A few years back Mr Girlfriend & I bought our very own house.
We were (and still are) as excited about redecorating the inside as we were the outside.
Finally a chance to start planting our own garden.
Take out the messy old non-native shrubs & plant only food producing or native trees & shrubs.
It wil be an ongoing project.
One of the most exciting things we did was to plant our very first Eucalpyts.
It felt so HUGE.
To us it was kind of more significant than the house.
We were planting something that would last a lot longer than either of us.
I remembered when we live in London and went to visit Kew Gardens.
It was just astonishing to think that someone had the vision to plant on such a vast scale and never live long enough to be able to see the finished result. A gift to all. So selfless.
I am not professing that we are doing anything like that but it felt significant for us.
We did it in an effort to bring Bees & Native Birds to our suburban garden.
To lighten our footprint a little.
And of course to give us joy.
This year our two Ficifolias began flowering on Christmas day and so began the visitors.
We have had honeyeaters before but this year we have started to see Rainbow Lorikeets coming too.
I took this picture yesterday.
GOURMET GIRLFRIEND'S PEA & CUCUMBER GAZPACHO
It was awfully hot in Melbourne the other day.
I posted a pic of the Dinner I made on Instagram & on my Facebook page and the crowds went wild!
Here is the recipe.
Have you got 3 minutes spare?
Then you have time to make this.
I promise you won't regret it.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- 1 x 500g pack Organic Frozen peas
- 1 lebanese cucumber
- 2 cloves garlic
- handful of fresh mint
- 2 tblspoons Red Wine Vinegar
- 2 large glasses of water (with added ice if you have some)
- 1 red chilli (optional)- I added half to the mix & then added some finely chopped to final soup.
- S & P
Put the frozen peas, garlic, cucumber & mint (and chilli if having) into blender/food processor & blitz till super fine.
Add water & ice and blend further.
Add seasoning & taste.
(My kids LOVED it.)
I know I normally put music here but it is TinTin's 80th birthday today & we are HUGE fans.
So my kids chose this episode to share with you today.