Frost has hit, we have pulled out the last of the summer / autumn crops such as tomatoes, eggplants, zucchinis, squash and capsicums. We still have some chillies, dried beans, sweet potatoes and potatoes left to harvest. Flowers such as dahlias, cosmos and zinnias are coming to their end. Pears are harvested and apples are just about finishing. We have planted out all our spring crops like poppies, broad beans, kale, broccoli, garlic and onion. It's almost winter, a time for rest in the garden. The crops will sit over winter (they don't grow much in our cold weather), while we go to Italy and experience their spring.
Gather wild mushrooms
The cold has set in and the rain has started to fall again. That means things begin to grow more abundantly in the wild again, specifically - it's wild mushroom time.
There are three main types of edible mushrooms that we find in our forest. The most popular and easiest to identify is for sure Saffron Milk Caps - then we also find Slippery Jacks and Crab Brittle Gills - less prolific and a little harder to identify, but super delicious! (For more information see page 83 of our book).
And at this time of year you can also find field mushrooms growing wild about the place.
You may also be able to find them at your local health food store or farmers market.
Two of our favourite plant-based meals for May!
Nettle and slippery jack soup
A super quick and nourishing soup, using wild ingredients. If you don't have any wild mushrooms - replace with any other mushrooms, if you don't have nettles - replace with spinach.
Miso roasted zucchini, squash and pumpkin
Sweet, umami and delicious! A great dish to share. If, like us, frost has hit and you no longer have zucchini or squash, just use pumpkin!
The last wool mill in Australia
You may have seen the recycled wool blankets that are now in our shop (which are now back in stock!).
We think these are awesome and recently went to visit the mill where they are made in Tasmania, Aus - which is in fact the last remaining wool mill in Australia! We love seeing how things are made, connecting with people who make them and understanding the process behind them.
Each blanket is part of a super long process, with such care taken at each step - it begins with wool from Australian farms and recycled wool, then it is fluffed, spun, placed onto reels, woven, hand-cut, fluffed up, softened and washed. There are people alongside each stage of the process, making sure each step is completed with care.
Enjoy the pictures, they tell the story.