Tag Archives: fruit

52 Shades of My Veggie Patch: Week 20


Summer 2013


Bit of garden renovation going on this week. I pulled out the kale and rainbow chard. Also got rid of the dead peas .

I moved the netting off the strawberries and on to the tomatoes as I caught a bird trying to eat my lovely fruit!

I managed to pick a few baby roma’s before the birds got into them. They taste so good. I cannot believe the difference between the ones I got at the shop last week! Actually, I can. Things do tend to taste much better when you sweat over them for months ;-P

Planted a few seeds. Not normally things I would have thought to plant myself, but I got some seeds as a gift so I thought I would have a go at direct planting. Not to be confused with my seedling tray planting. That was a whole other debacle. No, this time I am going straight into the garden beds and watering each day. I have linked up numerous hoses to make the great distance from tap to my veggie patch. I don’t care how ugly my hose looks trailing across my arid yard. I am going to grow some darn veggies DARN IT!!!!


52 Shades of My Veggie Patch: Week 17


Summer 2012

That’s the last time I’ll write that. I guess next week it will be 2013!Raspberrries

I’m a bit excited about my garden this week. All of the tomato plants have lots of tomatoes at various stages of development. I am going to have so many colourful tomatoes soon!!

I also noticed yesterday that there is a zucchini on one of the plants and there are several (tiny) pumpkins.


With a hot spell and an expected high of 48 degrees C forecast for here in the next ten days, I am focussing on adequate hydration and a possible shade cloth so the plants don’t fry.

Wish me luck!!


Juicin’ – Monday Made


“I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond.”~Mae West

I have always wanted to do vegetable juice, but was afraid of drinking earthy grass-water. In truth, I had never really made a vegetable juice on my own and didn’t really have any idea that they could be SO DARN GOOD!

Last Saturday we had friends over for breakfast and in an attempt to have non-coffee option I decided to get out my beastly juicer. It is one of those high-speed centrifugal things. I here they aren’t that great, but it is all I have.

My problem with juicing is that all the fibre from the fruit and vegetables get flung aside into the waste catcher. As I was trying to juice herbs without them simply being also flung into the catcher without actually juicing I realised that what I needed was a super high power blender of sorts to completely smash fruit, veggies and herbs into smoothie/juice.

By some kind of divine serendipity, that night I went to a women’s dinner where a couple of people were doing some food demonstrations, one made a green smoothie that her kids happily drink daily (it was very yummy) and the other was showing off the ever controversal Thermomix. I had always thought of them as something you got if you weren’t really into the whole cooking process, but the different style of demo I saw on Saturday night was all about using it in a way that enhances your love of cooking, making your food more nutritious and fresh. I’m not going to go into detail here, but let’s just say it got me interested enough to have a full demo at my house sometime in the next couple of weeks (message me if you are interested in coming).

Back on track, the smoothie from this high-powered blender was like juice. There was no texture, yet all of the fibre was retained. There was no waste. It was great.

For the breakfast, I assumed by looking at the ingredients list that my ids would not want to partake in green veggie juice, so I made them something fruity. In reality, they loved the green juice and we adults were left with the fruit juice. Go figure.

Again, Lola Berry is to thank for this juiceperation.

Unless I specifically state, all are with the skin on, unless you are using you Thermomix, then maybe take the skin off all the citrus as best you can and go for the smoothie juice!

Green and Mean

  • 2-3 handfuls of baby spinach leaves
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 handful of corriander
  • 1 handful of mint
  • 1 inch of ginger, roughly peeled
  • 1 lime

Bloody Good Orange

  • 2 oranges, peeled
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cored
  • 1 quarter Lemon
  • 4 purple carrots

Enjoy over ice!