Friday, July 10, 2009


Thought I would share this recipe -it is gorgeous!!!! -if you like carrot/passion cake -these should be a hit ;-) -I used my 2nd courgette last night to make these.... if the courgettes do as well as they seem to have started off -I may well "have" to make some more batches to go in the freezer for later in the year .

Its originally made in the oven in a loaf tin, the ones above were made in the remoska -

  1. 1 large egg
  2. 125ml sunflower oil 1/2 cup
  3. 175g courgette -trimmed and grated 1 cup grated
  4. 150g wholewheat flour 1+1/4 cup
  5. 1/2tsp baking powder
  6. 1tsp bicarb ..........I replaced 4,5 +6 with 150g SR flour
  7. 1tsp ground cinnamon
  8. 175g soft dark brown sugar 1 cup -packed
  9. 75g sultanas 3/4 cup
  10. 75g walnuts, chopped 3/4 cup -measured before chopping
  • preheat the oven to 180c - 350f - gas 4 -
  • grease and base line a 2lb loaf tin with non-stick paper
  • beat the oil and egg together in a large bowl
  • sift in the flour and add all other ingredients and stir to combine
  • pour into the prepared tin
  • bake for 1hr, or until a skewer comes out clean
  • cool in the tin for 10 mins, then remove and cool

If doing in the remoska -it will make about 15 like the ones in the photo (about 2/3 fill the cases)-so you will need to do them in 2 batches -the 1st batch took about 30mins then because it was warm for the 2nd batch they took about 5 mins less

* There you go folks -I made a batch this morning and transfered into cups -hope they work out well*

Mini cauli

Now it might only be tiny-but it's more than I was starting to expect -"my very first mini cauli"
The plants are looking really healthy, but I was starting to think the curd was never going to let's see how this one does -and if the rest can do the same

Sunday, July 5, 2009

more photos

My strawberry table -Im getting a few off every day and have had to cut of 40 trailers off so they carry on fruiting -once they are done I will let the rest grow

My 1st courgette

My first attempts at celery -and "so far-so good"

My beetroot and scorzonera -now I normally fail miserably with beetroot -but these seem to be swelling -fingers crossed

more photos

Some of the aubergines which are flowering -at last !!!!
More tomatoes of varying kinds
tomatoes and courgettes

Maskotka tomato -which has plenty of flowers on, so If they all set I will be growing plenty of these next time ;-)

more photos

Here we go... todays photos
My sweet potatoes -or triffids as they are now known lol's hoping that there as much happening under the compost
some of the beans.....

oooohhh and more beans lol

The purple peas -which I will grow again -even if just for the gorgeous flowers ;-)

and 1 of my purple peas up close n personal

Saturday, June 27, 2009

photo updates -at last

Sorry for being missing for a while -lots of things going on and at the time, not much happening in the gardening...suddenly everything seems to be going into fast forward -These pics were taken 10 days ago, so I will get some updated ones in the morning as everythng has come on in leaps and bounds.

Some of the peas and squash

more peas and tomatoes

A courgette plant -should be taking the 1st courgette off tomorrow ;-)

I seem to be battling with green/black fly -strangely though they are targeting my tomato plants not the beans as usual.... I am spraying them down with washing up liquid in water as and when needed.... made much easier by having a 5lt bottle with a sprayer attatched -so once I have pumped the air in to get the pressure up I just have to set it off and wave it about lol -the best €5 I have spent....
My sweet potato foliage is turning into Triffids...just hope underneath is doing as well
I am still getting lots of salad leaves, have finished off the raspberries , black/white/red currants for now but still getting several strawberries a day. Quite a few pods on my peas (have "tested" a few) and now waiting for some more to fatten up... had 2 lots of potatoes (only set 3 lots) The peppers are at last starting to get flowers on, as are the aubergines.. so its happening ..slowly...
Hope everyone is getting lots of goodies out of their plots

Monday, June 8, 2009