The bushfires from January are over, we've had some nice cool weather, except for the last couple of weeks, with three weekends in a row of 40 degrees. I'm over that too. Can we please have some normal temperatures for the rest of the year?
Below some pictures from January and February.
|With Nora out for afternoon tea in Stirling|
|Harvest from the vege garden. Beans did very well early on, then all plants died. Zuccinis weren't a huge success. Lots of flowers and very small fruit, only one or two biggies. Tomatoes were excellent. Up till now as plants are at their end.|
|On my daily evening walk with Bolke.|
|More tomatoes and beans. Cucumbers were good too, until all plants died. I'm now waiting for the first rock melon to be ready for eating.|
|Sunset in the garden|
|Nora at the beach after a swim, eating cookie and popcorn.|
And today I made homemade tomato sauce from a colander full with homegrown tomatoes (normal tomatoes, lots of roma tomatoes and cherry toms). Well, that really was a great success. I used this recipe, and basically went through the following steps:
|This is going to be sauce :-)|
- cut everything in pieces
- throw it all in one pan
- cook on high heat for 10 minutes
- press the contents through a colander or other thing to remove skins
- divide the remaining sauce into three parts: 1/4 to be put on a flat surface in a moderately hot oven to make paste (stir often), 1/4 to put in a bowl which you do nothing with and just add at the end for the fresh tomato taste, then 2/4 back in the pan to simmer for 1 hour and thicken
- when you've reached the desired consistency of your paste and sauce put it all together, add some of the more fluid fresh sauce and tadaaah there it is.
- Add flavour by adding basil
- If you want to you can sautee an onion and some garlic and add these to your sauce (I did). It is now finished. And delicious.
- Make your own pasta, add the sauce and maybe some grated cheese and there you go.
|All in one pan|
|Finished! Just enough for a nice meal for three.|