Bits and Pieces

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Many of my meals are really not recipes but simply creations which utilise whatever happens to need using up.

Tonight is a perfect example. This is the selection of ‘ingredients’ I decided to include.

At the back of the photo is some leftover mashed potato to which I added a small amount of tuna that I had not used when making tuna mornay. In addition to the 2 main ingredients there is some flaxseed meal which helps to bind the mixture together as well as nutritional yeast, salt, pepper and Dijon mustard. This mixture became 4 tuna patties.

The sliced vegetables at the front are small quantities of 2 different varieties of zucchini and a button squash. I sauteed these in a little olive oil. The mushrooms were cooked with the garlic cloves (chopped) along with some parsley (not shown) and finished with a spoonful of sour cream.

Served with fresh cherry tomatoes and strips of capsicum.

The cherry tomatoes, garlic and parsley are from our garden while the zucchini and button squash were gifted to us from a friend’s garden.

Corn Collapse

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It would be heartbreaking – not to mention an economic nightmare – being a farmer.  It was bad enough when my lovely little crop of corn was just about flattened almost a week ago.  We had a 40C + day with hot wind followed the next day by wild thunderstorms, gale force winds and rain.

This was the result.

Collapsed corn

The following afternoon I managed to add some extra soil/mulch to the bed and propped them back as upright as I could.  I was not overly optimistic but it appears to have been reasonably successful.

Here is the same bed 5 days later.

CornMeanwhile, we continue to manage to harvest something from the garden almost every day.  This is quite an achievement since we devote almost no time to it and a lot is actually self-sown.  Today’s bounty included blueberries, cherry tomatoes, pumpkin, figs, avocadoes and eggs from the chickens.

Are you picking produce at the moment?  Perhaps you are snowed in and planning the spring planting?