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Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Companion : Dig, Plant, Water, Grow, Harverst, Chop, Cook - Stephanie Alexander

Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Companion

Dig, Plant, Water, Grow, Harverst, Chop, Cook

By: Stephanie Alexander, Simon Griffiths (Photographer), Mark Chew (Photographer)

Hardcover

Published: 1st October 2009
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Please note: This is the Australian edition, which contains 3 extra vegetables to the UK edition- Bananas, Mangoes and Warrigal Greens. This edition contains metric measurements only.

Book Description

This is the ultimate garden-to-table guide from one of Australia's most highly regarded food writers.

Authoritative and distinctly personal, the book offers detailed garden and kitchen notes for 73 vegetables, herbs and fruits, along with 250 delicious recipes. Just as The Cook's Companion inspired a generation to rediscover the pleasures of the kitchen, Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Companion will revolutionise the way we think about sourcing, growing and sharing our food.

The following are example recipes from this book:

Berry Crumbles

SERVES 4 There is something very special about the deep crimson juice from raspberries. This crumble is one of my favourite dishes. Try it with blackberries and mulberries too. It deserves being served with the very best cream.

50 g unsalted butter
400 g raspberries (or mulberries or blackberries or a mixture)
1/3 cup caster sugar
double or clotted cream, to serve
CRUMBLE TOPPING

1/3 cup soft brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
60 g unsalted butter, chopped
2/3 cup plain flour

EXTRA EQUIPMENT

4 x 125 ml-capacity individual gratin dishes

Preheat oven to 200°C.

To make the crumble topping, mix sugar, baking powder and ginger in a bowl. In another bowl, crumble butter into flour with your fingertips to make pea-sized pieces, then toss flour mixture with sugar mixture. Set aside.

Use some of the butter to grease four 125 ml-capacity gratin dishes. Divide berries among dishes. Press them down lightly with the back of a spoon. Scatter over sugar. Spoon over crumble topping; it should be no more than 1 cm deep (any extra crumble topping can be put into a suitable container, labelled and frozen, ready for a crumble some other day). Divide remaining butter into small pieces and dot over tops of crumbles. Set dishes on a baking tray with a lip to catch any overflowing juices.

Bake crumbles for 15 minutes or until topping is golden and berry juices are bubbling through. Leave crumbles to cool for several minutes before serving with spoonfuls of double or clotted cream.

About the Author

Stephanie Alexander's early food life was influenced first and foremost by her mother, Mary Burchett, a wonderful cook who was interested not just in recipes, but in the culture that inspired the dish. She was eager to experiment. When she left school she went to the University of Melbourne and then studied to become a librarian (with no thoughts of working with food professionally). She left Australia at the age of 21 to see the world. The world for her at that time was France, and she was delighted to discover that France was every bit as thrilling and satisfying as she had dreamed it would be. In the intervening 40 plus years she has returned as often as possible and, whilst acknowledging change, there remained a value and respect accorded to food that she found renewing and reassuring.

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    5.0

    Everyone should have a copy of this

    By Shazza

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      Comments about Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Companion:

      Great for working out where to start to create your own kitchen garden

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      • A Beautiful Book
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        I brought this book as a present for a gardener friend and she was delighted!

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        Fabulous book, bought it for a friend

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          It was a great gift to give a friend altho I did copy a few of the recipes for myself, they sounded so good.

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          This is without a doubt my new favourite cookbook. Alexander arranges her fruit and veg in alphabetical order and provides information on how to plant, grow, cook and eat each of them - all in stunning Stephanie style. Since opening the Richmond Hill Cafe & Larder, Alexander has been working with Collingwood College to develop a Kitchen Garden that teaches children about where their food comes from. In 2004 she established the non-profit Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation to expand her model into other primary schools. In this book, she now furthers the project into Australian homes. She provides intricate details on how to build all sorts of home gardens, from those dug into the ground, above the ground, and on apartment balconies, as well as how to create your own compost, and adds so many more useful tips. Her wealth of knowledge, in both the kitchen and garden, shines through. As a result of her experiences, her advice is geared towards planting and cooking with kids - making the process all the more fun for big kids too!

