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Nice and filling
Two quick, super easy, filling and healthy meals.
Rice and hazelnut salad
Baked mashed potatoes
This salad needs the dressing put on half an hour before serving.
1 cup brown rice
2G3 cup hazelnuts
1 red capsicum
6 spring onions
2 celery stalks
3G4 cup olive oil
4 Tbsp white-wine vinegar
1 tsp mustard
1 clove finely diced garlic
1 tsp honey
Cook brown rice until tender and drain. Roast hazelnuts and roughly chop. Dice
capsicum and mushrooms and slice spring onions. Mix all ingredients together in a
salad bowl. Make dressing by mixing all ingredients together in a bowl and then mix
through salad half an hour before serving to allow flavours to be well absorbed and
mushrooms to marinate.
Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.
This is a great recipe for the kids to do, and
it can be a great after-school snack.
2 to 3 medium sized potatoes per person
50g butter per person
Splash of milk
Salt and pepper to taste
Your choice of filling (cooked bacon, spring
onion, parsley, cheese, capsicum, courgettes,
celery, spinach etc), all chopped finely
Wash potatoes thoroughly to remove
Pierce the skin with a fork.
Place in oven to bake (about 40
to 50 minutes depending on the
size). Or place in microwave and
bake for about 10 minutes until
soft (remember to turn the
potatoes at the halfway stage).
Cut the potato in half and
scoop out the hot flesh with a
Be careful: Put a folded clean
tea towel in your hand so you don't
Try not to break the potato skin
when removing the cooked flesh.
Mash the potato flesh with but-
ter, milk, salt and pepper.
Add your choice of fillings and mix
Return to the potato skin and bake in
oven or return to microwave until hot.
Out of nursery, into their beds
It's time to start planting your
summer crops now. Here's what
you can be doing in your garden.
Keep an eye on seedlings
If you've sown heaps of tom-
atoes, peppers, eggplants,
brassicas, lettuces and other
spring and summer crops in trays
or pots indoors, and you've got
them tucked up under a plastic or
glass cloche, don't forget to let the
You'd be amazed how hot it can
get inside glasshouses and tunnel-
houses even in early spring, so
open the vents if necessary, or
unzip the flaps on mini green-
Tender seedlings can shrivel up
in less than a day if they get too
hot or dry out -- and there's no
way to revive them.
Keep sowing your summer
crops of tomatoes, peppers and
eggplants in trays, but wait at
least another couple of weeks
before sowing corn, zucchini,
cucumbers and pumpkins directly
into your garden.
You can start sowing beetroot
and carrots outdoors now, along
with another round of peas and
Which reminds me: it's time to
stake my peas too. I'm using bam-
boo tepees trussed up with string
for my climbing varieties, and
twigs for the shorter varieties.
Even the dwarf varieties like
Petit Provencal'', which only
grows to 45cm high, do better with
a little support.
This French heirloom is a
yummy pea that's quick to crop --
it starts flowering in six weeks
and you can start picking the pods
from eight weeks.
Plus, if you're getting desperate
for some fresh flavours, you can
treat the immature pods as snow
peas or snip off the tendrils and
add them to your salads.
Mulch your strawberries
While you're dealing with
mulch, surround your strawber-
ries with the stuff too.
Strawberries are prone to rot-
ting if the ripening fruit comes
into contact with damp soil, so
cover the bare soil around your
strawberry plants with straw,
hay, bagged mulch or strips of
black plastic. I used to use pea
straw but I've gone off it: it seems
to rot down too quickly in my
damp soil and causes more trouble
than it prevents.
With the fruit starting to
develop, it's worth feeding straw-
berries now, with either liquid fer-
tiliser or a side dressing of special-
ist strawberry food from your local
Plant a grape vine
I always get a little excited
when I spot the first fat leaf buds
unfurling on my grape vines,
which otherwise look dead at this
time of the year.
As soon as you see these early
signs of new season's growth, you
know that it's the ideal time to put
in a grape vine if you're keen to
grow your own juicy table grapes
in summer. They won't fruit this
season but you should get a crop
in their second summer.
These deciduous vines are mar-
vellous for summer shade when
grown over a pergola or along a
porch and they can be trained into
a living umbrella or pillar too.
Look for grapes in the Incred-
ible Edibles range or order online
from the Edible Garden.
- NZ Gardener
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