Shoots spotted

I checked the garden today and found a bunch of tiny seedlings.

The beetroot, broccoli, and peas are all starting to show, and what may be a single onion (or grass). Looking forward to lots of leafy bits soon

Book Review: The Hypnotist


The Hypnotist is released in Australia in May, and is the first book from Lars Kepler. I got a free copy from the soup to read and review.

There is no Lars Kepler, it is actually the pen name for Alexandra and Alexander Ahndoril a husband and wife writing team. How confusing would that family be Alex and Alex.

The Soup sent the first chapter by email as a teaser. Honestly, after reading that chapter I thought this would be a really crap book, but I would read it because it was free. If I was browsing in a book shop it would have gone right back on the shelf. I did wonder if it may have been a problem with the translation.

However I’m really glad I did read it as it was a great read, the two plots were intriguing – spent most of the novel trying to work out how they were connected.

The explanation unfolds in flashbacks about the hypnotist’s life, leading to a satisfying explanation in the end. The critical cues are all there in plain sight, no pulling rabbits out of the hat, just a lot of miss-direction

Great can’t put down novel, after a slow start. I would definitely read the next book by these authors.

Apple Muffin Cake

I have a muffin mix all ready to go, just need to add the wet ingredients to it. This week I have a surplus of Apples so I made a cake using 2 apples and the muffin mix equivalent to 12 muffins.

One apple was sliced thin and placed in the bottom of the pan, I put a tablespoon of sugar and a desert spoon of ground Cinnamon under the apples – this will be an upside down cake where the sugar has caramalised and the pretty apple pattern you made on the bottom becomes the top of the cake.

The other apple I diced and added to the muffin batter. It took 50mins at 200C instead of the 20mins for muffins.

I though I have gone completely overboard with the cinnamon at the start and would need to chuck it out, or at least scrape the top off – but it almost works. Next time I think I will use 1 teaspoon instead.


I found a recipe for carrot soup, and realised I had forgotten to plant carrots in the garden! Shock! Horror!

I immediately remedied this by planting out 4 squares of carrots – 9 plants to each square.

I had also put up the old gate as a trellis for the peas to climb since last I posted, so here is a picture of how it all looks now. I have nails hammered almost in every 30cm, and have run string between the nails showing the square foot (30cm x 30cm) grid for a guide when planting.

April 2011 Planting

On April 30 LittleBug and I planted out the following in the freshly manured garden bed, which by then had been rained on for a couple of days.

Climbing Peas – Greenfeast (2 squares, 8 seeds)

Silverbeet – Five Colour Mix (1 square, 5 seeds)

Tomato – Gardeners Delight (4 squares, 8 seeds)

Onion – Hunter River Browns (2 squares, 6 rows)

Broccoli – Waltham (4 squares, 8 seeds)

Beetroot – Heirloom Mix (4 squares, 12 rows)

Empty squares left: 15

Lets see how they grow, I’ll be keeping an eye out for shoots.