What fish do you eat?

Interested in finding out what fish are the best options to eat and still support sustainable fisheries? The Sustainable Table linked with Goodfishbadfish have provided a simple list called Switch the Fish which can help you on your way.  You can find out additional information on the Goodfishbadfish site.

BTW here are some lovely home-smoked mussels that fit right in the ‘good fish’ category.

Mussel power, Home-smoked mussels (in front) and pork scratchings (at rear)
Mussel power, home-smoked mussels (in front) and pork scratchings (at rear)

These served as an entree for our truly retro main, just perfect for a cold autumn night in Canberra – Fondue!

Back to the 70's, fondue fun
Back to the 70’s, fondue fun, where even the Midwinter ‘Earth’ pattern ceramics are on theme

Getting Ready for Winter

Call that a beetroot!
Call that a beetroot!

Well we’re still waiting for the onset of the cold weather, but in the interim there’s been lots of preparation of new crops. Our broad beans, garlic and carrots have been planted and seeds of broccoli and turnips are sprouting in the polyhouse.

The carrot bed is prepared with very thorough weeding, on the left; and a covering of hessian to maintain an even moisture level, on the left.
The carrot bed is prepared with very thorough weeding, on the left; and a covering of hessian to maintain the even moisture level that is needed for the seeds to germinate.

We are leaving our pumpkins on the vines until the frosts start.

butternut
Butternut pumpkins waiting for harvest

There are still plenty of veggies to be harvested. A quick whip around the plants we were tidying up yielded this haul of zucchini’s, potatoes, eggplants and warrigal greens.

veggie harvest
What we found when cleaning out the last of the summer crops

Dinner that night was a cheesy vegetable bake, stuffed zucchini flowers and roasted potatoes.

Straight from the garden onto the plate.
Straight from the garden onto the plate.

Cockatoo chaos

It’s Autumn when the local Sulphur-crested Cockatoos (Cacatua galerita) fancy ripping into our neighbour’s Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia) to get at the seeds.

Sulphur Crested Cockatoos feeding on seeds from a Chinese Elm
Sulphur-crested Cockatoos feeding on seeds from a Chinese ElmWhat

What intrigued us both was that all the cockatoos we saw were left-handed.

A 'left handed' Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
A ‘left handed’ Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

A quick check of the internet found this interesting post on ‘handedness’ in birds which¬† revealed that the majority of parrots are left-handed.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo using it's left claw to eat seeds from the Chinese Elm
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo using it’s left claw to eat seeds from the Chinese Elm

Happy Returns

I was really chuffed to receive two very thoughtful birthday presents today, both of which had their origins in our garden. They were a ripe Styrian Pumpkin from my friend Bish whose pumpkins have grown while ours have not. This pumpkin was grown from seed which we had grown for Bish’s sons school fete. These pumpkins are grown for their seeds rather than their flesh. The seeds have no hulls so you have peptitas with no pain!

Styrian Pumpkin and Green Tomato Pickle
Styrian Pumpkin and Green Tomato Pickle

The second was a jar of homemade Green Tomato relish from my friend D. Again the tomato seed originated at Chez Fork.

Thanks guys for these great pressies.