Sunday, October 31, 2010


Our lovely home is up for sale.  You can now secure yourself a small piece of paradise in Central Otago.

4 Bedrooms
1 Study
1 Bathroom
1 Toilet
1 Ensuite
1 Walkin Wardrobe
1 Playroom
Large Kitchen with 6  burner Gas Hob, and large oven, dishwasher
Separate Dining and Living areas
Large covered Veranda with access from 2 of the bedrooms and the living areas
1002 Sq Metres section
3 rows of grapes (1/2 Pinot Noir, 1/2 Pinot Gris)
Large Vegetable garden as viewed on this blog
Large grassed area with sandpit for children
Fully Fenced and private

Can be viewed at (note the kitchen photos on there are old, and now has kickboards fitted, and red paint etc)

Comes with 100m access to Lake Dunstan boat ramp for boating and swimming.  7km from Cromwell township.

Cauliflower Soup

We have just eaten the last of the Caulis in soup, very very nice:


Cut up one cauli into flowerets and put in pot with one leek, one carrot and one piece celery.  Cover with 500ml chicken stock.  Simmer till veges are soft, then puree.  Add 1 can evaporated milk, or 200ml cream.  Reheat but do not boil.  Season with salt and pepper.

It was absolutely delicious.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Rose Wine...

I made some very suspect wine from our eating grapes in January, and on the container I had written "bottle up in August 2010".  I just did that on the weekend, but man, that stuff tastes bad so far! I hope that 3 years down the line, when it should be drinkable, that it actually will be!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The fruits of our labours are coming!

Even though we havent planted the vege garden this year, the good old faithfuls are still doing their wonderful thing.

Artichokes are forming on the huge plants we have, sending up small tennis ball sized ones that I know will soon be good for eating.

The raspberries are going crazying with a gazillion flowers, the whole bed is full of the promise of sweet raspberries.

Our new plants, both blackcurrant and gooseberry, are making their first fruit ever.  In fact the gooseberry flowered, and within a week has pea sized fruit on it which I imagine will grow so quickly I will be able to eat them before we go.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Rat Hunt

For those of you that don't know, we are having to leave our little patch of paradise, to  move to North Canterbury.

Much to my heart's regret, this means leaving our garden and starting all over again in a new place.

First the chooks had to go.  Our good friends Steph and Terry are going to have the house and 4 girls, and I sold off the other 7.  So moving day came for the house, but just as we were getting it onto the trailer a rat hunt got underway.

Isn't that the cutest, softest, fattest rat you ever saw!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Cauliflower Heads

How did I grow these so big, my sister wanted to know.  I don't have the answer.  We put them in as autumn seedlings, and sometimes this is a big mistake (we have experienced "going to seed" as soon as spring starts).  This year, beautiful caulis.


Keep the head of cauli whole, and submerge in cold water.  Bring to the boil and simmer about 5 mins till tender.

Put the whole head, cut stalk down, and pour over your own cheese sauce recipe.  Top with fresh breadcrumbs and bake till crisp and brown on top.