Introduction

This isn't a cook book, this chapter on meal types is designed to help you understand how the ingredients that you need for each type of meal can be harvested/stored all year round. Of course not every ingredient will come from your garden, but in most cases a substantial proportion can.

Breakfast Cereals

I make my own granola and Debbie makes her own muesli for breakfast. We don't grow our own nuts and oats though, so the contribution from the garden is limited to dried fruit, mainly apples and pears. We used to have a huge surplus of fruit, but once we discovered how well it dehydrates and how long it lasts - and tastes - we were hooked.

Breads

We don't grow our own wheat, so our gardens make a very limited contribution to the breads that we bake - actually just one - squash. Debbie makes a bread to which she adds Crown Prince Squash, the result is orange and delicious.

Chillies

There's so much from the garden that goes into a good chillie all year round, here's a sample:

  1. Tomatoes (see the chapter on harvesting and food storage)
  2. Peppers (see the chapter on harvesting and food storage)
  3. Passata sauce (see the chapter on harvesting and food storage)
  4. Beans (see the chapter on harvesting and food storage) although we don't generally store many beans as we prefer to eat them fresh (see the chapter on eating peas and beans all year round)

Curries

There's so much from the garden that goes into curries all year round, we are never short of ingredients. ###

Winter

Spring

Summer

Autumn