Monday, April 30, 2012

Muffins, Zuchinni, Seeds, Love, Wisteria

Spicy Zuchinni and Apple Muffins
(makes 24)
3 cups of self raising flour
pinch salt
3 tspns of mixed spices that you like - nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, ground cloves etc
11/2 cups raw sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup grapeseed oil
1 cup grated apple
2 cups grated zuchinni
1/2 cup chopped pecans, walnuts (also fine without when baking for lunch boxes)

Heat oven to 180 c
Grease muffin tins
Mix all dry ingredients in bowl
Mix wet ingredients in separate bowl
Make well and incorporate ingredients together
Bake until golden brown
 approx 20mins

Romance is not huge in our house.  Occasionally I like to surprise Mr Bowerbird with one out of the box. Or in this case out of the zuchinni. I was up late, grating and freezing zuchinni,  making zuchinni muffins, and saving zuchinni seeds. Suddenly I was inspired to leave a seedy message.

And this is his reply.
 I was quite taken with the creative use of oats.

The declarations of love didn't photograph so well early in the morning so I've given them a little glamour courtesy of the new photo effects in Picasas 3. I've been resisting this sort of photo filtering on my blog and have been keeping it real (I also don't have an iPhone, so don't have ready access to the likes of Instagram). However, sometimes life is a little boring, or the hues in a photograph just don't do the occasion justice. Actually the more I played with the photo editor, the more I thought that photos looked better in the 70s. I wonder if, in the future, we'll look back at all the heavily altered pictures of this decade and roll our eyes, so 2012. Are you a filterer?

It has been great gardening weather.

We've been pruning back our rampant wisteria.  I  mistakenly said to my partner to go hard, as the darn thing needs constant control.  Without any discussion, he decided to cut the thick vines at waist height, killing masses of the plant in all directions. Not quite what I had in mind. Then he left this dead material for me to stare at in dismay for weeks. I said I hated looking at it, as it's right at the front door. Oh well, he said, we don't get many visitors. No zuchinni seeds tonight! 

After a huge day of pruning and hauling wisteria to the burn pile we discovered our verandah was seriously rotten underneath, so perhaps the hard prune was fortuitous and may save us being struck from a falling beam.
While the clippers were out I got a little snip happy and gave some other plants a prune. The little Bowerbird decided the balls looked like a critter and gave them a face.

This mock orange is another unweildy member of the plant kingdomm constantly sending out shoots all over the path and into the meter box.  A hard prune for it too. Some plants should come with warnings!

There has been lots of weeding.

And some stopping to smell the flowers.  The first pink Boronia of Autumn, I adore the smell of Boronias, especially the finicky Brown Boronia. I love how paper daisies close their flowers when there is no sunshine, it's as if they're saying brrrrr.

The corn without cobs also faced the wrath of the secateurs, I think we will pick the last of it this week. 
Some new visitors to our garden that I am quite chuffed about. Choughs. They're searching for bugs to eat amongst the fruit tree mulch. I have seen them frequently in our area, but never in the backyard.  These are wonderfully communal birds that hang out in groups of 7-10, they all pitch in and help to raise the young together. I planted some snow peas beside the Apricot today.

They are actually unimaginatively named White-winged Choughs, because they have white visible on their wings when in flight. A great site to find more about birds is Birds in Backyards, here is their link about Choughs -

The epic sawdust paths mission is nearing completion. Mr Bowerbird has also been fixing some of the beds with reclaimed red gum sleepers. Our neighbours cat thought we had built a giant kitty litter for it, and left us an unwelcome surprise.
The garlic is racing upwards, I keep finding last years forgotten garlic in new places, these are all transplanted garlic. The potatoes from the last crop keep trying to re-emerge amongst the garlic, I can pick the purple congo potatoes before digging them up, as their leaves have purple veins.

 Would you cut these beautiful old twisted vines?


  1. What a great cracked me up with your seeds and oats....more romance than we manage here!!
    That muffin recipe looks great, going to give that one a try...thanks so much for sharing!
    The face on your pruned bushes is just gorgeous....i envy your gardening weather...we are so sodden here at moment...enjoy your week!

    1. Hope you get some sunshine soon, I highly reccoMmend the muffins, a definite hit here.

  2. Iv'e been having a good laugh too.........from your seeds/oats to the pile of prunings left for you to clean up to the cat surprises!!
    Love the new Blog photo, and only wish i had some of my zucchinis left to try your great recipe.
    I love watching Choughs we have quite a few different families of them around a 5km zone and always see them on my morning walks, they come into our property but only in the trees not close to the house, probably don't like the dogs.
    No i would leave those twisted limbs they look great.
    Have a great week.

    1. Perhaps those choughs will surprise you one day and come in for a garden hunt. First time in 7 years that I have seen them in our garden. Thank you for your kind comments, hope you're enjoying this chilly week.

  3. I don't filter, or do anything much at all to the photos on my blog, aside from the occasional crop. I must admit I prefer your normal style. Although the rounded corners did make me reach for the old photo albums for a bit of nostalga.

    1. Yes I agree Liz, life generally looks better unfiltered, to be fair most ofthses were pretty average shots to begin with, I don't think I really could be bothered highly editing pictures all the time.

  4. Gasp! Look at your sawdusted pathways..they look beautiful! And the wisteria..oh my! Very sweet seedy messages too..prior prune.

    And yes, I confess to having a late night filtering addiction.
    Lovely pics! :)

    1. Finally worked out how to add the reply button, took some nerd forum searching and had to delete the cache then finally it appeared! Could be some final saw dust pathing at veggie group next week.

  5. Hi Kirsty, you Bowerbirdies have been very busy haven't you! In the garden, in the kitchen and on the computer. I love your sawdust paths, but bad luck about the cat! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving some very good ideas. I appreciate it. Look forward to sharing some more. Bye for now Jane,
    PS That zucchini muffin recipe looks delicious!

  6. Some very delicious looking numbers on your blog too, I love a good potato and have only just changed my banner from a potato one.


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And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbour:
"Winter is dead.”
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