What to Plant in June

This is the first day of winter and this is the first planting guide of the season. The following is a list of vegetables that you can plant in June in Sydney, a temperate zone (just click on the link for the growing guide for each vegetable). Beans – broad beans Cabbage seedlings Garlic Kale seedlings Lettuce Mustard greens Onion Peas Radish Snow Peas Strawberry … Continue reading What to Plant in June

Lucia’s Rich Mushroom Risotto

The mushroom sauce that is the base for Lucia’s risotto is flavourful and rich, with herbs and vegetables and gives her risotto a great flavour and depth. Risotto is a classic Italian dish and cooked with the mushroom sauce until it is al dente and creamy makes a delicious and filling meal. (The sauce is so good it could aalso be an accompaniment for meat … Continue reading Lucia’s Rich Mushroom Risotto

What to Plant in May

The following is a list of vegetables and herbs that you can plant in May in Sydney, a temperate zone (just click on the link for the growing guide for each vegetable): Beans – broad beans Brussels sprouts seedlings Cabbage seedlings Carrot Cauliflower seedlings Garlic Kale seedlings Kohlrabi Leeks seedlings Lettuce Mizuna Mustard greens Onion Pak Choy Parsley Peas Radish Rocket Shallots Silverbeet Snow Peas … Continue reading What to Plant in May

Pasta with Potato Sauce, Sausage and Chard

Pasta and potatoes may seem an unusual combination but you will be surprised at how delicious this humble Italian dish really is. It has its origins in Neopolitan peasant cuisine that made use of leftover pasta and vegetables so that nothing was wasted. The Italians have always been creative and this dish is a sustainable way to use up leftover mixed pasta and with potatoes … Continue reading Pasta with Potato Sauce, Sausage and Chard

The Spectacular Hylocereus undatus

Recently, I had the pleasure of observing the night flowering Hylocereus undatus as it bloomed. This is the flower of the pitahaya or white fleshed dragon fruit. Catching the plant in flower can be tricky if the plant is small like mine, (it had only one flower) and it blooms only over one night between dusk and dawn.  It is easy to overlook the emerging bud as … Continue reading The Spectacular Hylocereus undatus