Saturday, 31 May 2014

Merryn's Menu: Winter Garden Delights

Merryn's Menu: Winter Garden Delights: June in the Garden The coolest months are upon us, and as we pass from Autumn to Winter our gardens magnify to heap before us, all grea...

Winter Garden Delights

June in the Garden

The coolest months are upon us, and as we pass from Autumn to Winter

our gardens magnify to heap before us, all great vegetables that thrive at this time.

Various vegetables to take us through winter.    Lettuces, tomatoes, fennel, capsicum, endive, shallots, leeks, cabbage, broccoli to bok choy and eggplant.

We have protected the new garden beds from the chickens and placed watering systems in most.
Below are some of the more unusual trees I have collected.

The above one is a sour sop, which will shortly lose its leaves for winter.
Below is a Drumstick, or Horseradish tree, let's just say it was a good idea at the time.
Surely I am not the only one who indiscriminately collects unique trees?

On the left is an Anise Myrtle tree which has a gorgeous aniseed flavour.

To the right is my Pandan tree which is thriving and multiplying with pups.
Not watering very much is the secret to success for this Pandan tree.

Underneath is a potted curry tree,  Murraya koenigii
which is a very useful addition to curries and stir fries.

A lemon myrtle tree below, has been growing solidly since being planted in the ground 4 weeks ago.

This peach tree was pruned four weeks ago and it already has beautiful pink peach flowers.

One of these trees is a Valencia orange while the other is a Blood Orange.  
Time will tell which is which, as they were moved last Spring.

This is a post for the Garden Share Collective hosted by Lizzie at Strayed from the Table.
You can see the other members gardens here.
This is also posted on my Facebook page.
Thank you for walking around my garden on the 1st June 2014.
Kind regards, Merryn.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Beeswax Hand Cream - Home Made

Beeswax Hand Cream with Macadamia and Coconut Oils

One reason why I started a web blog, was to connect with like minded people
and share my joy of cooking/creating/gardening
and enjoy sharing these hobbies during quiet times.

It is wonderful to relax  during the day and browse my favourite blogs
reading about what other people have been cooking or creating.

I read many different hand creme, salve and lotion recipes
then adapted what I had in my kitchen to incorporate what I thought would create a good combination.

I thought it was cute to strain the beeswax from our last honey harvest
into heart shaped molds I have had forever.

Gather your oils, beeswax and Vitamin E oil and place into a small saucepan.
This is an old one I specifically keep for melting non food items.

Add your preferred essential oils as soon as you take the lotion off the heat.
Here is my delightfully creamy hand creme with a beautiful consistency.
When you rub some between your hands it at first feels a little greasy but is quickly absorbed
making your hands lovely, soft and moisturised.

Merryns's Beeswax Hand Creme 

½ cup macadamia oil 
½ cup olive oil 
½ cup coconut oil 
½ cup beeswax, grated 
5 vitamin E capsules, pierced with a pin and the oil squeezed out 
10 drops rose geranium essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil.

Place the macadamia oil, olive oil, coconut oil and grated beeswax in a small saucepan.
Place saucepan on top of boiling water in another, bigger saucepan until melted.
This only takes 3 - 4 minutes.   Then add essential oils.
Pour product into small containers and let cool.

Buon appetito, enjoy Merryn.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Beeswax and Coconut Lip Balm (home made)

One of the beautiful by products of honey is


When you extract the honey you have all of this glorious, sweet smelling, luscious beeswax.

I have experimented with beeswax lip balm, hand cream and face scrub.
Here is my preferred beeswax lip balm.

Moisturising for your lips, non greasy, light and lovely. 

Measure your ingredients; I finely chopped the beeswax but you can also grate it.
Add the coconut oil, vitamin E and lanolin cream
(you can use pure lanolin oil instead.)

Add your essential oils after the oils have been heated.

  • Beeswax Lip Balm Recipe
25 grams pure beeswax
40 grams coconut oil
4 capsules of Vitamin E
1 heaped teaspoon of Lanolin cream
6 drops lemon myrtle essential oil
6 drops peppermint essential oil
4 drops lavender essential oil

Place beeswax, coconut oil, the vitamin E oil that has been squeezed out of the capsules (pierce capsules with a pin first) and the lanolin into the small saucepan.
Place on top of a larger saucepan with boiling water and stir until dissolved, approx 3 -5 minutes.
Remove from heat and add essential oils, to achieve your desired fragrance.
Let cool, then test before bottling.
Buon appetitio, Enjoy, Merryn.