Thursday, June 8, 2017

Tim's tips for the easiest things to grow in your vegie patch - get fresh, save money = winning!

Though it was a bit hard to get out of bed this morning (as it was 4 degrees and I forgot to turn my oil heater on!), it was worth it to get out in the garden on a non-rainy day to tidy up the vegie patch.

Unfortunately no pictures of my actual vegie patch (due to it being a bit muddy and an uncharged mobile phone), but my top tips for planting (given that I usually kill anything I do in the garden) are...

1) Mint

Mint is great to grow - it's just about impossible to kill, and great with many of my favourite winter dishes (lamb in particular!). Plus if you like a bit of tea in winter, try adding some crushed mint and sugar - trust me, it's amazing! Picked that one up in Morocco...

2) Rosemary

Rosemary is pretty good I reckon - it's a reasonably decorative plant which is flowering in autumn, very drought resistant, grows anywhere (I've got it growing in builder's mud and it's doing fine!) and just like mint, it's beautiful on lamb dishes. I'm particularly fond of it in a slow roasted lamb shank.

3) Spring Onion

Maybe this should be number 1 - I use it all the time in asian cooking, but you can use this pretty much on any dish calling for it! Go grab a bunch of spring onion from the supermarket or asian shop for $1 or so, chop off the bottom inch with the roots attached, and go stick these roots outside in your vegie patch. It'll take well, and start growing new shoots, which you and chop off and use over and over again! Though I usually rip it out after 6 months as it gets a bit woody. Then you just get some more spring onion, replant and start again!

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A cooking session with Adam Liaw thanks to Metricon!

So last month we managed to grab an invite to see Adam Liaw cooking at the Metricon display home in Burwood East.

Must admit - we've both got a massive crush on Adam Liaw, who won Aussie Masterchef back in 2010. He's had an amazing career since then, and if you haven't seen his cooking shows on SBS (Destination Flavour: Japan is our favourite!) then do yourself a favour and go stream it now!

The demonstration was mostly about Chinese New Year, so I got to make a few dumplings (poorly) with Adam. We also got to have a good look around the display home, which in typical Metricon style was fully maxxed out with amazing features.

In retrospect, would've been nice to have a butler's kitchen in our house... as well as a butler to cook for us! With the long hours we're spending at Verdant Dental Niddrie, we're usually back home late eating reheated frozen food, which is a long way short of a Masterchef meal!

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Tim & Tina


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