Sunday 27 March 2011

Avocado, Basil, Rocket and Tomato Bruschetta


Summer on a plate! To make this yummy bruschetta first plant some seeds.

Watch them germinate, water and care for your plants for several weeks until finally you have beautiful tomatoes, basil and rocket.

Harvest your creations and mix them together with some cracked pepper and a drizzle of local olive oil.

Toast some Paolo’s Grain Sour Dough, rub it with fresh garlic and top with your garden creation.

More to say? No just munch away!

Wednesday 23 March 2011

Seed and Produce Swap Days

We have been very fortunate to have 2 great Seed Swaps at Glandore Community Garden recently.

We have had lots of new young gardeners join in as well as all the older folks who have been growing food for decades.

There is nothing like getting together with like minded folks and sharing produce, seeds and home made afternoon tea.

It is very easy to arrange seed swaps, just look for a community garden close to where you live.

Find some gardeners who want to save seed and swap produce with each other.

Make a time to do this and you will find it is lots of fun.

This is a collage of our February gathering.

Note : Bob took these photos and said Daniel and Harry were discussing tomatoes, what a great photo!.


Seedy Sunday at Glandore


Last weeks gathering was also an absolute delight as everyone chatted about what they had brought and were planning to grow in winter.


Seedy Saturday at Glandore

Wednesday 16 March 2011

Bird’s Eye View


Bird's Nest & Raindrops

This friendly family of pigeons live in the Jacaranda tree in our garden.

They forage in the garden, and wander around our lawn.

It is wonderful to have a veggie garden for all creatures to share and enjoy.

Sunday 13 March 2011

Basilico Olio

Basilico Olio-7

Basilico Olio or basil oil is a great colourful oil to spoon over sliced tomatoes or to add to freshly boiled pasta or rice.

It is also great drizzled over freshly baked pizza, tomato and onion bruschetta or sliced cucumber salad.

It is a great way to prepare surplus basil and keeps for several days in the fridge.

It is made by plunging a couple of handfuls of fresh basil leaves into some boiling water then draining them quickly and then plunging the leaves into iced water for a few seconds. Remove the leaves and pat them dry with a clean cloth.

Place the leaves in a food processer and chop them adding a good quality olive oil , sufficient to make the mix pourable.

To make the oil more flavoursome add a pinch of salt, some sliced chilli and some freshly sliced basil just before service.

We are still having lovely warm weather here in Adelaide. We still have fresh basil although our tomatoes and cucumbers are nearly finished.

We have thoroughly enjoyed our tomato season and now look forward to yummy peppers, spring onions and small lettuce that are growing well at the moment.

We only have a small garden so we cannot grow everything we would like too but luckily we have an Organic Store called Doof Doof within walking distance and Hayden grows amazing veggies. At the moment we are enjoying his corn, eggplants, zucchini and lettuce.

I love fresh organic fruit and vegetables and we are lucky here in Adelaide to have lots of organic growers close by.

Happy gardening everyone.

Wednesday 9 March 2011

Local Fish and Chips, Garden Salad and Baked Excel Figs for Dessert

Dinner tonight all cooked by the gardener not the cook!  Pretty delicious!

Thanks Julie for the potatoes.

Local Food-4



Local Food-12