Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tomato Soup Recipe

Tomatoes are most definitely out of season here so they have been off the menu but I can't resist a  bargain. $1.50 for 3kilograms and only a couple needed to be passed on to the poultry. The cheap tomatoes tied in well with my yearnings for a bowl of soup for supper too.

Roasted tomato and garlic soup
2kg tomatoes, quartered
1 onion, sliced
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1/4 cup fresh herbs (I used tarragon and oregano)
1 garlic bulb
500mL stock
Preheat oven to 180deg C.
Place quartered tomatoes into a baking tray with herbs, onion and garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and bake for 45 minutes (or until garlic is soft).
Remove garlic and allow to cool slightly.
Squeeze garlic from the skins into a large pot. Add the tomatoes along with any juices from the pan. Add the stock and bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 minutes.
Remove from heat and blend until smooth.
Season as desired.
I add a drizzle of cream to my bowl of soup which mellows the acidity of the tomatoes a bit. A little parmesan is quite nice too.
A bowl of soup in a cosy kitchen with those I love close by is just right, right now. If only it was so easy to make peace and happiness everywhere. The news makes me sad. Sorry!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Seven Things About Me

Simone over at Vintage and Me very kindly nominated me for a blog award. Thanks Simone.

Here is what you need to do:
  • You need to thank the person who nominated you, and give a link back to their blog.
  •  You list seven things about yourself that your readers don’t know or seven things about you that you want to share.
  •  Then you need to nominate some blogs that you love reading!
I'm a rebel so I'm going to list my seven things that you may or may not know about me but I'm going to leave it up to you if you want to play along (I know some bloggers take umbrage to these kinds of games). If you do decide to play along, please let me know so I make sure I  read your list.

My list:
  1. My favourite birds are puffins.
  2. I like chocolate and soft drink too much for my own good.
  3. I'm a list maker.
  4. I am afraid of flying. I do hope to overcome this so I can travel to all of the exotic locations on my 'visit one day' wish list.
  5. I love to sing. I don't even care that I have a rather rubbish singing voice.
  6. I am 5'2"
  7. I have ten new chickens.
 They are ISA Browns which I have said I would not have again but here they are anyway. I bought them from the girls' school as pullets and although I thought I might have to wait until spring, they are already laying reliably. They certainly are reliable egg layers even if their temperament lets them down.

Now, there was seven things you didn't need to know.

Thursday, July 10, 2014


Frosty weather of late which makes the mornings nice and crisp which you can read as freezing. I'm so glad it is the school holidays and we haven't had to trek to the bus stop.

The past few days have been quiet and peaceful and at home with no need to go anywhere which is my absolute ideal. I'll be savouring every last minute of these holidays before they end on Monday.


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Swap Thank You

Recently Kimberley hosted a dishcloth swap. Make two dishcloths and post off with another kitchen item to your partner. I was partnered with Cat and received a lovely parcel. Two crocheted dishcloths in bright colours and a bottle of Eco Store dishwashing liquid. I have a number of knitted dishcloths but not crocheted ones . I do now and I'm keen to give them a try all the while I don't want to use them because they are too pretty. Cat also sent me some New Zealand sweets but as is often the case with chocolates and lollies, they didn't make it to the photo. Yum!

Thanks ladies.

FNwF- what I made

This is some of what I got up to during my craft time for Friday Night with Friends. He is a sweet little fellow and despite all of the tiny hand stitches, comes together quite quickly.

I have four swaps due for posting this week so I have to have nimble fingers at the moment.

Thanks Cheryll for hosting a fun night.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Garden Share- July


 Thanks to Lizzie, a group of gardeners blog each month about what has been happening in their gardens over the past month and what they plan to do in the coming month. There are plenty of lovely links on the Garden Share home page.

Thankfully today is bright and shiny so I could not only get outside to do some much needed work, I could also take some pictures too.

Lots of weeding in the flower beds. The chickens are happy for the bounty and I am happy to have the weeds gone (for however long it lasts).

The lemongrass is looking a bit lacklustre so I have tidied it up and divided the plant to give me more plants and invigorate it.

The past month has been a bit slack around here. That's what happens when there are work holidays for Tim, my usual routines go out the window in favour of walks, lunch dates, day trips and general laziness. Not that he is lazy but we just might be bad influences on each other.

Not a lot of planting this month.
  • potted up some chrysanthemums
  • potted up lemon scented geranium cuttings
  • onions
  • radish
  • pea/ snow peas
  • planted out a bare rooted rose

  • sugar snap peas
  • radish
  • carrots
  • cabbage
  • turnip
  • herbs
  • lettuce
  • tatsoi
  • rocket
  • capsicum
  • chillies
  • Mexican sour gherkin cucumbers
  • potatoes
  • Alpine strawberries
  • citrus- mandarin and limes

Broccoli are just starting to form and the cauliflower aren't too far behind. I staggered my plantings so I'm hoping to keep them going for a while. Hoping... there's a lot of that.

We have had a few heavy frosts and the potatoes which had volunteered in the garden had been hit just a bit so I dug them up today for tonight's dinner. Lasagne with garden vegetables... yum.

Plans for July
  • make a fairy garden
  • weeding and tidying
  • pruning
  • studying the seed catalogues

Friday Night with Friends- July

The first Friday of the month and thanks to Cheryll, I'll be stitching with a bunch of lovely friends. Friday Night with Friends, time to get together virtually to do some stitching. I think I have talked Grace into bringing out her crochet and joining me tonight.

I'll be working on some Christmas in July things. Ornaments to make tonight or at least get a start anyway which is the hardest part. I'm going to make sure I make an extra one or two because they are just the sweetest little Santas I have seen.