These two have an amazing garden (and a gorgeous house!) and a generous spirit. They piled my panniers with fresh herbs and fruit, so I was heavily laden on the ride home. Luckily they are only about 2kms from us, so I didn't have to pedal too hard for very long.
We got home and emptied the bags and this bundle of greenery was our bounty.
What you see there is a small bunch of delicious, sweet bananas; several handfulls of fresh basil; 3 pawpaws in varying stages of ripeness; fresh mint; kaffir lime leaves; 6 or 7 tahitian limes; fresh parsley; and a few branches of lemon myrtle (an Aussie native similar in flavour to lemongrass). We also found ourselves with two caterpillars who hitched a ride with us.
So what did we do with all of these fresh and delicious goodies? Most of the kaffir lime leaves, and all of the lemon myrtle, went straight into the freezer. That way we can take them out and use them as we want, and they will stay as good as new.
A few of the kaffir lime leaves, however, made a great addition to a stir fry. First we cooked up some homemade tofu...