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.

 

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10:00 am Organic Gardening @ Bunnings Noosaville
Organic Gardening @ Bunnings Noosaville
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9:30 am Organic Gardening @ Bunnings Maroochydore
Organic Gardening @ Bunnings Maroochydore
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Organic Gardening @ Bunnings Maroochydore | Maroochydore | Queensland | Australia
  If you’re interested in growing a garden using organic methods, but not sure where to start, then join Cath Manuel from ‘Soil to Supper’ to learn the simple steps to organic gardening. Cath is

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My Latest Blogs…

New Online Lesson at Curious!

I have recently added a new Lesson to my Online Learning at www.curious.com   You’ll find simple steps to creating a new garden. No need to remove grass, shovel in loads of soil and dig holes! Creating a new garden area can be done in a few hours, using... read more

A few things to do in your Garden during May

The month of May is beautiful here on the Sunshine Coast and I’m noticing the change in foliage colour on many deciduous trees around our town. My Pin Oak – Quercus palustris – is turning in colour now and will start to lose leaves over the next month. I love... read more

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

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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