SHARING THE THINGS I LOVE
Growing my own
The first time I had my own vegetable patch was when I was ten years old. I remember growing okra and yellow peppers. Growing up, I used to be obsessed with exchanging plants and cuttings with my friends.
Gardening has been my hobby for many years and I grow organic (pesticide and herbicide free) herbs and vegetables throughout the year and love picking produce when I need it.
It is so satisfying to harvest and eat produce that has not been sprayed with chemicals and they taste so much better than shop bought.
There is no such thing as ‘having a Green Thumb’. I have learned only by trial and error.
You will find easy ways to grow your own, even if you only have a small space. Having a garden is an on going work in progress. As the seasons change there are so many exciting new things you can plant.
I follow a Polyculture method of growing, where I combine herbs, vegetables, fruit trees and flowers. I find growing this way gives the plants the best chance to thrive and do companion planting where plants are protected from pests and diseases. Having this type of growing space encourages beneficial insects such as bees that help with pollination. I personally love having a garden that not only looks pretty but able to eat from it too.
“Anyone can grow, cook and eat from their own garden even if they live in the city” – Alyce Fowler.
I love to cook and eat foods from different cultures and experiment with new recipes.
I am intolerant to dairy and foods that contain sulphur (garlic, dried fruits etc). I have experimented and learned to prepare meals that are more holistic, tasty and nutritious.
You will find my recipes quite basic and close to the source. They are mainly dairy free and may suit vegetarians, vegans and non-vegetarians.
I have also taken out artificial colours & sweeteners, sugar, coffee, processed foods & soft drinks from my daily diet and eat less wheat.
When I do have the occasional treat, I include Stevia, Coconut sugar, Maple syrup, Coconut treacle, Jaggery, Honey or Raw sugar in my desserts.
I find eating this way has helped me cope better with food intolerances, have more energy, maintain a healthy weight and not crave for sugary foods.
The recipes have a Sri Lankan influence because I spent my childhood in Sri Lanka. It is time to share my recipes with you, as this might help others who have similar dietary issues.
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– Manory –