Butterflies, bandicooting and friands.

Butterfly stalking..

..and a little netting action..

Cherries are ripening (Sunburst)....
..under a thrifted net curtain that reminds me of a bride's veil.

It's a potato jungle out there...

...and so a little 'bandicooting' is in order....
Ban-di-coot-ing (verb)Bandicooting is the act of digging up potatoes or other root crops, leaving the top of the plants in place in the soil to keep on growing and producing more root crops. (organicexchange.com.au)

Friands are made..

And a new friend or two as well.

Raspberry Friands
Makes around 2 dozen
125g almond meal
190g pure icing sugar, sifted
100g plain flour
180g butter, melted and cooled
4 egg whites
100g raspberries
60g raspberries - extra
1/2 cup white chocolate chips (optional)
2 tbs flaked almonds to garnish

Preheat oven to 180c or 170 fan-forced.
Place the almond meal, flour and sugar in a bowl and mix well.
In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until frothy. Add the egg whites and cooled melted butter to the dry ingredients and stir to combine.Add the raspberries (and white chocolate if using) and stir gently, being careful not to break the raspberries up. Spoon into greased mini muffin pans, place an extra raspberry on top of each muffin and sprinkle with flaked almonds. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
Allow to stand in pans for 5 minutes before removing to cool on a wire rack.
Dust with icing sugar before serving. 


  1. Your blog posts make me feel happy!

  2. My potatoes are looking like that too!

  3. Ooooh, those potatoes look great! What yummy-looking friands too!

  4. I thought bandicooting was going to involve catching the little buggers that have been digging up my garden! But instead a good idea for harvesting potatoes, I think I'll try it too :)

  5. Lovely photographs, every one! It is so heartening to see greens and fruit and warm sunlight. Winter is knocking at my door. Fortunately, my seed catalog has arrived :)

  6. Lovely to see a chicken! Were those cherries? - I am so jealous!

  7. Look at all those potatoes! Our plants in the hessian bags aren't doing as well as I'd hoped, but they seem to still be ok. And lovely friands! :)

  8. What lovely photos....your netting was a great inspiration as i was just writing about being disheartened with crops disappearing overnight!
    Looks like you have been very busy harvesting and the colour of those cherries are gorgeous!

  9. I am going to have to try your Raspberry Friands, they look delish! Thanks for sharing :)

  10. Quite possibly, Sherri, quite possibly! :)

    Aww, thanks, Bec.

    Fantastic, Frogdancer. They love a bit of rain, don't they?

    It was a bit of a surprise Faeryfay to find them lurking under the surface of the soil already! Not expected at all..

    Ha, Farmer Liz..you could put a new spin on the practice!

    Ahh, seed catalogues, cosy fires and hot drinks..the stuff of winter, quinn. Enjoy. :)

    Yes, Kim. A chicken, a real, live, talkative, friendly chook! Cherries, yep, just a handful mind you..but oh, so very exciting.

    I've never tried the potatoes grown in a bag, Celia..don't give up hope just yet - they could still surprise you. I do know that the more organic matter I throw at the potatoes, the bigger they grow..

    Ah, good Jode. The netting is super easy to set up..just some twigs/bamboo cane offcuts wedged into the end of some poly pipe scraps and the whole lot jammed into the ground. A net thrown over the top and voila! There's nothing worse than having a midnight snacker in the veggie patch.

    You're welcome, Kim, I hope you enjoy them. :)

  11. cherries and chooks are two of my favourite things..i tried growing cherries in my previous abode but together with the cherry slugs and the possums they didnt survive..and digging or bandicooting potatoes is like finding gold..yours look so healthy and SO edible...

  12. potatoes look amazing - might have to go do a little bandicooting myself - Beth will be proud. Chickens, hooray, just didn't seem right at your place without chooks. Friands look delicious!

  13. dear lord. are those cherries even real? so sumptuous and glossy, they look positively fake.

    also. i've never heard of a "friand," but your batch looks delicious. when the raspberries are in season here once again, i'll be sure to try your recipe.

  14. I love friands but your garden even more. What wonderful produce you have.

  15. *sigh* Christine you are growing cherries.... Cherries! They deserve a little bridal veil I reckon.

  16. Digging potatoes IS like finding gold, Jane, so true. And as for cherry slug.. we have it all over the pear trees,ach! I think it's the same slug..nasty little things!

    Who knew there were potatoes out there already, Kirsty. A great surprise!

    Ahh, it is SO hard not to keep 'taste testing' the cherries, Emily. They are strangely sweet even though not ripe yet (still yellow flesh and a stubborn pip!). Gosh, I hope I can restrain myself until they ripen so someone else gets a go ;) Friands are fairly new for us too, you must give them a go..they're soooo morish.

    Thanks, Hotly Spiced, you are too kind. :)

    Ha, Brydie, yes, it's like a whole other person out there, that veiled bridal cherry tree. I keep catching glimpses of it out of the corner of my eye and jump, thinking someone's lurking..


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