April 2018 Issue #152
What fun that we both love gardening. Thanks for joining me.
1) Vivid plants
2) Eco gardening tips
3) Mashed Cauliflower Swirl
Vivid Sydney happens every year, when the city is filled with stunning light displays. Here's the Opera House... can you see that it's mostly about plants! See you there.
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and you'll delight in this drool worthy watermelon hippo cruncher!
Eco gardening tips
- Eggshells, banana peels?
Despite what many people say and repeat over and over, some gardening tips are bunkum.
Take burying eggshells under tomato plants. Eggshells take forever to break down, so put them in the compost to help speed things up, otherwise it will be years before they do any good in the soil, despite being under a particular plant.
Same with the likes of banana skins. Composting is faster... but there again, if you don't compost scraps, by all means, do as I sometimes do and just bury them in the ground. Most scraps won't rob the soil of nitrogen when rotting as they have enough nitrogen themselves.
Bury deep enough to make sure rats, and other opportunists with a good sense of
smell, don't find your treats.
- Veggie scraps stock
One common tip I see a lot of, is to make stock from veggie scraps. And by golly, this is delicious and works a treat.
Just save all your peelings and tops and bottoms of veggies such as zukes, cukes, carrots, onion and garlic skins, celery tops and bottoms, parsley and other herb stems and tough leaves. Phew... as you can see, not much needs to go to waste. Wash and store in freezer and when bag is full, put into large pot or slow cooker with enough water to cover well, and slow cook for a few hours or overnight. Strain, cool and put in containers in freezer for use later.
Of course you can't save everything, so the compost bucket won't miss out too much. Go easy with offcuts from broccoli and cabbage as they do impart a fairly strong flavor.
- Activating nuts
Well blow me down, internet (questionable) wisdom said
that soaking raw nuts reduces the bad phytate levels. Nope, the European Journal of Nutrition, has published a study of trials done by Rachael Brown of Otago Uni. It proves there's no difference in phytates, or any painful gastrointestinal symptoms when eating raw nuts, soaked or not.
To digest nuts well, it's always important to eat them slowly, a few at a time and chew well.
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Mashed Cauliflower Swirl
A low carbohydrate alternative to mashed potatoes. Very tasty!
- 1 medium cauliflower
- 1 flat Tbln butter
- 1 Tbln cream cheese
- 1 Tbln Parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Experiment with adding different herbs and extras, but these taste good: 1 garlic clove, smashed and chopped finely; 1 Tbln chopped parsley; 2 Tbln grated raw carrot.
1. Steam the cauliflower until tender, about 5 to 7 minutes.
2. Place steamed cauliflower in large mixing bowl or food processor and add butter, cream cheese and seasonings.
3. Blend all ingredients together until smooth and creamy.
4. Swirl in Parmesan cheese and any herbs and extras.
Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 5-7 minutes
Serves: 2-4 people
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