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Almost too pretty to eat

edible flowers

I bought a container of edible flowers from a stall at the farmers’ market.  They were almost too pretty to eat, but we managed.

I add flowers to salads fairly often, but usually they’re not as elegant as these. The salad blossoms out of my garden tend to be borage, nasturtium and calendula, plus edible weeds – violets, daisies, dandelions, Herb Robert, etc.

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Taro time

taro leaves

As the weather warms up, I’ve been watching the taro plants growing in the southeast corner of the garden. Although they’re in a sheltered spot, they usually die down for the winter, and grow back in spring.

I’m very fond of my taro plants. They came from my friend Jane when she was dismantling her Hamilton garden and moving to the East Cape.

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Raw milk: the road gets longer

I’m sad to report that we picked up the last delivery of raw milk today. We’ve been happily drinking Right Choice Live Milk for the last couple of years. We’ve paid for it in advance and it has been delivered once a week to our local Gouda Cheese Shop.

However, this weekend the new Food Safety regulations come into force. This means that the current delivery arrangement is no longer legal.

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Perfect beets

 

For the last few weeks there’s been plenty of beetroot at Hamilton Farmers Market. So it must be in season. 

A couple of the things I especially like about beetroot: that amazing colour.

And, I can get two or three different vegetable dishes out of one bundle of beets. How thrifty is that?

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