Friday, January 30, 2015

James Pickerings parentage

I've had quite a search for James Pickering. I still dont know how he got to NZ but know i know his lineage

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The corgette glut has started, try this

If your garden is anything like mine,  the corgette will now be going crazy. This dip/spread is a great thing to freeze and use in winter for a taste of summer when it is cold outside. Recipe, chop up lots of corgettes or marrow,. Put into a large saucepan with 100g butter,  1/4c olive oil and 5 chopped cloves of garlic. Bring to a simmer and add lots of fresh thyme, salt and pepper. Simmer on a low heat till the corgettes are soft and reduced by more than half. We are looking for low moisture levels. This takes about an hour.  Then blend with a stick whizz. Freeze. To use defrost and spread on bruschetta or toast or use as a dip.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Dry as a bone

Water restrictions are in place. No sprinklers,  no watering systems. We are very grateful for our roof-collected water! To keep the vege garden productive.

She really dry. Both the lawn and the paddocks are turning to dust.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

A hot days harvesting

It's  an eclectic mix today. Its about 30C and a bit hot for spending too long in the garden. Along with the things in the photo i also cut about 50 new grape vine leaves for Dolmades....mmmm

Friday, December 12, 2014

Its not mushroom season, no

Christmas Pudding - NZ Summer Style - Icecream

I have made this recipe several times, and it is a winner for a hot summer Christmas.  You can prepare it weeks in advance and it is easy to make.

2litre tub vanilla icecream
4T dried cranberries
4T mixed dried fruit
4T brandy

Soften the icecream and tip into a big bowl, stir in the rest of the ingredients.  You can add nuts too if you like.

Line a pudding shaped bowl with gladwrap and tip in the icecream mixture, flatten the top, as eventually the pudding will sit on the flat side.

Freeze overnight.

Next day spread a large piece of clingfilm onto your kitchen bench, and lightly oil.  Heat up in the microwave till melted, 1 large block of white Chocolate.  Spread this onto the oiled clingfilm.  

Get your pudding out of the freezer and upend onto a plate.  Remove gladwrap from it.  Lift the chocolate by the gladwrap it is spread on, and lay over the frozen pudding.  Press down gently, and remove the gladwrap.  You now have a White Chocolate Covered Icecream Xmas Pudding!

Keep in the freezer (wrapped in plastic) until needed.  On the day decorate the top with sugared cherries or sprigs of mint.