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Support Our Farmers

One way to support our farmers through the difficult drought times that the Australian agricultural sector is facing is to go the extra mile to seek out and buy Australian grown produce. So much effort and care has gone into the production of the fruit and vegetables that we buy each week and we should support our local farmers. In fact, many growers bring their … Continue reading Support Our Farmers

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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

The Spectacular Hylocereus undatus

Recently, I had the pleasure of observing the night flowering Hylocereus undatus as it bloomed. This is the flower of the pitahaya or white fleshed dragon fruit. Catching the plant in flower can be tricky if the plant is small like mine, (it had only one flower) and it blooms only over one night between dusk and dawn.  It is easy to overlook the emerging bud as … Continue reading The Spectacular Hylocereus undatus

The Collectors’ Plant Fair 2019

The Collectors’ Plant Fair Sydney returns this coming weekend. Over 100 growers from all over Australia will be bringing their array of unusual and rare plants to you. Details:                          http://www.collectorsplantfair.com.au/ Dates:                             Sat & Sun 6-7, April 2019 Times: Saturday … Continue reading The Collectors’ Plant Fair 2019

Roast Chicken with Fresh Herb Stuffing

Recently I bought a George Foreman Contact roaster, pre-owned but new and not used. It worked exceptionally well to cook a moist roast chicken easily and with no mess. This recipe uses a bread and herb stuffing to give the chicken flavour. Freshly picked herbs from the garden, sage, rosemary, parsley, celery and onion along with some dry seasonings make up the stuffing. The result … Continue reading Roast Chicken with Fresh Herb Stuffing

Oven Baked Sausages and Roasted Vegetables

This is such an easy way to cook your favourite sausages with roasted vegetables all in one baking dish. Onions and a good chicken stock add flavour to the roasted potates and carrots.  The Italian pork sausages also give flavour to the potatoes and carrots. The pan juices thicken and with the cooked onion slices make a delicious chicken flavoured sauce for the sausages. Served … Continue reading Oven Baked Sausages and Roasted Vegetables

What to Plant in March

Today is the first day of autumn and this is the first Planting Guide of the season. The following is a list of vegetables and herbs that  you can plant in March in Sydney, a temperate zone. Just click on the name for the growing guide for each vegetable: Amaranth Beans – broad beans, fava beans Beetroot Broccoli transplant seedlings Brussels sprouts Cabbage Carrot Daikon Endive … Continue reading What to Plant in March

Strawberry, Apple and Rhubarb Crumble Pie

The sharpness of rhubarb and green apples contrasts well with the sweetness of strawberries. This strawberry, apple and rhubarb pie has a spicy crunch of oats and almonds in its crumble topping and is the perfect pie to share for Valentine’s day. Strawberry, Apple and Rhubarb Crumble Pie: Ingredients: Pastry: 1 cup plain flour 1 egg 100 g butter 75g  sugar pinch of salt ( … Continue reading Strawberry, Apple and Rhubarb Crumble Pie