I love food. Love eating it. Love watching it being made. Love the whole process around the production of food.
My bum and tum are testament to just how much I love it!
That being said, I’ve always been a bit distanced from it. My mum is a chef, so while I was living with her (cheaper rent) she did most of the cooking, and when I moved out I’d make easy meals, or, do takeaways. Oh, and mum was still sending me home with packages of food every Sunday!
It’s only recently that I’ve start expanding my repertoire. Trying out different things, and actually using the massive collection of cookbooks that I own!
This experimentation also includes building my own herb garden, of sorts.
The property has a massive lemon tree out back, and a huge bush of basil near the kitchen door. I realised how much I loved being able to totter over to these trees and get FRESH ingredients for my cooking. So I wondered what else I could do?
Since then a lime tree and a rosemary bush have been planted. I’m thinking of also planting a pot of thyme. Everything I’ve done has been in pots, since when I leave this house (I rent) I want to take them with me.
I’m also thinking about planting a lavender bush or two. Not too sure how well these will do in pots, but I’ll find out.
But, what else?
The rule has got to be easy care, can live in pots, and handle a bit of wind and cold. Being functional as well as ornamental is a huge plus.
By summer I want to be able to sit on the garden furniture on my deck and enjoy the smells from all the herbs and fruit. Have friends over for dinner and be able to make them wholesome and nutricious meals, using ingredients straight out of my garden.
I’m not going all Martha Stewart on you btw. I’m just taking an active interest in the preparation of my food, and what goes into it. At the end of the day, if I’m eating better and saving on the food bill, I’m happy.