A Christmas bouquet from a friend's garden. includes lovely chive and oregano flowers
Hello my lovelies, and welcome to another green and thrifty year. I'm hoping to be greener and thriftier here at Chez Blueday, but also wiser, kinder, more generous, less wasteful. Always aim high!
The main trouble with green-ness and thriftiness that I can see is that every so often I have the horrifying realisation that I am turning into my mother. The third drawer down, you know, the one with all the plastic wrap and baking paper and foil, has also become a depository for piles of saved brown paper bags, aluminium foil and a box of washed and reused ziploc bags. Under the sink is my growing collection of odd rubber gloves. Usually, the one that gets the hole in is the right one, so I have a number of surplus-to-requirements left gloves under the sink. Finally, this week the right one gave up the ghost, so I was able to triumphantly produce a perfectly good, slightly used left glove and save that new packet of gloves for another day. Yes, not only turning into my mother, but both my grannies as well.
I have tried SO HARD to use up leftovers during the Christmas season, and have succeeded pretty well. It is, of course, perhaps not so very difficult to use up leftover smoked salmon and double brie, but we have done our best. We have also used up boring veg in fried rice and soups, and made lots of creative salads. Tomorrow my job will be to make soup using up a number of saved broccoli stalks from the vegie crisper, all the remaining celery and a few carrots in a lovely minestrone. Into that will also be going the last left-over parmesan rind that I found in the fridge door the other day. I save them in a paper bag inside a ziploc bag, to stop them sweating and smelling respectively. A parmesan rind just makes a minestrone, gives it such a depth of flavour. Like the bay leaf, you take it out at the end of cooking and pop it in the compost. The last of the cavalo nero kale in the front
jungle garden will make the minestrone even more authentic, healthy, and delightful for the children. After all, what child can resist kale?
One of the plans I have for the summer holidays is lots of cheap and free entertainment for the children. It started yesterday with a trip to the beach, and a walk to a completely darling lighthouse, white and dumpy with a red door, a red railing, and a sweet weathercock. I have always wanted to live in a lighthouse. Although it would be tricky to acquire enough round furniture.
I finally got around to planting my spring veg this week, tomatoes, zucchini, basil, lettuce. Better late than never. My 'bouquet buddy' also sent round a homegrown zucchini, which shamed me into planting some, and I sent her some lemons. My other thought is just to keep planting more citrus trees, and swapping citrus for veg instead..
From the garden this week we ate lemons, kale, warrigul greens, rocket, parsley, the last broad beans, and I harvested a splendid load of garlic, which perfumed The Man's shed for a couple of days until he objected. It sat in the laundry for a couple of days, making the whole house smell very Mediterranean, but is now back in the shed as The Man went away, and what he doesn't know won't bother him at all.
Do tell me about your green and thrifty projects for January, or for all of 2014. Any green and thrifty New Year's resolutions?