gardening

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,…

recipes | yogurt

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…

gardening | recipes

What to do with Turnips?

I seem to have an abundance of turnips that are at picking size so I decided to search the web looking for interesting ways to use them. I tried steaming them and didn’t like that very much, then tried caramelizing them and didn’t like that either.So I ended up pickling a jar and I am…

gardening | spring | summer

A Taste of the Summer ahead

One week away from spring day and its a serious scorcher here in Durban today!I have pasted in the details that popped up when I googled our temperature today, I nearly fell off my chair when I read it. Weather for Durban 40°C | °F Sat Sun Mon Tue Clear Wind: NW at 37 km/h…

baking | recipes | yogurt

Make your own Muesli

I have never been fond of shop bought muesli as I could never find one that had all the things in it that I enjoy, and enough of those things to get a taste with every bite.So here is how I made my own muesli with all my favorite nuts and seeds at just the…

winter

Rain, rain, more rain… and a bit of hail.

As the rest of South Africa are enjoying the widespread snowfalls, we here in Durban are getting our fair share of rain. It doesn’t snow here on the east coast but we are very happy for the rain as we have had a couple of extremely dry months. Hopefully this marks our transition into the…

recipes | yogurt

Making yogurt

I know that you don’t need a yogurt maker to make yogurt at home, but when my mother-in-law asked what I would like for my birthday I knew that little yogurt maker I had seen would be the perfect gift. So that’s what I got. My first attempt was a complete fail! I followed the…

cleaning

Buying Borax in Bulk

I recently started making our liquid laundry detergent and I think it’s great. I have been using the recipe found on the Simple Green Living site.  The one ingrediant that has been bugging me is the borax, reason being I could only find these little 100g containers in the shops and the recipe calls for…

gardening | winter

Mid-winter garden

Its quite amazing how quickly a garden grows. I didn’t realise how much growth we have had over the past few weeks until I looked back at an older post and saw the pictures.So here’s what the garden is doing at the moment: Chard and beetroot doing really well Broad beans have finally set, I…