Kimchi

I will not proclaim to be a kimchi expert. To be perfectly honest I have only ever tried the kimchi that I have made. I have no idea if it tastes how it is supposed to. This is the third time that I have made it. I have thoroughly enjoyed it each time and I haven’t killed myself accidentally. I originally made it because I had grown really large purple drum head cabbages (because I thought they were pretty) but then didn’t have a food plan for them.

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I certainly know how to make a mess. Quite a talent I have there…

It is cabbage time again. I still don’t grow daikon (I really should so that most of this is from my backyard). My ginger experiment was a flop, next years goals: ginger and daikon.

I got my recipe from here http://www.gardenbetty.com/2013/07/red-cabbage-kimchi/ I change it up a little bit depending on what I have. This time I had more daikon and less carrot than the recipe said, I ran with this. I don’t put the fish sauce in, so I guess I already do know that it doesn’t taste like it should. I have no comparison point, I don’t miss what I don’t know.

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I went with a hands on approach. It smelled like heaven!

 

 

 

 

IMG_4349I love the vibrant colours. It made 4 and a half jars. It would have made the full 5 but I had some fresh like a coleslaw with my dinner (delicious!!)

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I now just have to wait for this batch to ferment. I like to leave it out about 6 or 7 days. I am the only one that eats it so I need only impress myself. Let the count down begin 🙂

 

 

Pumpkin Pumpkin and more Pumpkin

I have mentioned before that I grew a lot of pumpkin this year. I have finally finished it all!!!!!!!!!!! This is quite momentous. So. Much. Pumpkin. Has. Been. Eaten. I have a pot of soup on the stove now and it represents the last of the pumpkin.

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The freezer is looking a little less packed after taking these jars out.

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Onion from the farmers market, garlic from the back yard, cumin and red lentils package free, water from the tap, pumpkin from the backyard. The only culprit is

IMG_4171I didn’t have stock in the freezer like I thought I did. So I threw in a stock cube. I guess I need a better system in the freezer so it is immediately obvious what is in there.

I cannot express the satisfaction I feel at finally getting through all the pumpkin. I did plant 2 vines again but they are both good storing varieties and I think probably less prolific.  I may have planted the corn too early though as they are massive and blocking the light to the baby pumpkin vines. Trial and error, I can’t say I would be devastated if the pumpkins don’t thrive….

For the love of garlic

I really like garlic, I use it for all sort of things aside from cooking. I use it in a spray for the garden, I chop it up and swallow it raw to avert an impending cold, I use it in the chickens water to aid worm prevention and as a general immune booster for them. I do cook with garlic a lot, but my most favourite use by far is garlic salt on home made chips. It is the bee’s knees!

Last year there was a bit of a mix up when I ordered my garlic bulbs and they didn’t arrive, so I bought some at the market instead. I planted them out. Then a week later my order came.

I put garlic cloves everywhere. Between flowers, in pots, anywhere I could find space. When I harvested in December I was pleasantly suprised. I had assumed that a lot of the cloves wouldn’t have grown much due to their unusual locations, but most were great! I ended up with around 70 corms, 10 or so of them were small the rest a good size. I dried them out and learned how to braid them. Then stared at their magnificence…

That was in December. Now it is August. I have the next batch growing in the garden from the best looking and largest cloves. IMG_3548Hopefully lots more delicious garlic will be harvested in December!

But… I still have heaps of garlic left. IMG_3578I had given away only about 10 or 15 corms as I was unsure how much garlic I actually use and didn’t want to have to buy some because I had given it all away. This was ridiculous it turns out… It is just starting to sprout now, so every visitor has to take a corm home with them. I also decided to dehydrate more. More potential garlic salt! Yay!IMG_3587This is now ready to be blended (actually ready to be put in the cupboard exactly as is till I can be bothered blending it into a powder). You can see the sprouts. I was unsure what to do about that so I removed some and left some in. Laziness really prevailed.

Once I have turned it into a powder I will probably store it as is and use it in cooking if there is a gap between the last of the garlic (I assume it will sprout and not run out) and harvesting more as I have a fair bit of garlic salt already made up. I am trying to conserve the last of the potatoes so that I can plant them after the last frost. But now I Really want chips… and a mandolin slicer, that was a lot of slicing by hand. A mandolin slicer would be heavenly.