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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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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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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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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How to Dig for Victory

It’s difficult not to be inspired by Britain’s Dig for Victory campaign during World War II. At the start of the war in 1939, more than 60 per cent of Britain’s food was imported.  Threatened with starvation as Germany attacked shipping routes, Dig for Victory encouraged ordinary citizens as well as farmers to grow as… 

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lemon syrup cake

Lemon Syrup Cake

With a supply of beautiful, locally grown lemons from Sunday’s food swap, I decided to make this cake, a deserving family favourite. It’s a truly lovely cake, a butter cake flavoured with lemon zest then doused in hot lemon syrup. A bonus for our four-chook family is that the cake uses four eggs — and… 

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September Food Swap

I’ve already told you why I love food swapping but yesterday’s food swap reminded me yet again.  What’s not to like about friends and neighbours swapping and sharing home-grown, seasonal produce on a glorious, sunny spring morning? This month I contributed cauliflowers, eggs, lemongrass, oranges, dill, asparagus and celery and came home with rhubarb, mandarins, grapefruit,… 

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17th Century Aromatic Bath Oil Recipe

If you grow your own herbs then you’ll love this very old aromatic bath oil recipe, said to have been first published in the 17th century. I discovered the recipe back in 2006 in a copy of now-defunct Notebook magazine and dug it out yesterday after I wrote my kitchen garden herbs article — it’s… 

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My Kitchen Garden Part 2: Herbs

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the fruit trees that growing  in my suburban Adelaide Garden in My Kitchen Garden Part 1: Fruit. Today, I thought I’d share a list of the herbs that I grow.  Most herbs grow year-round in our warm temperate climate with a few exceptions: sweet basil only grows… 

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