Monday, September 17, 2012

First Potato Harvest

Today I harvested my first ever successful potato plant, which may seem strange because spring has only just started. I planted these potatoes back in May during Autumn and we have such a great climate that they grew right through winter. Even though the plants got pretty battered and banged during our late winter storms, I still managed to pull this bounty from one of the plants today. This is the first time I have planted potatoes in the ground and the first time I have gotten any sort of potato harvest. So from now on I think I will stick to planting directly in the ground.
Just over 2.6kg, I am very pleased.


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Coriander Pesto

As the rain continues to fall after 3 non-stop days, my fingers are itching to get back into the garden. And the weather says it is going to continue like this until the weekend.
I have however managed to keep myself busy in the kitchen and one thing I cannot get enough of at the moment is coriander pesto. So easy to make and delicious with everything (well almost)

I have not been able to grow coriander in my garden yet as it keeps bolting before it has even four leaves. Luckily our veggie market had some on special and I managed to pick up 2 bunches for R5.

This recipe is so quick and easy. All you need are the ingredients and a food processor. I just got one this week and so far I am loving it, it has so many uses.

Throw the following ingredients into the food processor:
A medium bunch of coriander
About 2 handfuls of cashew nuts
About 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds
A pinch of salt
And a chopped up chilli (or in my case chilli paste)

 Wizz it while adding olive oil until you get the consistency you like
My new best friend in the kitchen, my Kenwood Multi-Pro
 Bottle and refrigerate

Use it in pasta, on crackers, in sandwiches or salads. Sometimes I find myself just eating it off the spoon, it's that good.
It also makes a yummy dip by mixing 1 part pesto with 3 parts plain yogurt.