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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

What to Plant in November

The following is a list of vegetables and herbs you can plant in November in Sydney, a temperate zone. Just click on the name for the growing guide for each vegetable or herb: Artichokes Asparagus crowns Basil seedlings Beans (bush and climbing) Beetroot Borage Broccoli Cabbage Cape Gooseberry Capsicum Carrot Celery Chives Coriander Cucumber Eggplant Jerusalem Artichoke Lemon Balm Lettuce Luffa Marrow Okra Parsley Peanut … Continue reading What to Plant in November

Polenta, Bacon and Veggie Cakes

These healthy little polenta cakes combine zucchini and tomato with two cheeses and the goodness of Kefir. The sausage and bacon add a great flavour and makes them perfect for a light lunch or for snack anytime. Prepare the ingredients ahead and they are really quick and easy to make. Polenta, Bacon and Veggie Cakes Ingredients: 1/3 cup polenta 1/3 cup plain flour 1/2 tsp … Continue reading Polenta, Bacon and Veggie Cakes

Planting by the Moon

Moon phase gardening has been used since ancient times. It was possibly the first use humans made of the lunar cycle and evidence traces it back thousands of years to the ancient peoples of the Nile and Euphrates River Valley.  This method of timing planting, cultivating and harvesting is still used today though little modern science has been conducted into its methods. Moon phase gardeners … Continue reading Planting by the Moon

The Versatility of Homemade Baked Beans

Home made baked beans are so versatile and can be used on their own with toast or crusty bread, or with eggs and sausages for breakfast. They can also be combined with pasta or rice for a great brunch or lunch. This recipe uses my favourite, butter beans, but could also be made with cannellini, borlotti or other beans. Oven roasted banana chillies, sage leaves … Continue reading The Versatility of Homemade Baked Beans

What to Plant in October

The following is a list of vegetables and herbs you can plant in October in Sydney, a temperate zone. Just click on the name for the growing guide for each vegetable or herb: Amaranth Artichokes Asparagus Basil Beans – climbing and bush beans Beetroot Borage Broccoli Cabbage Cape Gooseberry Capsicum Carrot Celeriac Celery – in seed trays Chicory Chives Chillies Cucumber Daikon Dill Eggplant Jerusalem … Continue reading What to Plant in October

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