Wednesday, March 11, 2009

This and That.......

If I could only keep two books besides my bible, it would be these two.
A-Z of Companion Planting
by Pamela Allardice
The Organic Garden
by Sue Stickland.
I have had these books for ten years, and I can remember getting them
on special at book world for $4.95. I know the price, as it is still on them. Before I
plant any thing in the vege garden I always check what companion to
plant with it.
This is the way I have always gardened.
I love the name as well
"Companion Planting" sounds romantic doesn't it. To have nasturtiums
growing up with your cucumbers and marigolds planted among your lettuce and beans,
but .......don't plant your carrots near your potatoes or cabbages as they don't like each other at all.
See Romantic........Does any one else grow there veges by this method?
I would love to hear about your way of growing.......

Linda.........I am sure you have seen these fried noodles in the
supermarket. Above is a picture of the wombok salad and on the back of the noodle packet is the
recipe. I change it a bit as it has a 1/2 cup of oil in it and I leave this out.
here is how I make it.
1/2-1 Wombok (Chinese) cabbage
6 shallots or 1 red onion
1 handful of pine nuts
1 packet fried noodles
Chop up the cabbage and shallots finely and add pine nuts
pour over dressing and mix.
1/4 cup white vinegar ( I use whatever I have on hand even cider)
1/4 cup caster sugar
1 tbls soy sauce
3tbls sesame oil
shake all ingredients together in a jar and pour over.
I add the noodles just before serving as they will go soggy.
I hope you enjoy this Linda as it is a sure favorite around here. I also
take it when going to some ones for tea as it is quick and easy.

Claire asked that I change the back ground colour
as it was hard to read.....No worries Claire .......done. I hope it is better now. Sorry to those that couldn't see the words properly...I Love getting comments and hints like this, as it helps me have a better blog.
Joolz thanks for this little verse it is so true......
From the book
Love you forever

I'll love you forever
I'll like you always
As long as I'm living
My baby you'll be.

Robert N. Munsch
I'll have to try and get a copy of this book to read to William.

Here is the B/day boy blowing out his candles on the fantastic
cake his big sister made for him.......

have a blessed day every-one......


  1. Oh great pics. As always, you have great posts, so interesting.

  2. Happy Birthday to the Birthday Boy!!

    That cake looks fantastic - you're daughter did a wonderful job! Is she a professional baker?

    Now... to the noodles. What section of the grocery store are they in? And which store, if you don't mind sharing?
    I have MISSED these since I came over from the US, and I would love to find some!!

  3. oops... YOUR daughter, not you are daughter!

  4. I shop at IGA and they are in the asian section there,if not try where the 2min noodles are..Chloe works at The Cheesecake shop and is still learning.

  5. Hi Mandy

    Yeah, Wombok salad is a favourite in our household too. The dressing is supposed to be heated through to dissolve the sugar but I didn't read that bit on the back of the packet. Works just as well if you put all the ingredients in a jar, screw on the lid and shake it well. I cut back the oil to
    1/4 cup too. No need for all that oil.

    Cheers - Joolz

  6. This is good timing. I actually noticed the noodles last time I was shopping, I shop at IGA too. I nearly bought some I think. I am going shopping tomorrow, and have already ordered a wombuk with my fruit order today. Thanks very much Mandy.

  7. It is a very nice salad, thanks Mandy, I enjoyed it. We used half a wombuk, pinenuts, two packets of noodles and all the oil. I guess the extra noodles needed it.