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Teddy the ant-eater, and the tasty gem.

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I am having a fabulous time reading Maeve Binchy’s novel A Week in Winter.

So much so that I was hard-pressed to drag myself off the couch to write a quick blog post for the day. Michael has gone to bed early, as he plans to go for a cycle tomorrow before work. So it is very quiet and peaceful. The dogs are passed out of the living-room floor, although they do give me a resentful and aggrieved look every now and then that the light is still on while they are trying to sleep. (You’d think they’d be used to it by now, lol)

Anyway, I was reading my book, when suddenly Teddy sits bolt upright and attacks something crawling across the tile, I went over to see what it was, just in time to see him hoover up the second ant. I wonder if he makes a habit of this or if it was a once-off. Because I’m just saying, I would not interfere with such behaviour 🙂 (Luckily we don’t put poison down for the ants, so they will do him no harm).

Now, about the gemsquash photo that I posted yesterday? Well, that gemsquash is no more. We had it for supper and it was SO delicious. Michael was very impressed when he heard that it was from our own garden.

It was no-where near fully mature, but I do like the baby gems that they sell at the supermarkets, so I thought, why not?

Can’t wait for the next one.

Also, I think the first couple of baby marrows should be ready for the table in about a week. It is strangely exciting, lol.

Another success story in the garden is the Purslane that is popping up everywhere.

I found out about a year or two ago that purslane (also known as pigweed) is a common garden ‘weed’, that is actually not a weed at all, but a highly nutricious vegetable.

It has the highest omega 3 content of any vegetable, and is rich in vitamins.

After seeing the photo’s on the net, I recognised a plant in my own garden. I identified it by the shape of the leaves and thick succulent stems, as well as the tiny yellow flowers that bloom only in the mornings and the little black seed pods.

I was sure enoughabout it to eat a leaf or two to see what happened. And nothing happened, not toxic.

I haven’t actually cooked some up or made a salad of it. I might do, because there is such an abundance of it in the garden this year. I pointed it out to the gardener and asked him not to dig them up and he hasn’t.

I feel quite chuffed about the whole thing. At least if I were (for some obscure reason) dropped off in the bushveld tomorrow with nothing to eat, I would be able to identify purslane and eat it. Live off the land, lol.

(It was drummed into me when I was young not to put funny stuff in the garden into my mouth, so it was not without due consideration that I actually ate some of the purslane. I was 100% sure of the identification first).

How does it taste? Salad-y, that’s how.

What does it look like? See for yourself… (click for a larger view if you are interested).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now I simply must return to my book.

Till tomorrow then 🙂

Written by Maggie

November 26, 2012 at 10:50 pm

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