Monday, 18 August 2008

Project 101 - Herb Pot

Last weekend, we started a small project. Since we eat in often, cook a lot and are trying to eat as healthily as possible, we though it would be a great idea to start seasoning our dishes with fresh herbs. I have also brought along seeds of chinese parsley and chinese chives, and we decided to start get our act together before the seed runs out of its expiry date.

We live on the top floor, and had a little balcony and Juergen suggested us to have a pot secured at the railing for easy reach versus having them at the kitchen window, coz it will be easier to access. But first, we had to get some seeds. We made a list of what´s needed, and also in reference to my herb pot requirement sketch which I´d made a week earlier. We drove to 1 DIY store and another Garden Mart to get these back ...

- A pot of Basil
- A pot of Chives
- A pot of Thyme
- Seeds for Dill, Basil and Parsley

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We also got a pot with a water level indicator. It stores a good 5 litre water at the base of the pot, which means that we don´t have to water them everyday but instead feed based on demand of the indicator. When the water level is high up till the first level, means enough. But when it is at standing point as shown means, needs more. Good invention coz we have about 20 pots around the house and can you imagine the work needed everyday to water them? Now, we only water them once a week. Wee!

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While I´m away, Mama Else gave us a pot of chilli plant from Mexico. Lethal stuff I tell ya. Some sort of like our chilli padi but more kencang. Other´s which we already have are lemon mint, sage, rosemary, and 2 pots of local german herb which I´m still learning how to cook with.

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The first half of the pot looks like this ... with 7 varieties in for now.

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While 5 more is awaiting for growth in the seed pot. This will take about a week for it to start sprouting. I hope the chinese chives and parsley grows!

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And when that´s done ... little mouse will make way for the transfer :-)

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Separately, Mama Else gave us a pack of Cressa during Coffee session for us to plant them around our Cherry Blossom Tree. Cressa is a kind of herb that can be eaten like a salad it seems and takes only 3-4 days to grow. All we did were scatter the seeds all over, and water them as usual. Easy peasy. Can´t wait to taste how its like!

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Oh btw Ivy, this is our mini water pot with the said Seerose plant. The seerose is at lower, middle and right hand corner and no Seerose were spotted yet. Hopefully soon!

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It was a lovely day around 20C with some sun so we decided to have lunch at the balcony. My J made us some Limonade, and Toasted Sandwiches of Salmon & Creme Fraiche, Salami & Goada and Tomato & Goada.

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Fun weekend!

3 comments:

  1. Kencang!? Haha... I like your bahasa malaysia references, lets see if you can still remember the lingo by year's end!!

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  2. Not only can you cook but you have green fingers too! :o)

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  3. jules - you see me no up ah? my BM quite kencang one lehhhh .. hahahhaa, we can debat in november!

    wmw - hmmmmmmm, let´s see about the green finger thing! hahahhaa i have never been and this is reason why I never attempted anything back home until nowwwww

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