          The book jacket to this edition is an amazing textile, dyed vibrant red. Alexander often acknowledges where her recipes have come from, including such headline names as Greg Malouf and Kylie Kwong - but I think we would all admit that Alexander really has been adopted as a collective Aussie grandmother. This is THE Christmas cooking present of the year - give it to yourself, or if you can stand it, someone else.

          Reviewed by Karen Coleman, Booktopia Buzz Editor

          The following is an exclusive Booktopia Q&A with Stephanie Alexander:

          1. What is your number one tip for getting children interested in fresh food and where it comes from?
          Get them cooking alongside you with the freshest ingredients you can obtain.

          2. What would you suggest to someone who wanted to grow fresh food but doesn't have a great deal of time or space to do it in?
          Buy the Kitchen Garden Companion and take special notice of the section on Container Gardening under each individual entry. Grow only what you love to eat

          3. Of all the recipes in Kitchen Garden Companion, do you have a favourite? Why?
          No favourites – just see what is freshest in my garden and go from there. Tonight I am picking mint, coriander spring onions, broccoli shoots and tender carrots – sounds like a Thai-style salad coming up

          4. How do you keep pests off the vegie patch?
          Check out the section in Kitchen Garden Companion on Pest and Weed Control using simple non-toxic ingredients

          5. How do you get children enthusiastic about team work in their gardens?
          Work alongside the children so they see that you genuinely value the task. Children will follow your lead. Ensure they have a piece of garden that is ‘theirs’

          Introduction p. 3
          Getting Started p. 9
          Planting Chart p. 36
          Gardening Equipment p. 41
          Gardening with Kids p. 43
          Kitchen Equipment p. 47
          Cooking with Kids p. 53
          A Little of What You Fancy p. 57
          Amaranth p. 63
          Apples, Pears and Quinces p. 71
          Artichokes p. 89
          Asian Greens p. 99
          Asparagus p.109
          Bananas p.117
          Basil p.125
          Bay p.133
          Beans p.139
          Beetroot p.149
          Blueberries p.161
          Broad Beans and Borlotti Beans p.167
          Broccoli p.177
          Brussels Sprouts p.189
          Cabbage p.193
          Carrots p.207
          Cauliflower p.219
          Celery and Celeriac p.231
          Chervil p.243
          Chives and Garlic Chives p.249
          Coriander p.257
          Corn p.265
          Cresses p.273
          Cucumbers p.279
          Dill p.287
          Eggplant p.293
          Eggs p.303
          Fennel p.311
          Garlic p.321
          Grapes and Vine Leaves p.329
          Herbs p.337
          Jerusalem Artichokes p.343
          Kiwifruit p.349
          Kohlrabi p.355
          Lavender p.363
          Leeks p.367
          Lemons and Oranges p.375
          Lemon Verbena p.391
          Lettuce and Other Salad Greens p.395
          Mangoes p.405
          Melons p.411
          Mint p.419
          Mushrooms p.431
          Myrtle p.445
          Nettles p.449
          Olives p.455
          Oregano p.465
          Parsley p.471
          Parsnips p.481
          Passionfruit p.487
          Peas (Podding, Snowpeas and Sugar Snap Peas) p.495
          Peppers and Chillies p.509
          Potatoes p.519
          Pumpkins p.533
          Radishes p.545
          Raspberries p.553
          Rhubarb p.559
          Rocket p.567
          Rosemary p.575
          Sage p.583
          Scented Geraniums p.589
          Silver Beet p.595
          Sorrel p.605
          Spinach p.613
          Spring Onions and French Shallots p.625
          Stone Fruit p.635
          Strawberries p.645
          Tarragon p.653
          Thyme p.659
          Tomatoes p.667
          Turnips and Sweded Turnips p.685
          Warrigal Greens p.695
          Zucchini and Zucchini Flowers p.703
          Gardening Glossary p.721
          Pest and Weed Control p.731
          Cooking Glossary p.737
          Bibliography p.742
          Acknowledgements p.744
          Index p.747
          Cooking Index p.755
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          ISBN: 9781920989989
          ISBN-10: 1920989986
          Audience: General
          Format: Hardcover
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 784
          Published: 1st October 2009
          Dimensions (cm): 27.4 x 20.4  x 6.0
          Weight (kg): 27.4
          Edition Number: 1