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Cape Gooseberry Jam

Cape Gooseberry Jam

This is an easy-to-make jam with a delicious sweetish-tart flavour. These little yellow berries go by quite a few names. Here in South Africa we know them as Cape gooseberries and appelliefie in Afrikaans. They are also referred to as ground cherry, goldenberry or by their Latin name, Physalis peruviana. The Cape gooseberry has a mildly tart to sweet taste and makes a delicious jam. This is a very simple recipe and apart from the gooseberries, all you need is…

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Lemon and Yogurt Cake

Lemon and Yogurt Cake

Winter in the Cape is lemon time. We are in the midst of citrus season in South Africa and lemons are plentiful at the moment. A Lemon and Yogurt Cake is a great way to enjoy this season’s fruit. If you have a surplus of lemons and are looking for some inspiration as to what to do with them, read on. My sister gave me this recipe a few years ago and now it is my favourite go-to for lemon…

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Making Lilly Pilly Jam

Making Lilly Pilly Jam

Not all berries that are edible are necessarily to be found in the veggie garden. One such berry is the bright pink Lilly Pilly berry. This one grows on trees and hedges. And one great thing to do with Lilly Pilly berries is making Lilly Pilly Jam. When my computer hard drive died a few weeks ago a number of my ideas for blog subjects evaporated into cyberspace. Not even the IT gurus could breathe life back into it. It…

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Delicious Broad Bean Dip Recipe from Homegrown Beans

Delicious Broad Bean Dip Recipe from Homegrown Beans

Harvesting something from the veggie garden is a very satisfying feeling. After weeks, or in some cases, months of nurturing the plants it is very exciting to be able to pick the crops and prepare a dish with them. Growing my own broad beans is no exception and today I’ll share a delicious broad bean dip recipe with you. Broad beans have become a favourite winter veg in our home. Not only are they super easy to grow, but they…

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Quick and Easy Lemonade

Quick and Easy Lemonade

Lemons – there is so much one can say about this citrus fruit. From the lengthy list of their health benefits to their use as an organic household cleaner, lemons are so versatile. This year in particular boosting the immune system has been a hot topic so here is a quick and easy Lemonade recipe to add to your health regimen. Why are lemons good for you? Lemons are packed with Vitamin C which makes them full of antioxidants. These…

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Pickled cucumbers made easy

Pickled cucumbers made easy

When nature blesses one with an abundant harvest, drying, freezing, making jams or sauces are all ways of preserving the excess. I suppose cucumber jam would be one way of keeping your fruit (yes, it is a fruit and not a veggie) preserved, however, I have yet to try that. I prefer to pickle the extra cucumbers so that I can enjoy them after the season has passed. I took a gamble when I planted my cucumbers this year. The…

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