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We had a big weekend out in the garden – clearing out spent crops, sowing leafy greens and replenishing the herb garden with seedlings that I had growing in the greenhouse. And what does one need after a hard day’s work in the garden? Applewurst, that’s right!

Ol’Pauly was a good boy so I picked a couple of Granny Smith apples off the tree and headed inside to whip him up a hearty snack.

Naturally, I poached then fried the weisswurst then, as you can see, I fried up the wedges of apple.

I spread a warm bun with a little fancy sauce (mustard and mayo) then I loaded it up with apple and weisswurst.

Ol’Pauly got stuck right into it, as you would right?

Then he washed it down with a delightful ale. Mmm…

And of course there was a sip for the camerawoman 😉

Now don’t go bustin’ my chopps about tradition because I know all about that! This is about flavour, its about eating from the garden and it’s what we like!



Summer Herbs II

This post is for Alexa who wrote to me asking for more information regarding summer herbs. I thought that many of you might find this topic interesting so I have posted my response here for everyone’s benefit.

That reminds me that it is time to give my Thyme a haircut!

Alexa – hi Im in high school and I need to do this hospitality project, part of it is that I have to name 5 summer herbs but Im struggling to find any! I was wondering if you could list a few for me it would really help me, thanx 🙂

Hi Alexa,

Thanks for your question. I can see how this could be quite confusing as there is a lot of talk about herbs on the Internet but, mostly the information is non-specific in terms of their seasonal classification. It can also be tricky in some parts of the world, like here in Australia, where we don’t necessarily have clearly defined seasons. In cold climates for example it would be much easier to tell that you have “summer herbs” because they would be the ones that either can’t survive in winter or go dormant during that time. However, in my garden that is not quite so evident – because many of the perennial herbs that would, in a cold climate garden, go completely dormant, don’t. Sure, they start to look a little tired and die back a bit but, after a good prune they reshoot and continue to grow into the autumn and winter. Mint, sage and oregano are just a few of those continual growing “summer herbs” that I have in my garden.

So, I would say that “summer herbs” are those that like the warmer weather and do most of their growing during the spring and summer months. They are herbs that we plant in the spring to enjoy harvesting during the summer. They will often be the type of herbs that die down at the end of summer (but, not always!) or in the case of perennials, ones that need to be cut back hard before the frost arrives.

One place that might give you a good clue as to which are “summer herbs” and which are “winter herbs” is to look at a few recipe books. For example mint is one of those herbs that is used a lot in summer dishes and drinks. Pineapple sage and lemongrass are beautiful in fruity, summer iced teas and are also a nice accompaniment to bottled fruits like peaches. Basil is another important summer herb – very often teamed with fresh tomato dishes because they share the same growing and harvesting seasons and also because of their naturally superb flavour combination.

The following are some of the summer herbs that I have growing here in my garden. I have listed their Common names and their Botanical names for easy reference. I hope this helps.


Every Day In The Garden’s Summer Herb List:

  • Basil Ocimum basilicum
  • Chamomile Matricaria recutita
  • Chives Allium schoenoprasum
  • Comfrey Symphytum officinale
  • Echinacea Echinacea angustifolia
  • Horseradish (or Seeradish) Armoracia rusticana
  • Mint Mentha spicata
  • Oregano Oreganum spp.
  • Lavendar lavandular angustifolia
  • Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis
  • Lemongrass Cymbopogon citratus
  • Lovage Levisticum officinale
  • Parsley Petroselinum crispum
  • Pineapple Sage Salvia elegens
  • Summer Savory Satureja hortensis

I’m back!

I’m well and truly up and out of bed now and for the first time in many, many weeks I have been back out working in my garden. If you’re still with me, thank you so very much for your patience!

I have been out in the garden from time to time but I didn’t have the energy to actually do anything except sit and enjoy my girls company. Bless my girls! While I was in bed they were right there outside my bedroom window keeping me company and keeping me entertained. And Chickie was there with me too as always =)


The girls sunning themselves outside my bedroom window.

