Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

 I have seen roasted cauliflower a lot on the internet recently and like all roasted vegetables, roasting unlocks some wonderful flavors. I make a marinade with Indian spices, roast and serve as a side dish. 
I did my first farmers market a couple of weeks ago in Yadkinville NC all in all a good experience. It wasn't very busy on opening day and in truth I sold very little but its a start. It again showed me how hard farming is not only in working in the field to grow the vegetables but also finding a market for them and being able to sell them.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Indian Spiced Apple Coleslaw

Funny I alway enjoy coleslaw but hardly make it at home. Its a blank canvas really, allowing a variety of spices or fresh herbs to be added to impart different flavors. This one uses Indian spices and Greek yogurt two things we always have on hand. 


  • 1/4 of a red cabbage finely chopped
  • 4 small apples, a mix of gala and granny smith thinly sliced
  • one cup of Greek yogurt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cumin powder, salt and pepper to taste, 1/4 teaspoon coriander powder 
  • 1 tablespoon of honey 
  • a pinch of chili powder 
  • a handful of sliced grapes

  1. slice the vegetables 
  2. mix the spices with the greek yogurt and combine 
  3. it's that easy :) 

The farm is slowly progressing and I have even attended a local farmers market meeting. I am going to have a wee open house this week where folks can come pick their own arugula, bok choi, salad and swiss chard. Here's the link if your local to Yadkin County NC.

I harvested my first book choi last week, so exciting!

future salad 

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Season One - Ladybird Farm

I thought I would do a little blog post, with a update on ladybird farm , we bought a property in Yadkin county NC a few months ago and plan over the coming years to slowly grow vegetables to sell. We paid a couple of guys one a farmer to build raised beds, in a closed area to protect from hungry wildlife and add a compost bin and rain barrels, about a fortnight ago we started planting we haven't yet harvested but are excited to share the journey as we go. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Speedy Rajma

 I confess with starting up the farm I have been creating less new recipes of late, just cooking routine healthy meals that I know the kids will eat. This is a simple recipe with Indian flavors, would be great with roti.


  • one can of dark kidney beans and a can of light kidney beans
  • one small red onion chopped
  • 3 cloves of chopped garlic 
  • a pinch of cumin seeds
  • 2 cloves
  • one cinnamon stick 
  • one red chili 
  • 1/4 teaspoon of masala powder
  • salt to taste
  • one can of tomatoes 


  1. heat a little oil and add the whole spices to temper them, then add the onions and garlic and saute for 5-7 minutes until translucent 
  2. add the tomatoes with the masala power and salt and simmer for 5 minutes 
  3. add to a blender and blend
  4. return the sauce to the pan and add the cans of kidney beans, simmer a few more minutes and adjust seasoning if desired. 

 This morning we planted strawberries, Swiss chard, pea shoots and lettuce at the Clemmons elementary school garden. I wanted to get them in early to have plenty of time for them to grow so the kids would enjoy them before school is out. In this picture the kids are weeding :-)

 future strawberry 

Then when I returned home me and the wee man planted spinach, lettuce and peas in our garden. I will be growing in three places soon. The work on the raised bed garden has been started at the farm its looking great. I will write a blog post with pictures really soon. 

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Brazilian Fish Stew

I recently saw this recipe in the Guardian probably my favorite British newspaper. It has become a favorite in our house. Its easy to make and is a good recipe to feed a crowd. I made this when family came to visit.

Moqueca de peixe 
Fish poached in coconut milk with peppers, lime and coriander.


Serves 4

  • 4-6 cod fillets or any white fish 
  • 4 tomatoes, sliced 
  • 2 green peppers, deseeded and sliced in rings
  • 2 yellow peppers, deseeded and sliced in rings
  • one red onion sliced 
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 400 ml coconut milk - one can 
  • 1 lime
  • 2 handfuls coriander leaves, chopped
  • a little pinch of red chili flakes 
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup of defrosted prawns 


1 Heat the oil in a saucepan over a medium heat and add the onions and peppers. Cook for 10 minutes, or until the onions are soft and translucent.

2 Arrange the tomatoes on top, then add the coconut milk and cilantro, salt and black pepper. Cook, without mixing or stirring, for about 5 minutes.

3 Add the cod and prawns to the pan on top of the peppers and onions,  and cover with a lid. Simmer gently for 5-7 minutes, until the fish is just cooked. Serve with vegetables and rice or crusty bread.

Farm update - the farm is beautiful love the community and neighbors. We have had some very cold weather so I added oil to the old heating system to keep heat on to protect the pipes. Long term, we want to replace the heating and air. Today I visited and it seems the pipe from the well is old and leaking slightly into the basement so the plumber is coming Saturday. The guys building my raised beds come Friday. Excited to see the garden take shape and I am thinking of ideas for a chicken coop. Once things are built I will share the process. Its a fun but expensive time but long term will be a rewarding job and awesome for the kids to grow up hanging out and helping on a small farm. 

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