Michelle French

Guide to replenishing a bed

About twice Twice per year, before planting the Spring/Summer and the Autumn/Winter crops, a bed needs to be replenished with organic matter. 1. Harvest and clear the bed, remove the irrigation 2. Check and adjust pH (the acidity of the soil)Use the pH kit in the shed to assess the soil acidity, test 2 areas …

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Pandemic Pestos!

Dean’s vegan pesto Cheesy, flavourful and little different! Ingredients 40 g packed fresh basil (large stems removed) 10 g pine nuts or walnuts (if nut-free, try sunflower seeds) 3 g cloves garlic  12 ml lemon juice 4.5 g nutritional yeast (available from The Source in Balmain or Woolworths) 0.1 tsp sea salt (plus more to taste) 11-16 ml extra virgin olive oil* 17- 26 ml water (plus more as needed) Instructions To a food processor or small blender, …

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Jerusalem Artichoke chips

by Betsy Baker We had a bumper crop of Jerusalem Artichokes from the garden this year, and as they need to be used I began to scour all the cookbooks we had on the subject.. There were soups, salads, and simple roasted ones – we tried them all, but there was one recipe that stood …

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Tomatillo Salsa

Recipe from www.Epicurious.com Makes about 2 cups Total Time 45 min Ingredients 1 kg fresh tomatillos, husked, rinsed, and quartered 1 fresh serrano chile, seeded and chopped 1/2 large white onion, cut into 4 wedges 2 garlic cloves, chopped 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup chopped coriander 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice Preparation Coarsely purée tomatillos, …

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Spring Fair 2019

Join us in the garden Saturday 26 October 10 – 1pm Join us in the Garden for our annual Spring Fair. There’ll be garden demos, potted herbs for sale and a delicious array of homemade goodies – scones & cream tea, sausage sizzle and produce hamper raffle. Bring the family, friends and neighbours!

Kasper: for the love of potato

Kasper Luel My favourite veggie is ___the humble Potato___ And why is that? It may well sound like a cliché but it’s because of its versatility… mashed, roasted, fried or simply boiled. I even used it in ice cream but that’s a secretly guarded recipe J I’m originally from Denmark and new-season potatoes were a culinary highlight …

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Roasted Pumpkin & Pear Soup

By Kevin Hall Ingredients 1 kg kent or buttercup pumpkin, peeled, de-seeded and roughly chopped. 3 pears, cored and chopped. 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped. 1 brown onion, peeled and chopped. 4 tbsp olive oil. 1 tbsp thyme leaves. 1 litre vegetable stock, warmed. 60 gm butter, cubed. Method 1.    Preheat oven to 180 …

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