A Little Mint Plant in a Pot

A little mint plant in a pot. Mint is readily available in Tagaytay, and is cultivated as a culinary herb, as well as for its medicinal uses. Thanks to the good people over at Nana’s Farm for the plants!

A little #mint plant in a pot. Mint is readily available in Tagaytay, and is cultivated as a #CulinaryHerb, as well as for its #medicinal uses. Thanks to the good people over at @NanasFarmPH for the plants! #HerbGarden #GardeningLife #TagaytayLiving

#HerbGarden #GardeningLife #TagaytayLiving

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Country Crafts Idea: Bonsai Making

#CountryStyle #ArtsandCrafts: perhaps you might want to try your hand at #bonsai making in your new #TagaytayHome. #Gardening #WhatToDoInTagaytay #CountryLifestyle #TagaytayLiving

#CountryStyle #ArtsandCrafts: perhaps you might want to try your hand at #bonsai making in your new #TagaytayHome. #Gardening #WhatToDoInTagaytay #CountryLifestyle #TagaytayLiving

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Amadeo in Cavite is Known For Its Coffee

The town of #Amadeo in #Cavite, #MetroTagaytay is known for its awesome coffee. Locals harvest beans and dry them out under the sun for days, as seen in this photo by @gelofiiisshh. #AmadeoCavite #KapeAmadeo #coffee #TagaytayLiving – from Tagaytay Living on Instagram.

The town of #Amadeo in #Cavite, #MetroTagaytay is known for its awesome coffee. Locals harvest beans and dry them out under the sun for days, as seen in this photo by @gelofiiisshh. #AmadeoCavite #KapeAmadeo #coffee #TagaytayLiving

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Mamarang Soup: A Local Rainy-Day Favorite

In #Amadeo, it is a common practice to gather wild #mushrooms or “mamarang” after it rains. Now readily available in local #markets, these ‘shrooms are cooked in a variety of ways, but usually #tinola style: as a soup with #ginger, #greenpapaya, and #sili leaves. Photo from @renziebaluyut #TagaytaySabawChronicles #Homecooking #WhatToEatinTagaytay #TagaytayLiving

In #Amadeo, it is a common practice to gather wild #mushrooms or "mamarang" after it rains. Now readily available in local #markets, these 'shrooms are cooked in a variety of ways, but usually #tinola style: as a soup with #ginger, #greenpapaya, and #sili leaves. Photo from @renziebaluyut #TagaytaySabawChronicles #Homecooking #WhatToEatinTagaytay #TagaytayLiving

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Grow Your Own Vegetable Garden

Things to do in #Tagaytay no. 67: grow your own #vegetable garden and live off the land, just like @ratheal here, with his bountiful #backyard #harvest! #WhatToDoinTagaytay #farming #gardening #leek #habanero #serrano #jalapeno #tomatoes #rosemary #cucumbers #basil #bellpepper #okra #organicvegetables #TagaytayLiving

Things to do in #Tagaytay no. 67: grow your own #vegetable garden and live off the land, just like @ratheal here, with his bountiful #backyard #harvest! #WhatToDoinTagaytay #farming #gardening #leek #habanero #serrano #jalapeno #tomatoes #rosemary #cucumbers #basil #bellpepper #okra #organicvegetables #TagaytayLiving

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Grow Some Mint | Container Gardening in Tagaytay

Start getting into #ContainerGardening with some mint! You can grab some while in #Tagaytay for the weekend.Reposting from @grow_your_own_: “Mint is perfect planted in a container. If not, it can get unruly and pop up everywhere in your garden. It’s roots truly runs deep😀 #mint #gardening #backyardgarden #culinaryherbs #medicinal #herbgarden #growyourown #TagaytayLiving

Start getting into #ContainerGardening with some mint! You can grab some while in #Tagaytay for the weekend.Reposting from @grow_your_own_: "Mint is perfect planted in a container. If not, it can get unruly and pop up everywhere in your garden. It's roots truly runs deep😀 #mint #gardening #backyardgarden #culinaryherbs #medicinal #herbgarden #growyourown #TagaytayLiving

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Plant A Garden of Pretty Flowers

You can have a lovely garden full of pretty flowers just like this in #Tagaytay. Look at all those bright colors! Photo from @fuhzz. #WeekendinTagaytay #flowers #garden #MendezCavite #TagaytayLiving – from Tagaytay Living on Instagram.

