Sunday, 23 June 2013

Superfood Kale

This year our Kale is coming on beautifully. We have planted two types, Curly Kale and Tuscan Kale. Tonight we used a few leaves with dinner. My husband is Dutch so I made a traditional Stamppot. Stamppot is a mashed potato base with an additional veg mashed and added. Usually Kale or carrot. I
added the Kale and served it with a good German sausage on top. Delicious. 

Monday, 17 June 2013

The serenity

I've had a whole weekend down in the city for family obligations and to work there today. The traffic is horrendous. I was stuck in peak hour for so long this morning. How lovely to come home, sit on the balcony and look at the stars with a red in hand 

Friday, 14 June 2013

Luchious Red Pomegranates

When I was a child my Grandparents brought me back a Pomegranate from Spain, it was the most incredible fruit I had ever seen.  I sat outside covered in a cloth and using a needle, picked out and ate the luscious red juicy seeds.
Our Pomegranate bush was one of the first plants we put in.  It is now just two years old.  Last year we had a crop of just two, which the Parrots attacked and devoured.  This year we covered it with a net and have had a crop of 14.
I picked one early on when the skin was red and the Pomegranate looked a good size, but it was bitter and to tart to eat.
After research we found they should be left to ripen on the bush.  Once they start to crack open they are ripe and ready to eat.
Today I picked them all.  What a mission to take off the net as the bush has super sharp spikes.
I set about removing the lovely red pips. I split the Pomegranate open and under water started to remove the pith and pour out the seeds.  The pith floats to the top of the water so you can skim it off.
You are then left with just the seeds.

The seeds were put into a blender and covered with about 2 inches of water and half a cup of sugar.  The mix was blended for a few minutes and then poured through a sieve.  The deep red juice is ready to drink.

Divine.  My kitchen looks like there has been some sort of massacre though, red juice is everywhere.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

This beats city driving

I had to drive 140km round trip today for work.  What a beautiful drive.  Sun was shining, lovely music playing in my car.  Totally stress free........ a far cry from driving in the city

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Country Life Is Tough On Shoes

Since moving here I have had to throw out 6 pairs of shoes. I have a wardrobe full of heels that I never get to wear.  Life here is pretty hard on the feet.  So much mud in winter and rough terrain. After a snake slid past my feet whilst gardening, I now wear only wellies in the garden.  Am now on my second pair.  Out with the old and in with the new.