Nanna's Old Cold Remedy

May 14, 2015

Yep, it's that time of year again and for all the loveliness that is Winter, the cosy jackets, warm fires, clear crisp weather that's just terrific for gardening (no sweating, no sunburn, no mozzies, no flies and no snakes hallelujah!) unfortunately it also brings those beastly bugs that cause sniffles and sneezes and snotty noses. Last year was our first with a kid at school and he managed to bring home a ridiculous number of colds... no joke, every.single.one. Now we're not generally a sickly bunch but one by one, over and over and again, we all went down. I vowed that this year would be different, this year I'm was going in armed to the teeth with some homemade echinacea tincture and Nannas Old Cold Remedy.

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Too many any vege syndrome

March 01, 2015

Anyone who grows their own vegetables inevitably reaches tipping point of too many vege, especially when they hang out with generous like minded souls. I call it 'too many any vege syndrome' and over the years I've picked up a trick or two to deal with this seasonal glut.

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My summertime bounty from beautiful friends

January 08, 2015

Today I'm feeling blessed. As I write this it is New Years Day 2015. Last night, I was pyjamma'ed and drinking tea by nine and asleep by 10pm. I know, I know - 'YAWN' you may say but I woke up feeling pretty freakin' fabulous...so there! Read more...

 spiced caramel brandy plum tarte tatin

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Easy Cheesy Bikkie Bites

August 08, 2014

Striving to be plastic free is fine on a good day when I'm super organised, the weather's good and I've had a reasonable amount of sleep but life doesn't always work that way once small fry come on the scene. You know the day....the one where I would have whipped up some healthy homebaked snacks for our trip to town but we had to spend half an hour finding the other shoe (only to discover that the dogs found it first and so we had to pick out another pair but those shoes don't fit anymore…). Or those days when the spare hand I had to bake and pack snacks was occupied carrying the stainless steel water bottles, extra clothes, packages to post plus the newly built airplane made from cardboard scraps that absolutely has to come. It takes time and effort to be plastic free perfect.

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The Odd Vegetable Out

July 09, 2014

Being botanically curious, each season we seem to wind up with a few vegetables that we've nurtured, grown and harvested and then had no idea what to do with. You know the ones... khol rabi, mizuna, gourds, new guinea beans to name a few. Some of these end up becoming staples in the patch once you get the hang of how to cook them (hello khol rabi). Others end up oddities, worthy of little more than talking points for visitors to the patch (looking at YOU new guinea beans).

    

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Make whey...ferment vegies...eat pie!

June 15, 2014

Last year we had a bumper crop of red cabbages. Due to poor planning we somehow ended up with (I kid you not) about 46 big beautiful organic and perfectly formed red cabbages, all ready at once. Luckily they store pretty well for a while in the fridge and we eat a lot of fresh vege every day so we had cabbage with every meal and we gave away a lot, we sent some to market with a friend (wasn't sure a stand at the markets selling only red cabbages would be worthwhile, despite the fact we had enough to fill a whole stand!) Still we had a serious glut and my imagination was stretched trying to find new and exciting ways to present cabbages to the family.

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today is THE day to plant your garlic

April 24, 2014

Shallots are for babies, onions are for men, garlic is for heroes...Besides the incredible flavour it adds to food, garlic is said to have given strength to the pyramid builders, courage to Roman legions and fighting spirit to English game cocks.

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