I made this cake for my sister’s surprise 30th this weekend. The fact that the surprise had a rustic / chic’ theme really helped with the way the final cake turned out. As you can probably guess, her favourite colour is in fact PINK – so pink roses it was. The fact that we were in a […]Read more "Chocolate Birthday Cake"
The fact that I can go to the garden and pick some fruits and eat them straight off the plant overwhelms me with a sense of pure and utter joy. Some of these fruits include my Blackberries. These blackberries were planted last year and have grown from 1 year old canes. I have been told […]Read more "Garden Blackberries"
I have never tried making Kale Chips with the Cavalo Nero variety and since I made a generous harvest this time round, I thought I’d give it a go. It also gave me a good excuse to try out my new food dehydrator – which might I add – works SO much better than using […]Read more "Cavalo Nero Kale Chips"
It’s always rewarding when you get to harvest something you have grown and prepare it immediately for eating. It’s literally from garden to table (or mouth) in less than an hour in most cases. That – apart from the aesthetic of overflowing, luscious, green foliage, is the most rewarding part about ‘growing your own’. […]Read more "Veggie Patch Canopy – Stage 1"
This is the first harvest of kale from our garden this year. To the left is a variety called ‘Drawf Blue’ and to the right is ‘Black Toscana’. I didn’t take many leaves off the parent plants because I want them to keep growing strong – and Spring has only really just begun. This lot however is just […]Read more "First Spring Kale Harvest"
I called these ‘Indian Inspired Spiced Meatballs’ because they really are just that – meatballs flavoured with typical Indian spices. I am not sure if these are ‘purely’ Indian and nor can I guarantee that my spice proportions are authentically accurate – they sure taste great though. These are so easy to make – I […]Read more "Indian Inspired Spiced Meatballs"
I bought these tulip bulbs from my local nursery back in April. I had never grown tulips before so I thought I would give them a try. As I mentioned in a previous post, I made a random soil mix with lots of compost and sand for drainage. Now, after months of anticipation with the bulbs […]Read more "Spring Tulips"
If you are expecting something fancy, read no further. This is simply a tortilla wrap filled with smoked salmon, cheesy omelette and wrapped in some spare nori I found in the pantry. There’s really no name for this wrap – I just wanted to have a bit of fun sounding like a typically pretentious, unimaginative, […]Read more "A reconstructed, nori cloaked salmon and cheesy egg wrap"
The lady that prepared my takeaway food from an Italian restaurant last week was over generous with the Parmesan Cheese she gave me. There was small takeaway container full – generous – or careless – it was probably meant for that big order prepared before mine. This Parmesan was the pre-milled stuff – and call me a […]Read more "Parmesan Shortbread"
It’s that time of the year again – the days are becoming longer and plants are starting to emerge from their winter long dormancy. One plant that I have never tried to grow are tulips – not for any reason other than that they never really were on my top list of things to grow. I […]Read more "The start of something wonderful"