Last Saturday we had such a fun laughter filled Kids Forage and Harvest morning! Our lovely group of excited kids collected wild herbs, edible flowers and garden… Read more “Kids Forage and Harvest Morning – Pizza!”
Last Saturday we had another fantastic Forage Harvest and Feast! Here of some beautiful photos taken by Werner Deblitz…scroll down and let your imagination take over… … Read more “Late Spring Forage Harvest and Feast”
We have been working hard in our veggie gardens, getting them looking beautiful for our Forage, Harvest and Feast courses and as tasty as possible for us… Read more “Veggies and Composting in Spring”
In the school holidays we had two lovely kids forage mornings – focusing on edible flowers and wild herbs which we collected from the gardens and used… Read more “Forage Feast and Harvest course dates”
Here is a little something to brighten up your day!…One of the hazards of veggie gardening 🙂
This happened after walking back from one of the Foraging courses with Martin and Riki from Curedeli
Life is never dull here at the nursery!
Its an overcast, rainy day outside. There are low clouds sweeping across the Fynbos Walk. At night we are still lighting fires, sleeping with extra blankets and… Read more “Edible flowers”
On a freezing cold and drizzly Saturday morning, our wild food enthusiast group set off on a Forage and Harvest garden tour. We looked, picked and dug,… Read more “Spring Forage and Harvest course”
Good Hope Gardens Fynbos Flavours Forage, Feast and Garden Tours This half day course takes place in and around the Good Hope Gardens Nursery in Cape Point… Read more “Forage, Feast and Garden Tours”
This week we had a lovely write up in our local newspaper about our foraging, feasting and garden tours in The Falsebay Echo: Included in the article… Read more “Great article and wild food recipes”
I was in the garden this morning, having a dreamy moment, doing the fun part I like best in veggie gardening which is the harvesting. As I was pulling beetroot out of the ground, two majestic cranes flew overhead. “Aaah.” I thought. “This must be SO symbolic!” A thin dark ribbon floated down from one of the cranes. In slow motion I watched as the wind changed and it headed in my direction. Wake up and smell the organic fair trade coffee, hippy-girl, there is now bird poo in your hair. I took it as a good sign. And also as a sign to wash my hair.
Beetroots are one of my favorite winter roots , this purplish red veg is good for your everything. Read about it here
A lot of people forget all about the beetroots humble leaves. The leaves actually have more nutrients than the root. They are they same family as chard and spinach leaves, rich in chlorophyll, protein, calcium, magnesium, copper, sodium,fiber, beta carotene and vitamins A, B and C. They are slightly more bitter tasting than spinach, but nothing a bit of nutmeg and white sauce can’t sort out, or a crumble of feta on some fresh leaves in a salad.
There are endless recipes for beetroot. Winners in our family include beetroot cake (substitute carrots for beetroot in a carrot cake recipe) with a cream-cheese icing, roasted beetroot with honey and fennel seed, beetroot leaf lasagna, homemade beetroot pizza – leaves and sliced root with mozzarella and fresh thyme, grated beetroot in coleslaw, oh I could go on for days. But don’t forget beetroot juice with ginger. carrot and apple. Or beetroot brownies, frozen yoghurt beetroot popsicle for kids, beetroot and goats cheese salad. OK I’ll stop now. Beetroot soup with Greek yoghurt. The end.
This UK website called Love Beetroot is all about beetroot (obviously) and has a great list of all these amazing fun facts on beetroot.
Our lovely friend was even growing them on a roof garden in the city.
Having a vegetable garden is kind of like that moment where you get pins and needles really badly in your legs just as your baby wakes up crying upstairs. You know its going to be tough, and you will probably have to get down on your hands and knees for part of the way, but you know the rewards are going to be amazing: A happy baby and fresh organic produce. Those two things always make me smile. And a happy baby that eats your homegrown beetroot? You just cant beet that 🙂