Fruit protection

Fruit protection

On a recent bike ride I was overjoyed to see the efforts people were making in an attempt to protect their fruit harvest. With possums, white cockatoos and Rosella’s all competing for food in the neighbourhood people of all ages were…

garden & kitchen tools

garden & kitchen tools

At the Lost Trades fair in Kyneton, Victoria, artisans and craftswomen and men are once again celebrated. And you could see from the hundreds and hundreds of people there how much communities crave the slow, the heartfelt, personal, intimate and…

A gaggle of ingredients

A gaggle of ingredients

Over the past two months the kitchen garden has kept us in an engaging momentum. With various ingredients maturing, frequent harvesting inspires frequent cooking. With friends and recipe books there is never a shortage of ideas. Carolina’s kale and breadcrumbs,…

Summer meals

Summer meals

In the heat of summer simple meals are favoured, especially meals that use garden ingredients.    

green meals

green meals

Fusilletti pesto (below) and the other picture showing, fiochetti with rainbow chard, cucumber, tuna, lemon and red onion. During the summer months I have the opportunity to reduce my trips to the green grocer. With basil, cucumbers, zucchini, dwarf beans,…

Risotto di Estate

Risotto di Estate

I feel so rich when I have a bounty of greens in the garden. I feel so loving, lofty and vivacious when basil bursts forth from the edge of the garden bed. And a soundtrack, with a melodious, monumental symphony, floats…

Boysenberry December

Boysenberry December

Raspberries and boysenberries

Raspberries and boysenberries

Now on the way to school or on the way home, Ahlia picks berries for her treat. Boysenberry flowers.. Fruit beginnings.   Harvest time.

Chocolate, sultana and hazelnut sourdough

Chocolate, sultana and hazelnut sourdough

Now I am creating my own bread recipes. I added two tablespoons of cocoa to the sourdough basic recipe, a large handful of sultanas, and a large handful of hazelnuts. A tbs of honey too. A bitter flavoured breakfast bread…

Cicory features next

Cicory features next

I am using my lettuce for all sorts of meals. This rice, cicory and bechamel sauce dish with the addition of whipped eggs is baked and served. Add grated zest of lemon and nutmeg to the bechamel sauce for a…