Blogs are a funny thing. We get to choose how much or how little of our lives we want to share. Often, the nature of the blogger is to opt to share just the best and leave the rest. Is this right? Should we share more? What about the bloggers out there that share everything? Is it too much?
I am finding it a little hard to know just how much is enough lately.
|op shopped treasures. Why so sad little girl?|
Lately though, I've been feeling like I've been sharing less and less of my true self. It's hard not to be a little self concious when there are people out there reading along as you type your thoughts. It's so easy to shield them and post only for show, which I think is kind of fraudulent, in the nicest possible way...
I hope to share more of my true self on this humble blog of mine, after all it IS my record, a journal of sorts. I want it to be authentic, otherwise what is the point?
I'll start with something easy by sharing what I got up to this morning..
A beekeeper came to the primary school for the younger grades to see, ask and hear all about honey bees. It was extremely interesting. As you can see by the picture, I had to take myself off to be a 'student' for the morning so I could absorb some of this fascinating information. The youngest was very pleased to see me there as well which added to my day...
|Don't you just love that straight, eager hand being held up, waiting to ask a question?|
There is so much happening around me lately that I want to share.
My good friend Kirsty who I know in real life through our weekly veggie group has started up her own inspiring blog here. She also gave me some of her homemade cumquat marmalade recently to try..and I have to say not being much of a marmalade eater..it was delicious! I think I will be keeping my eyes open for some cumquats on my travels..
Kirsty has also been recording the goings on at our weekly Junior Landcare sessions - which will be great to look back on to reference! If you have a spare moment, do hop on over and say hi to her. She is a wealth of information when it comes to all things nature!
After the beekeeping session was over, I found myself at the library where in addition to a bee book, I managed to find the volume two book of Backyard Ovens. I didn't know there was a volume two until Gavin mentioned it recently, while posting about his new cob oven.
The book so far is a great read with lots of interesting cooking ideas as well as building advice for those keen to have a go at making their own oven.
|(Yes, even the table top got a brush of the red paint)|
Another place I've discovered recently is Pinterest. Oh, my! What a feast of inspiration awaits over there anyone who has the inclination to look! It's basically a place where you can set up 'pinboards' to keep track of things you've come across on the web and want to remember. You can follow other peoples pinboards if you wish, or just keep adding to your own. 'Repinning' is also great fun too. This is a handy place to organise all of those ideas that are floating around, causing your (my) head to spin at night while trying to get to sleep!
I've also been thinking about birthday parties lately. We have two in October to address (years in the waiting!) and I've been pondering over having them both on the same day..which I would never have attempted in the past but I think the idea has merit. Just one preparation and one clean up. One morning to prepare food. It will hopefully work out. Have you done this? Was it successful?
I'd also like to share my favourite way of using up the end of the bean sprouts. Fried rice! Not the most original suggestion I'm sure, but one that's definitely satisfying, especially when there are a late winter scraping of garden pickings to be had...
|Garden Harvest Fried Rice|
Garden Harvest Fried Rice
serves a family of 5
3 cups uncooked rice, cooked and cooled, if that makes sense!
3 eggs, beaten well (with a splash of dry sherry if you wish)
6 slices of rindless shortcut bacon, chopped
4-6 perennial leeks, washed and sliced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
a good knob of ginger, finely chopped/grated
1-2 carrots, thinly sliced
a handful of snow peas, de-strung
a cup or so of corn kernals
3-4 stalks silverbeet, chopped
1-2 cups bean sprouts, mung and lentil are nice
2-3 tbs soy sauce
2-3 tbs chilli sauce
Combine the sauces in a cup and set aside. Heat some olive oil in a large wok and add the egg in small batches to make omelettes. After cooking the second side, shred the omelette with your wok implements of choice and set aside.
Add the bacon and sautee with the leeks until leeks are tender and bacon is crisping around the edges. Add the garlic, ginger, carrots, snow peas and corn. Cook for a few minutes until vibrant coloured and still firmish. Add a good drizzle of oil followed by the rice and toss well, separating any rice clumps. Fry for a couple of minutes then add the chopped egg, silver beet and bean sprouts. Add the combined sauces and continue tossing the rice over heat until silverbeet is wilted. Serve immediately. With chopsticks! Garnish with spring onions if they are around. Ours are still growing...
I hope you like our fried rice. It's very tasty and manages to please most people at the table. Of course you can add anything that is growing in your garden at the time..that's what makes it so versatile!
I've been thinking a lot about my dad this week. His health is declining and he has been in hospital this week . I feel for my mum who is doing so much at the moment for him. I hope they both know how much they mean to me.
This weekend is Father's Day, a time to recognise the Dads in your life. I hope you have a happy day with them.
Happy sharing out there. xx