Lemon Verbena Syrup Cake

When skies are grey and you need some cheer – make cake. This tangy sweet delicious number will warm the cockles of your heart. This recipe is from The Cooks Herb Garden by Mary Browne, Helen Leach and Nancy Titchbourne. Three New Zealand sisters who put together useful, gorgeous books. See also The Cooks Salad […]

Our Favourite Pikelets

It was afternoon tea o’clock. We were gobbling oaty pikelets topped with applesauce and yoghurt, and Luke says “these are my favourite” to which everyone whole heartedly agreed. Joy in simple things! And I knew I wanted to share it all with you (the oaty goodness, and the joy). Thanks to the hungry tiger for the […]

Dried Pears and Apple Sauce

Easy, delicious and useful – these words are my guardian angels when choosing how to best preserve my harvest. There are many enticing sounding recipes out there and it’s easy to get seduced into fancy complicated preserves which don’t ever get used. The simplest preserving is storing the fruit/ vegetable whole; and the next is […]

Silverbeet, Lentil and Lemon Soup

Hands up those that grow silverbeet and don’t use it – go on don’t be shy! Many a kiwi garden sports unused silverbeets. Here’s a delicious soup that uses lots of leaves to fill you with vim and vigour. Silverbeet, lentil and lemon soup recipe 250g green lentils 12 big silverbeet leaves, or perpetual spinach […]