recipes | saving

How to Stretch Your Milk

No matter how much milk costs, its one of those things we just can’t do without in our house. We generally use about two litres of low fat milk a day unless I bake or cook with it, then it will be more. With the price of milk skyrocketing and no goats in the foreseeable…

gardening | winter

Sprouting Broccoli

This is the first year that I have grown broccoli and it has gone so well. I decided to plant the sprouting variety because I wanted a plant that would continue to provide even after the first harvest. I am not sure if it was the right choice as the heads are so much small…

chickens | eggs

Welcome to Our New Girls

You may remember our 3 feathered friends from an early post. These girls served us well and supplied our family with a nice amount of eggs. Since we had gotten these three as adults we had no idea how old they were and how much longer they would lay for us. We had reached a…

gardening | Seeds | winter

A week in the Berg.

On the 21st of June local schools broke up for the winter holidays. We left that afternoon and returned on Friday after a lovely one week holiday in the Drakensberg Mountains. We were expecting a very cold week, but instead enjoyed mild days with temperatures ranging from low to mid 20’s (degrees Celsius). We spent…

canning | preserving | recipes

Chilli Jam

As Autumn progresses and winter slowly creeps in, my chillies bushes seem to be going crazy. One days harvest of chillies:  I wanted to try something different, and I had never tried a savory jam before, so chilli jam it was. The recipe ended up making one big, one little and one tiny jar of…

autumn | gardening

Autumn gardening

Autumn is my favourite season. The weather is mild and the garden just loves it.Here is Durban autumn and winter are actually our biggest growing season as many of the veggies I love to grow find the summers too long, hot and humid.I think I was a bit late with the planting this season, but…

gardening

A very tasty leafy green

Firstly I would like to wish every mother out there a very happy mother’s day. I hope you have had a lovely day spent with family, the way Sundays are meant to be. Today I discovered the wonder that is amaranth. I have never tried it before, but had a few seeds in my collection…

fruit | gardening

Banana Trees

Just outside our garage door, on the verge we have a very big bunch of banana trees. Until this seaon we have not got any banana’s. But all that changed when all of a sudden 3 bunches of banana’s were spotted hanging off the trees. After weeks of patiently waitng, we were finally able to…

gardening | winter

Garden clearing and Loofahs!

I decided that it was time for the butternut vines to come out. They have produced very well and given us lots of food, but now the vines were looking empty and sad. So yesterday we pulled out all the vines, weeded and gently turned the garden beds. I almost forgot how much space I…