I’m Cath Manuel, and my Mission is to educate and inspire everyone, locally and globally, to care for themselves and the earth and grow healthy fresh food to enjoy and share with others.

 

  • If you’re new to gardening and would love to learn all the ‘how-to’ steps then join my Workshop Program for an organic and holistic approach to gardening and growing fresh food.
  • If you need expert garden or design advice then get in touch and I will contact you to arrange a one-on-one Consultation.

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Upcoming Events

May
4
Mon
2015
10:00 am Fresh Food for Families @ Noosa Library
Fresh Food for Families @ Noosa Library
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Fresh Food for Families @ Noosa Library | Noosaville | Queensland | Australia
Would you love to have a thriving garden to harvest fresh food for your family?? Join Cath as she shares practical activities and information for providing food for families. In this Workshop Cath will share her
May
9
Sat
2015
11:00 am Fresh Food for Families @ Cooroy Fusion Festival
Fresh Food for Families @ Cooroy Fusion Festival
May 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fresh Food for Families @ Cooroy Fusion Festival | Cooroy | Queensland | Australia
Would you love to have a thriving garden to harvest fresh food for your family?? Join Cath as she shares practical ideas and information for providing food for families. During this talk Cath will share her ideas and
May
11
Mon
2015
12:00 pm Mini Kitchen Gardens @ United Synergies, Tewantin
Mini Kitchen Gardens @ United Synergies, Tewantin
May 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Mini Kitchen Gardens @ United Synergies, Tewantin | Tewantin | Queensland | Australia
Connect2Parenting provides parents with positive parenting  opportunities, experiences and skills to safely and better cope with the demands of parenting and, where needed, earlier access to the supports needed to prevent family breakdown.    As
May
13
Wed
2015
12:00 pm Mini Kitchen Gardens @ United Synergies, Gympie
Mini Kitchen Gardens @ United Synergies, Gympie
May 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Mini Kitchen Gardens @ United Synergies, Gympie | Gympie | Queensland | Australia
Connect2Parenting provides parents with positive parenting  opportunities, experiences and skills to safely and better cope with the demands of parenting and, where needed, earlier access to the supports needed to prevent family breakdown.   As part
May
16
Sat
2015
3:00 pm Introduction to Therapeutic Gard... @ The Inspirational Garden
Introduction to Therapeutic Gard... @ The Inspirational Garden
May 16 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Introduction to Therapeutic Gardening @ The Inspirational Garden | Morningside | Queensland | Australia
In this Workshop I’ll demonstrate with hands-on activities how gardening can be enjoyed by anyone who may find gardening challenging due to disability, illness or restricted mobility. I’ll share my easy steps for everyone to

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A few things to do in your Garden during April

I can feel a lovely change in the air here on the Sunshine Coast and now enjoying extended hours in my garden. Recently I’ve sown a green manure crop (I just got the seeds into the garden in time!!), created extra perennial herb and flower beds and updated sheet... read more

A few things to do in your garden during March

I always look forward to a change of season, especially after Summer. I can feel a slight change in the air here on the Sunshine Coast, but we still have very warm days and nights, so my excitement to get out and spend hours in the garden hasn’t taken off yet! I don’t... read more

Simple Ways to Fix Dry Garden Soil

You’re probably wondering why I would be writing about dehydrated soil?? Let me explain… Our bodies get dehydrated, animals get dehydrated, plants get dehydrated and after long periods of dry weather our soils also become dehydrated. This is known as... read more

Soothing Farm-style Soup

With Winter heading upon us, now is a great time to sample a few winter warming soups using fresh herbs and veggies from the garden.

soup servedThis recipe is my adaptation of the delicious Italian soup Zuppa di Farro or farro and bean soup. I usually make a double batch as it’s wonderful to enjoy for lunch the next day…with a few crusty baguettes and a cheese platter…Mmmm!

I hope you enjoy this simple, yet delicious soup as much as my family does.

Ingredients…

  • 1 tablespoon quality oilchopped veg
  • 1 brown onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 sticks celery chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 1 zucchini chopped - or any other fresh green veg, e.g. broccoli, choko, cauliflower
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes or 3 fresh tomatoes chopped
  • bunch Bouquet garni - sprigs of rosemary, thyme (lemon thyme is delicious), oregano and parsleyfresh herbs
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 cup brown rice or pearl barley
  • 250g pancetta or quality bacon
  • 6 cups of vegeatble stock or 6 cups water with home-made (Thermomix) veggie stock paste or purchased stock paste/powder.

TIP - use good quality, organic if possible, vegetable stock with no added preservatives or msg.

Method…

chasseurHeat oil in a heavy based saucepan (I love my Chasseur!) and brown onion and garlic for 2 minutes

Add celery, carrots, zucchini (or other veg), herb sprigs, tomatoes and pancetta or bacon. Stir and cook for around 4 minutes or until slightly softto boil

Pour in wine, gently stir and allow to evaporate - approx 8 minutes

Add brown rice or pearl barley and stock

Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer until rice/barley is cooked

Season with Salt and pepper

 

served soup

Serve with a garnish of fresh basil or parsley and grated parmesan cheese

Enjoy with a crusty baguette!

♥ Cath

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