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Veggie garden
December 19, 2012, 10:19 am
Filed under: Garden

kale_garden

I’m not overly ambitious when it comes to growing my own vegetables. I stick to greens as I am able to keep them alive and they are easy to maintain.

You know when you are given a plant as a present – I’m the one whose plant always dies. I of course don’t do it intentionally, it just sadly happens.

But as the years go by, my touch seems to have improved as the garden is currently thriving with kale, basil, parsley, thyme, sage and rocket. Growing your own herbs really does spruce up a salad or stew – I add mint to add freshness to a salad, aromatic basil to stir fries, and rosemary to roast vegetables.

basil

What veggies are you growing at the moment?



Three course vegan meal
December 6, 2012, 5:10 pm
Filed under: Food

Sometimes cooking is a conundrum. I get overwhelmed, underwhelmed, uninspired, then inspired. Luckily I have some generous friends who cater to my select eating habits, two in particular who recently dished up a three-course vegan meal of such colour and imagination, I fell in love with food all over again.

For starters – a gazpacho with garlic croutons – flavours of green capsicum, basil and chilli.

Starter - green gazpacho

The Main – a rainbow paella with artichoke, broad beans, olives, yellow capsicum and cherry tomatoes.

The Main

For dessert – mixed summer berries with mango sorbet.

 - summer berries with mango sorbet

Inspired? Yes sireee!