Sunday, 22 November 2015

Cucumbers …. Bread and Butter Pickles

Sometimes my allotment goes berzerk and I think this is one of those times. The cucumbers are taking over.  I bottled a 2 litre jar of Bread and Butter pickles a couple of days ago. The recipe is here.  They are a tasty addition on a cheese or cold meat sandwich but years ago, during frugal times, the pickles alone were used between (you guessed it) two slices of bread and butter.

I went back to the allotment the next day and picked another five cucumbers, they are presently sitting on the draining board in the glass pyrex dish having been sliced, with onions, and 'brined' in the fridge overnight, ready to bottle this afternoon.

Just went down the allotment again today, and couldn't believe that hiding under the leaves were another 16 beautiful organic cucumbers. I will be going nowhere today until those cuc's are chopped, salted and put in the fridge ready for … you guessed it.  More pickling tomorrow.

Happy Gardening.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Sauerkraut, veggies and a thought for the day

Can't believe it's been a month since my last post. Plenty happening over at the allotments. We've just had the AGM at Beelarong Community Farm where I have my allotment and I've been elected Secretary of the committee. It's great to have the opportunity to share in the running of the farm.

I've started doing workshops at the farm on making sauerkraut. We do lots of preserving of our harvests, jams and pickles, but I'm taking a big interest in fermenting. Sauerkraut is probably the easiest thing to start with and that's why I want to share it with others at the farm.  Here is my first workshop, great fun, shredded cabbage flying everywhere !

I've picked lots of cherry tomatoes. The fruit fly seem to leave them alone.

My lone Italian kale, Cavalo Nero, has kept me in kale for months now.  I harvest a leaf at a time and chop it into my veggie soups.  Despite the weather warming up it is still going strong. Mind you, it has been the most cosseted plant in Brisbane receiving regular liquid feeds and drinks of diluted worm juice.

Silverbeet (or chard as it is also called) is up there with my all time favourite vegetables and my little bed of plants is prolific. I cannot eat it fast enough, even after sharing the spoils I still have enough to blanch and freeze.

And finally. Here is the thought for the day from my favourite little cushion.

Happy Gardening.