This was a lovely sight on a cloudy January afternoon this week. I was over at my friend Carl’s temporary home and saw these bright red geraniums on his rooftop terrace, and it reminded me of when I tried growing these pretty gitanillas (a type of geranium) a few years ago. At the time there was a plague of geranium-eating moths in town and nobody’s flowers were lasting long. Anyhow, this got me thinking about finally doing something more with plants on my own rooftop terrace. That is, if I don’t end up moving.
I should know soon if the landlords are going to maintain the rent for another year, which I can just about afford on my own. If so, I probably won’t go through the hassle of moving and the plan is to make better use of the upstairs room as an office, and hopefully use the terrace more. Would love to have a proper rooftop garden, with herbs too. We shall see…
Ever since I first tried the fabulous courgette “spaghetti” at No Kitchen, I’ve been keen on replicating this at home. And so after finding a veggie spiralizer at my favourite kitchen shop Bazar Victoria the other day, I was ready to go (as was my assistant Morcilla). This particular spiralizer is a bit like a pencil sharpener, with two sizes (for courgettes and carrots) and in no time I had a plate full of lovely veggie “noodles”. But what to do with them? I thought they should just be blanched and then have some sauce plopped on them, but most of the recipes I found online said they should be sautéed in olive oil, and then further cooked with a bit of added water. THEN I decided to try a garlicky bacony carbonara – and it was wonderful. The great thing was that all the lovely garlicky bacony flavour was there, but I didn’t end up feeling STUFFED afterwards. This is WAY BETTER than cauliflower “rice”. Recipe coming soon!
So that’s it for another year. This was a very unChristmassy Christmas at home – more than usual I mean, given that my flatmate is a Grinch. Also, my tree lights died, I had no friends over for Christmas meals (though I did get to enjoy some time with this fab family on Christmas Day), and I didn’t get around to seeing any of the special Christmas events around town. But that’s okay. I have a feeling that next Christmas is really going to sparkle. Lots of changes coming up in 2016. Looking forward to it! :)