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Garden of Health

Some days, when life clamours too noisily and I need time to still my thoughts, I walk through the Adelaide Botanic Gardens on my way home from work.  I wander slowly along the meandering paths, listening to birds sing and observing gentle, seasonal changes.  Somehow, without fail, my worries fade and I relax, completely and… 

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Lady Flo’s Pumpkin Scones with Cinnamon Butter

Lady Flo (Florence) Bjelke-Petersen is famous for a number of things.  She was a member of the Australian Senate from 1981 to 1993. She is the widow of the longest-serving Premier of Queensland, Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, who was Premier from 1968 to 1987.  But she is most famous of all for her pumpkin scone recipe. In… 

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Friday Favourites: March 20 2015

I’m glad my husband doesn’t read my blog.  If he did, he’d find out that our kitten Merlin had a nap on his favourite couch.  And poor little Merlin would be sent to Coventry — as would I, for not interrupting Merlin’s nap. This week has been a mixed bag. Horrible — when my handbag… 

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Cherry tomato, green onion and zucchini slice

I intended to publish this post last night but life got in the way. Yesterday afternoon my handbag was stolen from just outside a classroom at my son’s primary school.  The bag was left unattended for less than five minutes.  We’re almost certain the thief was a parent or child at the school, which is… 

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Friday Favourites: March 13, 2015

It’s not easy being the author of a kitchen garden blog when nothing much is happening in your kitchen garden, but that’s exactly how things stand at the moment. Lack of rain is the biggest problem.  You know it’s dry when you count monthly rainfall in parts of a millimetre. My husband once said that… 

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Chocolate Mud Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache Icing

My strongest memory of eating chocolate mud cake was on my first date with my now husband in November 1989, when we were both university students. I was an undergraduate at the University of Sydney and he was a post-grad. at Macquarie. After picnicking on pastrami, sun-dried tomatoes and brie in the Royal Botanical Gardens,… 

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White and Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Chocolate dipped strawberries truly are one of the world’s easiest recipes.  They’re on a par with making a slice of toast or heating up a tin of soup. But unlike toast and cream-of-chicken, chocolate dipped strawberries are both beautiful to look at and exquisite to eat.  My 11-year-old son and I made some for Valentine’s… 

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Our March Garden: Dry and Desperate

Sometimes I think food gardening is a mug’s game.  It’s so frustrating to spend years nourishing the soil and months nurturing seeds and seedlings only to have lack of rain and hot weather destroy everything.  I know others are struggling with too much rain that washes away the topsoil and brings with it pests and… 

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Merlin the Rescue Kitten

Today Merlin the rescue kitten entered our lives, unexpectedly but delightfully. You see, our son Will asked for a dog for his 12th birthday, but after meeting several dogs that need new owners, none were a perfect match. We had just about given up hope when Will saw 12 week old Merlin in a cage… 

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Fresh Lime Ice Cream

Here in South Australia, summer has arrived with a vengeance.  The past two weekends have been almost unbearably hot, with temperatures reaching into the 40s celsius.  It’s been too hot to cook much and too hot to garden.  But in my opinion it’s never too hot to make ice cream. The ice cream recipe I’m… 

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How to Use the Konmari Method with Teenagers

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about successfully using the Konmari method to declutter and organise my 11-year-old son’s room.  Easy, you say.  Just wait till he’s a teenager. It’s true.  Teenagers are deeply attached to their stuff and there’s usually a lot of it.  And most of the time it lives on their… 

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strawberry ice cream

Strawberry Ice Cream

Every year on Valentine’s Day I try to create a special family dessert.  One year I made chocolate cupcakes with pink buttercream decorated with chocolate hearts.  Another year I made heart-shaped biscuits and got the kids to ice and decorate them. This year, my creative mojo is languishing from stiflingly hot Adelaide summer weather that… 

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Four Fabulous Plum Recipes

As I mentioned in a previous post, January was the month of the plum in the Rosehips and Rhubarb household. Our two plum trees, a Satsuma planted not long after we moved here in March 2010 and a Mariposa planted just 18 months ago, decided that this was the year they would produce a bumper… 

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