How to make GREEN gift choices this Christmas.

How to make GREEN gift choices this Christmas.

Let’s be real about this. When most of us think of Christmas, it’s spending money in shopping centres and over buying because we get caught up in the excitement and we are always thinking that we need to add just one more thing. For Christmas this year, we have decided to make the most of our gifts ourselves or if we are buying, our purchase decisions will be made on the products long-term effect and value. What do I mean by this? Well, let’s start by looking at gifts where we can reuse and recycle what most people consider waste. Recycling Gifts Items such as coffee pod cases and tin cans are something that can easily be discarded as used rubbish but you can turn them into gifts. Food Gifts When you make something amazing, think about who else would love this? Whether that’s something for wildlife or something for us, if it can be consumed then the gift has a smaller footprint. Check out these amazing microgreen recipes by clicking here Handmade Gifts Then there are gifts you can make using cuttings and what you might have an excess supply of such as pebbles and stones. We made these DIY Succulent Jars using what we had in our craft cupboard. You could even use recycled glass jars from your pantry. If you know someone who loves birds, why not have a go at making birdseed ornaments to hang outside. Makes a nice idea for a natural Christmas tree and the gift will be consumed by the birds and enjoyed by the recipient. Check out our DIY video on...
Our SECRETS to the ultimate family compost! It’s easier than you think.

Our SECRETS to the ultimate family compost! It’s easier than you think.

Family Compost The objective of a family compost is simple. Cut down on waste and improve soil conditions by using the ultimate recycling process. What if I told you there is more than one way to compose and reduce your waste and footprint on this earth? You can even compost meat, dairy, bread, eggs & cooked food, but you need to use the right system. You can reduce your kitchen food waste to almost zero, and if you have a dog that eats bones, then you are now ticking all the sustainability boxes. Reducing household food waste is an important part of working towards a more sustainable existence. So let’s take a look at what available and how they work. Outdoor Composting Composting outdoors isn’t as hard as you might think, and your plants are going to love you for it, especially your veggie patch! There are a few basic rules in an outdoor composting system that utilises the awesome work of garden worms & microorganisms. Check out our composting do’s and don’t’s here. Composting outdoors is said to be more of a slower system, however, it does have its advantages. It caters for all your garden clippings and leaf litter and you can add in layers of soil. This type of composting is known as a ‘hot’ composting system. Basically, you need both carbon & nitrogen ingredients to promote a ‘hot’ environment towards the centre of your compost and keep the pile aerated by turning it regularly. This will accelerate the composting process. This is when the worms and microorganisms do their thing! Read more about an outdoor...
Growing Microgreens. An absolutely perfect fit with kids!

Growing Microgreens. An absolutely perfect fit with kids!

Microgreens Microgreens are amazing vegetables. Not only are they tiny and cute but they are fast growing as well. It’s no wonder why kids just love them! Apart from the fact they are visually appealing as a garnish on most dishes, microgreens are also packed full of nutritional value. Bursting with vitamin C, E, K, Lutein, beta-carotene, they are said to outweigh their full-grown counterparts 40 to 1. Equipt with our new microgreens grow kit we thought we’d give them a test run, to see how easy they were for the kids to get involved and watch them grow.   Step 1 Unpack the kit and read all the instructions. We quickly identified the seeds need to soak for over 6 hours in order to assist with the germination process. For our first round of seeds, we chose Red Cabbage & Tatsoi.     Step 2. When the seeds were ready, we filled our trays with the peat, wet it down as directed, then sprinkled the seeds over the top and placed the lids on.   Step 3. It was only a few days later that the seeds started emerging. We talked about the germination process and what we thought were the factors involved which gave the seeds life. The conversation focused around, light, water, and the lids protecting them as they started out. Step 4. In no time at all our seeds had grown and were ready to use in the kitchen.     Microgreens & Carrot Salad Ingredients Approximately 1 cup of microgreens 1 x orange, peeled and cubed. I used a Rudy Red variant for colour. 1...
How to Plant a Tea Garden. Health benefits that will amaze you!

How to Plant a Tea Garden. Health benefits that will amaze you!

