Fresh from the city
Clockwise from left: parsley, baby mizuna, warrigal greens, rocket, cherry tomatoes, shaved carrot.
Being transplanted from quiet, familiar Christchurch to the concrete jungle of Sydney has done my head in a little, but this weekend I really feel like I managed to regain a bit of sanity. I picked up a beautiful little patch of baby mizuna, the sweetest sprayfree cherry tomatoes (which are still growing here!), and crunchy carrots at the farmers market. Then I joined my nearest community garden, where I picked some parsley, warrigal greens and rocket in the sunshine…bliss. I learnt a few new gardening tips on my first visit too – it’s great to learn from a group! The eucalyptus twigs that we were clearing from the garden beds are also making a nice little decorative feature on our eating table. A while back we visited the Pyrmont grower’s market, where I picked up some organic gem lettuce that was so fresh it stayed super crisp all week, and made a perfect pair with this herb and yogurt dressing.
The City of Sydney’s green villages website has been pretty great (doesn’t hurt that it’s designed to be pleasing to the eye!), and I’m looking forward to attending some more of the workshops they have on offer. I’m all keen to start a wormfarm to keep our trash less smelly and for free fertiliser! Seems a lot more fun than composting :D
Discovering the fresh food available near us in the middle of the city is a bit of a relief after all the supermarket shopping we’ve been doing. Not to say I don’t have some favourite things I stock up on at Coles, but the produce is pretty much typical supermarket stuff.
Some promising recipes will be coming up…I’ve finally got a photography set up sorted, so the backlog of deliciousness should start unleashing itself :)