A birthday cookbook

This delicious looking meal/salad is from the Ottolenghi Cookbook, the one I bought myself for my birthday.So many fantastic recipes I have tried already.  The one you see is Chargrilled Asparagus, courgettes and haloumi. I had the brainwave of doing the char-grilling on our sandwich press which has ridge marks on one side.  It certainly…

Hubbard squash and the end result

When we were on our recent bike ride we came across a roadside stall that was selling various vegetables and we stopped on our way home to buy some vegetables. One of the vegetables was Hubbard squash.  I hadn’t heard of this vegetable before.  I had heard of squash but not this particular kind.  It…

More activity linked to gardening.

Part of the love of gardening is the enjoyment to be had from the fruits of your labour.  When vegetables and fruit ripen and flowers and bushes bloom you can take the time to enjoy your hard work. We have had a great crop of tomatoes this year but I only planted the tiny tomatoes,…

Some sensible street planting

After I came out of the gym this morning I noticed that the garden beds in the main street were looking particularly good.  We have beautiful central plantings in the main street of Bairnsdale and it is a credit to the council workers employed to look after the gardens. Often there are beds with colourful…

Plenty of pumpkin

A local farmer has been selling pumpkins from the back of his ute.  The pumpkins are at a bargain price and even though there are only two of us at home I decided to buy a full pumpkin and see what I could use it for. The first cab off the rank was our usual…