Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Homegrown Peanuts


 I planted a small patch of peanuts over the summer and harvested them a couple of weeks back. I got the plants at a local greenhouse. I wanted to share as it was so much fun and easy to do on a small scale, they do well in loose soil and you pretty much plant and leave them until they start to die back then pull them up! I was a little too eager and roasted them the first day and they were so so, after a message with a local farmer I learnt you really need to let them dry out first. 

But if you have space they are a fun item to add to your late summer/ fall garden, I might plant some in the school garden next year.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Fig and Mixed Green Salad



This is a simple salad, using figs from my garden and salad greens and tomatoes from my farm. My little fig tree that is about 5 years old, produced weeks of amazing figs and saved us money buying them. If you live in a region that gets colder winters its good to plant a fig tree close to your house so it gets a little micro climate. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Food is Love


A while back I was asked if I wanted to be featured in the documentary of Registered Dietitians Nutritionists they feature at the beginning of FNCE (The Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo) I was so humbled and truly touched to be one of the featured Dietitians. In August a film crew came from Chicago and spent a whole day with me filming it was a fun but surreal experience. The clip is awesome and I am proud to be a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist along with the other amazing professionals. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

The Rhine Valley, Germany



On our trip to Germany this summer we stayed in the Rhine Valley, the river is the second longest in Europe after the Danube at over 700 miles long, its a wide river with currents and historically since Roman times has been a method of transportation and trade. Even today you will see huge boats carrying coal, passenger ferries, car ferries and shipping containers. Along the river north of Rudesheim you will be treated to beautiful vineyards, lovely little towns and ancient castles as you head North. 

Many of the castles would have chains across the river and charge people to cross. Over the centuries many lay in ruin but quite a few were purchased and restored. One of these is Burg Rheinstein just to the North of Bingen. I stumbled upon this castle while searching for castle stays. What a gem its a restored castle ran by the Hecher family featuring a museum in the castle, and a couple of apartments at the back. 

It has a wonderful restaurant and hosts many weddings. The apartments are modern and the view at breakfast is amazing. The family is very polite and I would say it makes a good base to explore this area. 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Corn and Banana Pepper Salad


As summer winds down and we move into fall, you may be on the last of the local corn in your community. This is a simple garden salad, that allows fresh summer corn to shine. I do think it will also work well with frozen corn so no worries.

Ingredients:


  • 2 corn on the cob cooked with the kernels removed.
  • 1/2 a red onion finely chopped
  • 10 cherry tomatoes chopped
  • a handful of fresh cilantro chopped
  • 10 small banana peppers chopped. If you garden I recommend these they are mild in flavor and easy to grow. 
  • a dash of olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • a pinch of cumin
  • one medium cucumber chopped
Method

  1. cook corn and remove the kernels. 
  2. add all the ingredients to a big bowl and mix.
  3. eat as a light lunch or as a side dish.





In other news I sold a few flowers to a local produce store. I also sold fresh herbs to a couple of local restaurants, so happy the farm is coming along nicely, slowly but surely. 





Farm fresh herbs.

Hope your well, hugs.



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