One of the (many) reasons we moved to Abbeydore was to grow enough food to sustain us and to be able to share with family and friends. So far we have managed to achieve both, although learning to cook with the seasons has been an interesting and very rewarding challenge. In practical terms this means, … More #wegrowtoshare

The Pumpkin Patch

I’m not talking children’s clothes here, nor Halloween, but about our two-year lesson in growing pumpkins. And what a success it has been! From a patch that last year produced four very tasty pumpkins, to several patches that produced 28 pumpkins, this time a mix of Australian Butter (10) and Golden Nugget (18). So now … More The Pumpkin Patch

Tomatoes, passata, sugo and the Italian way

It’s been the second year of the tomato harvest here at Abbeydore and we’ve been inundated with, yet again, an amazing crop of heirlooms (from Moza’s dad’s 40-year-old seed stock) and San Marzano which we planted specifically for tomato passata. This year we decided to plant enough to use to make our own bottles, rather … More Tomatoes, passata, sugo and the Italian way

I-scream, you-scream, we all scream for ice cream

One of the best cooking gadgets I ever bought was a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer. But, it doesn’t stop there. The attachments have really been a great addition to this incredible machine – pasta maker, sausage stuffer-thingy, along with the food grinder coupled with the vegetable strainer meant we could make our own small batches of … More I-scream, you-scream, we all scream for ice cream

All things garlic

Fresh garlic. Never grown it, never tasted it, never cooked with it. Fresh, homegrown garlic is still a little tough to find in Australia, or so we thought until we moved to the Highlands and came across a few growers via Instagram – Russell, the Good Garlic Guy, just down the road at Kangaloon and … More All things garlic