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Monday, August 15, 2011

Real Food is "Making Me Happy this Monday"

Hello and Happy Monday.

There is one thing on this earth that makes Me Happy and that is "Real Food." Food that we have grown here at Kainga, no chemicals added no numbers or codes written on the sides of these foods.

All Year Round Cauliflower

We have had great success with the Brassica's this year. They seem to thrive in the raised vegie beds. Now we build up the soil before we plant and I haven't fertilised these very much, just a bit of Seasol type product when they were younger.

Mini Cauliflower

Even the Mini Cauliflower have grown as big as the regular Cauliflowers. These usually only grow about the size of a mans fist. We are also picking Broccoli  heads each night that are as big as the Cauliflower.

Ruby Lou Potatoes

We have a couple beds of potatoes shooting through so in Spring we will have fresh spuds to eat.

Parsley in amongst the Geranium

Parsley springs up each year in some terracotta pots we have near the pool. We pick some of this each day to add to our evening meal. Parsley is high in vitamins.

Fresh Produce from the Kainga Kitchen.
 Over the past week I have been cooking a variety of dishes using produce that we have out in the back yard. I made a batch of Carrot Marmalade. On Saturday I looked at the price of Marmalade whilst we were shopping. I am in front by about $25.00 by making our own. I got the recipe from the book on the left. This is a great book because it tells you how to grow then make something from what you have grown.
From the other book which was produced by the people of  Ruakaka and the  Ruakaka Community Library I have made the 5 minute Chocolate Cake. You cook this in the microwave, it is fun watching it rise right before your eyes. They call this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world-why because you are only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake.  I also made the Beer Bread from this book, Yum is all I can say. As we have lots of citrus at the moment I decided to Make a pie. I am sure they won't mind if I share the recipe with you.

Lazy Lemon Pie---- soooo easy

4 eggs
100 gram melted butter
3/4 cup coconut
1/3 cup lemon juice (2-3 lemons)
1 cup milk
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
Zest of 2 lemons

Preheat oven to 170 degrees. Place all ingredients in a bowl or processor and mix together.

Pour the batter into a 23cm pie dish.

Bake for 45 minutes or until top is golden and filling is set.

This pie is delicious and even tastes so much better cold the next day.

Growing and making your own food is so good for you. You don't have to battle the shops,no trying to find a parking spot and best of all you know what is in it. I can't believe what some people put in there shopping trolleys. No wonder we are a growing nation!!! Please let me know what you are growing or have cooked for your family this week. Let me know if you make up the Pie. You will have a smile on your face eating this one.

Happy Monday.
Bev C


rosie said...

Bev, I am so with you on fresh food and cooking... Our broccoli are ready to pick too, and I can't wait to get some more big raised beds to plant the summer vegies.. We use corrugated iron as sides, but I am graduating to old tanks cut in half.. going to make that pie! have a great week xxxx

Lounging with a Latte said...

Your veggies look very healthy. Good ol' Seasol, it's a great product. Thanks for the pie recipe,I might just try it tonight!

Terriaw said...

What a treat to have access to such fabulous local food, especially from your very own gardens! My mom's favorite dessert is anything with lemons, so I'll have to share your recipe with her.

Maria said...

Oh Yum!! I am coming to your place for dinner Bev.

Sweet Cinnamon Stitches said...

Real food is definately best..delish!

Sue said...

It's great growing your own vegies and this winter has been great weather for it. Do you want to share the recipe for the "Carrot Marmalade"? I'd love to try that

Bobbie Lynn said...

Hi Bev,
Those vegetables look beautiful. It is fun to make meals from what we can grow in our garden. I'm making a list for fall and I can start this month dill and pansies.
Happy gardening and have a great day.

Astrid said...

I agree, fruit and vegetables from our own garden is the best; we know what we are eating. We don't grow vegetables, but we have a jackfruit that is ready for curry now.

Pauline said...

Haven't tried the Lemon Pie, Bev but the 5 min chocolate cake is a favourite around here too. The grandkids practically drool as they watch it rise! Your vegies look delicious!

Quilting By Celia said...

Hi Bev, thanks for inspiring us in the kitchen... I have lots of lemons at the moment, so I'm going to try the piee..

Michelle Ridgway said...

Love fresh vegies....and homegrown ones TOPS!Thanks for the great recipe too.

Jen said...

Oh Bev you know what a huge fan I am of your garden, and your veges all look just wonderful! You are so right about home cooked veges, I grew up on them as my dad is a keen vege gardener and you cannot beat home grown! My favorite is sweet corn, ooh I could eat it for brekkie, lunch and dinner! and I am definately going to try your pie recipe tonight! I have a massive pile of lemons from mum's tree that I got to make some lemon butter so will let you know how it goes!!
Enjoy your week lovely lady!!
jen xo

Karen said...

Love the idea of the pie recipe. Look forward to making it very soon!

marina said...

Nothing beats home grown. Luckily my mum has a huge vege garden so we get goodies from her garden. We always help with weeding so we earn our goodies.

Jeni said...

Just love all your vegies...
first time to your blog but will be a follower

Nat Palaskas said...

Fantastic home grown veggies here Bev. They will make me happy any day. Thanks for the lazy lemon pie recipe too. I have so many lemons on my tree this winter I will try you recipe - Hugs Nat

Eggs In My Pocket said...

I totally agree.........fresh food is the best. Your pie sounds wonderful! blessings,Kathleen

Melody said...

You are such an inspiration, Bev. Because of you I have set up my little Hydroponic system. I love seeing stories about your garden. Thank you.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hi Bev...I love this post, I wish you lived closer ha ha!!! Cool pie recipe too...might just have to try it...Dzintra

Simone de Klerk said...

I have the ingredients for the lemon pie. So, guess what I am going to make today (o:
Happy Monday (that is, Tuesday today).

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful harvest you have there Bev and I agree with you, there's nothing quite like fresh fruit and veg. Our cauli's (all 2 of them lol) are almost ready too - I think we'll be having one for tea tomorrow night :-)

Heckety said...

I am visiting from Simone de Klerk's blog as she recommended your Lemon Pie, so I am going to try it out!!
I garden and love it, and each year I think this is the one I will grow MORE vegs and we will all be soooo healthy....but if I remember the carrots I forget the tomatoes, or I remember the onions but forget the cabbages! This year we have onions salads, garlic, and some other veg, but I forgot the carrots and the slugs got the cabbages when I wasn't looking!
Thank you for the Lemon Pie recipe!!

Valspierssews said...

Hi Bev, I just saw Simone's Lazy Lemon Pie and have rushed right over to get the recipe. I still have a few lemons on the tree and this recipe looks delicious. I agree that produce you grow yourself - or get from a neighbour - is much nicer than the shop stuff.