Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Mrs. Beeton's 1923



A very old and well used family cookbook from 1923, Mrs Beeton's Family Cookery, holding the simplest poor man's capers recipe I've found. I'll let you know how they taste in about 3 months time.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Poor man's Capers

Nasturtiums setting seed now

Nasturtiums. They have beautifully edible leaves and flowers, and even seed pods.

Ours are setting seed now, the perfect time to collect them and pickle to make poor man's capers - or Pickled Nasturtium Seeds.

After trying my friend Caroline's a few years ago I've always wanted to make my own. Here's the recipe I'm going to try out http://www.gardenbetty.com/2013/01/poor-mans-capers-pickled-nasturtium-pods/

Monday, 26 January 2015

It's all getting a bit seedy...

Parsnip

In the forest garden we're letting everything go to seed. In the conventional vege patch at least one of everything. This is the first year we've ever done this, and we're getting magnificent success rates.
All we need to do now is find an easy way to store and categorise our seeds. Any ideas?

Rocket

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Massive 4 day line-up. Want to be a part of it?


The 4 day festival is going to be fun fun fun this year!  We have a great line-up organised.

Want to be a part of it? Come along to the volunteers meeting next Wednesday. You'll hear what's planned and how you can get involved.

A big shout out to Rhys Taylor, Sarah Johnston, Jill Roberts, Trisha Reader and all the other volunteers who are helping make this festival happen. Great work. It's going to be fun fun fun!

Full brochure of the 4 day line-up will be on the Future Living Festival Website early February, or visit our Facebook Page.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Never seen this before


If you're like me you will have never seen a carrot in flower. Now you have. Simply stunning.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Never have I grown something such as this..

Red Gooseberry in all it's glory
The Red Gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa). 

Unlike the everyday green gooseberry these bear fairly large morsels of sweet juicy sun-reddened goodness. 

I've never had the joy of growing nor eating one of these until now. These little beauties are as tasty as any other berry but with a very full flavour and are more like a thick skinned grape. 

If you can find one of the red varieties don't let their spikes put your off. Their flavour and heavy crops make up for it. As does watching the green berries slowly change from the slightest pink through to the most incredible deep red almost black colour.  

This one pictured was about half way through ripening and still had a good few weeks left on the bush before they turned an even deeper red. Just amazing. You have to try one!

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Dandelion dew...

We're on strict water restrictions here right now, so there's nothing like taking a stroll early morning around the garden, after some much needed overnight rain...




Wednesday, 7 January 2015