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What do I do with all that…Coriander?

Coriander (or Cilantro) is not everybody’s favourite herb. For some, it is also difficult to grow. I was one of those some …until now. I have never had any success with growing coriander, it was one of those herbs that just didn’t ever seem to take off. In fact I thought it was a plant that didn’t grow very big and that you had to plant lots of them to get enough Coriander to make anything at all.

But at the end of Autumn I tried again with a Coriander seedling and wouldn’t you know it – it grew…and grew and grew and grew! So much so that it was huge and about to go to seed now that the warmer weather has come along.

So having had this success I decided that I couldn’t let all that beautiful green goodness go to waste. So I decided to make some Coriander pesto…and it was good….

Coriander Pesto

and the pink one – that’s Strawberry Jam…

Coriander Pesto

makes 1 cup

2 Cups Coriander leaves and stems

2 cloves Garlic – crushed

1/3 cup Pine Nuts (or Cashews)

1/3 Cup shredded Parmesan Cheese

1/2 cup Olive Oil


Place Coriander, Garlic, Nuts and Parmesan into a food processor and blitz until well combined. With the processor running, add the oil in an even drizzle until a smooth consistency is reached. Scoop into a clean and sterile preserving jar and keep in the fridge for up to a month.

I made a pesto chicken pasta that night for dinner and it was divine!

Enjoy xxAndj



It’s not September in Canberra without Floriade

I have only managed to make it into the annual Flower extravaganza Floriade once this year (It is a month long show), but I did manage to take a couple of colourful pics….

Floriade Canberra 2012Floriade Canberra 2012

I think one of these my be my new Facebook banner!


Practicing Equanimity

Found on Pinterest – Unknown original Source

We were having a playdate with a friend (Kelly from Happy Whimsical Hearts) today and she asked if I was taking a break from blogging?

‘Well…sort of…I guess…..’ was my answer.

We have been having a stressful life these past few months and to be honest the blog has been the last thing on my mind.

Funny thing is though, in that time we have been doing a few things that would make great blog topics.  We have been doing a lot of work in the garden, I have been sewing a little again and we have generally been taking the time to reconnect a little as a family.

The tough time isn’t over just yet and may not be for a while, but perhaps I should try and connect here a little more.

I haven’t been doing all that much of connecting with the things that make me happy and keep me somewhat sane. I haven’t been meditating or doing yoga or practising¬† yogic/buddist philosophy thinking that reminds me all will be OK.

I have not been all that OK of late Рmy anxiety levels have been through the roof, every day has been a challenge to make it through and I put sooo much pressure on myself and am soo critical of everything that I do and say. The little voice in my head is LOUD! This has had overflow into my relationship with the kids, the way I do my job, my ability to stay focused and how I react to situations.  That should actually be overreact.

So I am going to start again on working with myself to practice all the things that help to keep me sane:

– time alone with myself

– mindfulness

– gentle pressure free exercise

– rhythm and routine

– having faith that it will all be OK – as it always is.

Wish me luck!