Four Things I 🖤 – 11th June 2018 | Gratitude Journal

 

⊱ཞ🖤 Random roadside pineapple plants  ཞ⊰

4 things I love 12th July 2018- Pineapple

I spotted this pineapple plants on a kerbside garden as I was talking a walk…it was the most unexpected yet delightful thing!!! If you don’t know this already my love for pineapple is just as passionate as my love for mangoes! infact when I was preggers with my little Zizwhizz, I almost ate Kampala out of their famous Kampala pineapples!! Every single day I would sit down and eat an entire humongous Kampala pineapple by myself!!! My pineapple and mango (the universe was so kind to me I was pregnant during mango & pineapple season!!) eating sessions were so reverent, no one was allowed to disrupt them – the only exception might have been if the house was on fire!!

So in summary my love for pineapples knows no bounds and I would rush into a burning building to save a Kampala pineapple, suffice to say, when I spotted these pineapples standing tall off a sidewalk, I ended up spending twenty minutes of my thirty minute walk marvelling at the sheer magnificence!!

⊱ཞ🖤 Moss sightings  ཞ⊰

4 things I love 12th July 2018- Moss

Yes I say moss sightings, as though moss is endeangerd…OH! WAIT IT IS!!! I remember the first time I heard my mycology (my auto correct is like wharrrr issss that?? it keeps changing mycology to mythology!!…SO now you know I’m not a mycologist! I have perplexed the auto correct, its only used to me typing google searches like “watch online real housewives of New York -free” *for the record* I’m all against piracy but what’s a girl to do when theres no access to Bravo in Kenya…and DSTV does NOT count, their time lag is BEYOND!!….no one has time to be watching season 8 when season 10 is airing!!)…. Speaking of bones to pick, excuse me as I type an open letter to Netflix; ‘Dear Netflix, just because I’m in Africa does not mean I shouldn’t have access to some programming concurrently with the rest of the world case in point The blacklist! Pray tell, why are you showing me season four with a banner of ‘new episodes’ yet season 5 wrapped up in MAY 2018? yours truly -a peeved subscriber’

Now where was I …uh yes! I recall the first time I heard that moss is a good indicator of good air quality (during said mycology class), so whenever I come across some, I stop and inhale deeply … Just kidding …or am!?! I came across this mossy patch as I was walking in Sigiria Block- Karura Forest and I took an unnecessarily large number of photos of the moss.

⊱ཞ🖤 Stumbled upon vermiculture  ཞ⊰

So if you’ve been to my ‘about me page’ then you’ve garnered that I’m a multi-hyphenated kind of woman, so now I can add another hyphen! I am now a worm farmer…albeit an accidental one!!! I remember when I got my first potted plants, whenever I’d spot an earthworm I would be so excited because it ultimately meant my soils were healthy! Infact to this day I sometimes use the worms as an indicator of when I need to add manure or compost to my potted plants…whenever I find worms wiggling out of the pots I know it’s about that time!!! Any way if you recall I’ve been nursing my banana leaf palm back to health…. Good news theres another leaf… or is it a frond?! As part of  “operation nurse palmy (yes it has a name!) back to health” I of course doubled down on manure and compost and an unexpected benefit was the number of worms that have flourished in this pot!!! there are times I can’t spot the soil because its covered in wormies as my little Zizwhizz calls them!

So now I’m constantly scooping out worms from this pot and transferring them to other pots #SharingIsCaring! I have a surplus of worms! If any of you would like some worms for your plants I would love to give you some of mine! Feel free to reach out! I think I may be raising a little conservationist, initially whenever she’d spot a worm inching its way across the floor she’d shout out to me “MOOOOOM! Come pick up your wormie” now whenever she spots them she informs me -several decibels lower – “Mom I’m putting our wormie back in the pot.”

⊱ཞ🖤 The most divine homemade tomato sauce  ཞ⊰

4 things I love 12th July 2018- Tomato sauce

I use this recipe to make sauce for pizza (stay tuned for my Italian pizza crust recipe), pasta, and sometimes as a spread. It is incredulously easy to make it’s almost laughable!!

Ingredients

  • Onions
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 10 sprigs og thyme/1/2 cup of chopped basil (I’ve done variations of either…and both are foodgasmic.)
  • 1 Tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 Tsp dried oregano
  • 1 Tsp Paprika (if you can get smoked Paprika then even better!!!)
  • 1 Tbsp sugar/honey
  • 500g of canned diced tomatoes
  • Olives (optional)
  • Basalmic Vinegar
  • Olive oil

directions

  • Dice the onions, crush the garlic. Sauté the onions in some olive oil and once they soften add the garlic and cook for a minute or two until fragrant then toss in the paprika, dried basil & oregano then stir.
  • Add the tomatoes from the can into the pot turn the heat to low and let the sauce simmer until it starts to thicken then add the fresh thyme/basil.
  • Add the olives, sugar/honey as well as salt to taste, then pour in the basalmic vinegar and sit back as the magical aromas spread out in your home!!
  • If the sauce is for pizza (its enough for about 8 pizza’s) then you’ll want to reduce it further till you have a nice thick consistency if it’s for pasta then you can go ahead and toss in your pasta (this sauce should be enough for 1 kilo of dried pasta).

We had family pizza night two weeks ago, and I had some left over pizza dough refrigerated so last week I baked the crusts and made this sauce as a spread…it was sooooooo good words don’t do it justice, so I hope you’ll give it a try!

It would be cruel to keep you waiting for my thin crust Italian Pizza crust recipe without at least giving you an alternative! so check out these ↓↓ ↓↓ Pizza recipe’s I’ve done in the past.

🍕 Chorizo pizza with a mint &  topped with sage & a basalmic reduction drizzle

🍕 Butternut squash pizza with a mint & cashew nut pesto,topped with sage & a basalmic reduction drizzle

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