strawberry yogurt

EasiYo Yogurt Maker Review

As a frequent buyer and eater of yogurt, I feel guilty that I don’t make yogurt at home more often to save money and reduce my consumption of single-use plastic containers.  I mean, how hard can it be? The answer is, harder than you may think.  (At least for me.) My attempt at slow cooker… 

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Candied Citrus Peel

Have you ever made candied citrus peel?  If you haven’t, I highly recommend you do, especially if you grow citrus trees or have access to unwaxed organic fruit. Home-made candied peel is a gazillion times nicer than the commercial stuff you buy diced in little plastic bags or that comes in commercial mixed fruit.  It’s… 

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yellow kitchen

3 Vintage Pastel Kitchens You’ll Love

I am a sucker for mid 20th century kitchens with their pastel cabinetry and appliances, geometric vinyl floor tiles and brightly-patterned curtains. The colorful, stylish kitchens fashionable in the 50s and 60s were a far cry from the dimly lit workrooms inhabited by servants and hard-working housewives at the start of the century.  They seem… 

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banana and choc chunk muffins

Cinnamon, Banana and Chocolate Chunk Muffins

Not only are banana muffins a great way to use up over-ripe bananas, they taste delicious too.  In this recipe, I take ordinary banana muffins to the next level by adding fragrant cinnamon and chunks of dark chocolate. I created these cinnamon, banana and chocolate chip muffins a couple of weeks ago when I was… 

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potatoes and eggplants

My July Garden

Garden Share Collective July 2015 It’s hard to believe that it’s the middle of winter.  Today was warm and sunny with a light breeze.  My eggplants and capsicums are still producing and enterprising tomatoes are self-seeding in the bed along the driveway. Of more concern is the lack of winter rain.  In Adelaide we receive… 

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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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