Bloomin' June

I cant believe we are now halfway through the year!

I have hung up my Bafana shirt with pride after our final game in the World cup today, but will still support the game by watching all the exciting ones (Like Portugal and Brazil), which for a non sportie person like me is quite amazing since you normally have to bribe me with chocolate or something to get me to sit still and watch the entire thing! Ayoba!

I have been so busy that I actually havent had much of the chance to experiment food wise- when your daily diet is starting to consist of peanut butter sandwhiches and you turn your nose up at the fresh parmesan in the fridge- then something aint right...

I blame the weather, first of all to get to the food shops you either have to swim, or wear a plastic tent. Neither of which sounds pleasant, so I have shamefully chosen the tinned food diet route for the time being.

But dont get me wrong, June is still a verdant month veggie wise.

If you have a quick peek below you can find all things green which will be sproutng up all over, in a veg shop near you:

June
Vegetables

Avocadoes, Beetroot, Broad Beans, Broccoli,
Brussel sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chives, Cucumber, Fennel, Garlic, Ginger, Green Beans, Horseradish, Jerusalem Artichokes, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Onions, Parsley, Parsnips, Peas, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Radish, Spinach, Squash, Sweet Peppers, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Turnips, Watercress. (The photo to the right is my first crop of fabulous aubergines, totally out of season, and they were delicious!)
Fruit
Apples, Bananas, Cape Gooseberries, Granadillas,Grapefruit, Guavas, Kiwis, Kumquats, Lemons, Limes, Melons, Naartjies, Oranges, Pawpaw, Pears, Persimmon and Pineapples.
Interesting fact: Guavas have more Vitamin C than most citrus fruit ie oranges, lemons, naartjies etc, so stock up on these little wonders and increase your intake to prevent getting one of those nasty colds that are floating around.
To chase away the sniffles below is a fabulous chicken broth recipe my flatmate made for me when I was down with a cold in London.

Louise's chicken soup.
debone two chicken breasts:
The easiest way to do this is cut with the knife as close as possible to the cartilidge, and slice the flesh off. Dont stress if you arent getting this right, the meat will come in use, if its on the bone or not.
Throw these into a pot with 1l water and boil away while you cut the veg.

Peel and slice 2 carrots of medium size.
Cut up 3 florets of broccoli,
Slice 8 green beans,
(if you desire slice up half an onion)
Any other bits of (edible) greenery you can find: herbs, spinach, cabbage, bok choi, pak choi, mangetout, peas, etc.
2 cloves garlic

After 20 mins of boiling the chicken bones, drain the stock (liquid), place back in the pot and add the veg to the pot, cook for 5 mins, and add the sliced chicken breasts.
finely chop 2 cloves of garlic and add just before serving.

Dont be shy with the garlic, if you are ill, you wont be going out anyway and if you have friends who visit you in your viral state they will keep their distance to avoid getting what you have.

ta da! Sniffles begone!

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