Monday, May 16, 2011

Harvest Monday-16 March, 2011

Daphne hosts Harvest Monday for anyone who wants to share what they have harvested and what they are doing with it.

Basil Pesto
This week has been about harvesting the remnants of the summer garden. There have been fresh harvests daily for our meals but the focus is definitely on gathering what is frost sensitive in the garden and putting it by for later. I made pesto from the basil. It is frozen now in single use amounts. The pumpkins have had a frost on them now which apparently helps with the flavour. I'm not sure if this fact or fancy as we have been eating pumkins untouched by the frost and they were delicious nonetheless.

The harvest total for the week is 4.773kg/ 10.5 pounds. This includes butternut pumpkin, jap pumpkin, basil, other herbs, spring onion, climbing princess beans,lettuce and rocket. We also 'harvested' 4.5kg/9.9 pounds of turkey on Saturday too which is in the freezer for a winter meal or two.

Coconut and Lime Cake

I used some of my many, many limes in a lime and coconut cake. This cake is quite delicious and moist.

Coconut and Lime Cake


150 grams butter

1 cup sugar

zest and juice of 2 limes

2 eggs

quarter cup of milk

half a cup dessicated coconut

200g grams self-raising flour


Pre-heat oven to 170 degrees. Grease and line 20 cm round baking tin.

Cream butter, sugar and zest until thick and creamy.

Add eggs and combine well. Add juice, flour, coconut and milk.

Pour batter into prepared baking tin and bake for about 50 minutes or unti la skewer comes out clean.

Leave in tin for 5 minutes then turn out onto rack to cool. Or even better, enjoy a piece warm from the oven.

Usually I leave this cake unfrosted and just dust it with icing sugar. This time however, I iced it with a cream cheese and lime frosting and added a few snapdragons as decoration. A little more decadent but worth the effort. I've been trying to use flowers in my cooking a little more of late. I'm still unconvinced about their taste value but they are pleasing to the eye.



BubzRugz said...

Oh I just love home made basil pesto - I have a jar in my fridge..... and your coconut and lime cake sounds delish - I must give it a try.... thanks...

shez said...

you are full of good information Tracy as i have made basil pesto before but i didnt realise that you could freeze it,could you please tell me your recipe,thankyou

Daphne said...

I freeze my 'pesto' too. Mine isn't really pesto when frozen though it is just basil and olive oil. I often use it in soups and spaghetti sauce.

Your cake looks delicious.

BubzRugz said...

Hi Tracy.... I have made your coconut and lime cake a few times and it is now a confirmed favourite of mine ... whenever I take it to a function I am asked for the recipe.. the best compliment ever... so thanks so much....