Midweek Inspiration

It’s Feijoa season again! Today we took a family drive into the middle of nowhere to cash in on some serious fruit purchasing from a roadside stall (we raid it every year). On the way home – we took the scenic route of course – we came across a very cool vintage shop that really got my creative synapses firing. I wanted to buy half of the store and the other half had me thinking of things I had at home that I could do something similar with. Unfortunately my phone had died by this point so I couldn’t take any photos, but Hubster and I have discussed going back there to purchase a few things.

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Midweek Inspiration

It seems I’ve stumbled onto a winner with my little vesties! I’ve been inundated by orders from friends wanting them for their littlies or for gifts… So a lot of my time has been taken up whipping these up….

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Hey little sprout…. Just hold your taters.

With winter approaching I had been pondering for sometime how to get premium light for my little seedlings, without sending them out into the cold. We don’t have the yard space for a greenhouse and I kind of wanted my dining room table back. One night I awoke in the wee hours with an idea – it was scribbled onto the notepad (this is a frequent occurance) – a window shelf. I was pretty chuffed with the idea and the next time Hubster and I were in the same vicinity we discussed the logistics, he agreed, Thunderbirds are go!

Happy little sprouts

Happy little sprouts

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Feijoa Frenzy

Nothing brings more joy, gluttony and competition to get to the last fruit in this household than Feijoa season. These delicious little morsels only fruit for a short period of time in the autumn and early winter so we tend to feast on them while the opportunity presents itself.

Soooooooo yummy

Soooooooo yummy

Recently we acquired a few huge bags full and while we pigged out on a couple, I managed to save one to make some chutney. This stuff is so good it usually gets demolished in a couple of months. One day we’ll figure out how to make it last.

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Oils well that ends well.

Now, for the second instalment of “paring back the basil jungle“.

In my hunt for ideas to use up all of the luscious basil in my garden, I came across the notion of mixing basil with oil and then freezing to make little nuggets that can be dropped into a pan and add delicious basil-y goodness to any dish.

Tiny Morsels of deliciousness

Tiny Morsels of deliciousness

I was pretty tickled by this idea and dove into the kitchen to have a crack. No directions, only a half-baked idea that I’d skim read off the ole inter-web. Luckily, it seems this method is pretty idiot fool-proof.

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Hey Pesto

When I planted my new Vege patch last year it was an occasion for great excitement. It blossomed and bloomed and my tomato plants grew to heights I had never seen – I had only ever grown tomatoes in planters prior to this. The tomato excitement totally eclipsed the poor little (or so I thought) basil plants I had planted in and around the tomatoes, until blight hit. I’m pretty sure I cried. Yet, as I pillaged the plants for any edible fruit and pulled them up, I discovered underneath a small forest of basil plants. Seriously guys, they were out of control!

It's a jungle out there! Even the strawberries are getting in on the action.

It’s a jungle out there! Even the strawberries are getting in on the action.

So began the hunt to decide what to do with them. Be warned, there may be a few basil themed posts in the near future.  This time round I’m going for a nice, simple pesto.

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