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Apples and Summer Fruit from Orange

What an abundance of Australian grown summer fruit: nectarines, peaches, apricots, plums, new season apples, pears, figs, mangoes , the summer delicacy, prickly pears and much more were available this morning at Parklea Markets in outer Sydney. Fruit growers, Rod and Boris, brought them to us, as they do each week, direct from the farm in the premier fruit growing region of Orange, NSW. The … Continue reading Apples and Summer Fruit from Orange

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Delicious Australian Grown Apples from Orange

Early this morning at Parklea Markets in outer Sydney we were spoilt for choice for the finest apples and pears brought to us direct from the premier fruit growing region of Orange in NSW. With those magnificent apples, just picked, crisp and delicious, it was hard to decide which varieties to buy this week. Then there were the many different varieties of sweet pears. I … Continue reading Delicious Australian Grown Apples from Orange

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Enjoying and Growing Pulses

The year 2016 was nominated as the International Year of Pulses. We joined the activities by listing recipes on this page along with links to information pages for growing various pulses in the home garden. Check out the recipes and growing information below. Last year we grew Chickpeas with success and you can see the plant in the banner of this post and photographed below. … Continue reading Enjoying and Growing Pulses

Tuscan Roasted Vegetables and Salmon

Baking fresh salmon with a colourful and tasty array of roasted vegetables makes a perfect meal. Grill the potatoes, sweet potatoes and eggplant to soften them and start the cooking process. When tossed with the capsicum, zucchini and sweet Spanish onion and baked in a hot oven the potatoes become golden and crisp and the other vegetables caramelise and bring out all their wonderful flavours. … Continue reading Tuscan Roasted Vegetables and Salmon

Chocolate and Orange Marble Bundt

Chocolate and Orange Marble Bundt The orange tree is loaded with lovely fruit and what better way to use one of these sweet oranges than to flavour our Chocolate and Orange Marble Bundt cake. I have been doing a little research into the ratio of ingredients needed to make a perfectly textured, light yet moist cake. This recipe uses a low protein Self Raising flour … Continue reading Chocolate and Orange Marble Bundt

Slow Cooked Beef in Red Wine

Winter has finally come to Sydney and its the perfect time for comfort food like stewed beef and mashed potatoes. Even the cheapest cuts of beef become meltingly tender when slow cooked in a rich sauce of the best red wine, vegetables and herbs. These simple ingredients and just a little preparation and some long, slow, cooking will give you the most delicious stew you … Continue reading Slow Cooked Beef in Red Wine

What to Plant in June

Today is the first day of winter and this is the first planting guide of the season. The following is a list of vegetables you can plant in June in Sydney, a temperate zone (just click on the link for the growing guide for each vegetable): Beans – broad beans Cabbage  seedlings Garlic Kale seedlings Lettuce Mustard greens Onion Peas Radish Snow Peas Strawberry plants … Continue reading What to Plant in June