COUNTRY NOTES: KING SAVOY CABBAGE

I have always had a deep fascination for vegetables growing in the home garden.  My parents were impoverished immigrants to this wonderful country of ours.  My earliest memories of my parents, my mother in particular, were seeing them working in the large vegetable garden they tended to put food on the table.  My parents were… Continue reading COUNTRY NOTES: KING SAVOY CABBAGE

COUNTRY NOTES: LATE WINTER RELISH

Relishes and chutneys are mostly associated with an abundant harvest that inevitably occurs in the late autumn when all the summer vegetables are coming to an end of their season.  Always a busy time in our kitchen as baskets of surplus produce that we cannot possibly consume are converted into delicious chutneys and relishes to… Continue reading COUNTRY NOTES: LATE WINTER RELISH

COUNTRY NOTES: BAKING FOR YOUR SOUL AND STOMACH

It’s getting to be that cold time of the year here in country Victoria with very cold nights, followed by some sunny days that melt off the frost and fog.  We are waiting for the autumn rains to arrive.  A pot of lovely home made soup sustains the soul.  So do my substantial chutney scones… Continue reading COUNTRY NOTES: BAKING FOR YOUR SOUL AND STOMACH

COUNTRY NOTES: HOW I DEAL WITH THE ZUCCHINI CUCKOO

I know that vegetable gardeners tend to over plant at times, leading to a vegetable glut during a particularly benevolent season.  Last spring I planted two zucchini seedlings in the hope that they would provide us with zucchini over this past summer.   All I can say after eating zucchini since 26th December right through… Continue reading COUNTRY NOTES: HOW I DEAL WITH THE ZUCCHINI CUCKOO

COUNTRY NOTES: THE AUTUMN THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

We moved back to our home state from a six year exile in sunny South Australia last year and one of the first things on my mind was to establish a vegetable garden and orchard on our one acre in beautiful country Victoria.  We quickly planted a small orchard after considerable contemplation as to the… Continue reading COUNTRY NOTES: THE AUTUMN THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

COUNTRY NOTES: AUTUMN PRESERVING

I had a batch of delicious red capsicums on hand these past few days so my thoughts turned to preserving, as they do at this busy time of the year in the kitchen.  The big, damaging cyclone up north means the inevitable price rise in vegetables due to completely ruined food crops.  Deciding to put… Continue reading COUNTRY NOTES: AUTUMN PRESERVING

COUNTRY NOTES: INDIAN SUMMER TOMATOES

We have had an Indian summer in this part of the world.  Whilst the summer has not been scorching hot (too much! 🙂 ), the benevolence of summer weather has continued into autumn this year.  This climate has ensured that I have been harvesting tomatoes for three months.  I have already made two batches of… Continue reading COUNTRY NOTES: INDIAN SUMMER TOMATOES