Edible Plants in Mum’s Garden and in My Garden

MUM’S GARDEN HAS:   Courgettes, silverbeet, New Zealand spinach, tomatoes, rhubarb, artichoke, grapes, radishes, strawberries, basil, sage, mint, rosemary, parsley, flat-leafed parsley, coriander, lemon balm, yellow pepper, chillis, potatoes, beans, edamame beans, rocket, and lettuce.   One of the lettuce varieties is called ‘Drunken Woman’. The leaf is bright green and the edges are frilly […]

Mum’s Tomato Competition

Mum’s Tomato Competition   She did it! – Mum had ripe tomatoes before Christmas. And by doing so, she has achieved something special as this is the first time she has reached this goal. Rightly so, she is very pleased with herself. After all this time I had no idea that this is an annual […]

Edamame Beans, (and how to cook them in pods)

I bought these plants at the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Market in late October. I was thrilled to find them as I had been wanting to try growing them for sometime, but hadn’t been able to get them anywhere. http://www.hawkesbayfarmersmarket.co.nz/ In a previous blog “Spring Farmers’ Market” I mentioned buying the Edamame bean plants and the […]

Roast Vegetable Couscous Salad with Pinenuts

  This is a great way to use leftover roast vegetables. Ours were from the Christmas Day roast dinner. This is a cold salad, so it is quick to make – just chop up the roast vegetables from the fridge. It is also a very tasty salad, and Mum and I enjoyed it very much. […]

Globe Artichokes

Globe Artichokes     When I started “the artichoke experiment” my knowledge of artichokes was sketchy at best. I did know there were two types of artichoke, the Jerusalem and the Globe. I eventually found out that Globe artichokes are related to the thistle family and produce large purple flowers if left on the plant, […]