One of our absolute top, number one, favourite garlic recipes is THIS awesome mushroom soup. Seriously...if you like mushrooms and garlic, you have to try this.
Yep, it's that time of year again and for all the loveliness that is Winter, the cosy jackets, warm fires, clear crisp weather that's just terrific for gardening (no sweating, no sunburn, no mozzies, no flies and no snakes hallelujah!) unfortunately it also brings those beastly bugs that cause sniffles and sneezes and snotty noses. Last year was our first with a kid at school and he managed to bring home a ridiculous number of colds... no joke, every.single.one. Now we're not generally a sickly bunch but one by one, over and over and again, we all went down. I vowed that this year would be different, this year I'm was going in armed to the teeth with some homemade echinacea tincture and Nannas Old Cold Remedy.
Anyone who grows their own vegetables inevitably reaches tipping point of too many vege, especially when they hang out with generous like minded souls. I call it 'too many any vege syndrome' and over the years I've picked up a trick or two to deal with this seasonal glut.
On a recent guest blog over at cityhippyfarmgirl, there were lots of really nice things said about the pictures of our garden (aw shucks) so I'd like to show you where we drew our inspiration from. Our garden pales in comparison to this garden. This is my happy place. This used to be my local. This is Veg Out Community Garden in St Kilda. Let me show you around...
Today I'm feeling blessed. As I write this it is New Years Day 2015. Last night, I was pyjamma'ed and drinking tea by nine and asleep by 10pm. I know, I know - 'YAWN' you may say but I woke up feeling pretty freakin' fabulous...so there! Read more...
So the sun sets on an awesome year and 2015 is brimming with possibilities. Through 2014, our E'phy followers have browsed our blogs, shared our social, mailed us fabulous snaps of their newly opened Ecolosophy goodies and so much more - you are simply beautiful human beings. Here's a snippet of our wonderful first year in business with our favourite pics, posts and tags...
'The Beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly is more feverish, but the fire of a radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an under current of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious...'Tom Robbins - Jitterbug Perfume.
Striving to be plastic free is fine on a good day when I'm super organised, the weather's good and I've had a reasonable amount of sleep but life doesn't always work that way once small fry come on the scene. You know the day....the one where I would have whipped up some healthy homebaked snacks for our trip to town but we had to spend half an hour finding the other shoe (only to discover that the dogs found it first and so we had to pick out another pair but those shoes don't fit anymore…). Or those days when the spare hand I had to bake and pack snacks was occupied carrying the stainless steel water bottles, extra clothes, packages to post plus the newly built airplane made from cardboard scraps that absolutely has to come. It takes time and effort to be plastic free perfect.
So I've been trying really hard to give Plastic Free July a go but, with kids, by jingo it's challenging. Now don't get me wrong, total kudos to those wonderful mums I see on facebook and pinterest, you know the ones... They buy only bulk produce and spend weekends at the growers market. "Oh we wouldn't dream of using store bought plastic wrapped bread" they say while they turn out perfect loaf of organic spelt sourdough and pop yet another tray of sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, nut free, egg free superfood muesli bars in the oven but the fact is, I am not that mum - yet.
Being botanically curious, each season we seem to wind up with a few vegetables that we've nurtured, grown and harvested and then had no idea what to do with. You know the ones... khol rabi, mizuna, gourds, new guinea beans to name a few. Some of these end up becoming staples in the patch once you get the hang of how to cook them (hello khol rabi). Others end up oddities, worthy of little more than talking points for visitors to the patch (looking at YOU new guinea beans).
So, how d'you go with Supermarket Free Month this April? Are you a fully fledged 'super-freegan' now - a fearless crusader who rejects large corporate supermarkets in favour of smaller local retailers and producers? Or maybe you hadn't heard about being supermarket free? Well, it's pretty unlikely you're all fully converted in a few weeks but Supermarket Free Month certainly gives us an opportunity to ask where our food comes from, how far it travels and what the real cost of convenience food is.