sarah's own natural garden

updates from our lifestyle block – gardening, chickens, green cleaning and more

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Mushroom and miso broth – easy to make and so tasty

Mushroom and miso broth - easy to make and so tasty

Mushroom miso broth with egg – a bowl full of goodness

I love a noodley brothy meal and will often buy one for lunch or make a version at home. I think it’s because the depth of flavour of the broth/soup means it feels satisfying without needing to full up on something fatty or bready. It’s quick to make at home and very forgiving – I can use whatever vegetables I have to hand and adding a bit more or less of something isn’t going to ruin the whole meal (I don’t do well with recipes that need exactness). Maybe eating a home made broth is just psychological – I know all the goodness that’s gone into it and that in itself is satisfying. Whatever the reason – I hope you’ll find the umami/savory flavours in this recipe as tasty and easy to make as I do. Make it for one as I often do or make a bigger batch and freeze or keep some in the fridge for later. Continue reading

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Making sticky rice – it’s easier than you’d think

How to make sticky rice

Sticky rice and fish steaming

I’ve been playing around with cooking and eating sticky rice lately. I’ve made it a few times and it’s surprisingly easy and more impressive on the plate than plain rice. I struggled to find out how to cook it online as most of the methods use it as a dessert rather than in a savoury meal so I wanted to write up this blog to encourage you to try it. Continue reading

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Toilet cleaner that became dishwasher powder

homemade dishwasher powder

I’m slowly building up the number of cleaning and beauty products I make at home and am always reading blogs and trying something new.  Hand soap, deodorant and dishwasher powder are the current ones I’m trying to get right. After several attempts I’m happy with this dishwasher powder recipe (you can skip the blurb, take my word that it’s easy and just scroll to the ingredients list and make it).

I didn’t start out out making dishwasher powder with this recipe – I read about a home made cleaning ‘bomb’ that you drop into the toilet bowl, wait for the fizzing to finish then scrub clean.  I love these kind of recipes, the simpler the better so I gave it a go. Continue reading


A week of eating ugly from the garden

slim pickings in the garden these days

I have a massive veggie garden and people often look at it and assume we’re self-sufficient in vegetables but I buy an embarrassing amount. Last week I decided to be resourceful and only cook with vegetables from the garden.  I was inspired by the high cost of vegetables at the moment and my general love of not wasting things.  Due to our exposed windy site and a terrible summer it’s not been very productive. Yes there’s stuff growing – it’s just half eaten by bugs, in small quantities or kale. How do I make meals from it? Continue reading

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Making pesto from the garden

Pesto recipe

Making pesto from the garden

A selection of disorderly growing greens for pesto making

I love making a mixed green pesto as it uses a variety of raw greens I know are good for me but I probably wouldn’t include in a meal unless I was having a salad or a smoothie.  And I struggle with having a green smoothie. A traditional pesto recipe uses basil, pinenuts, garlic, oil and parmesan cheese but it’s very flexible really. When I make it I swap out pinenuts for whatever cheaper option I have on hand and instead of just basil I use whatever garden greens I’ve got growing .  It’s hard to write a recipe with exact quantities because it depends on what greens you use and what your own taste preference is.  I’m still refining my pesto recipe but this should give you something tasty to work from – Continue reading

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Getting myself organised – monthly goal setting

my kitchen efforts

We’ve been living on our block for a couple of years and I constantly have aspirations of being farm wifey and using my homegrown produce to make pickles, chutneys, jellies etc. I’ve made a few things recently however my red onion chutney was too sweet, the trial jar of mint jelly set (miracle!) but isn’t minty enough and my pickled beetroot isn’t ready to taste yet so I haven’t got any fool proof recipes to write about.  Instead this post is about how to be organised month by month and try and achieve all (well, some) of the things I’d like to.  Setting monthly goals is something I tried several years ago which turned out to be really helpful.  It wasn’t my idea and I can’t remember what the source was but the upshot was: make a list of all the things you’ve been wanting to try and allocate each one to a month.   Continue reading