Friday, October 19, 2012

It is a jungle out there


When I returned from my holiday I noticed that my hubby had left any and all volunteer cherry tomato bushes to take hold wherever they came up.  Then I was busy with my afternoon tea for Habitat for Humanity and what with one thing and another I hadn't noticed how much of a jungle it has become out there...   Not only tomatoes running wild, but quite a few pawpaw trees, and of course lots of weeds.  Once the wet season starts the weeds can only get worse so I need to get out there....


 You can hardly see the path, but honestly we are grateful for the tomatoes with tomatoes in the supermarket being 8.00 a kg!

so this weekend I hope to get around to some serious trimming and weeding in this area... 
Last weekend I cleared out a lot of weeds and excess in the veggie garden, and I think there is another pumpkin starting to get a little bigger.... anxiously watching.
I am also going to pick one of my pumpkins and have been researching recipes.  
So far I am going to try 
pumpkin bread, 
a granola recipe that uses pureed pumpkin instead of oil and sugar, 
and of course a huge tray of roasted pumpkin (with seeds) - some of which will be blitzed into soup.
  Oh yummy I can taste it already.



Has anyone used a program called evernote for their recipes?  I am finding it very useful.  
Does anyone have some pumpkin ideas I might be missing? 

22 comments:

  1. Your tomatoes are cheap. Right now tomatoes cost between $14 and $18 per kilo here in Darwin.
    I love a lush overgrown tropical garden. So much life.

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    1. Louise,
      Oh that is awful - I have always heard things are expensive in Darwin, but we have never had prices like that!

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  2. Your jungle is lovely ;-) Weeds can grow any where and every where. I found so many beneath the pots this morning! And that's one tasty and useful pumpkin... how wonderful! I only use it to boil soup. I hope you will find the tastiest recipe to cook it. Enjoy the cooking and serving your family. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Stephanie,
      they do find a way of hiding out everywhere don't they? Actually I think I picked the pumpkin a bit too early as it wasn't the same bright orange I am used to. I will wait with the others until the stalk dries and shrivels.

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  3. Your garden looks so lush. I didn't notice any weeds! Our tomato crop was quite dismal this year, but it looks as if yours will be abundant. Isn't it amazing how fast a garden changes from day to day?

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    1. Karen,
      Well you certainly still had lots of color in your garden, even with the drought. Things change year to year in the garden....

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  4. Isn't it funny when you have to weed the garden of plants like pawpaw and tomato. Maybe our compost doesn't get hot enough, but their seeds never seem to die. Passiofruit is another one. We fly. Home tomorrow - not sure what it will be like. Hopefully my son will have watered the veggies at least.

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    1. Roz,
      It does seem strange, but they are quite easy to pull out. I agree - my compost seems hot, but not the temperatures required to kill weed seeds. I am sure your garden will be lovely on your return and you certainly seem to have had a lovely holiday.

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  5. Dearest Africanaussie,
    Oh, is that a jungle; for me it looks perfectly beautiful♡♡♡ I hope it won't be a tough work for you! Weeding job is always wear me out after the rainy season for me(^^;) Oh yes, your tomatoes are cheap, and good luck for more recipes for pumpkin!!!
    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. Miyako,
      I was pretty worn out yesterday and it is not even finished. weeding is a job that never really finished anyway! they grow again as soon as your back is turned :0

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  6. What about pumpkin fritters with cinnamon and lemon juice? I go to Cape Town next weekend and then to Brisbane. Leaving behind winter in London.

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    1. Audrey -
      Oh lucky you! have a great time. Pumpkin fritters sound lovely.

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  8. Like you, my weekend will be all taken up with getting the garden back under control (hopefully).
    The granola recipe using the pumpkin puree sounds interesting.
    I do love pumpkin fritters though, and soup and bread and cheesecake and pie...
    Have a great weekend!!!

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    1. Virginia,
      I hope you got time to spend in the garden too - even though it is a never-ending chore there is nothing I would rather be doing.

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  9. I don't know how you can say your garden needs cleaning up - it's gorgeous! All that free food that you don't sow and nurture, you are fighting it off. You've got an amazing and healthy space there, well done.

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    1. Laura,
      Well I don't want to sound ungrateful, but in actual fact when it is so overgrown we tend to miss a lot of the tomatoes.... :)

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  10. Wow $8 kilo for tomatoes!! I hadn't noticed as my Roma tomatoes are still producing. I was thinking of ripping them out but might just leave well enough alone until the next ones are producing. Love your garden, over grown and all!! :D

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    1. Monarch place,
      thank you, and yes sometimes when we are picking produce from our own garden we don't notice what is happening in the grocery stores.

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  11. If your jungle comprise of tomato plants and pawpaw trees, then it is a fine and edible jungle. I normally stir fry pumpkin with a lot of garlic and sprinkled with fried crispy anchovies. The saltiness of the anchovies counter the natural sweetness of the pumpkins beautifully.

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    1. Stiletto,
      well I think there should be a bit of a balance.... Your stir fried pumpkin with anchovies and garlic sounds very tasty. I remember those anchovies with my nasi lemack - so tasty!

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  12. Your garden looks fabulous to me. I am quite ashamed mine is not productive, but I might try some cherry tomatoes this summer. I am still in transit; back in Brissy tomorrow. I love pumpkin, so I'm sure I have some good recipe ideas. I'll give you an update once I'm sttled at home.

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