Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I just looked out my kitchen window and saw two white chokos hanging there. Can you see them? Ahem, above the not weeded in at least 6 months garden;0)
I thought we had missed the chokos this year.
We love chokos roasted. We peal them, cut them in half and roast with olive oil and garlic. We eat the seeds too, they are really nutty flavoured, just divine! We prefer the white over the green chokos, better flavour if I recall.
Go the humble choko!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Apricot and Raisin Chutney from Digby Law's Pickle & Chutney Cookbook.

It was easy enough to make but made a surprisingly small amount, 2 & 1/2 jars!
Recommended for curries and with cheeses. I tried it on a cracker with tasty cheese and it gets the thumbs up!

250g dried apricots
2 cup boiling water
200g raisins
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 cup white vinegar
6 whole cloves 
2 teaspoons mustard seeds.

Soak apricots in water for 2 hours.
Put all in saucepan and simmer, stirring till sugar dissolved then bring to boil. Reduce to simmer 1 hour or until thick. Jar Makes about 1 litre (Not for me, must have over simmered!)


Monday, April 20, 2009

We have been busy bees building a stone garden wall and steps. (When I say we I mean hubby labouring and I have been foreman... hehehe). We have granite on our property so we collected it and prepared the front steps and a nice little garden.
We are waiting to get a cement truck into to fill in the steps but gee the old boy did a good job on the wall! 

Mean while we were so happy with our wicked garden beds experiment (see older posts) that we are setting up new ones in a tunnel. I'll add pics as we go :0)

We have half built a garage and craft room. We have gathered 100 year old weatherboards that were going to be burnt. We have old windows we got from a house that was being demolished and same nasty roofing iron that has come up a treat. So far the basic structure is up and roof is  on. Other than nails it hasn't cost any thing.