When my partner J-man and I moved into our house some 8 odd years ago, there was not much of home, or a garden, but there was a roof and four walls and out back, struggling for life, a tiny, little lemon tree. In the years since, the house has become a home and grown from two people to four. That tiny little lemon tree has been with us the whole way, and like us, it has grown and flourished and now produces an abundance of rich, colourful life each year. It reminds me of what can be achieved with a little effort, constant care and a whole lot of love.
A lovely little side dish to serve with a range of meats or vegetables, or a dip that can be used as part of a snack platter.
Recently I had an unexpected opportunity for a girl’s night! I was very excited, this is a rare occurrence for me these days, what with two
boys males in the house, there’s usually at least one of them around to add testosterone to any conversation. Not that I mind, but you know, sometimes it is nice to just hang out with your girly girls!
In honour of my man & little man heading off for an overnight trip to visit family for a celebration, I had time in the afternoon / evening to put together a lovely girly meal, with all the trimmings … yep, there was chocolate involved! But first, I wanted to make something delicate, but dense, slow cooked, but fresh, sweet, but with a little bite. Nothing simple about my desires is there?!?
Living the Pumpkin Dream!!
Oh how I do love the humble garden pumpkin! Gorgeous rich orange, easy to cook & so versatile! Pumpkins have that kind of adaptable nature that makes them a great ingredient in both sweet & savoury dishes. Also, the little ones in the family love it – so I know I can use it & not have screwed up little faces at the dining table (well … sometimes anyway)!
We had a small harvest of Kent Pumpkins in our little organic home garden earlier this year – I love watching them take shape & from the gorgeous yellow-orange flower, right through to ripening, they are just such fun! Kent is my favourite variety too as the skin is easy to cut & can be cooked into most dishes like soups & roasts. Leaving the skin on where I can is preferrable because of the added nutritional value & well … it’s yum!
I was down to the last of our crop – having exhausted it making soup, mash & roasts, pretty standard fair in our house. I decided I wanted to do something a little more indulgent & special with the last one – & if you have been following me on this bloggy journey you will know, for me that means something sweet!