Each year we grown a selection of fruit and vegetables and I have found that the more interesting the food, the likely my son is try it. Usually straight from the plant!
This year we have Watermelon seeds growing so he asked if we could plant a seed from the Honeydew melon he was eating.
Of course we can!
To start our seeds usually we get an egg carton, fill will soil where the eggs once sat and plant the seeds in each compartment. The lid stays closed until they have germinated and then it is cut off and placed underneath the carton.
We also start seeds off in jars so he can see the root growing and they also germinate quicker this way.
We take a clean glass jar, fold some kitchen towel in half and place it in the jar so the paper is around the sides. We then add a small amount of water and tip and turn the jar so the paper becomes damp and clings to the glass.
Gently we then add a maximum of 4/6 seeds, depending on the size of the jar, down the side between the glass and the paper.
This year we have 2 Honeydew Melon seeds and 2 Runner Beans seeds (from last years plants) in one jar, and 6 bell pepper seeds in another jar.
It's great to use the seeds from the foods he eats, he finds it much more exciting!
We eat a lot of carrots but not often are they cooked. The boys love a raw carrot to snack on and they make great garden snacks straight from the ground when we grow them.
This year we are growing long purple carrots and round orange carrots.
In the summer we often make a simple salad with grated carrot as a side dish. It is also great in wraps or flat breads (recipe for those to come) or mixed in to a simple salad.
This is the original recipe but it is now made by eye and taste and I will add or remove ingredients depending on what we have available.
For 2 -
2 Med - Large Carrots, grated
1 tsp Wholegrain mustard
2 tsp Lemon juice
1/4 Red onion, grated
Honey, to taste
Mix together the mustard and lemon juice.
Add the grated carrot and onion and mix to coat.
Add honey, teaspoon to start.
Add a little oil to loosen. We use our own garlic oil.
Once you've made it you'll know for future how many carrots you'll need for yourself. It keeps well but you'll find that it becomes very watery from the grated carrots and onion.
So last month I made a Sugar Scrub for my niece and thankfully I had some spare for myself as it was delicious! Not that I ate it, but it definitely smelled good enough to eat.
I made her a chocolate orange scrub but you can tailor the ingredients to your individual tastes.
Sugar Scrub Base
Soft Brown Sugar
Carrier Oil - Sweet Almond, Jojoba, Coconut, Olive Oil etc
For a basic sugar scrub all you need is soft brown sugar and a liquid oil. The oil can be any oil you like to use yourself and while we are unable to get what we need, the oil you already have at home will work just fine.
Add the oil to the sugar until you get a wet sand consistency. The oil will rise to the top once it has been left to sit but just give it a stir before using.
For the Chocolate Orange scrub I added a tablespoon or two or cocoa powder and a few drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil. You can replace the Sweet Orange Essential Oil with any other essential oil you prefer or if you have no essential oil to hand, try an essence that you'd use in cooking.
Make sure you start with small amounts and add more if needed. Also make sure you do a patch test first, especially if you've never tried these ingredients on your skin before.
I use mine in the bath and it's lovely to use while I shave. Make sure that if you use it in the bath that you rinse away the oil afterwards and if you use it in the shower take extra care with the oil in the base of your shower.
Please tag me in any photos if you make it. I'd love to see how yours turn out and which oils you use!