Category Archives: food

Garden Layout

We had a good planning session last night for the garden and have come up with the below planting layout. We are roughly going by the idea of square foot gardening as written in the book by Mel Bartholomew. It seems pretty simple and an effective way to plant things.

Garden Layout

From left top to bottom right: Heritage tomato, Capsicum, Snow peas, Cucumber, Corn, Capsicum, Tomato, Basil, Tomato, Broccoli, Carrots, Broccoli, Empty, Empty, Spinach, Lettuce, Spinach, Lettuce, Carrots, Radish, Beetroot, Carrots, Empty, Chives, Parsley, Coriander, Spring Onions.

I’ll keep you up to date with how it progress, still have seeds to plant out but after spending an hour or so at the garden centre over two days then planting the seedlings today, in hot sun (I thought it was going to rain when I started but then the sun came out) I was bet, so the seeds might be an after work thing this week.

I have started some knitting today while enjoying the shade but there really isn’t much to share at this point. I will carry on with it over the week so I have something decent to share next weekend. Until then…




That is the view I have out the living room window today, over in the UK SIL is dealing an apparent temp of 2ºc here in Auckland we have an apparent of 30.3º. I know this is nothing to my friends in other parts of the world but for me here I’m hot. I wanted to do so many things today but I’m just too hot to move, so I have been surfing the net hiding from the sun, a bit sad really.

I found the Bloglovin site while on Diary of a Vintage Girl. I’m thinking this is going to be a great way for me to follow all the blogs I read, are you on it? I have added most of the blogs I follow and “claimed” The Trouble with Sbubble”. Oh and speaking of Diary of a Vintage Girl she is currently running a little competion for some very flash peach Alouette lingerie, and the best bit its open to everyone.

Peachy Peaches

Millions of Peaches for Free

Out in the garden the peach tress has been overloaded with peaches. I love peaches but this is the first year we have had a decent crop, previous years the tress has suffered leaf curl or the birds have beat us but this year we have the upper hand with soapy water for the leaf curl and an old cd for the birds.The peaches are incredibly juicy which makes them the perfect fruit for a day like today.

I’m now off to eat a few and sit on the cool side of the house with my book.

Polaroid Garden Update

The tomatoes I planted in the hanging basket seem to be doing well.
Hanging basket Poladriod

And the marigolds by the back door add a nice bit of colour to the patio.



Lettuce in old recycle bin

Spring has finally started here in the southern hemisphere and after a good few weeks of battling in the backyard we seem to have got it under control for the time being. We have only a small back yard and the only access to it is through the house, which means getting anything into the backyard is a bit of a pain. As such when we brought this place (3 years ago on the 10 of Nov) that we could settle for a hand mower, it meant a few things: 1. I could easily carry it from the backyard to the front without make too much of a mess. 2. No need to buy gas & 3. It would be good excerise for us. One thing we didn’t fully understand was that with a hand mower it needs to be able to get traction on the ground for the blades to turn and cut the grass and over winter with the rain we get here in Auckland the mower becomes pretty much useless as it just slips all over the place. So this year with all the rain the grass got out of control and took some serious weed whacking to get under control. Having spent the best part of a whole day last weekend undertaking said weed whacking I was happy when the extra weekend day (Labour Day Monday) rolled around and I was able to plant a few vegies.

We have plans for our big garden to be taken apart and made into 3 smaller ones which will be placed in more appropriate places in the yard so in the mean time I have gathered up what containers I could find and have planted in those. I have even tried tomatoes in the hanging basket this year, I’ll let you know how they go. So far I have 6 lettuce and 6 tomatoes, I am hoping to plant corn, potatoes, carrots, leak, and  beetroots all once we have moved the garden.

Mid-Century Food Laughs

I have just spent the best part of an hour laughing so hard at this blog, well really it was a regular feature on the blog,  Mid-Century Menu. Where the author, Ruth,  gets to cook weird things out of vintage cookbooks and feed them to her ever willing husband, Tom for dinner.

Jellied stuffed eggs would have to be my favorite my Nana makes great stuffed eggs and could always be counted on to have them on her plate when requested at a gathering. I don’t know if they would have been so popular if they were jelly coated.

Do check out this feature it will have you laughing, and wondering if people back “mid-century” really did cook these things, or if it was just a joke they published these recipe for later generations to try.


Lossy picked this up at Foodtown, we had never seen one before and didn’t know what it was or what to do with it. Upon returning home we googled and found most of the results were posts along the lines of this one. So it has sat on our bench now for 3 weeks and been eye candy when we enter the house. Yesterday though I knife went slipping along the bench and cut into the Kiwano so now our little eye candy pet needs to be used, but how? Tonight it will meet its end and I will report back.


Dinner Tonight

I’m not a huge fan of cooking, but since we are trying to cut food costs and as a result reduced our meat consumpsion I am finding new recipes to try. Tonight was my second attempt at Cannelloni and it turned out really well, on hand at the time was my sister who pointed out that my cookie press has just the attachment needed to speed up the filling process. This did in fact reduce the time the whole dish took to prepare and as a result means I will indeed make this meal (based on a food in a minute recipe) again, and it may even become a bit of a staple, although all that cheese can’t be that great for you.