Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
You don't need to spend extra for low fat mince. But you do need to lay it on paper towel after the first fry. Not brain science or rocket surgery, but it does save $8 per kg. Eight dollars I need these days. The chooks love the leftover paper towel, too.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Sunday, August 18, 2013
My lovely girl Mia once referred to me as "the user", mhm. Can I rephrase that to "the user upper" although discussion could be entered into.
I use stuff up. These days when I cook a meal I don't serve for myself. I just eat what my family doesn't. We've had the discussion about spit. When there is too much broccoli I cook broccoli dishes. Too many eggs welcome to the quiches.
So I found myself (through too much buying and a really good price deal) with too many brown onions. I wish I could feel different but shit, the French are good at lots of things. So with a freezer full of stock and too many onions I found a use. And it's gourmet!
Technique can turn boring stuff into brilliance.
The one I did was basically a French onion process with a few mushrooms extra..
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Saturday, August 17, 2013
- Stone fruit trees, grapevines and roses pruned. I like to prune these ones hard.
- Leaf litter and all that junk raked up from under the trees and grapevines and composting - you want bare soil here at this moment to minimise the fungus and insect disease lifecycle.
- Some sort of fertiliser on that bare soil. I'll put complete mineral mix or citrus food out, but sometimes for some organic touch it can be dynamic lifter or blood and bone. I put cow manure out, about three weeks ago - same deal.
- Get onto your citrus. In particular if you have bloating on the stems cut the stuff out, burn it or put it in the green waste. It's citrus gall wasp - leave it there after Aug and the wasps will hatch and resettle on your tree. It a few years your beautiful citrus tree will look like the elephant man. Be brave.
- Notwithstanding the above, cut your citrus hard, right now. As the soils warm you'll get beautiful green shoots. I have cut all my citrus back to 30%.
- After all pruning, spray with a garden oil. The type doesn't really matter at this time of year. Winter oil, pest oil, eco oil. It protects against many insects and fungus problems.
- With stone fruit, spray with a copper fungicide as the pink tips of the flowers/leaves just start to look like they're breaking. It'll help with curly leaf and other problems.
- Cut the lawn a little high, but keep in mind that kikuyu is about to go into a strong growth phase so over the next four weeks you can reduce the height down to where you have it basically scalped by mid september.
- I'd throw some organic lawn fertiliser out (upsurge/blade runner) about now.
- You could start "promoting" your pot plants now. That is repot them up into a slightly larger pot with some fresh soil. It's like letting them out to stretch their legs and get some fresh air.
I've taken to doing ours this way. Two minutes of gas. I'm very glad that Sylvia is OK with it - it can be a little confronting. My friend person B is trying to ban the bottle, gas bottle. But they make about 10% of the fires in the place and do none of the firewood - including kindling - acquisition.
I like using a piece of 4x2 as kindling. I chop too much firewood as it is. I'm sticking with the bottle.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Fast Eddy from BH&G put a recipe over that Sylvia saw on tv, and she liked it. I also like the idea as she told me so I hunted it out. Chop the florets really short, grate the stem. Fry off shallots, garlic, capers and Chilli in olive oil and throw the broccoli in on top. Sweat it off, don't cook. Toss the whole lot through al dente spaghetti.
I'd suggest drizzle as much olive oil - again - as you like, or butter, and serve with grated Parmesan.
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