Happy Valentine’s Day.
Merry Christmas all!
I recently shared over on Curbly what it’s like having a Summer Christmas (which may be a foreign concept to many readers) and shared that I had something special planned this year.
In my continued efforts to be a little more self-sufficient I took on the fairly monumental task of growing ALL the vegetables and herbs we served today.
Understand it took 4 months to grow the carrots and 9 months to grow the onions, but I couldn’t think of a better way to share the harvest than with my family around the table, celebrating Jesus’s Birthday.
We bought 2 plump free range hens from our local, GoGo’s Deli, via my farming friends at Simply Wholesome and some bacon and pork mince for the stuffing from my friend Martin at Cure, the rest, I grew.
I took Nathan along yesterday and he helped me cut the mixed beans and pulled carrots while I dug out the potatoes and gathered up the various herbs.
None of this would have been possible without the help and support of my gardening partner, Alison Currie, who, over a year ago allowed me to rip up her backyard and commence growing food on it. For that I’m truly indebted to her and have enjoyed out weekly pickings, conversations and growing friendship.
I’ve posted several of the recipes over in my Curbly round-up here and ours included lemon infused wax beans with toasted almonds, beets with fresh thyme, honey glazed carrots & leeks, rosemary roast potatoes, chili, coriander & bacon butternut, braised cabbage, onion & caraway seeds.
In the spirit of an African Christmas we shunned the traditional red and green and went with a black and metallic theme. I took inspiration from our indigenous garden and filled bowls with succulents, dried aloe leaves and candles in copper and gold.
I roped Kathy into sewing the napkins and table runner and it felt great to work on a creative project together, she normally lets me run with it and enjoys the spoils.
It truly was a homegrown Christmas! How was your Christmas? What did you get up to?