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Working 9 to 5 …..

20 Aug


So here I am, a veritable Dolly Parton, after 18 months of enforced retirement I am back in the rat race … and it feels good!
Of course it also means I don’t have as much time on my hands …but I barely even notice to be honest, that saying about asking a busy person to do stuff is so true!
I’ve been making lots of nice salads and tasty meals lately that double up as good lunchbox fillers for the following day but I am so hungry after a hard days work (ahem) that I haven’t been taking photos .. that shall ALL change from here on in!

In the meantime here is one of our favourite side dishes of the moment .. sounds unusual when you read it first but really tasty ..go on, try it!

Warm Tomato Salad (from Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals)

You Need:

500g tomatoes (I have used both cherry toms and the large ones, all taste good choice is yours)

1 lemon

1 tsp chilli powder (don’t be scared)

1 tsp mustard seeds

2 cloves of garlic

You Do:

Halve the cherry toms or chop the large toms.

Finely slice half the lemon (skin and all)

In a pan over heat: 1 tablespoon of oil (I used coconut but whatever you have is good), chilli powder, mustard seeds and sliced lemon

Squash in the garlic cloves & squeeze over the remaining juice from the lemon. Add the tomatoes and toss around for 30 seconds.

Season to taste and serve.

Delicious as a side dish with meat.

Enjoy x

Gardening: An Australian Attempt

13 Nov

I’ve always loved growing vegetables so when we moved into our new little house and it had a yard I was thrilled … off to the hardware store with me to buy pots, compost, tomato and chilli plants and lettuce and herb seeds … spent an hour or so setting it all up and apart from watering them everyday didn’t really take much more notice .. UNTIL .. something ate all the lettuce, basil and coriander seedlings and my beautiful big mint plant (my future mojitos were in danger!) and had started nibbling at some of the leaves on the chilli pepper plant …

Lettuce seedlings. RIP. Taken down in their prime. 

I was suddenly a lot more interested, this was WAR! Nobody messes with my mojitos!

At Subiaco Farmer’s Market we spoke to a lovely lady from Heirloom Farm who diagnosed a case of CATERPILLAR and gave us advice on eco friendly ways to deter caterpillars and other pests, namely encouraging their natural predators by growing flowers!

Laden down with more tomato, chilli, spinach, marigold, petunia & lobellia plants along with a couple more bags of compost and a renewed interest we spent all Saturday afternoon gardening and re-arranging our front and rear yards … (we’re talking 2 square metres here, not hectares..). Its a really relaxing past time and an opportunity to get some Vitamin D.

Here’s some photos of how its all looking now …..

Marigold, coriander, basil, coriander in little colourful pots and predator attracting flowers below .. Area at front door …
Guard Frog is on high alert for caterpillars ….
Tomatoes, spinach and marigold in back yard.

The first fruits of our labour, teeny tiny little tomatoes!

The future is looking tasty …..

However there are a few areas I need some help with….

  • we planted oregano seeds but the seedlings are tiny & don’t seem to be growing at all, any tips?
  • when is the best time to water plants and do they need water more than once a day? this was rarely an issue in Ireland so need some guidance.
  • what other veggies grow well in pots?

Any help at all would be much appreciated,

I’ll be back soon with an update,

SJ x