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Dinner From The Backyard

12 December 2008 6 Comments

We had a great dinner tonight, with almost all of it coming from the backyard!

Megan made an awesome baked pumpkin quiche (store-bought pumpkin, and 4 eggs from Molly). The egg yolks made the quiche really yellow, much more than store-bought free range eggs do. The only down side is that now we’ve got none of Molly’s eggs left for pancakes tomorrow morning.

I cooked some vegies to go with the quiche. We had roasted vegies:

  • parsnips (HG)
  • purple carrots (HG)
  • yellow beetroot (HG)
  • purple beetroot (HG)
  • onion (store bought)

And steamed vegies:

  • kale (HG)
  • bok choy (HG)
  • broccoli (HG)
  • button squash (HG by a friend from work)

Plus boiled Dutch Cream potatoes (HG). These were really tasty, a world of difference from store-bought potatoes. I never knew there was such a difference! They were fairly small, just a bit bigger than golf balls. The potato plants are starting to die back, so I thought I’d bandicoot a few early ones to try them out. The rest should continue growing in size for another couple of weeks, and then we’ll harvest them all.

The girls also had raw beans (HG) and sugar snap peas (HG).

Oh, and I washed it all down with home made (from scratch, not kit!) ginger beer. I’ll have to post about ginger beer making soon. I’m experimenting with various recipes, so if you have any to suggest please post them in the comments.

It was yummo! I was going to take a photo, but unfortunately forgot about it in my gastronomic gusto. Maybe next time.

(HG = home grown)


  • Robert Callaghan said:

    Hi Darren, that sounds lovely, and it’s the sort of thing i’m trying to achive here in NZ.


  • Darren (author) said:

    Hey Robert. Yeah, I’ve been following along with your chicken exploits. It sounds like they’re doing well!

  • Ally and Rich said:

    Nice work on the homegrown dinner, sounds fantastic!

    Looking forward to your blog on Ginger beer – never tried making it before but it’s something we’re keen to try…


    Ally and Rich http://www.happyearth.com.au

  • Darren (author) said:

    Hehe, it’s probably situation normal for you guys, but it was really satisfying for us to be gathering almost everything from the backyard.

    I’ll post about the ginger beer soon. It’s not very expensive to buy a fermenter, and from then on it’s really cheap and easy to brew your own.

  • Julie said:

    OH, I am jealous…it’s hard to get much veggies here in my part of the Northern Hemisphere, at this time of the year!

  • Darren (author) said:

    Hehe! I listen to the Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast from England, and it’s kind of funny hearing about seasonal issues that are 6 months out of step with us. Same for reading US/UK/European blogs.

    I also find it fascinating hearing/reading of peoples’ battles with snow. We don’t get snow (or even frost!) here, so it’s hard for me to imagine what it would be like to be unable to grow anything for part of the year. Good luck with your efforts!