1st birthday

Rosehips and Rhubarb’s Top 10 Posts

Today is an important milestone: it’s Rosehips and Rhubarb‘s first blogiversary! One year ago today I published my my first blog post to an audience of, maybe, three people, all of whom were related to me.  Since then, I’ve written 161 posts, including recipes using home-grown and seasonal produce, gardening tips and hints, chook and… 

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radishes lettuce and carrots

A Space Saving Tip for Growing Radishes, Lettuces and Carrots

I read this space saving tip for growing radishes, lettuce and carrots  years ago and have used it successfully many times since. The tip is this: by sowing radish, lettuce and carrots seeds at the same time in the same bed or pot, you effectively get three crops in the space normally required for one…. 

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sweet chilli sauce

Hot and Spicy Sweet Chilli Sauce

Just outside my back door, in a narrow strip of soil abutting the patio, is a healthy and highly productive chilli plant. Despite receiving very little water and no fertiliser, this chilli plant cheerfully produces bright green and red chillies all year round. My guess is that it’s a jalapeno, although I don’t know for… 

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Normanville jetty

Weekend in Normanville

Ever since we moved to Adelaide in 2008 I’ve wanted to explore the Normanville and Yankalilla area.  We’ve passed through on our way to Cape Jervis and the Kangaroo Island Ferry but never had a proper look around. Our opportunity arrived this weekend when our son’s scout leader asked us to ferry children home from… 

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Simple Homemade Lime Cordial

On a hot summer’s day, nothing beats an icy cold glass of lime cordial.  Ironically, the best time to make lime cordial is in autumn or winter when limes are in season.  Fortunately, with its high sugar and acid content, lime cordial can be kept for at least six months, if stored in a sterilised… 

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food swap

Essential Edibles Food Swap June 2015

Early last Sunday morning I sat alone at a green plastic table in the middle of Joslin Reserve shivering from the cold.  In front of me, looking small and dejected, were a bag of limes, a container of chillies and a few stems of lemongrass, roots still attached. For a while I wondered if anyone… 

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Five chooks

Friday Favourites

As I watched my five contented hens scratching around their run earlier today, I thought about how grateful I am to have  a backyard with space to grow at least some of our food. And in Australia, we are incredibly fortunate to have access to fresh, wholesome food at relatively affordable prices. This week’s Friday… 

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Sticky Coconut and Lime Syrup Cake

This recipe for coconut and lime syrup cake is my latest attempt at using up the great lime glut of 2015.  Despite giving them away by the bag, sharing them at Essential Edibles food swap, and making lime posset, lime curd, lime delicious pudding and lime cordial, as well as using them wherever I would… 

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blue pansies

Friday Favourites

You know what it’s like.  You have a bug but you’re not sick enough to stay home from work.  So you soldier on until you eventually collapse in an exhausted heap. That was me this week.  I went to work on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday when I probably shouldn’t have, only to stagger home at… 

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blood orange growing in chicken run

My lush and lovely June Garden

One of the very first things I did after starting Rosehips and Rhubarb in July last year was join the Garden Share Collective (GSC), a group of bloggers who share their vegetable patches, container gardens and the herbs they grow on their window sills. GSC founder Liz from Strayed from the Table says that “the… 

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succulent

Friday Favourites

You won’t believe how many times I’ve started to write a blog post in the last week or two – or three – and stopped because life or a failed recipe or bad light, got in the way. Light.  It’s so essential.  I forget during our long and golden summer how difficult it is to… 

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rocket pesto

Rocket, Lime and Raw Almond Pesto

I make pesto all year round with whatever ingredients I have at hand.  In summer, I make pesto from the fat-leafed sweet basil growing beneath my tomato plants.  Autumn brings peppery rocket (arugula) pesto while winter is the season for kale pesto.  During the ‘hungry gap’ months of early spring, when the winter vegetables are… 

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lime posset

Susan’s Lime Posset

The doors are open, and the surfeited grooms Do mock their charge with snores. I have drugg’d their possets That death and nature do contend about them, Whether they live or die.                                                Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Act II Scene ii. As regular readers are no doubt aware,  I have a very generous Tahitian lime… 

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