Monthly Archives: July, 2014

Tagine on the barbeque

A few years ago a friend gave me a tagine. This was after another friend (who doesn’t cook) thought it was hilarious when I said that it was important to have the “correct cooking vessel”.  Luckily my other friend didn’t think this was so silly.

My problem was my stove. It’s a ceramic cooktop. It needs flat bottom pots (Padernos work great), and my tagine wouldn’t work on it. I have tried using it in the oven and that’s ok, but in this heat…no way! Today I tried setting it on the barbeque. Worked great!



Here’s the result… now a little brown rice and white wine and I’m set. Me thinks there might not be much more cleaning done tonight!



How long will it last?

Not long enough. It says it is going to 28C today with 35% humidity. Unfortunately it will only last a few days.


I got that last bed weeded this morning. What a relief! Then I planted four packages of cilantro seeds and tomatoes in the bed weeded yesterday. Finally I fixed up some of the irrigation system in those beds. Great morning all around!


A spring morning in July?

I spent the last few morning weeding the raised beds. Getting up early and out into the garden before it was so hot that I couldn’t do anything. This morning was different though, absolute heaven! A lovely 24C and a light breeze. Really a spring morning in July.


I have managed to keep most of the beds weeded to the point that I could see the soil. These two had totally missed all my efforts to date. The thought was slightly overwhelming in the heat and so they have been neglected. One down one to go…


imageAfter cleaning out the bed I sat in my lounge chair and listened to the quiet … lots of chatty birds, some far off machinery, but basically my little neighbourhood is lovely quiet. My garden isn’t much to look at this year, but I am very happy that with a bit of help from my sweety I have managed to maintain it to this level. I have great plans for next spring when I won’t have all the weeding to do that was necessary this past spring.  Lets hope for more days like today!

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