In the kitchen today

23 01 2011

Today was a day spent mostly in the kitchen using up produce from the garden and fro our strawberry picking yesterday.

The strawberries went from this:

to these yummy products – low sugar jam set with a little agar and pectin (where low sugar means 1:2 ratio sugar to fruit instead of 1:1- let’s hope it doesn’t spoil too quickly), strawberry dessert sauce (the lighter coloured jar) and some others were frozen to save for smoothies (like the one we had for breakfast this morning) and other desserts later (like strawberry mousse that we’ll eat tomorrow).

Using up the plentiful cherry tomatoes – from one bush I picked 56 yesterday and over 40 tomatoes today – we had tempeh, basil and cherry tomato sauce on penne pasta for lunch,

and red lentil dhal with cherry tomatoes and beans (frozen, from the garden) for dinner.

But the best part of today is that despite making so many dishes, we’ve ended the day with all dishes washed, dried and put away leaving a clean and tidy kitchen. It must be a miracle.

Meesu dinner

23 01 2011

After strawberry picking we were hungry so we went to a new vegetarian restaurant in Adelaide called Meesu. We sampled quite a few dishes, all reasonably priced. Perhaps it was better than vegetarian delight in that they served rice and salad as part of meals, rather than separate. There was good variety and Benno enjoyed the mock meats. The sauces were tasty too, also perhaps some dishes were a little lacking (like the salt and pepper tofu which were a little bland and the jap. curry which was mostly cabbage and not at all like jap. curry apart from the sauce).


Strawberry picking

23 01 2011

On Saturday we ventured up to Hahndorf to Beerenberg Strawberry Farm. We had such gorgeous weather and there were plenty of ripe, red, juicy strawberries on the bushes. We all walked away with huge overflowing punnets of strawberries. It’s difficult not to be greedy when there’s so many strawberries in sight!

Afterwards we walked along the main street of Hahndorf eating vegan gelati from Evercream. They had about 6 fruit flavours that were vegan, and then we found another place on the opposite side of the road that was also selling vegan gelati.

Jam and Photos

20 01 2011

Apricot jam, made from our apricots off the tree.

cooking up the 1.5kg of apricots with 700g of sugar until soft.

The roughly 1kg of jam that was produced.

The photo wall in the lounge featuring a few photos from our travels and some family photos. The 2 larger prints are “The Great Wave of Kanagawa” wood block print by Hokusai and Matsumoto-jo in Nagano-ken in winter.

The photo wall in the lounge.

Port Vincent travels

17 01 2011

We took 5 days off and headed to the Yorke Peninsula for more beach holidays in Port Vincent. Minlaton was a lovely little town with a large local produce selection in Harvest Corner, a nice animal park where a supermarket chain wanted to build but the town said no, the red devil monoplane, fun play equipment that included a hammock and scenic walking path through bushland past the old golf course and some old aboriginal wells (still filled with water).

We ventured down to Wattle Point Wind Farm, just out of Edithburgh, which was the largest farm built at the time. It can power 52,000 homes and the posters seemed to think that by 2010 we could harvest 10% of our energy from wind. I don’t think that’s happened, unfortunately.

Further south to Innes National Park and we did lots of walking trails, saw multiple ship wrecks, watched spunky caterpillars and grasshoppers and even saw a wild mallee fowl come out of the scrub. We didn’t see any wild emus or kangaroos, but we did see several lighthouses.

Port Vincent itself had some nice walks and it was peaceful walking along the beach in the evening, but the weather was not particularly hot and sunny for much swimming.We did see some baby crabs and interesting sedimentary rocks along the shore.

Middleton Visitors

10 01 2011

While relaxing in Middleton we had some visitors to the back yard at the shack.

There were 5 in total. A mummy, a daddy and 3 smaller babies. They enjoyed nibbling on the grass, especially the long green grass around the septic tank, yummy…

It’s important to be weary of dangers like big dogs that might come wandering into the yard, giant birds or dinosaurs.

They were so cute, grooming themselves and eating and generally being their cute selves. I want to keep them but they are probably happier to stay together with their family and friends at Middleton.