golden sweet mangetout.

Posted: May 30th, 2011 | Author: Kathryn | Filed under: garden | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

I grow many heirloom vegetables in my garden but the one that I am most excited about this year is the Golden Sweet Mangetout. Its a rare and beautiful snow pea that looks just amazing in the garden. The flowers are two tones of pink/purple with a yellow green centre. After the flower has been open for no more than a week, the dried and faded petals give way to a small yellow pod, slightly translucent with tiny visible peas. They are so clean, shiny and new. Just beautiful.

We finally ate our first strawberry of the season, it is the very one in the photograph above. I am growing a pink flower variety this year and they are so very sweet. I’d never seen pink flowered strawberries before and couldn’t leave the nursery without some. I have nine plants in pots, hopefully they will keep us fed for the summer.


a spring platter.

Posted: May 16th, 2011 | Author: Kathryn | Filed under: garden, third party product | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

I have a very good friend, the best of sorts, who is also an extremely talented ‘chef de cuisine’. Some of my favourite food memories have been made and prepared by his hands and over time he has taught me a lot about cooking and food appreciation.

He works all over the world so I get loads of brilliant, delicious pictures to scour through regularly. Last week, he emailed me this superb platter which he served to guests attending a garden wedding in Spain. He cooked and served solo for this event which is a feat in itself but more importantly in the panic and shear enormity of the task at hand, he faultlessly manages to be creative, have fun and enjoy the experience.

I was hoping the photo would serve as inspiration for this seasons dining! All of the cuttings came from the family’s garden …

Food and photo by Ali Palmieri.