Anzac biscuits

Anzac Biscuits for Anzac Day

How did you commemorate Anzac Day 2015?  As mentioned in my previous post, we attended a dawn service at a local RSL club.  Afterwards, my son joined his fellow scouts to serve a bacon-and-eggs breakfast to the attending veterans. I really like the idea of attending a small, local service on Anzac Day.  The boys… 

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Getting Ready for Anzac Day

Here in Adelaide it feels as if winter has already set in.  Personally, I’d rather it stayed away a bit longer because our home heating system has gone kaput.  We’re getting quotes on repairs but in the meantime I have to rug up in thick socks, my hand-knitted beanie and my fluffy dressing gown. Except… 

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lime curd

How to Make Lime Curd

When I planted a tiny Tahitian lime tree in autumn 2010, a couple of months after moving to this house, I couldn’t have predicted how huge it would become.   As citrus trees so often do, my Tahitian lime sulked for the first couple of years after planting, barely growing at all.  Adding to its woes,… 

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more cosmos

Lovely, lovely rain

It’s cold and grey and gloomy and drizzly outside and I could dance for joy. Such lovely, lovely rain, restoring and healing my garden. We’ve had around 35 millimetres of rain in April so far and it’s made a big difference.  The garden feels happier and more relaxed as if it’s saying “phew, now I… 

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wartime chocolate sponge

Wartime Eggless Chocolate Sponge Cake

Normally our fridge is awash with eggs generously provided by our three chooks, Nightmare, Lola and Ninja.  But with Lola and Ninja moulting and thus laying infrequently, the usual flood of eggs has become a trickle. Rather than go out and buy eggs, which would be easy enough to do, I’ve decided to ride out… 

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sleepy kitty

Friday Favourites: 10 April 2015

With its golden days and crisp nights, autumn is a wonderful time of year. Here in Adelaide, autumn often comes in with a whimper, not a bang.  Instead of vivid autumn colour, the leaves of deciduous trees slowly brown off before falling some time in May or June. But this year is different.  Some nights… 

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rosehips

April Garden: Gentle Autumn

Now that we’ve passed the autumn equinox and the summer gardening season is drawing to a close, it’s time to evaluate the season’s successes and disappointments. The biggest issue this summer was lack of rain.  Adelaide’s total rainfall for February and March was only 3 millimetres.  This is against an average of around 43 millimetres… 

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chooks

Friday Favourites: Good Friday 2015

Every year on Good Friday I make a double batch of hot cross buns.  We eat them warm, slathered with unsalted butter, on Good Friday, then have them toasted over the rest of the Easter weekend.  My hot cross buns are traditional, made with mixed dried fruit, candied peel, cinnamon and ground cloves.  Adding chocolate… 

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season of salt and honey

Season of Salt & Honey Review

We were high-school sweethearts, just like everyone dreams about but no one actually has, because that kind of thing only happens in the movies…. I knew right in my bones just how lucky I was.  I knew everything was perfect, and did all the right things to keep it that way.  Until now. Frankie Caputo,… 

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rosehips

Friday Favourites: 27 March 2015

  It’s beginning to feel like autumn.  With the passing of the equinox, the nights are cooler and the mornings darker.  Hips are developing on the roses and the leaves are slowly changing colour. I love autumn.  It’s my favourite season.  Time to slow down and reflect.  Time for harvesting and nesting.  I get my… 

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chinese gooseberry and vietnamese mint

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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scones with cinnamon butter

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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chairs

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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