Summer surplus

Dear Diary,

Adam: We have friends in our area who have been going through a bit of a rough patch for the past year.  They are lovely people and we wanted to give them a little something to ease the strictures in their life. I went to the garden and cut some cauliflower and a huge zucchini, while Angelo visited the hen house and gathered a dozen fresh, free-range eggs. 

Surplus from our garden makes a gift for our friends.

Angelo:  Our friends loved the fresh vegetables and eggs.  We love to share our surplus with others.  Isn't that what it's all about?  We consider ourselves most fortunate to be able to grow much of our own food.

Adam: This year our cauliflower was over-abundant and let's face it, a person (or a doll) can eat only so much steamed cauliflower and cheese sauce!  Jesse found a new recipe and is it delicious - you should try it, too.  We want to share it with everyone.  It could be used for other vegetables, meats and also tofu.


Mix together:
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Cut 1/2 head of cauliflower into smaller pieces.  Coat the pieces in the batter.  Deep-fry the battered cauliflower.
Cauliflower right out of the deep fryer.
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
1 Tablespoon sesame oil

1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 Tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tablespoon sriracha
1 Tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup water

Cook the sauce until thickened.

Coat the cauliflower in the sauce.  Top with sliced scallions and sesame seeds.



  1. You are right it is always good to share with others and even better when it is fresh produce straight from the garden! That recipe looks delicious, might have to try it!

    I'm gearing up for our yearly pilgrimage to NZ - counting down the days now!

    Henry :-)

    1. Hi Henry, Tell you mum to try this recipe; it's yummy! When are you coming to the bottom of the globe and where do you visit? Your friend, Angelo

  2. It looks like your kitchen garden is very productive in the NZ summer sunshine so perfect for sharing with friends, especially friends in need of comfort.

  3. It does sound delicious. My husband is not very good about eating vegetables, but I think this is something even he would like. Sasha and Giancarlo admire Angelo's and Adam's gardening skills.

    1. Hi Sasha & Giancarlo. We love to work in the vegetable garden but we're not so chuffed about working in the flower beds. We know your people will love this recipe. We have used it with other vegetables and tofu with great success; however, the cauliflower is still our favourite. Your friends, Angelo & Adam


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