04 July 2013

Slow Living 2013 - June

Joining Christine at Slow Living Essentials for the month of June.

Making lots of old fashioned stews, pea and ham soup as well as chicken soup to warm us on these cold winters nights.
Also tried my hand at making spelt bread. It turned out better than I expected and I will definitely be making it again.
My first winter harvest, coriander which along with some chilli, lime juice, ginger and garlic went into chicken mince to make Thai Chicken Cakes which I served with rice and the first of the pak choy, bok choy, kohl rabi leaves and kailaan. Delicious!
 And I picked our very first crop of mandarins.
I use to leave any leftovers in the refrigerator hoping that someone would eat it, unforunately more often than not it just got thrown out. I have now started to freeze any left overs in single serve portions which are easy to reheat for a quick lunch and and I don't feel guilty about wasting food anymore.

I've been making my own laundry powder for about six months now and am more than happy with it. This month I made a surface cleaner (original recipe from Tea with Lucy) . So far I have found it really good, you do need to let it sit for a bit before you wipe it off.

A two tone scarf for my daughter
 Pattern from It's a Stitch Up
and I started a ripple rug for my bed.

and re-discovered some old favourite TV shows. 
This month I have been  enjoying time with my family, the cold, rainy weather, 
 lunch in the city

and a walk along the river.


  1. Hi Jan, what a beautiful post. Your bread and soup looks so yummy and your ripple blanket is gorgeous!

    1. Thank you, Christine. I appreciate you taking the time to come over and visit.

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  3. You will love recording your attempts at slow living and enjoying the simple things. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

  4. Hi Jan, that spelt bread looks yummy. My husband and I have been talking about making spelt bread but we haven't got to it yet. If you have any tips to share that would be great. Nice winter harvest, those mandarins look amazing.

  5. Hi Jacqui, I got the recipe for the spelt bread here (http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-bake-spelt-bread). There is also a video you can watch which I found helpful. The mandarins were delicious, sweet and juicy.

  6. Thai chicken cakes sound delicious!

    1. They were Wendy and very easy to make.

  7. I am eventually catching up with all the slow living posts - it is fun to all be joining up again