New Zealand Fruit and Food Share Map

What an AWESOME idea.

Share in your bountiful crop. Don’t let your your surplus fruit go to waste. Add the location, type, time of year for harvest and any other instructions.

You need to login with a google account, then click Edit, then add a place mark (top left of map) to be able to add locations.

Add other interesting items like Community Gardens, markets, cycleways and Eco hot spots.

View New Zealand Fruit and Food Share Map in a larger map

For easy finding again later, I’ve set up a URL forward:

Trip Report: Greggs Jellytime Cold Water Jelly

WHAT IS THIS MADNESS!?!?! Jelly that is made with cold water and sets in an hour? This had to be tested.

2 cups of water, stir in jelly using a whisk, and whisk for 2 minutes. Stick in fridge. End product looks like jelly, with the exception of a rougher surface.

It’s slightly wobblier than conventional jelly, so care should be taken while serving. Once in the bowl, it takes on the appearance of a conventional jelly.

In fact, once condiments have been applied in the form of fresh cream, I suspect no one would be the wiser to your subterfuge.

As for the all important taste test, I chose ‘Red’ flavour. I guess it’s strawberry, not sure since the pack is already in the bin. It’s ever so slightly bland, but still perfectly acceptable. The safety and convenience factor wins out totally!

Satisfied customer! And yes, I am eating from a pink bowl with polka dots on it. WHAT OF IT???

Slap Up Beef Stew

After the talk of stew today, I decided to get amongst it and slap one together.

Slice an onion and some garlic

Sweat off the onion and some of the garlic

Brown some bacon bits

Dice your meat (I used chuck steak in the end since it was on special), season and flour

Chuck your bacon bits in the pot with the onion

Brown off your meat

Add meat to pot, along with:
1 diced carrot
1 can diced tomato
some chopped taters – i used a can of minted baby spuds in this case
remaining garlic
enough beef stock to cover (i used 500ml, prolly slightly too much in this case)
seasoning/herbs to taste

Also add secret ingredient of your choice

Bring to boil, then simmer till done. Add flour/cornflour as needed to help thicken.

Finished product!

Tasty as all get out! Total budget was:
Beef Chuck Steak – $6.13
Diced Bacon bits – $2.18
Canned Taters – $1.79
Canned Tomato – $1.42
Onion – $0.39
Carrot – $0.37
1/3rd bulb garlic – $0.40
Misc supplies – $2
Total: $14.68
Feeds: 3 easy