When you have a productive garden, there is frequently more available than you can reasonably use. So, we are often giving away produce to family and friends.
It is not all a one-way street and we are grateful for goodies which are gifted to us in return.
My sister and brother-in-law recently gave us a large pumpkin and some chillies. The pumpkin was put to good use and you can read about it in this earlier post. I used the chillies to make a bottle of sweet chilli sauce.
A few days ago we visited my brother at his newly-purchased inner suburban unit. I hardly expected that we would come away with fresh produce when he had been there for barely 3 weeks. However, I was surprised to find myself returning home with a container of macadamia nuts which we had collected from the back lawn of the unit block. This bounty is falling from a tree overhanging from a neighbouring garden.
Also, some friends gave us a quantity of rosemary. We have planted some cuttings so that we can add this to our own garden and I stripped the leaves off the remainder and dried it in the dehydrator. Once it was dried, I ground it and then mixed the ground rosemary with Himalayan salt and I now have a jar of rosemary salt which will be be perfect for seasoning. I am looking forward to trying it on some oven-baked potato chips.
I was watching Gardening Australia last night and saw a segment about making your own Lemon and Rosemary Hand Scrub. I am going to get some more rosemary from my friend and try that one out. The recipe and details will be a future blog post.