SPICE IT UP
Is there more than one type of salt?
Why should we use it rather than leave it out?
Did you know that culinary salts come in two basic categories - sea salt and mined salt?
Let’s find out Salt is actually a mineral, not a spice which means it doesn’t lose its flavour over time like spices and herbs do.
Most dishes that would be spiced will contain salt.
An example the first is Murray River pink salt. The colour is pink because of the minerals that the aquifer has flown through.
- Indian Black salt is also mined salt. Initially the big chunks that are mined are deep purple to almost black in colour. However, when it is crushed, it becomes a pale pink in colour. Exudes a pungent odour.
- this salt is a key ingredient in 'chat masala' which also contains cumin, coriander seed and asefetida.
- if requestingd the salted version of the drink lassi , it will contain chat masala.
Ian's Secret Tip: salt is cheap and heavy and added to some spice blends to make them cheaper so watch out and just buy the best.
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|NZ Yams or Oca|
- Unlike potatoes, oca tubers can be eaten both raw and cooked.Well that’s not strictly true, I remember as schoolkids, we occasionally would bite into raw potato, but it wasn’t that nice.
- When they’re raw, they have a fresh lemony flavour with a crisp, crunchy texture not unlike the crispness of a carrot.
- The skin is edible too and can be left on when raw. Slice them up into a salad to add some fresh zest.
- When they’re cooked, the lemony flavour disappears and the tubers have a nuttier taste.You can cook them in much the same way as a potato — boiled, baked, fried, grilled or added to a soup or winter stew.
- Temperatures above 28°C cause the plant to wilt.
- Grow the oca tubers in much the same way as you would grow potatoes.
- Tubers start forming 4 months after planting and production peaks at 6 months.
- Oca tolerates a wide range of soil types and pH.
- The oca plant will begin to form tubers as the days shorten and the temperature drops — in other words, in the autumn.
- The tubers will grow in size throughout the autumn, so the longer the tubers are left in the soil, the better.
- Typically, the best time to harvest the tubers is after the frost has destroyed all of the above-ground foliage or it naturally dies off.
- Keep several for planting next season, by storing them in sand or sawdust.
PLANT OF THE WEEK
- “Plectranthus” is a combination of 2 Greek words that mean “spur” (plectron) and “flower” (anthos).
- Argentatus is Latin for silver.
Can also grow in full shade and tolerate light frosts, that’s down to -2 C.
The best spot for it though is in well drained soil near trees, also a great plant for containers.
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Henley Green Community Garden UpdateThere are many reasons to join a community garden: learn a new skill, teach your kids where food comes from, save money, help the environment, have a reason to get outside regularly and share with others.
|Chickens at Henley Green Community garden|
Let’s catch up with what’s happening in the local community garden at Henley.
I'm speaking with Nicole Miranda from the Happy Hens Community garden in Henley.
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