Zucchini madness.

Zucchini

I absolutely love zucchinis – they’re so versatile.  Which is a good thing too because once those babies get going in the garden, they go MAD.  This year, i’m trying to keep ontop of them, partly by making sure I pick some of them while they’re still small and attached to the flowers, and partly by remembering that if you turn your back on them for just a second, they’ll have exploded into veritable monsters before your very eyes – so once they start reaching a resonable size, I pick them there and then.

I’ve been collecting a little cache of go-to zucchini recipes over the past few years, so the backlog doesn’t get out of hand.  I think this was part of what made me wait so long to pick the beetroots last year – I simply didn’t know what to do with so many of them!  Now i’ve realised that having a few reliable, delicious recipes to hand for all the anticipated garden bounty is definitely the way to go – and this recipe for gluten free zucchini fritters is one of that collection.

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Easy iced chai.

Iced Chai 1a

I love chai tea, but it can be a time consuming process to make it properly.  And in the hot weather we’ve been having, an iced version has naturally been on my mind!  I wondered if there was an easy way to make it and have it available for on-the-spot consumption, whenever the fancy takes me, so the other night I started fiddling around with the idea of a ready-made base I could just add the final touches to.

I’m not going to pretend this recipe is rocket surgery (ha)…really it’s just cold brewed tea with sweetener, but sometimes it’s the dead simple ideas that make the most glorious experiences, right?  This recipe makes about 6-8 glasses of delicious iced chai….mmmm…I think I need one now 🙂

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Granola love.

Granola 3

Since committing to going gluten-free in 2016 (you can read why here), i’ve had a grain free granola on my kitchen radar.  I like to use it as a sprinkle on my fruit salad and smoothies, and it works equally well as a muffin topping, as a crust for your fruit crumble, or as a little crunchy boost to your breakfast pancakes…the list goes on really.  You can even eat it on its own, as a snack – it’s pretty versatile!

I was a bit worried that a grain free version would lose some of that decadent mouth feel that regular granola has, but rest easy folks – after a little tweaking, this one turned out perfectly.  I had it this morning with sliced peach, banana and plain greek yoghurt for breakfast, and it was HEAVEN.  I also used it on my delicious dinner smoothie, which you can find here…seriously, I think you should make some.  STAT.

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Pumpkins are the schoolyard bullies of the garden.

Pumpkin Taking Over

Really, there are no explanations necessary here.  They come up out of the compost and before you know it, they’ve taken over.  At least this one seems to be setting some fruit!  But experience tells me never to count my pumpkins before they’ve hatched…

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Warm potato salad FTW.

Finished Version

My beautiful niece divides her time between her Mum’s place, and her Dad’s (my brother).  Yesterday she started her school holiday stint with us, so we had a belated Christmas barbeque to celebrate.

She’s still in that fussy stage…if it looks vaguely foreign, she won’t eat it.  I keep trying to tempt her with new twists on the old favourites, just to try and expand her palate.  I’m not sure how much luck i’m having! One thing I can say for sure however, is that everyone else at the table absolutely loved this take on a warm potato salad.

For my vego/vegan friends out there, just a warning – this one contains bacon!  But as I was eating the leftovers tonight, I also had some of my smoky marinated tofu cooking in the oven and I couldn’t get over how similar the bacon and the tofu smelled.  So i’m going to fry some of that up tomorrow and see if it would make a good substitute…I shall report back 🙂

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You old smoothie.

Banana Smoothie & Granola 3

Some nights, you just can’t be bothered cooking…I think that’s why the universe gave us smoothies.  Amirite?  They’re just the perfect combination of, well…anything you like…all in a cold, creamy, delicious drink.  Which if you’re lucky, is also good for you. And guess what…this is your lucky day.

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A salad obsession.

Salad Obsession Full Size

Apologies for the slightly wanky shot above…I was making a joke to some friends about how this was my ‘work Christmas party’ this year…sitting on my back porch with a lovely frosty glass of rose and a bowl of this salad I am ABSOLUTELY OBSESSED with, with my feet up and surveying the garden in the midday sunshine.  Doesn’t get more festive than that!

This salad had its genesis in a visit to a cafe in Northcote, the name of which escapes me i’m afraid.  I think because I was too preoccupied with literally forensically pulling apart my lunch mate’s meal, filing away all the different components so I could reproduce my version at home.  I was having serious food envy, so I wasn’t going to let this salad pass me by – I was determined to recreate it for myself.  Here is my version of that meal, which is guaranteed to please your tastebuds, as well as being chock full of healthful goodness and hipster credibility.

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