Friday, March 15, 2013

Thursday Garden Gobbles, on Friday

I have been wanting to link up to the VeggieGobblers Thursday garden gobbles for a few weeks now, but I keep forgetting to take pictures of what I cook. But yesterday I remembered!

I got this recipe from Two Men and a Little Farm quite a while back and I have been using it constantly. It is Delicious!! My absolute favourite way to cook Brinjal

 Brinjal growing in the garden
 Nice size picked and ready to cook
Slice brinjal and spread a layer of mayonnaise over each slice. Dip the mayo side into some grated Parmesan cheese and place onto an oven baking tray. I bake them at 180 degrees for about 15 mins or until they are soft and browning on top


Friday, March 8, 2013

Crayfish Season!

My husband recently starting spear fishing and got all his gear for Christmas. We have been eagerly awaiting the crayfish season and finally it has arrived.
This morning he went out with a friend and brought back our first crayfish! It's only one, so I will pull out some other meat and we will have a braai (barbeque) tonight and give it a try. It's the first time we will be cooking a crayfish so I hope we do it well.
What can be more sustainable that catching your own food?

We are hoping to go down the south coast in a couple weeks time. Crays are much more abundant down there away from the city.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Start of my Winter Preparations

Its hard to believe that I am thinking winter already! The days are still very hot but this evening I did feel the slightest of chills in the air. Its actually quite refreshing and I am looking forward to the change of season.

On Sunday I wanted to get stuck into the garden and get a few beds ready for winter crops

So these unproductive marrow plants that were full of powdery mildew...

Became this sweet potato bed from the slips I had been growing on my kitchen counter

And this empty bed that use to have butternut squash

is now nicely composted and waiting for its new tenants. Not sure what to put here yet. I have planted a few rocket seeds in the holes of the blocks. Carrots and peas maybe? Salad greens? Garlic?

And this ugly, also unproductive strawberry bed...

is also ready for winter. I'm thinking cabbage, broccoli and collard greens

By removing the strawberry plants I think I might have found the source of my snail problem. Almost a cup of snails were found lurking beneath all those leaves. Needless to say my chickens had a feast!

 Meanwhile I still have a lot of summer crops still left growing around the garden

 Mielies (maize)
 Brinjals (aubergine/eggplant)
 Butternut squash

I managed to harvest 5 butternuts (over 7kgs!) and still have at least 15 left that will be ready in the next few weeks. My most successful vegetable ever!