So, I have quite a lot to catch up on. Yes indeed! I’ll tell you all about as I tackle it throughout the next week or two.

My poor vegetable garden is in a very sad state. It is getting very empty now as Autumn is upon us. I have been out and cut out all of the veg that had gone to seed or was totally neglected in my absence. I cleared out my tomatoes yesterday – the earliest that I have ever done this! They were not happy and had endured an unprecedented attack by the birds. We have however, had a fairly good crop all things considered. So, there will be bottled tomatoes to come – watch this space! But for now I am off to make a Tomato Cake. See you soon!

Rainy Day Activity #3

Ok, its raining outside and you’re looking for any excuse to stay indoors. Well, I have a great activity for you to do while you’re sitting down watching Ellen /when you’re not dancing that is!

Tomato Ties!

Yes indeed. You can make your own tomato/any-plant ties while you’re sitting in front of the TV and you don’t need to buy any fancy materials to do it!

To make your tomato ties you will need:

A sharp pair of fabric scissors

An old t-shirt or any other light knitted fabric like jersey. Scrabbies will come in quite handy here. What’s a Scrabby I hear you ask? According to “The Meaning Liff*” – a Scrabby. (noun) is a curious-shaped duster given to you by your mother which upon closer inspection turns out to be half an underpant.

Stretchy fabric. Note that from thumb to thumb is "across the knit".

Now for the fun stuff:

If you are using an old garment, first cut off all of the seams so that you are left with clean pieces of fabric that, you could stitch back together to make a slightly smaller garment than before. No, no, we mustn’t get distracted!

Don’t throw away those seams! You can use them as ties too.

Now quite simply cut your fabric into strips, cutting across the knit so that you are left with stretchy strips that when pulled will curl inwards. I usually cut mine about 2cm wide by about 20cm in length. Suit yourself though as I usually use my eyeometer. You can make them wider or longer just not shorter or they won’t allow you to tie them securely.

When tying my plants I usually use what I believe is called a half bow knot. Particularly when tying tomatoes. Now, this will be interesting explaining how to do a half bow knot without a video handy. Here we go: You need to imagine that you were tying a bow in the usual manner except that when you get to the final loop you push the whole piece through so that you are left with one loop and two tails. You can then pull on the tail of the existing loop to release the knot without the need for scissors. How was that? Give it a few goes on your big toe first. Yes, I was tying it on my big toe while I was writing that description. Haha I told you there would be no fancy materials needed!

It is best to dispose of the ties after each use as they can harbor diseases that you don’t want to spread to other plants in your garden.

So now you can get a years worth of plant ties and recycle your old clothes AND you don’t even have to leave the front door!

Yay for you!

* The Meaning of Liff is a very funny dictionary of words which describe common objects or situations for which no word previously existed. The Meaning of Liff written by Douglas Adams and John Lloyd (two men who, I am positive, enjoy their whiskey).

Australia Day!

Like almost every other Australian in the world today we celebrated with a u-beaut Aussie barbie. And as is tradition in my family, lunch was followed by an afternoon of fun and games. Kelly Pool was the game of the day.

Ah Kelly Pool… fun for the whole family!

When we got home it was straight out to the garden for a bit of a clean up and a hunt for some tasty greens for Chickie Boombah and of course for tonight’s dinner: Stir fried ginger greens.

So, there I was thinking “I might leave those carrots another week and see how they’re getting on”. I decided to pinch off a few leaves for Boombah when I saw a hint of orange poking up out of the soil and thought, “ok, I’ll just check on this one”. I think you can tell from my reaction that I was quite surprised at what I saw. Thanks to Paul for being so quick with the camera!

Yep, she’s a big one!

And that’s not all. Check out the size of the sugarbeet. Its well and truly as big as my head.

I have been thinking about making a beetroot cake for ages so… I’m off to the kitchen to experiment.

Happy Australia Day!


Now, I don’t want to get you all excited because it may turn out to be a fizzer but… I have some mangoes on the tree!

Kensington Pride Mango

I won’t hold my breath because they could quite easily fall off  at this stage but we will see. Just to be on the safe side, I am removing the little one so that the tree can direct all of it’s energy into the other two fruits.

