Here is a snapshot of some things that can be found in my kitchen this month.
I love going out into the garden and being able to pick my own lime, especially when you see the price of them in the shops! The smell in the kitchen when you zest or squeeze them is amzing. Gotta love a squeeze of fresh lime on avocado.
Silverbeet and Pumpkin
We made our raised garden beds a couple of months ago and while we are focusing on getting the soil righ,t we chucked a few things in straight to have a little fun. I've found silverbeet (chard) grows anywhere, any time and again it hasn't disappointed. I now just need to find some more recipes to use it all up.
I was wondering how the humble silverbeet compares to the current 'super veggie', kale. In case you were wondering too, silverbeet wins in terms of being lower in kilojoules and carbohydrates and higher in iron and magnesium. Kale is higher in potassium, protein, Vitamin A, C, B6 and calcium and lower in sodium. But some of the number are close and really they are both excellent foods!
Surprisingly we didn't even plant any pumpkin seeds, so I'm not really sure where this pumpkin has come from! We did transport some soil from an old veggie patch and some pumpkin seeds would be in the compost, either way I'm happy to have some pumpkins growing in the garden. Some spring onion and parsley is also looking good and I still unexpectedly picked about twelve more heirloom tomatoes tonight. I was very excited to make a salad tonight and 3 of the 6 ingredients came straight from our garden.
The high chair has been dragged back out. JJ is nearly 5 months old and is very keen and interested in food. We have started with a little weet-bix and pumpkin, however I'm pretty keen to try baby led weaning once he hits 6 months (although I prefer the term 'baby led feeding' as I'll still hopefully breastfeed him until he is 12 months like I did with MJ). I think I still need to do a bit more reading to be fully informed on the differences between BLW and normal mix feeding.
The last of my roses.
The previous owner obviously liked roses as they were really the only part of the garden that was maintained well. I'm afraid I'm winging it a bit in terms of knowing how to look after roses and so I randomly cut them back when I think they need it. I'm worried that I am pruning in a way that will prevent them from coming back as the stunning long stems we inherited - I guess I'll have to wait and see.
First time buys
I've often looked at the Golden Nugget pumpkins and wanted to buy one but then I get nervous about how to use it and just succumb and pick up the usual butternut variety. But I finally bought one last week and was very happy with the Middle Eastern Stuffed Pumpkin I made with it - enough to buy another one this week.
The nut spread is a a new supermarket buy. It is not something I would normally buy because of the cost but it was on sale at half-price and so I was 'persuaded' into buying it. I plan on making some type of oat biscuit using it as a peanut butter substitute. It is a mix of chia, sesame, almonds and peanuts; it sounds delicious but I haven't opened it yet to confirm.
What goodies do you have in your kitchen?