What to plant in January

The following is a list of things you can plant in January in Sydney, a temperate zone: Beans (dwarf and climbing) Beetroot Carrot Chives Cucumber Eggplant seedlings Lettuce Marrow seedlings Mustard greens Okra seedlings Radish Silverbeet Sunflower Sweet corn Turnips Zucchini seedlings Flower of the Month – The stunning white Kalakaua Hibiscus Continue reading What to plant in January

Coconut Apricot Crisp Cookies

I still have some apricots from Boris and Rod and took some to make these cookies. These cookies blend fresh or dried apricots and coconut and  can be made plain or decorated with a piece of walnut for some variety.   Coconut Apricot Crisp Cookies 1/2 cup apricots finely chopped, you can also use dried apricots. 2 cups self raising flour 2/3 cup caster sugar … Continue reading Coconut Apricot Crisp Cookies

Elena’s Pasticcio

Elena’s Pasticcio is a lighter version of the traditional Greek pastitzio as it does not have the bechamel sauce but rather egg to bind.  The pasta is laid uniformly so that the cut pasticcio has an attractive appearance. We share with you Elena’s recipe.   Elena’s Pasticcio Ingredients Meat Sauce 2 tbsp olive oil 1 small knob of butter 1 large onion finely chopped 1 … Continue reading Elena’s Pasticcio

Melomakarona, Greek Walnut Biscuits

Melomakarona are  traditional Greek Christmas biscuits. They are sweet and spicy and you won’t be able to stop at one. Melomakarona Biscuits Ingredients Biscuits 1 cup olive oil 1 cup brown sugar 3 cups plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 5 tblsp ouzo 1/2 tsp ground cloves zest of one orange 1/2 cup orange juice 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 cup … Continue reading Melomakarona, Greek Walnut Biscuits

Baked Stuffed Zucchini

The zucchinis are blooming in the garden and the fruit grow so fast that its hard to keep up with them. Today’s recipe is for baked stuffed zucchini using a beauty that Trish shared from her garden. The recipe calls for 4 medium zucchinis and an Italian style stuffing using a good pork and veal mince and Provolone cheese, grated Parmigiano Regiano, herbs, tomatoes and … Continue reading Baked Stuffed Zucchini

Australian Apples Grown in Orange

Today I am writing about one of our amazing Australian Growers. Rod Ostini and his son Boris bring their fresh produce from Orange NSW to Parklea Markets in Western Sydney every weekend. They grow the best cherries, apples, pears, stone fruit and seasonal fruit and potatoes.   The fruit is grown in the Orange district of NSW, a major cherry and apple growing area. In … Continue reading Australian Apples Grown in Orange

Growing Cape Gooseberry

The cape gooseberry fruit is quite delicious when fully matured and with care is well worth planting in the home garden. Growth habits and planting needs This unusual plant has a fruit that is a golden berry  is inside a papery “cape”. The Cape Goosberry is native to Brazil but will grow well in sunny Sydney. It is the size of a cherry tomato with … Continue reading Growing Cape Gooseberry