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in the garden

SEASONAL SALADS Spring has proven prosperous in my veggie patch this year, with herbs, leafy greens, legumes and garlic being standouts. This salad is quick, easy and uses a bunch of delicious seasonal produce.

Seasonal garden salad with bocconcini and sourdough bread

One of my favourite summer recipes: seasonal garden salad with boccincini and sourdough bread.

Salad 120g cherry bocconcini, halved 4 thick slices of crusty sourdough bread, cubed 1 x 400g tin borlotti beans, drained 3 Tbsp quality olive oil 1 clove of crushed garlic Generous handful of snow peas, cut in half diagonally 2 cups fresh broad beans Handful of sundried tomatoes, drained and sliced Handful of whole Kalamata olives (pit if preferred) Bunch of sweet basil, stems removed and roughly chopped Small bunch of chives or shallots, chopped


TRACEY BOOL Dressing 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar 5 Tbsp (100ml) quality olive oil 1 clove of garlic, crushed finely Salt and pepper to taste

Toss sourdough bread in two tablespoons of olive oil (or more if desired) and toast in sandwich press or moderate oven until golden. Meanwhile, make salad dressing, set aside. Lightly stir-fry broad beans with one tablespoon of olive oil, crushed garlic, and salt and pepper to season. Smash roughly in mortar and pestle then set aside. Put all salad ingredients in large bowl and toss well to combine. Allow flavours to infuse for around 20 minutes before serving. Serves 4 as main dish


Harlequin bugs are on the move again. This sap-sucking insect frequents many plants such as brassicas, berries and tomatoes. In smaller numbers, they aren’t generally an issue and are kept in check by predatory bugs; en masse however, they play havoc on fruit, foliage and stems, leaving tell-tale pimpling and more than the odd neat round hole behind. The most efficient way of controlling harlequin Harlequin bugs are a bugs without killing beneficial insects is to common garden pest which scrape them off into a bowl of soapy water in can be managed by scraping off foliage into soapy water the early morning when they tend to gather in each morning. clusters. Pyrethrum is also effective if necessary.

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Profile for Canberra Weekly Magazine

08 December 2016  

08 December 2016