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It’s actually been about two weeks since I returned from my 10 weeks in Europe, and I’ve been meaning to post here ever since. Anyway, just quickly…
Some things I have eaten since I’ve been home!
A salad of roasted beetroots, quickly blanched cauliflower, lemon, parsley, and capers. Had this for lunch one day with some smoked trout and a very inexpertly hard boiled egg.
The best salad I’ve had in a long time. Mixed salad greens, sliced Pink Lady apple, bacon bits (REAL bacon of course, fried til crispy), crumbled goat’s cheese, sunflower seeds, and a honey-mustard dressing. I had this with leftover black bean and sweet potato chilli and cornbread.
This might just look like a sandwich, but let me tell you how amazing it was. Avocado, cheddar cheese, homemade fig chutney, grated carrot, and salad greens including nasturtium leaves from our garden. All on top of a sprouted multigrain bread that I picked up from the CERES farmer’s market. Amazing.
(As you might be able to tell, I’ve been on a salad kick. Travelling put me into a serious vegetable deficit, but I’m working to balance it.)
And then there’s this:
Since I came back I’ve been pushing to finish this mitred square blanket, because I’m tired of it taking up all the room in the knitting drawer under the coffee table. It’s using the leftovers from my Lizard Ridge blanket (completed earlier this year) and black Cascade 220. Each square is 15 st to a side, and a little less than 10cm. The photo shows it at 9×9 squares, but I’m up to the 11×11 row now, and I think that’ll either be the last one, or I might be able to stretch it to 12×12. We shall see.
Oh, and the garden. I’ve been meaning to do something with this shady patch behind the carport. Our old housemate had been digging organic matter into it regularly, and I added a bit more compost and moved some of our herbs that were in pots (mint and vietnamese mint) and threw in a couple of punnets of seedlings of this and that that I thought would do okay in semi-shade (lettuce from some friends, spinach and chives from CERES). The parsley was already there.
It doesn’t look like much, but hopefully this semi-shaded garden will do ok for some herbs and the odd leafy thing that tends to bolt in the Australian summer.
The mulch has been giving the mynah birds something to scratch at. Grrr. But as long as the mints and parsley do okay I’m not too worried if they grub up the other stuff. I’d rather they didn’t, but I’ll cope.
I have a bunch of knitting from overseas to update you on, and a recipe for curry coming up, so stay tuned.