It seems lots of people have pasta rollers gathering dust at the back of kitchen cupboards, and when Elizabeth called for suggestions for workshops for Kitchen Gardeners in 2013, that was one echoed by lots of us.
And what a wonderful idea it was! Combined with fresh mozzarella, pesto and gnocchi, the fettuccine we made was a hit.
This was the smallest workshop we’ve ever run, and with that menu, it was also the most intense. With everything timed and timetabled, we did get through all four in the afternoon, but only just! Here’s Sarah stretching mozzarella.
Under the careful instruction of cheese whiz Dan, we all got to take home the most heavenly bocconcini.
Michelle and Amanda, with supervision from young Eli, roll out their fettuccine.
Everyone raided their gardens for basil for pesto. Simon (the one with the intense expression at the back) has put a lot of thought into his pesto and believes the key is in equal parts of nuts and cheese, with careful addition of basil because our harsh climate produces sometimes bitter leaves. We tested this theory and agree.
Gnocchi is ridiculously simple to make and quite delicious.
Finally, a document with the recipes - pasta pesto cheese recipes April 2013.
If you were ever looking for inspiration, or just wondering what might be possible on an average suburban block, Jetto’s Patch in Maida Vale has much to make you think.
Dario in the front yard, which they converted from lawn only 18 months ago!
Starting in 1989, but with the newest parts only 18 months old, Dario and Michelle grow something in the region of 500 edible species on their 1482 sq m block.
The Kitchen Gardeners were delighted to accept an invitation from Dario and Michelle to hold their March workshop at Jetto’s Patch. Some of us opted for the advertised potting seeds workshop, where we used some of our collected and donated pots, and made some out of newspaper following Debra’s expert instructions.
Most of us wandered about the verdant paradise admiring just how many plants and the amazing variety of edible plants it is possible to grow in Perth. There are the obvious ones like figs and grapes along with some very interesting ones that you would not expect to find thriving in Perth: arabica coffee, pineapples, cherries, raspberries.
Touring the chook pen and garden
It was a hot day, but the garden was lovely and cool
Lots of us took home a little piece of Jetto’s – sugarcane, perpetual pumpkin seeds and a renewed zeal for growing our own food.
If you missed out, Dario and Michelle love visitors – you can contact them via their Facebook page – JettosPatch
Dario’s raised beds made of left over concrete slabs and a metal frame
Calico fruit bags to protect fruit from birds and bugs
A great team effort
Over 50 people took part in the Guildford Clean Up Australia Day hosted by Transition Town Guildford and the Guildford Association Inc.
Guildford Primary School students and local residents picked up litter and recyclable material around the school, Kings Meadows, the Helena and Swan River floodplains and local streets. The participants enjoyed a well-deserved morning tea at the conclusion of the event.
Guildford Primary School students celebrate the result
It was an even bigger result than last year, with over 28 chaff bags of rubbish and 20 bags of recycling collected, as well as odd items like an ironing board, fire extinguisher, TV, four tyres and five paint cans.
The final haul
It was promising to see that there were less bulk items compared to previous years, so we’re having an impact. But there was still way too much recyclable material, like cans and bottles. Ralph even found some steel cans and coke bottles that must be over 30 years old! So there’s still a legacy of material to collect.
The organisers thank the Guildford Primary School and participating students for taking part, and invite people to join our community groups to find out about future clean ups and events (TTG email list and www.guildford.asn.au).
Thanks also to the City of Swan Waste and recycling team for collecting the material.
Rod, Barb and Ralph survey the result
Clean Up article in the Echo