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March 31, 2009


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what a shame I just used the rest of my packet of millet - these millet sesame balls look lovely - must try them once I have more millet - and a tomato crop from the backyard sounds like one of life's little luxuries - especially after the horrendously hot days this summer!


Oh wow, that looks simply amazing. Pretty and nourishing, both! Yum.


This sounds lovely, lovely, lovely. Delicious.

I'm getting a later start than I'd like to plant my beans this year. I just put them in last week. Last year, I started beans in February with fabulous success. The only beans I know that love the heat are the Asian yardlong beans who are unfazed by the hottest days, but don't go well without water. When did you plant the beans? Maybe this year, you can try as early as the beginning of July (I think that'd be my equivalent of February-plantings.)

I just had to scroll up and look at that soup again. Man, I love celery leaves. Yum.


Oh I just love those birdseed balls in the soup! Soba noodles or Udon noodles would be wonderful. Maybe even rice noodles?

That heat in summer! It was incredible. Worse for Melbourne, I think. Here, we build our houses for hot weather. Melbourne, I think, builds them for cold weather?


Making Love In The Kitchen

What a beautiful recipe. Those millet sesame balls look amazing.


Can't talk....

mouthful of crabapple jelly.

Trying to eat it before the child does. It sent her into a frenzy.



Our seasonal difference is both strange and lovely. You are easing into autumn while in Rome I am doing the same into spring - she is being a little tricky this year, but she is most certainly here.
Those millet and sesame balls are a delight, I will not wait till autumn to try those.


Perfect Lucy and I'm just loving those millet balls. Such an elegant and nourishing dinner.


Johanna: I was floored by the way they just kept on producing toms by the bowlful each day!

Nicole: Super-easy, too. Which is always a good thing in my book.

Christina: When did I plant them?...hmmm...flips through diary...looks like I planted them too late. In October, which clearly proves, once again, that general planting times need to be adjusted for your own climate. I'm writing 'Beans, July' right now in the garden notes. Celery leaves are great stuff, man. I love that iron-y, bitter hit.

Ganga: I think you're on to something there. Our current house is old; build in that Arts and Crafts style that lots of places in Melbourne are and, lovely though it is, it is definitely NOT built for lengthy heatwaves. And, oh yes; rice noodles would be great slurpy fun here!

Meghan: They're cute, aren't they? The dog even loved them. One rolled on to the floor and she snaffled it up quick as a flash.

Shula: Yay! Thrilled ya both like it - the boys here are eating it faster than I'd like them to, so I've hidden a few jars in the linen press. They NEVER look in there.

Rachel: Naughty, ellusive Spring! She'll romp into Rome before you know it, I'm certain. Love those early signals. Millet and sesame are great together - better together than apart, I think.

Lisa: Aren't they fun? Knew they'd be up your alley.


Quite taken with those little sesame balls.

Tell me - did your blokes accept that soup was dinner and nothing else in the end? I haven't had any success in that field at all!


Wendy: no, naughty blokes, they did not.

Well, they did when I said that there was ice-cream in the freezer and a few cookies left, but without the possibility of dessert, they were not happy. I'll keep chipping away...


hmm soup. lovely.

those millet sesame balls look awesome. are they best with soup or could you eat them with other things too? thanks


Love, you can eat 'em any which way you please! They make a good snacky thingy. I once deep-fried them, or a version of them, and they were delicious.

And sometimes, I hide a little something in the centre - like a little piece of umbeboshi plum or half an olive. A nice little salt surprise.


I was just wondering if you've ever fried those millet balls cause they remind me of mochi in Ozoni. Your boys surely have expansive tastes buds!

Arwen from Hoglet K

The millet balls look great. It's a good way to get some gluten free carbohydrate in your soup.

la ninja

No, it's not just "your blokes" and, by the looks of it, I suspect nationality plays no part in it either. It's one of those universal conflicts, ha!

That soup looks just delish and dead interesting, by the way! I have to admit I'd never seen a bowl of soup with bird-fat-ball-food-look-alike-dumplings before (just jesting) but I'm already sold (I'm not even going to try selling the concept to the boy, though!) ;)


Calli: Their mum rang me a year ago to thank me for getting them to eat a variety of things they may never have touched. Oscar gets excited about a tray of roasted veg for his tea. Not bad for 15, I reckon.

Arwen: Always looking for new ways to get those alternative grains into my blokes (and, naturally, myself). They are easy, too, which always helps.

la ninja: Pleased to hear it! Never ending, that particular discussion in my home. Unless it's minestrone with pasta. In which case we're home 'n hosed!

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