Friday, March 30, 2012

Lacuna Sabbath

 Hooray. Today was a slothful devotional to the Lacuna Sabbath. I did manage to get out of my jammies by noon, but only barely. I did manage to finish a new crocheted beanie in delicious Noro Silk Garden yarn, a scrumptious indulgence.

Anyhoo, I know I have been tardy dear interwebs.........

So now for a quick update. Behold the first Austrian Oil Seed Pumpkin. Now, I am a FAN of the pepita......it is true and I was especially looking forward to seeing inside of this magical beast..........




On the PLUS side, these pepitas are HUGE and DELICIOUS. On the down side, many of them have already germinated........which is a bit weird. Any ideas? I did have the pumpkin showy-offily displayed on the warmth of the kitchen bench for a week or so....perhaps too much warmth?



 Another downer is that this is one TASTELESS pumpkin......but with really tough and bitter skin......the flesh is OK in an insipid overgrown squash hide it in a casserole or curry kind of way, but even me who is a signed up lover of pumpkin skin was pretty keen to steer clear of that yucki bitter stuff..........

Would I grow them again? That depends on whether the other pumpkins from this vine have better pepitas......fingers crossed.



I have discovered the delights and wonderfulness of GREEN SMOOTHIES.  Behold my breakfast, just before it gets whizzed........organic apple, pear and an assortment of greens from the garden. I love this stuff.


I am on the hunt for purslane......I am sure I have seen it growing in the garden and around the traps..... I am on a mission to identify and EAT as much as I can before the first frost........and have purchased some seeds from greenharvest so that if I grow it from scratch, I might better identify the stuff in the wild!


And I am thinking about chemicals. Dieldren to be exact, because I have a sneaky suspicion it is everywhere........Dieldren used to be sprayed around all over the place with gay abandon and strong government endorsement......just like DDT........anyhoo, Dieldren is something I regularly test compost for (mine and others) and let me tell you, even it you didn't put it in, it is there in the finished product, even if it is just a tiny whisper........it turns up in the most unlikely places..........

And if it was sprayed on your farm, or your garden, or your house, it is probably still there. In the soil. 


sheesh. Sometimes its better not to know these things!


6 comments:

molly said...

I have a good article on purslane on my blog DH, just type it into the search box, should give you all the info you need. If in doubt don't, there is a poisonous plant that looks similar
Enjoy the weekend:)

Melinda said...

We have purslane in the backyard, my chookies were eating it this afternoon! I haven't tried it myself though...

With your green smoothie, do you add any liquid at all? Or just blend up the ingredients? And will an ordinary blender work or does it have to be a particular type?

The Duck Herder said...

Yay! thanks Molly. Thanks for commenting. Now I know about your lovely blog and I can add it to the list!

Hey Melinda guess what I managed to find purslane in the LANE just across the road. that's funny.

It tastes good. Lemony and no bitterness.

Now with the green smoothies - I bought a sunbeam cafe series...it was $171 from the good guys......($240 from David Jones!). From what I have read, it is the best quality entry level blender that isn't a super $1000 jobby. Seems to work fine so far.....

and yes, I put a couple of cups of water in as well.

Cheers
Duckie

Melinda said...

Thanks for that, I'm going to try it.... With our old trusty blender - I won't be surprised if it's a bit chewy!

Jacqui said...

Oh my goodness your innards must be humming with that healthy breakfast. I had something like that in Wales at my favourite cocktail bar (yes, well, it was day time) that had beetroot and pepper in it -yum! Sadly our blender died after it was put to use for something it probably wasn't made for...I think Mick has forgiven me.

With you on the chemical front...hate to find out what is in our soil if the asbestos fibro, batteries, glass and metal are anything to go by....

Jacqui said...

oh and we found purslane at our local railway station - took a cutting and off we went! We did also get seeds for it but haven't had it in the garden for a little while now. The girls loved it.