There were seven in total but I had a little accident the other day that caused the demise of the branch holding the others. It was probably for the best anyway.

Just in case you are wondering it is a Kensington Pride and I have had it for about 2 years. It’s currently in a pot but when the time is right I will be moving Mr. Kensington out to the orchard.

Ciao xx

How to cool a hot bunny?

This post is dedicated to Mrs Bok and Tim Tam – just because I was thinking of them today while I was cooling my little babushka bunny.

The temperature in Melbourne and Adelaide has been extreme today with the temperature gauges hitting 38°C and 42°C respectively.

Its on stinkin’ hot days such as these when we are so preoccupied with our own state of near expiration that we need to spare a thought for our animal companions.

My darling Chickie babushka recently had a major operation to remove her unusually oversized uterus. Everything is all well and good now but, I have been keeping a close eye on her in this heat the past few days. Last night I noticed that she was panting frantically so I needed to find a way to cool her down. Unlike us, rabbits don’t sweat to reduce their body temperature, instead they regulate their temperature through either increased or decreased blood flow to their ears. I decided that if I was going to cool her down I was going to have to do cool down those beautiful big ears and this is what I did:

I got a nice fine piece of material, in my case one of mum’s old hankies, I wet it with cold water and gently wiped down Chickies head and ears.

She was loving it so I decided to wrap the hankie around the ears for a few minutes while we had a little pat time. I repeated this a few times with fresh water and it did a really good job.

Place the moist hankie behind the ears

Fold each side of the hankie over the ears...

Et voila! Chickie Babushka!

I still can’t work out which she was loving most: The cool down or her new Babushka look.

I also took one of those esky bricks out of the freezer, wrapped it in a tea towel and put it next to her so that she could lay on it to cool herself down. That’s all I had frozen at the time but, today I filled a 1.25l soft drink bottle as it was longer and that seems to be doing the trick. Just remember not to fill it completely as the water will expand as it freezes!

As for my girls (chooks), I always keep a close eye on them during hot weather. Chickens are so fragile on hot days. The most important thing to remember about chooks is that they are jungle birds and as such need shade to survive. I always make sure that they have plenty of shade at all times of the day – yes that pesky sun has a habit of moving! I have purposely planted shady trees in spots that will keep both them and our house cool on days like this.

I give my girls water in various spots so that they always have water on hand and I like to keep that water in the shade so that they don’t have to go out in the sun to drink. It also ensures that the water doesn’t get hot. No-one likes to drink warm water, well not in the summer that is!

Shade and water are the most important parts but keeping them cool is also important. I like to be sure that they are actually hydrated so, I put out cold watermelon. The girls dig in for the seeds and get a mouth full of liquid at the same time. It keeps them hydrated and it cools them down at the same time.

There are a couple of other things that I do for them:

I place large blocks of ice in their water  (made with old ice-cream containers or yoghurt tubs).

I get out the hose with the mister nozzle and give them a misting. This usually takes place under their favourite tree.

If conditions are really extreme (or if I have a clucky chook) I give them a cool bath. This brings their temperature down nicely. By bath I mean that I pop them in a tub with cool water (not icy-cold) filled to about belly height. I gently wave the water about their tummies and under the wings. Just quietly, I think they love it!.

And in mega extreme cases I bring them inside! Yes indeed. This only happens when the weather gets into the mid 40’s. They can perish very easily and I don’t take the chance.

I must state that they don’t just roam around anywhere. I have a spare bathroom that gets fitted out with cardboard and newspapers on such a special occasion. I would use the garage but we have a big metal door that gets very hot in the summer and it is no good so, inside it is. They don’t make a mess on those days anyway, they usually just sit around wondering why they got to come inside for a change. Having said all of that, as Mrs Bok brought “Chook Nappies” to my attention earlier this year my girls may well be free ranging with Miss Chickie the next time we have a day in the mid 40’s. Check them out here: Chook Nappies, City Chicks – Eggs on legs

We’ll see!

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