discovering a simpiler life

discovering a simpiler life

Thursday, 27 February 2014

A little kitchen gossip and some exciting news.....

Go and pop the kettle on and come back with a cuppa, I've got some news.  You can see we have a gorgeous steady stream of summer goodies coming in from the garden that our season has been so slow, the major benefit is it's all been manageable.  Not one zucchini has grown to mammoth proportions nor has a tomato gone uneaten, but I must say I'm so pleased the tomatoes are coming on thick and fast at the moment as I'm dying to make chutney and passatta for the stockpile.  Here's some of what I've been making....
Our eggplants are the best they have ever been and will be turned into eggplant parmigiana and crumbed and fried into fritters sprinkled with sea salt and served with a garlicky aioli....I can hardly wait for lunchtime and I haven't eaten breakfast yet!
These tomatoes are a sight for sore eyes! They have been green for so long it's just so wonderful to see them coming in.  We had homemade garlic, tomato, parmesan and basil pizzas for dinner one night, such a wonderful way to use them, but they are destined to my slow cooker for my sauce.

I was kindly given a bag of this weird pale looking zucchini's pictured above that I put thinly sliced into this frittata with 6 eggs, a glug of milk of your choice which I popped the zucchini in and mixed well, added some tomato, fresh basil and feta~simple but delicious I must say.  Does anyone know or have these type of zucchini's? It's the first time I've seen them but I'd be keen to grow some next year.
Beetroots abound and I love to make pickled beetroots which was where these babies ended up.  I'll share the recipe in a little while.

I was also very kindly given a rye sourdough starter, another mother to look after!! So watch out for that adventure coming soon!

Ok, so the exciting news....I was very lucky to have an article published in Mia Freemans online Magazine ~ Mamamia this week.  It is on the illness I have, Vestibular Migraine, and I'm excited to share it with you all.  Here is the link.  If I can raise awareness of this silent illness or help one person than I'll be so thrilled, it has been a lovely experience.

So that's a wrap, will see you all on Monday.  I hope you take the time to rest up and recharge on the weekend, your mind, body and soul will thank you.

Ciao, Jan x

13 comments :

  1. Oh my goodness--all that produce looks divine! You guys rock! Awesome effort in such a tough year for water. My garden is sadly lacking this year (bar tomatoes and basil)
    The article is amazing-so honest and insightful! Well done gorgeous lady---you deserve some brightness!

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    1. Hasn't it been a touchy year for the vegies Rob, I just love 'shopping' in our garden, so inspiring!!
      Thank you for your kind words, it means so much xxx

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  2. Oh I could do with that yummy tomato pizza you have pictured there...do you do home deliveries. I've had a busy week and my cooking has suffered. Great article...well, not great that you have that, but great that you can talk about it. I also agree that having your little blog is such a nice little distraction too and glad you started it. You are on the right track food wise to cut chemicals out too because I found a blog of this girl in the USA and I seriously can't remember where. She had some serious health issues for years and years and no one could explain it and so eventually she cut out every single chemical or processed food and now the thing has completely gone and she is up and about touring in a RV across America with her partner. I'm not saying food will get rid of your problem however I do know that getting back to basics without any chemicals - well, there's a lot to be said about that. Right, got to go now because I have to pick up the kids from school and I'm giving Sienna her rag quilt I made for her birthday after school today. She got presents this morning but I wanted to save something for this afternoon. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia
    www.oursimpleandmeaningfullife.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Kathy :) I hope Sienna loved her quilt and she had a lovely birthday xxx

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  3. Well done Jan! I'm so happy for you :) I'm off to read your post now :D

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    1. Thanks Lorraine :D They used the photo of 'your' cheesecake recipe I made...of all the photo's I gave them!!

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  4. Congratulations on the article! You must be very excited. :) I'm super jealous of your veggie haul, enjoy it!

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  5. Hey Janis:))
    Looks amazing. Eggplant Parma is a favorite of mine. I will pop a little rhubarb relish on instead of tomato. ..happy days;)

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    1. Oh Lana, I think some of your spicy rhubarb salsa will be just the ticket!! :D

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  6. Oh my! Let me loose in your garden!! Our growing season is just starting now, I can't wait. And a MASSIVE congrats for your article, I'm off to check it out now xxx

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  7. Jan, just looking at the vegies makes me feel like cooking. And o la la, that pizza looks yummy. I am having an imaginary slice. :-). Elsie xxx

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