A tea garden is a great way to introduce herbs into your life. Herbs are an awesome addition to any garden, patio, courtyard or balcony. When added to a meal during cooking or just afterwards, they can really enhance the flavour of a dish. However, herbs can also be really beneficial when used as tea, and when you start experimenting with home-grown herbs, you will find them incredibly hard to resist, especially as a winter warmer. Herbs have been used in tea for thousands of years for their medicinal benefits and are said to have originated in China. However herbal tea has since become very popular throughout the world and continues to become a healthier choice in the modern world. Growing your own tea garden at home can be very cost-effective and a delicious way to add natural health benefits to your daily intake. There is nothing better than holding a warm cup of herbal tea in the cold weather and it’s even better when you can pick your own herbs from your very own tea garden. Planning Your Tea Garden Just like planning for any garden project, do your research before you rush out and buy everything. You will need to consider a few things before you get started. Use our steps as a guide when planning your tea garden: Step 1: Choose your area Step 2: Consider your plant selection (what will you drink?) Step 3: Plan the position of your herbs based on light, height and width of each plant Step 5: Learn about your herbs and how best to take care of each one Step 6:...
Lemon Chicken: Easy, healthy choices make an amazing feast!

Lemon Chicken: Easy, healthy choices make an amazing feast!

Lemon Chicken Drumsticks: No carbs, no sugar, no worries! Chicken drumsticks are a very cost efficient option for dinner. Try and seek out organic meat when you can. This is a great dish to serve for both dinner and lunch the next day. I always try to cook evening meals to cater for the next day as well. It just makes sense to pack my husband lunch that is healthy, and having a better choice in the fridge helps with my selection as well. What you need 12 chicken drumsticks (organic if possible) 2 x carrots (cut in 1/2 & then in 1/4) 1 x zucchini (cut in 1/2 & then in 1/4) 1/2 bunch of spinach / silver beet (stem removed, roughly chopped) 1 x head of cauliflower (roughly chopped) 1 x lemon (cut in 1/4) 5 x tablespoons of coconut oil (melted) 1 x lemon squeezed 1 1/2 x tablespoons of ground coriander 2 x tablespoons of smoked paprika 2 x tablespoons of balsamic vinegar 2-3 garlic cloves (crushed) 1 x red chilli (de-seeded & finely chopped) Salt & pepper   Bake Pre-heat oven at 180 degrees Arrange the chicken, carrots, zucchini, lemon in a large baking tray Combine 3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil, lemon juice, coriander, smoked paprika, balsamic vinegar, crushed garlic & chilli and spoon over the chicken & vegetables Season to your liking Bake for approximately 40 minutes, turning once or twice Cook Place the cauliflower in a saucepan and cook until tender, drain. Puree with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and season well. Steam the spinach / silver beet until wilted. Serve Place the cauliflower puree on...
Spinach: A simple recipie that makes it taste amazing!

Spinach: A simple recipie that makes it taste amazing!

Spinach, Bacon & Sweet Potato Pie. One of the most nutrient dense vegetables of all times is good old spinach (silver beet is it’s real name). I say ‘old’ because most people can relate to spinach being an arch enemy at sometime during childhood. Mostly because it was served on it’s own within a standard meat & 3 veg meal, and as a child spinach was one of the more difficult vegetables to swallow. Adults see things differently, we appreciate the abundance of health benefits spinach offers, as well as it’s amazing earthy taste and if you haven’t grown your own before, now is the time to start! Home grown spinach / silver beet is a very productive crop which is harvested. As long as you provide the right conditions it will keep producing. What you need: 2 medium sweet potatoes (grated in a food processor) 1 bunch of spinach (stems removed, roughly chopped) 1 garlic clove crushed 3-4 spring onions (diced) 4 slices of bacon (Rhine removed, diced) * Organic bacon if you can 8-10 large eggs (whisked) start with 8, and add another 2 if needed Coconut oil Note: The amount of sweet potato you use will depend on how thick you want your base. Just follow your heart. How it’s done: Base First Grease a deep pie dish with melted coconut oil Spread out the grated sweet potato to form a base Lightly brush with coconut oil Bake at 180 degrees C. for roughly 20 minutes The goal is to soften and partly cook the sweet potato. Filling Render the bacon over a low heat on the stove top until brown, remove & place on...