Home visit: nurture an interest in home-grown food

August 2nd, 2017      Posted By: admin

Share the joy of growing your own food with the next generation – it’s a great way to spend time together and help children learn about where food comes from. Try these simple tips from Margaret’s organic garden…

Watch how nature does its thing. “We’ve always used heritage seeds and would definitely recommend them.” Heritage seeds are an organic type of seed that reproduce year after year, without having to be replanted. “Using those seeds means that much of our garden comes up by itself. Things don’t always sprout where we would like them to grow, but they appear where nature intended – which is good for our grandchildren to see. Our garden looks a little wild most of the time,” says Margaret.

Homemade summer feta jar

“My daughter, Yamuna, made this jar of preserve using some herbs and chillies from our garden,” says Margaret. Try Yamuna’s recipe…

Makes one jar:

  • 1 lb cubed feta
  • 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes (sliced)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coriander seeds (toasted for extra flavor)
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 2 or 3 fresh chillies (sliced or whole)
  • 1 handful rosemary sprigs
  • 1 1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup oil from sun-dried tomatoes
  • A jar with lid, scissors and garden twine (to store and decorate)


  1. Sterilize your empty jar.
  2. Gather the feta, sun-dried tomatoes, coriander seeds, black peppercorns, chillies and sprigs of rosemary together and fill the jar however you like. There are no set rules for this part!
  3. Pour the combination of oils in to the jar, alternating between 1/2 cup of olive oil, 1/4 sun-dried tomato oil, until the jar is full.
  4. Close the lid and wrap the jar with twine. Tie a bow with an extra sprig of rosemary, for decoration – the jar makes a great gift!
  5. Store in the fridge. Take out a few hours before serving and enjoy at room temperature