Category Archives: Zen Garden

There are no zombies on this lawn.

Grow-it-Yourself French Tarragon

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I know I promised all of you a pesto recipe;
but truth be told, there are so many (ok, more like a dozen) photos that need to be edited,
and I haven’t had the time yet.

So, since we’re in the growing mood,
I thought I’d post up a quick lil’ ditty about French tarragon.

Growing Tarragon

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All hail Basil, the undisputed King of Herbs

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All hail Basil, the undisputed King of Herbs

A (rather long) while ago, I introduced all of you to my Zen Garden:

Zen Garden circa May 2012

It doesn’t look like that anymore.

For one, it now resembles a jungle (albeit a well-kept one) more than a garden:
with 7 sweet basil plants, 2 Thai basils, 1 each of cinnamon & lemon basil; 4 rosemary bush-lings; 3 French tarragon stick-lings; 3 thyme crawlies; 2 healthy dill weeds; 1 generous flat parsley & coriander each; 1 overhanging oregano; and 1 overgrown sage — amongst others.

But I am not here to boast.
OK lar, maybe slightly…

A long time ago, I realised that the only way for me to achieve the results that I craved for in the kitchen,
was to have full (or partial) control of the ingredients that I put into my pot (or pan… or wok… or oven… you get the picture).
While I won’t be able to breed my own chickens, catch my own salmon, or grain feed & massage my own cows anytime soon,
I have been able to achieve some success with herbs and vegetable produce. Remember my lil’ runt of a potato?!

And one plant / herb that I am eternally grateful for, for learning how to grow well, is basil.

Basil @thenyonyacelup

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Truss Yo’ Bird!

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Truss Yo’ Bird!

I love lazy afternoons days.

Days where you roll out of bed mid morning
and spend the rest of, at home, doing absolutely nothing.

They are increasingly rare to come by these days,
which makes the odd day that the Baba & I can spend nurturing our inner sloth all the better.

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Macaron lah: (Almost) perfect…

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Macaron lah: (Almost) perfect…

So I planted a rosemary hedge over the weekend.
I already have one small bush, which is slowly getting kojak-ed by excessive use — rosemary potatoes are my fave, if you must know — and thought that a hedge might be a good long term investment.

Rosemary hedge

Note we had to fence it up because the Dog insists on burying everything in there.

I also thought that it’s high time I posted the pictures from Day 5 & 6 of Project Macaron lah.

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Small Potatoes

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Small Potatoes

Meet Iota.

Iota (Nikon 1 J1)

Iota — Pretty in pink. 😉

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Vanilla Skies

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Vanilla Skies

Forgive my absence during the weekend,
as well as this morning-afternoon’s half hearted post.

The weekend was a lazy one for the NyonyaCelup and her Baba;
filled with good music,
hearty Italian food paired with the right wine,
great company,
and sunny blue vanilla skies.

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