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thé pour une

Tea for one….. an afternoon spent at home and in need of something sweet to consume with my pot of tea on a Sunday afternoon.

I decided to clear out the freezer of all the food that I hadn’t eaten in the past 8 months and in doing so found some small tartlet cases and also some almond frangipani filling [leftover from a dessert months earlier] and since I had a bowl of lovely ripe peaches it seemed a natural progression to make myself an afternoon treat….

Many thanks to my lovely mother for gifting me the beautiful tea set, I love that I have something that was gifted to you as an engagement present in the early 60’s and that it’s now in constant use…..rather than saving it away for a special event or visitors!

Peach and frangipani tartlets Peach and frangipani tartlet tea for one, with a small tart

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Summer produce

December

Apricots

Asparagus

Butter Beans

Blackberries

Blueberries

Capsicums

Carambola (Star fruit)

Celery

Chat Potatoes

Cherries

Corn

Cucumbers

Currants (Red & White)

Dragon Fruit

Figs

Garlic

Grapes

Lettuce

Limes

Lychees

Mangoes

Honeydew Melons

Nectarines

Oranges

Passionfruit

Peaches

Peas

Pineapples

Radishes

Raspberries

Strawberries

Sweetcorn

Tomatoes

Watercress

Watermelon

Zucchini

 

 

 

January

Apricots

Asparagus

Avocados

Butter Beans

Bitter Melon

Blackberries

Blueberries

Capsicums

Carambola (Star fruit)

Celery

Chat Potatoes

Cherries

Corn

Cucumbers

Dragon Fruit

Eggplant

Garlic

Grapes

Lettuce

Limes

Lychees

Mangoes

Honeydew Melons

Nectarines

Okra

Oranges

Passionfruit

Peaches

Peas

Pineapples

Plums

Potatoes

Radishes

Rambutans

Raspberries

Strawberries

Sweetcorn

Watermelon

Zucchini

 

 

 

February

Avocados

Bitter Melon

Capsicums

Celery

Chat Potatoes

Cherries

Chillies

Corn

Cucumbers

Dragon Fruit

Eggplant

Figs

Garlic

Grapes

Lettuce

Limes

Lychees

Mangosteens

Nectarines

Okra

Oranges

Passionfruit

Peaches

Peas

Pineapples

Plums

Prickly Pears

Radishes

Rambutans

Raspberries

Squash

Strawberries

Sweetcorn

Tomatoes

Watermelon

Zucchini

 

 

* Listing courtesy of Harris Farm Market

January produce….

Fruit:
Apricots, avocados, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, grapes, limes, lychees, mangoes, melons, nectarines, passionfruit, peaches, pineapple, raspberries, and Valencia oranges.
Vegetables:
Asparagus, beans, capsicum, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, lettuce, sugar snap peas, radish, sweetcorn, tomatoes and zucchini
Summer certainly has some of the very best produce, and is my all time favourite range of tropical fruits…… I swear that I feel like a fruit-bat some days the amount of luscious, ripe, sweet smelling fruit that I consume! My current favourites are; mangoes, black skinned figs, peaches [white and yellow] watermelon, limes, grapes, cherries, raspberries, pineapple and passionfruit.
I also have been devouring endless salads, especially since I can just reach onto my balcony and pick fresh basil, tomatoes, shallots, dill, celery and throw together something very quickly without visiting the greengrocer.
Some of the recent salads I’ve eaten include:
  • Celery, dill, smoked chicken and mayonaise
  • Peach, goats cheese, basil and crisp proscuitto
  • Fresh figs stuffed with gorgonzola, drizzled with Vino Cotto on a bed of rocket leaves
  • Waldof salad- apple, celery, pecan and grape with mayonnaise
  • Tomatoes with torn basil leaves and fresh mozzarella
  • Watermelon, feta, mint leaves and black olives
  • Avocado, watercress and fresh raspberries

My balcony vegetable garden progress

IMG_3144 IMG_3143 IMG_3139 IMG_3129 IMG_3138 IMG_2900 My balcony vegetable garden progress

Lettuces and dill have now finished all consumed! The celery has been used regularly, the tomatoes have had a steady crop over the past few weeks, the shallots still have a while to go and the mint has been used many times in fruit salads, cocktails and desserts and the basil is thankfully recovering from my constant usage. The zucchini didn’t do so well, far to big a plant for the containers and powdery mildew was prevalent. …..All in all it been a very rewarding & productive small space!

Hello there stranger…..

Well I seem to have been Missing In Action for quite some time, my apologies.

Life seems to have got in the way of my blogging, that’s not to say that I haven’t been cooking, photographing and eating well during the prolonged absence [my waistline can attest to this!]…… Put simply, my computer completely died. It had to be completely rebuilt into another machine, a huge drama as I thought that I had lost all my years of photographs, documents and music. The hard drive was cactus as well, so after much deliberation and wrangling I seem to have everything on a new laptop and another backup in place..fingers crossed it will never, ever, ever happen again.

I have soooooo much to catch-up on that I’m not sure where to begin, will be easing my way back in and am certain that I will now keep a more regular presence @ Bland Resistance, I promise!