This works beautifully. A day or two of using stuff for great applications. We've all done it before, I suppose. Cook a roast, use the bones for stock etc.
So here's my first entry. Fresh tomatoes and basil into a bruschetta, capsicum into roast capsicum, all into a roast capsicum chutney.
Bruschetta Chop onions and tomatoes and basil. Sprinkle some balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Put on toasted bread.
Roast capsicum Put capsicum halved, under the grill until charred. Put in a plastic bag until cool. Run the skins off, slice, mix with oil and garlic and refrigerate.
A week ago I had last night's bruschetta mix, two week old roasted capsicum.
Roast Capsicum Chutney Put the leftover bruschetta mix and roast capsicum into a saucepan, got it boiling, added a cup of sugar and reduced (about 45 minutes simmer) stirring every ten minutes. Added two diced capsicum, six diced chillis and a quarter cup of sultanas.
So this cascaded all my food into some really great finished product, with good eating along the way.
I was away last week and my girl Mia had been collecting the eggs. A poorly closed door allowed for a breakout. Three of the four got back in, but one has been roaming the neighbourhood for over a week.
This morning the rear neighbour came around to advise no4 was getting around his yard. Some fancy netting got her back home.
These are the two newies, who don't yearn for their shed full of food. Still in training. The other two come out for an hour at 4pm and fight each other to get into the shed when the see me with the white bucket.
If you pay your $4 for six seedlings and treat them well, you'll get something.
Every year I gamble. A close family member raised some seedlings from a tomato they had and gave me some. Reluctantly I put a heap of them in, alongside a "mighty red" that I bought.
In a pot, one of these plants of questionable origin is looking promising. Actually I planted three seedlings and forced them with potash and protected them with all sorts of methods. The othe five plants out in the garden - lots of green, no fruit, diseased.
And then the one mighty red that I planted has given me 2kg so far, with another 2kg sitting on there, green.
So when we choose to gamble to save $4 by using volunteer seedlings it often takes a whole growing season to determine if it will pay off. And even with my one minor win this year, it didn't.
The Hungry Australian has just announced a new Facebook group for food bloggers so while this is about my two pleasures - gardening and family cooking - I will start putting a few more of my cooking adventures here now.
It's been in for 15 years. It was once a hedge along the fence but I've cut it back. I am now training it (and three other ground shoots) up these poles so I can eventually train it over the frame - one that's not there yet.
The trick with a wisteria is to continuously remove lower shoots.