Every year we prune the old fig tree hard and in spring it roars back to life with a huge bounty of figs in late summer. Delicious as they are fresh, it is very satisfying to make Caramelised Figs with Brandy to keep in the fridge and enjoy with ice-cream. In Sydney they are ripening already. It is so easy to make up jars of … Continue reading Caramelised Figs with Brandy
As the weather heats up in Australia, I am using the Slow Cooker more often. This allows me to cook anything without adding more heat to the kitchen. A small whole chicken can be easily cooked in a bed of root vegetables without a great deal of fuss. The chicken is cooked through so well and remains very moist, so much so, that the bones … Continue reading Slow Cooker Whole Chicken
Bolognese sauce is so useful to have ready at any time. For pasta or lasagna, as a base topping for pizza or for rice dishes or as a base for risotto, it is handy to have some rich homemade Bolognese sauce in the freezer. It is even perfect in a hamburger bun for lunch. This recipe is an easy way to make a truly rich, … Continue reading Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce
Scones are always easy to make and loved by all. This recipe includes over-ripe bananas and brandied dried cranberries. Earlier in the year I made batch of the brandied cranberries and they are so delicious on ice cream and with other desserts. They are also nice to use in cake making and in this case they balance the sweetness of the bananas. I have included … Continue reading Banana and Brandied Cranberry Scones
The following is a list of vegetables and herbs that you can plant in January in Sydney, a temperate zone. Just click on the name for the growing guide for each vegetable or herb: Amaranth Beans (dwarf and climbing) Beetroot Carrot Chives Cucumber Eggplant seedlings Kohlrabi Lettuce Marrow Mustard Greens Okra seedlings Parsley Radish Rosella Silverbeet Sunflower Sweet corn Turnip Zucchini Plant of the Month … Continue reading What to plant in January
As the sun rises on a new day of a new year we look forward with hope for better times and new beginnings. A Happy New Year to all followers, gardeners and visitors to The Grantham Gardener. I wish you good health, prosperity, and peace.May your garden bloom and be bountiful with seasonal produce to fill your table with good food. My wish for you … Continue reading Happy New Year 2021!