4 Ways to Recycle Coffee Grounds

4 Ways to Recycle Coffee Grounds

Many of us love a good cup of coffee, but what do you do with the used coffee grounds? Here are my top four ways to recycle coffee grounds.  1.Mulch for acid-loving plants Use as a mulch around acid-loving plants such as azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons, blue hydrangeas and blueberries. 2. Turn them into fertiliser You… 

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Seed Freedom Food Festival

The organisers of today’s first Australian Seed Freedom Food Festival could not have picked a more suitable venue than the Market Shed on Holland. Over the past year, the Market Shed on Holland has become the place in Adelaide to  meet on Sunday afternoon for organic coffee and gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian food. Seed Freedom… 

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kale pesto

Kale Pesto with Raw Almonds

In recent years kale has been transformed from a humble leafy green to the trendiest vegetable around, with increasingly inflated arguments for its qualities as a superfood able to prevent cancer, improve eye health, lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. So popular is kale that one of the world’s major… 

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tomato, potato, silverbeet and lentil dahl

Tomato, potato, silverbeet and lentil dahl

Readers of this blog could be forgiven for thinking that my family and I live entirely on cake.  And it’s true that nearly all the recipes I post are for sweet things. The reason I don’t write about savoury dishes more often is that I rarely follow a recipe for family meals.  I’m more of… 

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sweet citrus recipes

8 Sweet Citrus Recipes I Love

Lemons, limes, tangelos, blood oranges: in the middle of winter citrus fruits are a burst of colour and sunshine when all else is grey and gloomy. Now that my local citrus season is drawing to a close, I thought I’d do a round-up of some of my favourite sweet citrus recipes which I’ve shared on… 

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easy lunchbox orange loaf

Easy Lunchbox Orange Loaf

This is a really simple orange loaf recipe that is great for slicing up for school or work lunches.  I make this cake all the time when I have oranges on my tree. If you don’t have an electric mixer you can make your orange loaf the old-fashioned way.  Cream orange zest, sugar and butter… 

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vaseline

Why you should never rub vaseline on fruit trees

    It is a common gardening myth that rubbing vaseline (petroleum jelly) around the trunks of citrus trees will reduce citrus scale and aphids by deterring ants from climbing up the trees and feeding the aphids and scale. Gardening Australia even has a fact sheet* recommending this approach. Sometimes the vaseline method is recommended… 

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hunza pie

Hunza Pie

Nourishing, filling and very economical,  Hunza Pie is a hippy classic named after the Hunza people from northern Pakistan.  You don’t see Hunza Pie around much anymore, but  back in the 70s and early 80s it seemed to be served at every vegetarian cafe and wholefoods restaurant. This version, adapted from one found in Vegetarian:… 

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100 foot journey

The Hundred Foot Journey: Review

If you, like me, are a sucker for glorious French scenery, luscious food porn, sweetly predictable romance and happy endings, then you’ll love The Hundred Foot Journey. Nothing about The Hundred Foot Journey is surprising or unexpected.  It’s as smooth and slick as crème caramel or a perfectly made bechamel sauce. Indeed, the film’s charm lies… 

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Jam Drops

Whenever I can, I like to spend time in the kitchen with my 5th grader.  He picks the recipe, I purchase the ingredients, then I provide guidance if necessary while he cooks. Today we made jam drops.  They are a great kids’ cooking project because they are very tactile.  Even very small kids will enjoy… 

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Finniss

A Day in the Country

A day in the country. To feel the sun on my face and have a warm breeze ruffle my hair. To marvel at gnarly, ancient plum trees crowned with frothy white blossoms. To observe regimented lines of bare grape vines interplanted with irreverently messy broad beans. To visit a country bakery with a range of… 

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