I took notes and a picture. Here’s the...
Succession planting Tuesday (7th January, 2014)

Succession planting Tuesday (7th January, 2014)

My second succession planting Tuesday! Last week I sowed a lot of seed direct in the garden, either carefully (zucchini, beans, cucumber) or by just tossing it around the place (various greens and herbs). As of today, the zucchini, beans, and cucumber haven’t come up yet, however I did spot a few tiny shoots of...
Harvest Monday: 7th January, 2013

Harvest Monday: 7th January, 2013

Hey, I have a harvest this week, for the first time in ages! A small one, but nevertheless… But the most impressive harvest of the week was… Also a shout-out to the fab folks at Ballarat Permaculture Guild, whose produce swap I attended on the weekend. I took along some home-baked cookies, and swapped for...
Garden share collective - Jan 2014

Garden share collective – Jan 2014

This is my first time participating in the Garden Share Collective, run by Lizzie at Strayed from the Table. The idea is to post a photo tour of your garden each month, so here goes! As you know if you’ve been following this blog for a bit, I just moved house in December, so this...

Succession Planting Tuesday: December 31st, 2013

Via Barbara Good over at The New Good Life I learn that “Succession Planting Tuesday” is a thing. I think it was started by Lon over at 500m2 in Sydney. I could definitely use some discipline around succession planting — it’s one of the things I keep forgetting to do — so I’m going to...
Visiting the Bayleys on the farm

Visiting the Bayleys on the farm

The last few days, I’ve been visiting my Bayley relatives, most of whom I haven’t seen for six or seven years, at my aunt and uncle’s place near Geelong. They’ve got a hobby farm, I guess you’d call it, with a vegie garden and fruit trees and chooks and sheep (black faced Suffolks, I think)...