How does your garden grow?

Asher is constantly amazed and delighted by the produce he has been able to harvest from our little garden this year. Requests for herbs, spinach and other greens, onions, carrots and potato to use in the kitchen are met with a grin, which only gets bigger as he returns with his green bounty. We have enjoyed baked potatoes, herby salads, spinach, kale, beetroot (and beetroot greens), carrots and spring onions in our dinners and salads … and have been able to give away samples to friends and family. I took a few photos before we headed south for our holiday break so we could record how it has developed through the spring.

With sunshine, rain, lots of watering and God’s blessing, this is a peak into how our garden grows!

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Digging for buried treasure – in our case, potatoes!

Home Grown Fish and ‘Chips’

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Panfried salmon cooked (with no oil added) using the electric frying pan lined with some baking paper to make clean up easier (mum deserves credit for this technique, it works a treat!), roast potatoes from our garden seasoned with salt, pepper and homegrown herbs, and finally, brocoli from our garden, panfried with olive oil, lemon and capers. One delicious dinner we kind of wanted to show off!

Sometimes it’s the simplest of things (or homemade honeyed carrots)

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I think one of the reasons that I like cooking for myself rather than eating out is because, with only a few basic ingredients and a little bit of time and planning you can make such yummy things.

These are some of the baby carrots from our garden, they needed to be ’thinned’ out so that the others could grow but we left it a little late and so by the time they got pulled out they were really beautiful baby carrots in their own right! An heirloom mix you can see some variation in colour; pinky purple blotches and a creamy yellowy colour alongside the more usual orange. We decided to jazz them up by frying them with some oil, honey, lemon juice, thyme and a tiny sprinkle of salt. Delicious!

Sometimes, it’s the simple things.

Going ‘home’ – reprise

Today is my Dad’s birthday. I’m sending love and ‘happy birthday’ wishes from afar. We are here, with friends for brunch and a weekend to revel in, and they are there, doing a birthday together. I hope that my recommendation of gelato at Chatswood gets a look in! The photos below are a reminder that I was present there (not here), just a week ago. Two ‘homes’, a number that I am sure will only grow with time, two places to celebrate, to enjoy.

Thanks for having us, Mum and Dad and we hope today is beautiful over there and worth celebrating for lots of reasons! Hope you enjoy this ode to a wintery garden.

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Greener still (or the continuation of Growing Things)

It is time for a celebration of green things! The holidays have been kind to our little vegetable patch and we wanted to share some of the lovely living things that are growing in our garden. Many of the green leaves are at the stage where I will need to start planning recipes to use them up! We did cook some of the beetroot stalks this week – with capers, olive oil, lemon juice and a little pepper (as per this suggestion) – they were very tasty!

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“O the green things growing, the green things growing, the faint sweet smell of the green things growing! I should like to live, whether I smile or grieve, just to watch the happy life of my green things growing”

Dinah Maria Mulock Craik

Growing Things

This is our vegetable garden. I married a gardener. Not that I knew it then, but finding out this year has been a happy turn of events for everyone involved, especially my dad, who has always been happy in the garden. He came and gave some expert advice … and it is looking pretty green out there! It has brought much joy, this shortening of the distance between us and the earth. It seems right that we, its stewards, should get our fingers dirty, just like our creator did in making us. Asher is really enjoying this aspect of imaging his creator, and the green tomato chutney in our fridge is evidence of the fact that the land does bring forth food in season!

“Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up (except those old palms and the big weed in the corner), for … there was no one to work thre ground …” Genesis 2:5)

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“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” Genesis 2:15

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Bringing order out of chaos …

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Some of the herbs and tomates had a head start … the seedlings and seeds were new the weekend Dad visited.

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And a few weeks later … now we are getting somewhere!

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“These all look to you, to give them their food in due season. When you give it to them, they gather it up;
when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.” Psalm 104: 27-28