You can have a lovely garden full of pretty flowers just like this in #Tagaytay. Look at all those bright colors! Photo from @fuhzz. #WeekendinTagaytay #flowers #garden #MendezCavite #TagaytayLiving

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Roasted Rabbit with Olives and Feta Cheese, by Melissa Clark of the New York Times.

Nutritious, Delicious Rabbit Meat

Metro Tagaytay is a great place to start a rabbit farm.  In fact, there are already a few farms in the neighborhood that are raising rabbits for food and for business.

Did you know that rabbit meat is in many ways healthier than chicken, beef, or pork?  Rabbit meat has been gaining popularity due to the greater demand not just among chefs and restaurateurs, but also with people living with cancer and diabetes. Read up on this article on the nutritional value of rabbit meat.

Fenkata – Rabbit stew with bits of bacon, Maltese sausage, potatoes and peas. Photo by Bellyfirst.

Fenkata – Rabbit stew with bits of bacon, Maltese sausage, potatoes and peas. Photo by Bellyfirst.

When rabbit meat is on the menu, expect controversy to follow. It is socially acceptable to use farm animals, such as cows and chickens, as food; however, many people balk at the idea of eating rabbit, according to a July 2008 “Washington Post” article. Despite this resistance to consuming rabbits, this lean meat serves as a healthful and nutritious alternative to beef and pork.

Chilli Plants

5 Easy To Grow Chilli Plant Varieties

In a previous post, Louie Watts shares with us a whole bunch of tips on how to grow your own chilli plants.  He continues with a number of easy-to-grow chilli plant varieties, so here we are with his five recommendations to get started.

Demon Red Chilli by Seminka Chilli CZ

Demon Red Chilli by Seminka Chilli CZ

Demon Red

My parents grow these with a frustrating ease, minimal effort and maximum output as they have been specially developed for windowsill growing in pots.

They produce ‘demon’ horn chillies that face up and turn from green to a bright, vibrant red. They also grow in a bushy way, so don’t need much space above them. Heed the warning though, as they pack a considerable punch, so my general rule is use one for each person you cook for.

Don’t eat them raw – it will hurt.

Serrano Chillies by Mariquita

Serrano Chillies by Mariquita

Serrano 

These guys I have grown with success last year and are great for pickling. Their colour also varies when they mature which can be a spectacular sight.

They aren’t as hot as the demon chillies above, but they are good to just pick off and eat raw. If you’ve got the space, plant these outside and they’ll get to 1m tall and give you lots of colourful fruits.

If you do plant them outside in a big pot, its best to stick a wooden pole next to the plant for support, as they will (hopefully) become heavy with fruit.

Cherry Bomb Chilli by Gadar

Cherry Bomb Chilli by Gadar

Cherry Bomb

This plant will provide you with fleshy cherry-like globular fruit that have a slight kick. Again they’re great for pickling, and you may often have seen them stuffed with cheese or a filling. They’re a bit different as normally chillies have a tapered end, but these guys are squat and proud.

Click here to read more about 10 Survival foods you can grow.

Cayenne Chilli by Kitchen Garden Notebook

Cayenne Chilli by Kitchen Garden Notebook

Cayenne

Probably one of the best known varieties, I grew these from a pot, on my windowsill two years ago. They are long, tapered and fiery chillies that you can cook with whether green or red. Green they are great in burgers, kebabs and salads. Red they fantastic in stir fry’s and Mexican cooking.

The accompanying picture is probably a third of my yield two years ago, showing just how easy they are to grow. Again they’re a variety that you can plant out later on and will grow big and tall. Probably not Jack and the Beanstalk height, but not far off.

Unless you fancy an unpleasant, milk crazed twenty minutes, don’t eat these raw.

Hungarian Hot Wax

Hungarian Hot Wax Chilli

Hungarian Hot Wax Chilli

This variety is renowned for growing well in cooler climates, and is a multi-purpose chilli. Pickle it, eat it raw, pop it on salads or use it for decoration as the fruits vary in colour. They are often picked when yellow, just before they ripen.

I have also eaten these chillies when they’ve been stuffed with cheese as despite their name, they are relatively mild. The plant will keep producing long after summer so long as you keep taking the fruits.

(Article by Louie Watts, via Good To Be Home by Anglian.)