Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Very Slow Menu

Thursday ~ Kransky Hotpot
Friday ~ Kransky Hotpot left-overs
Saturday ~ Barley Pilaf (I am only going to have barley in soups in future)
Sunday ~ Bolognaise
Monday ~ Tuna Casserole
Tuesday ~ Moroccan Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup
Wednesday ~

I have meals to think up until at least Monday night. We are using what we have on hand buying odd bits and pieces to add to it.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Beans on the Menu

Door Stop by Neil Faulkner

I have a pumpkin similar to that that I tried photographing, maybe I'll put it at the end of the post. We were given it, which is always a big help.


Thursday ~ Veal Campagnola & Chips
Friday ~ Mexican Mince
Saturday ~ Red Curry Beef & Boc Choy
Sunday ~ Sausage Casserole & Potatoes
Monday ~ Pasta with Pork Sausages & Rosemary
Tuesday ~ Pork Sausages
Wednesday ~ Pea & Ham Soup with Kranskys & Brussels Sprouts
Thursday ~ Tuna Casserole
Friday ~ Pork Mince Stroganoff
Saturday ~ Pork Chow Mein
Sunday ~ Spaghetti Bolognaise
Monday ~ Spiced Pumpkin & Canned Lentil Soup
Tuesday ~ Tuna & Mushroom Spaghetti
Wednesday ~ Soy Bean & Vegetable Soup

My Favourite Black (Turtle) Bean Soup

Top black bean soup with lemon and hard cooked egg slices.


* 3 cups dried black beans
* 1 ham bone or large ham hock
* 3 quarts water
* 2 ounces salt pork, diced or 2 to 3 slices diced bacon
* 1 large clove garlic, minced
* 1 bay leaf
* 1/8 teaspoon ground thyme
* 2 cups chopped onion
* 1 medium carrot, diced
* salt and pepper
* sherry
* lemon slices
* hard cooked egg, sliced

Soak black beans and ham bone in 3 quarts of water overnight in the refrigerator. Transfer beans and liquid to large kettle of Dutch oven. Add salt pork or bacon, garlic, bay leaf and thyme. Bring black beans to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 2 hours.

Add chopped onions and diced carrot; simmer 1 hour longer. Remove and discard bay leaf and ham bone. In small batches, process or blend black bean soup mixture until smooth. Return to pot; heat. Add salt and pepper and a little sherry to taste. Serve black bean soup garnished with lemon and egg slices.
Makes 2 quarts of black bean soup.

From here.

Black beans (or Black Turtle Beans) from Asian supermarkets, (not sure which ones) and Kwikshop.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


I just love medlars, and I hope to buy a tree, though $100 is probably why I haven't bought one yet. I can buy one from a tree farm in Holbrook NSW called The Vintage Tree Nursery.

I had a tree before in our rental property that we lived in in 2003. Bletting the fruit still remains a mystery to me, though I think I did lots of research. I suppose if you are not using the information, you basically have to start again.

I bought some ready made jelly, though I can't say I have done a lot with it. I was thrilled though to see medlars on River Cottage Autumn a couple of days ago. They made medlar and apple chutney.

The girls picked medlars at the time when we had the tree, my husband even collected some sawdust, though it smelled to much like petrol from memory, but the fruit went rotten. Maybe that was a good thing, maybe I actually just bletted them? It would be hard to say since they were thickly together in a bowl.

My joy of medlars comes from my uncle's love of fruit trees, and I remember him visiting a tree in an older lady's garden.

Photo: Flickr Non-commercial Creative Commons: mgjefferies photostream here.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

My favourite red grass

I have talked about it on the internet before. It brings me lots of joy.

I came across some while I was photographing a church. It grows in our street, I haven't seen any in other parts of Victoria.

For ages now, well a month or two, I have been looking at a red native grass, that grows at least in a 50 mile radius of here. There is one piece in our nature strip. It grows by the roadside, and during the drought made a stunning display.

Yesterday (May 24, 2007) I drove through bush areas and saw Crimson Rosellas I think, feeding on it by the side of the road. It was a sight I haven't seen before, and special I think. Not only do I love the grass, now in autumn you can see birds on it feeding.