Friday, 9 November 2012

Sping garden

For the past few years, I've been putting in buying up seed bundles at the Source Winterfeast, which means I have a little case of seeds that I am yet to make good use of.  It's full of surprises and full of things I wouldn't normally choose.  One of those is the humble radish.  I picked radishes for its short growing period, and relatively low maintenance.  I don't think I have the greenest thumb, so something easy and indestructible (says the person who has a less than healthy looking mint) would give me a quick boost of confidence.  I had two types: Easter Eggs and Champions.

I've completely fallen in love with radishes for their fresh pepperiness.  The Easter Eggs turn out to have a elongated root, and comes a variety of colours: white, yellow, pink, while the Champions are round and red.  They are especially good when picked young and eat them as they are.  I do think they are the best radishes I've ever eaten (what do you mean I'm biased?)

These ones pictured here are the last of them.  I've had some pickled radishes recently that were pale pink and wanted to see if I could also make them myself.  After spending a night in the fridge, they did turn pink!  They will be featured in sandwiches over the next week or two, if I don't snack on them beforehand.

The green tops are completely edible too.  Freshly picked leaves are so very prickly, although I would happily eat them raw.  A few went into a pasta dish, and the remainder will go into an experimental pesto.

I have so many things planned for the garden, and I'm running out of room!  Time to get digging and make a few more veggie patches (and should really deal with the Weed Mountain).  There's zucchinis, squashes, tomatoes, peas, beans, potatoes, carrots, parsnips and a whole heap of herbs, basil, thyme, hyssop, parsley and lovage.   I'm trying to grow some cornflowers and borage too, but somewhat unsuccessfully.  I am impatiently waiting for summer tomatoes.  There's pink cherries, yellow beefsteaks, red ones of course, and some green ones too.  It will be a rainbow of tomatoes and there will be a bottling day!  I have some new strawberries out the front with what looks like this year's entire crop of ONE strawberry.  Talk about anticipation.

Do you have a garden?  What are you planting in them? 

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Quick Sydney Trip

Last week I had a little trip to Sydney as part of a yearly work conference, and took a few days off on the side to have a bit of down time.  I was lucky enough to have @Lemopi to guide me around great eateries in Sydney CBD.  I think I have found my food exploring soulmate -- not only did we have dinner at one of the best Thai restaurants ever (Spice I Am), we had two lots of desserts afterwards.  Gelato Messina was absolutely amazing.  I ogled at the display for a great few minutes before settling on the hamburger.  It was the pressed cucumber that was pretending to be a piece of lettuce that got me.  It got predictably messy at the end. 

We also went to Sculpture by the Sea the next day.  It was a lovely and sunny day, but boy was it windy!  The waves were pretty incredible, especially by the pool.  We ambled through the crowd and took photos of the sculptures.  It was good to be taking photos again.  I haven't touched the camera for months, and it felt a little strange and heavy in my hands. 

One of my favourite piece was the wind charm installation.  It was a dynamic piece that moved and sang with the wind.  You can feel it the vibrations through the ground if you stand close enough. 

Despite suffering sun stroke from Bondi Beach, I capitalised on the monthly Pyrmont farmer's market.  It's full of producers, and it's always great to see locals doing their grocery shopping there.  Definitely worth a visit if you're in Sydney and it's on.  We breakfasted on some bakery goods and this amazing rhubarb and pork roll (where the pig was spit roasted on site!)  Yeap.  Pork for breakfast, and it was a treat! 

More travels to come soon, and it's promising to be a deliciously bread-filled one.