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Epiphyllum oxypetalum


John the Farmer supported the Ladismith street market 14 May .

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Ladismith Street Market: 2nd Saturday of every month .

Potjiekos recipe

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Vegetable Potjiekos recipe :

Tblsp or more olive oil

Tblsp mustard seed

Tblsp cumin seed

Tblsp tumeric

Tblsp cayenne pepper

Tblsp smoked paprika

Tblsp curry powder

Tblsp masala

salt + peepper

Garam masala (Coriander + cumin)

Roughly chopped garlic; ginger; chillies; onion; green peppers; potatoes; carrots etc..

Presoaked + parboiled beans like chickpeas; broad beans; sugar beans etc.

Mushrooms; broccoli; quartered toms etc.

1)Add oil .Fry mustard seed until they starts popping. Add garlic ginger chillies green pepper potatoes and carrots .

2)Add other spices

3)Stir-fry for a while..

4)Add parboiled beans

5)Add Mushrooms, broccoli, green beans; toms etc.

(Layer these – do not stir.)

6)Add salt + pepper

7)Cover with water

8)Add garam masala

9)Cover with lid

10)Slow cook until done 45-60 min.

Today John the Farmer did ‘Leiwater’ .

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Today John the Farmer made eco-friendly insecticide spray .

Aphid spray

Grating soap

1. Grate half a bar of green soap .


Add Sodium Bicarbonate

2. Add 1 tablespoon Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking soda)


Add Jeyes fluid

3. Add 2 tablespoons Jeyes fluid.


Add water

4. Add 20l water .



5. Mix well and decant into spray bottle .


Spray pests

6. Spray as required . It Works !

Pictures @charlzero

Today John the Farmer made John the Farmer’s famous ‘John the Farmer’ Quince preserve .


Quince preserve

Quince preserve with ginger

Recipe for John the Farmer’s Quince preserve :

Peal the quinces thinly, slice. Remove the hard flesh around the core .

Place in a bowl of lightly salted water to prevent discolouring.

Wash your jars in hot soapy water, rinse well and set aside to drain.

Set oven to 150 degrees and place jars and lids (lids off) in oven for at least half an hour while boiling your fruit.

Cooking the fruit in water until soft :

All hard fruit is first boiled in water until soft . Test by piercing the fruit with a match; if the fruit is soft enough, the match should easily penetrate the fruit . If the fruit is not soft before boiling it in the syrup the preserve will be hard and tough .

Boil the water rapidly, then gradually immerse the fruit in the water so that the water does not stop boiling. This will prevent the fruit from becoming too soft . (+- 10min for 1kg fruit)

Drain and set aside in saucepan with lid on to keep hot .

Preparing the syrup :

Use a good quality, heavy preserving saucepan .

Use 500g sugar for every 500g fruit .

Use 500ml water per 500g fruit .

Weigh the required sugar and add the water . Stir until all the sugar has dissolved and then bring the syrup to the boil.

To prevent crystallization and improve the flavour, add 1 tsp citric or tartaric acid to 3 to 4 kg fruit .

Place small quantities of the cooked soft fruit in the boiling syrup so that the syrup does not stop boiling .

The syrup must be thin at the start of the boiling process, otherwise the fruit will shrink instead of swelling out .

Place a small cube (100mmx100mm/kg) of ginger in the syrup. (Remove before bottling.)

Prepare a small quantity of syrup on the side to add if necessary .

Cooking the fruit in the syrup :

Boil the fruit rapidly in a large, open saucepan, otherwise the preserve will turn a dark colour .

Boil the fruit in the syrup until the fruit is soft and translucent, and the syrup has thickened sufficiently .

Test the syrup by cooling a bit in a spoon . The consistency should be that of thin honey .

If the fruit is ready but the syrup is still too thin, lift out the fruit and bottle while still hot . Place the lids on the jars and set aside .

Add additional syrup now if the syrup in which you boiled your fruit has reduced too much . Continue boiling the syrup until it has the right consistency .

Bottling the quince :

Drain the excess water from the jars of fruit .

Add the syrup to the fruit while still boiling hot . Place lids on and allow to cool .

Store the preserves in a cool, dry, dark place .

Refrigerate after opening .






Today John the Farmer harvested sweet piquante peppers .

Sweet piquante peppers

Sweet piquante peppers

Today John the Farmer is harvesting Quince for bottling .


Cydonia oblonga

The ducklings’ first day in the big room .


first day in the big room .

Ducklings .

Today John the Farmer goes solar ! He has just installed a solar geyser .

Solar geyser

Vacuum tubes

Solar system

The system I chose is a close coupled vacuum tube low preasure system .

It will slash my electric bill in half and I’ll still have hot water when the lights go out !