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Category: Recipes

Good food – cooking from the garden – preserving/freezing

Preserved lemons

Preserved lemons

At this time of year lemons and limes are ripening and soon they’ll be plentiful. If you’re lucky enough to have excess then preserving them is a good way to use the whole fruit. You may have tried a commercial…

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Nasturtium – eat the whole plant

Nasturtium – eat the whole plant

Nasturtium has to be one of the hardiest flowers I have growing. It self seeds, it’s a good ground cover, the bees love the flowers and the whole plant is edible. To me that’s a perfect plant.

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How to make veggie stock when you can’t pop out and buy some

How to make veggie stock when you can’t pop out and buy some

I’ve had this veggie stock recipe in draft for ages and now seems a good time to post it. While we’re stuck at home it’s a great time to expand the list of things we can make ourselves rather than…

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Kale chips – I’m not sure it’s a thing

Kale chips – I’m not sure it’s a thing

‘Kale chips’ – who hasn’t heard about them.  I guess the assumption is that kale, being a superfood, would be even more super as a chip.  I cringed and laughed at the idea but finally gave it a go. We’ve had…

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Mushroom and miso broth – easy to make and so tasty

Mushroom and miso broth – easy to make and so tasty

I love a noodley brothy meal and will often buy one for lunch or make a version at home. I think it’s because the depth of flavour of the broth/soup means it feels satisfying without needing to full up on…

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Making sticky rice – it’s easier than you’d think

Making sticky rice – it’s easier than you’d think

I’ve been playing around with cooking and eating sticky rice lately. I’ve made it a few times and it’s surprisingly easy and more impressive on the plate than plain rice. I struggled to find out how to cook it online…

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A week of eating ugly from the garden

A week of eating ugly from the garden

I have a massive veggie garden and people often look at it and assume we’re self-sufficient in vegetables but I buy an embarrassing amount. Last week I decided to be resourceful and only cook with vegetables from the garden.  I was inspired…

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Making pesto from the garden

Making pesto from the garden

I love making a mixed green pesto as it uses a variety of raw greens I know are good for me but I probably wouldn’t include in a meal unless I was having a salad or a smoothie.  And I…

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Making butter

Making butter

I recently saw a post about making butter by shaking up cream in a jar. It made me wonder – if I used my tupperware cream whipper and just kept shaking it – would it turn to butter after the…

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Pumpkin laksa

Pumpkin laksa

I started writing this post months ago and thought I should get finished it since it’s about pumpkin based soups and here it is spring.  (Though as I type it’s a typical spring – raining and a little chilly so I…

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