It is wickedly cold here in Southern Queensland. So cold that even with the heater on I’m dressed in three layers with a wool hat, scarf, slippers, and blanket and still shivering. Only 40 minutes south of us, they are under a blanket of snow. Snow!! In Queensland!! I can scarcely imagine it. We’ve had a bit of rain at our house, but no snow yet. Fingers crossed, though!
In spite of this amazing cold snap, my gardens continue to soldier on, giving me all sorts of good things each day. Like these oh-so-sweet yellow cherry tomatoes. It doesn’t matter if we get frost or ferocious winds, every couple of days there are new ripe tomatoes for us to eat.
Our Muscovy ducks, who usually stop laying over winter, have been laying like crazy! Every day I collect a bowl full of eggs, and I’m not complaining one bit. Keep going, duckies!!
Much to my surprise and delight, my lilly pilly is flourishing. Last year this one got well and truly frosted, but this year I have her in a sheltered spot and she’s rewarded me with heaps of gorgeous little berries.
For two years I’ve been trying to get lemons to grow on the trees in my kitchen garden, but caterpillars kept ravaging them. Grrr. This year, however, I’ve been vigilant about picking the critters off, and now I’m finally getting lemons. Woohoo!!! Just a wee bit excited about that.
I first heard of black radishes while doing research for the book I wrote on the history of Freestone (a small town near us). So I searched and searched until I found seeds and this week I finally got to see and taste them. Aren’t they interesting? They may look as though they’ve been dipped in black ink, but they taste great.
My purple beauties are doing well too, and I’m looking forward to roasting a big batch tomorrow with sea salt and thyme.
Now it’s time to cozy in with big cups of tea and a steaming Beef Burgundy Pie for dinner. They oughtta warm our frigid bones a bit.
What is your favorite cold weather food? xo