So Rome wasn’t built in a day …

A little while ago I was talking about my grand gardening plans … a ‘plot’ if you will to fill the back garden with beautiful green growing, edible things. I’m happy to report that things have been progressing on the garden front … even if that progress has been ever so slow. Look I bought a cook book!!

This isn’t just any cook book though … it’s a lovely cloth-covered title (ooh special!) from Stephanie Alexander and it’s all about the garden-to-kitchen approach to cooking. There are lots of delicious recipes to try, so this book is clearly an inspirational investment which will see me *actually* get my hands dirty some time soon.

It will be lovely to grow some kind of produce again after previous successful attempts at peas, tomatoes, strawberries and lettuce.

Though perhaps a little more than the growing, I’m looking forward to the eating…


  1. Marita

    Oooh I’ve seen that cookbook at my youngest daughters school – they are part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program, it is so fantastic seeing the school garden growing full of delicious things to eat. I have grand plans for a veggie patch when we move house. πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Marita – Oh how wonderful to be a part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program – that would be a fantastic experience!! Planting of a veggie patch is a grand thing to aspire to! Good luck with the move! πŸ˜€

  2. Gabrielle Bryden

    I’d never heard of her and her program until she was on Masterchef, but she sounds wonderful – I must get that book. I’m about to set up a small vege patch -used to have a big one but had to move it cause of the chooks – Bunnings has these really cute instant vege patch containers – looks like color bond corrugated iron – self assembly and just fill with the soil – all different sizes. Silver beet is really easy to grow and looks impressive. Good luck and good eating πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – I’m not sure how I first came across Stephanie … it might have actually been on one of those (often dreaded) Saturday afternoon ‘lifestyle’ programs, and I thought she (and the work she does with schools) to be so very inspirational. There’s something very grounded, very practical and just very ‘real’ about her approach to gardening and cooking.

      You MUST buy the book – it’s a joy to behold. From the cloth cover, to the beautiful matte paper, the gorgeous photos, wonderful recipes and practical advice which is built around the Australian seasons … it’s wonderful!!

      YAY for starting your vege patch – that’s so exciting!! Oh I LOVE the sound of the ‘instant’ vege containers from Bunnings … I may just have to have a look at those myself. I’m ALL for making life easier in any way that I can! πŸ˜‰ … Good luck with your growing AND eating too! πŸ™‚

  3. Francesca

    I’ve got that book and daydreams of a vegie patch. Definitely an inspirational investment! xo

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Francesca – It’s a lovely cook / gardening book indeed … I’m so glad I’m not alone in treating the purchase of it as an ‘investment’!
      Vegie patches are wonderful things to tend to, and provide a delicious sense of calm and ‘space’ away from this mad, mad world. πŸ™‚

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