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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

Lemon, Apple and Cardamom Cake

Cardamom is such a fragrant spice with an intense aromatic mint flavour that combines well with cinnamon and nutmeg. It is popular in baking around the world. This cake blends lemon, cardamom, cinnammon and nutmeg and is topped with a spiced apple. When using spices it is so nice to get the best flavour from them. Wherever possible freshly grinding your own spices will bring … Continue reading Lemon, Apple and Cardamom Cake

Oven Baked Pastrami and Potato Frittata

There is nothing more satisfying than a potato frittata. This recipe adds tasty pastrami and the subtle flavour of red French shallots, plenty of Parmesan cheese and ground pepper to make a really tasty baked frittata. Oven baking the potato slices makes the dish a little lighter but no less flavourful. It tastes wonderful hot or cold with a fresh mixed leaf salad. Oven Baked … Continue reading Oven Baked Pastrami and Potato Frittata

Pearl Onions in Tomato Balsamic Sauce

Pearl onions cooked in tomato sauce make a great side dish for any meal and are even delicious as a cold salad.  The combination of brown sugar, white balsamic vinegar and capers give the onions a lovely sweet and sour taste and the grape tomatoes make the sauce really flavourful and rich. Pearl Onions in Tomato Balsamic Sauce Ingredients: 500 g pearl onions 2 Tblsp … Continue reading Pearl Onions in Tomato Balsamic Sauce

Jackie’s Spicy Carrot and Celery Soup

Jackie has kindly shared her absolutely delicious soup recipe with us. Its perfect when all you have left left in the fridge is some carrots and celery. You can still make a delicious soup using some good stock and the fragrant kick of ground coriander and cumin. If you dry roast your coriander and cumin seeds and grind them yourself the flavour will be even … Continue reading Jackie’s Spicy Carrot and Celery Soup

What to Plant in September

Today is the first day of spring and this is the first planting guide of the season. The following is a list of vegetables you can plant in September in Sydney, a temperate zone. Just click on the link for the growing guide for each vegetable or herb:: Amaranth Artichokes Asparagus Basil Beans – climbing and bush beans Beetroot Broccoli Cabbage Cape Gooseberry Capsicum Carrot … Continue reading What to Plant in September

Potato and Sausage Star

This lovely brunch or breakfast recipe uses potatoes, flavoured with herbs and cheese made into a delightful ten pointed star shape using your favourite sausages. Here we have used frankfurts that are so easy to cook with. You could however, cook any sausage to shape the star. The result is an attractive centrepiece that makes a very tasty and satisfying meal. Potato and Sausage Star … Continue reading Potato and Sausage Star