Posted on June 9th, 2012 - Fiona
Planting the Greenhouse
Gardening is far from my perfect outdoor pursuit, having said that I do adore home grown produce and so make the effort each year to plant out the green house. It is not something I have ever really involved the children in before, but inspired by others linking up on Country Kids like Dad’s Cooking Tonight and Rainy Day Mum I decided to make it a family event.
The Children were only too happy to help when we suggested they could all help choose what we bought from our local nursery Cedar Croft just up the lane. Up and down the rows of plants we wondered, perusing all the delightful colours and smells. The favourite by far with the children were strawberries so we agreed on a pot each with a strawberry plant, and they all shook hands on not pinching each others’ strawberries. I for see reneging on their promise ahead, but I couldn’t fault the commitment at the time!
Back at home we set to work digging out the weeds and forking some newly purchased nutrients into the soil, before planning and planting in earnest. I was pleasantly surprised at how focussed the children remained and how much more I enjoyed gardening with their input. All that is left now is to water, wait and enjoy!
Joining In with Country Kids
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Posted on June 5th, 2012 - Fiona
Inspired by the weather and twitter!
This recipe is one I experimented with last month. I had been tweeting with who blogs at Dad’s Cooking Tonight, wondering what to do with my leg of pork as the weather was far too lovely for the roast I had planned. He mentioned he had Pesto Pork in his slow cooker for his family. Not a combination I would have naturally put together but it seemed to match the mood of the day so having found a jar of pesto sauce in the cupboard an idea for a recipe began to evolve:
Leg of Pork, boned and cubed
Fresh or dried herbs: oregano, rosemary, bay leaf
Yellow pepper: seeded and sliced
2 tablespoons of Pesto sauce from a jar
2 cloves of garlic
Tin of evaporated milk
Chicken stock cubes
1/2 Fresh lemon squeezed
Shallow fry the pork in a large pan with a little olive oil to seal for about 5 minutes.
Sprinkle in a couple of tablespoons of plain flour and chicken stock cubes. Coat the meat and stir for a further minute till it just begins to stick to the pan.
Add the pear cider and about 1/2 can of the evaporated milk, stirring to incorporate all the sticky bits from the flour on the base of the pan.
Add the herbs to taste and pesto sauce and continue to fry over a medium heat. for 3 – 5 minutes.
Squeeze in the juice of half a lemon and reduce the heat to simmer.
Meanwhile, Fry the onions and garlic in 2 tablespoons of olive oil for 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook for a further 4 minutes till wilted. Add to the casserole with the sliced yellow pepper. If the sauce thickens too much let is down with the cider or more of the tin of evaporated milk.
Cover and place in a medium oven for 1 hour or better still a low oven for 2 hours.
I served ours with mini garlic roast potatoes and green vegetables, but it would have worked equally well with rice, or for one of our shop frozen meals I think I would use saute potatoes or couscous as I don’t like to freeze cooked rice.
The meal had the thumbs up from my family and will be added to the list of favourite pork dishes. Thanks to Andy for the inspiration!
I am linking this post up to Funky Foodies over on Scottish Mum’s blog, why not see what other tempting recipes are there.
Posted on June 3rd, 2012 - Fiona
Sshhh, it’s Sunday. No words needed!
Posted on June 2nd, 2012 - Fiona
A beautiful day for the beach
Finally summer has arrived. We have donned our wet suits and headed for the beach. It is still so quiet and peaceful here in Cornwall and New Polzeath is just my favourite place. I have discovered an amazing photo editing tool called PicMonkey thanks to The Boy and Me. It really does bring an average photo to life so I am going to let the pictures say it all this week about our lovely day. Even though we head out here whenever we can, the beach always different, a different tide, changing waves, castles to build and waves to surf. The Beach will never lose its appeal for us.
This is perhaps my favourite, I love the natural look and the towel falling off Clio’s shoulder.
Country Kids Cap winner for May
Country Kids is becomming ever more popular and I love reading all the great outdoor ideas. Choosing a favourite is becomming an impossible task as there are so many inspiring ideas but this month I am sending the Coombe Mill Sun Hat to Rainy Day Mum for her lovely farm visit with the children. I love the way Cerys links her days out to a book in the evening with the children.
Country Kids is for everyone. Children adore the freedom of the outdoors, weather it is the garden, the local park or a family day out, please join in and support healthy outdoor play and learning. Grab the badge and link up below with your snaps, then take a look and pop a comment on some of the other lovely inspired ideas here. You nenver know a coveted Coombe Mill Hat could be yours for June!
Posted on May 31st, 2012 - Fiona
Country Kids from Coombe Mill