Pickled Beets – Gold!

beetsbottledHere’s that other, stock cupboard version of a pickle. This, I thought, would do well for the gorgeous golden beetroot I’ve grown this season, but of course you could use red. Continue reading


Quick Fridge Beetroot Pickle

That beetroot glut I mentioned recently – though scarred by harsh, acidic pickles from my youth, I had a balsamic vinegar pickled onion recently and it was a revelation. Sweet, rich, and a world away from the battery acid globes of yesteryear, I resolved on the spot to have a go at my own.

In the absence of teeny tiny onions at the markets, I figured beetroot would respond equally well.

Having boiled up a few both trad red and fancy new gold varieties for a different recipe, I had a go at 2 different pickles. One, a trad ‘proper’ pickle and the other a quick refrigerator one. Here’s the first: Continue reading

Spring has Sprung



It’s the first day of Spring, here in the Southern Hemisphere, and I picked my first peas today.


Only two pods were ready, but heck! it’s the symbolism that counts! We ate them in a salad of beetroot, beet tops, rocket, chives and spinach, all plucked from the garden today. Alongside were scrambled eggs from the chickens next door.IMG_5881

Urban paradise.