Planting by the Moon

Moon phase gardening has been used since ancient times. It was possibly the first use humans made of the lunar cycle and evidence traces it back thousands of years to the ancient peoples of the Nile and Euphrates River Valley.  This method of timing planting, cultivating and harvesting is still used today though little modern science has been conducted into its methods. Moon phase gardeners … Continue reading Planting by the Moon

The Versatility of Homemade Baked Beans

Home made baked beans are so versatile and can be used on their own with toast or crusty bread, or with eggs and sausages for breakfast. They can also be combined with pasta or rice for a great brunch or lunch. This recipe uses my favourite, butter beans, but could also be made with cannellini, borlotti or other beans. Oven roasted banana chillies, sage leaves … Continue reading The Versatility of Homemade Baked Beans

What to Plant in October

The following is a list of vegetables and herbs you can plant in October in Sydney, a temperate zone. Just click on the name for the growing guide for each vegetable or herb: Amaranth Artichokes Asparagus Basil Beans – climbing and bush beans Beetroot Borage Broccoli Cabbage Cape Gooseberry Capsicum Carrot Celeriac Celery – in seed trays Chicory Chives Chillies Cucumber Daikon Dill Eggplant Jerusalem … Continue reading What to Plant in October

Lemon, Apple and Cardamom Cake

Cardamom is such a fragrant spice with an intense aromatic mint flavour that combines well with cinnamon and nutmeg. It is popular in baking around the world. This cake blends lemon, cardamom, cinnammon and nutmeg and is topped with a spiced apple. When using spices it is so nice to get the best flavour from them. Wherever possible freshly grinding your own spices will bring … Continue reading Lemon, Apple and Cardamom Cake

Oven Baked Pastrami and Potato Frittata

There is nothing more satisfying than a potato frittata. This recipe adds tasty pastrami and the subtle flavour of red French shallots, plenty of Parmesan cheese and ground pepper to make a really tasty baked frittata. Oven baking the potato slices makes the dish a little lighter but no less flavourful. It tastes wonderful hot or cold with a fresh mixed leaf salad. Oven Baked … Continue reading Oven Baked Pastrami and Potato Frittata

Pearl Onions in Tomato Balsamic Sauce

Pearl onions cooked in tomato sauce make a great side dish for any meal and are even delicious as a cold salad.  The combination of brown sugar, white balsamic vinegar and capers give the onions a lovely sweet and sour taste and the grape tomatoes make the sauce really flavourful and rich. Pearl Onions in Tomato Balsamic Sauce Ingredients: 500 g pearl onions 2 Tblsp … Continue reading Pearl Onions in Tomato Balsamic Sauce