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Monster Cupcakes for Halloween

“I’ll bring Halloween cupcakes”, I promised my friend Emma over coffee this morning. Famous last words.  Do you have any idea how difficult it is to find anything with which to decorate Halloween cupcakes in Adelaide? After spending hours trying Coles, House, Wheel & Barrow, Foodland, a $2 shop, a party supply shop, A Trip… 

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First Flush of Spring Roses

Around 40 roses grace my garden and for a few weeks in mid-spring they are at their best.  The air is perfumed with their languid fragrance and their glorious, cupped flowers are a feast for the eyes. I bring in armfuls from the garden and fill teapots and vases and candlesticks throughout the house.  I… 

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Skeleton Gingerbread Men

For a bit of sweet and spooky Halloween fun, today we made skeleton gingerbread men. We’ve been making this recipe for years and I’m not sure of its original source.  You could use any gingerbread man recipe and any royal icing recipe to make skeleton gingerbread men. Thanks must go to my 11 year old… 

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A Loss and an Achievement

I realised this morning that this is the first time I have gone three days between posts on Rosehips and Rhubarb.  We’ve had an eventful couple of days, and here’s why. On Thursday I noticed that one of our black Australorps, Scarecrow, was limping badly and hiding from the other chooks.  A closer inspection indicated… 

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Byessar – Moroccan Broad Bean Dip

Every year I grow broad beans in my garden and every year I have trouble convincing my family that they want to eat them. Unlike peas, I guess, broad beans are a little too large to gulp down with a glass of water. This recipe for Moroccan Broad Bean dip (byessar), from the 1996 edition… 

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Cinnamon Tea Cake

Cinnamon Tea Cake

One of my fondest childhood memories is watching my mother make a White Wings cinnamon tea cake. As the Sunbeam mixer turned round and round, my brother and I waited, ready to pounce on the beaters and bowl as soon as Mum poured the cake batter into the tin. After it came out of the… 

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Sophie’s Patch – Hamlyn Cottage

After yesterday’s gardening debacle (and I now think that I stupidly mistook immature fennel for parsnips which explains the feathery leaves and un-carroty smell), I decided it was time I visited a gardening expert. And in South Australia, there is no greater gardening expert than Sophie Thomson of Gardening Australia and Sophie’s Patch fame. Open… 

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Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing (and a sad tale about parsnips)

A few months ago a planted a packet of carrot seeds in my garden.  They germinated beautifully and for months I admired their delicate, feathery leaves and looked forward to the vivid orange roots developing, unseen below. Yesterday, I dug up my first carrot and, strangely, it was long and slender and white.  White?  I… 

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Well Naturally Chocolate Review and Giveaway

I could almost, just about, make the decision to go sugar-free.  I know it would be good for my health.  But there’s one major hurdle. Chocolate. Luscious, creamy, addictive chocolate that is also, sadly, nearly always sweetened with sugar.  Like many of you, I’m sure, I’d rather eat chocolate sweetened with sugar than choose an… 

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How to get cut flowers to last longer

Aren’t these roses lovely?  I brought them in from the garden on Sunday and every time I look at them I feel like smiling.  They make an ordinary room feel like a celebration. Before I put my roses in the silver jug I trimmed the ends neatly and added a spoonful of sugar to the… 

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Tickle Tank Open Garden

No photos could ever fully capture the wonder and whimsy of sculptor Irene Pearce’s garden at Mount Barker in the Adelaide Hills. As you walk through the gate, you leave the ordinary world behind and enter fairyland. Blink, and you’ll see Aslan’s tale whisk around the corner.  Listen carefully, and you might just hear elves… 

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