About Glenda

I have spent the last 30 years living in the corporate world and now it is time to follow my passion of 'making my own'. This blog is the documentation of that journey. I alternate between the southwest of Western Australia and Perth.

Thai-style stir-fried green beans and pork

Hello, everyone. This is one of the three bean-themed recipes I made when we had our glut of beans.  I really wanted to post it since I know next year, when we are in bean glut, I will have no idea where to find it.  One of the other recipes is on a similar vein but it has more ingredients. This one is dead simple and tasted just as good.

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Our family trip to Esperance

Hello, everyone.  We have been to Esperance.  We planned the trip with our friends, Gail and Deb, before we got the puppies.  Forever an optimist, I thought it would be lovely for us and the pups to go for walks along the beach, to frolic in the water and to run with gay abandon along the squeaky white sand.  What a naïve idiot I was.  Well, I got the squeaky white sand part right.  The pups ran amok with their friend, Henry, a miniature dachshund, but they had a great time.  And the good news is: both are still alive 🙂  For Nigel, that is a miracle.  They slept all the way home and have barely woken since.  I really can’t wait for them to “settle” down 😦 .

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A catch up, an introduction and some words of wisdom

Hello, everyone.

Well, hasn’t it been ages?  At least a year, in fact. My annual WordPress subscription came up for renewal not so long ago and I paid it, just in case I decided to keep blogging.  I have wanted to do a post for ages but I just haven’t got around to doing it.

Of course, I have excuses galore.  Firstly, we did go to England for three months and, as you can all imagine, life was chaos for a while when we got back. Then, before we knew it, it was spring and we were working our butts off on the block and then … we got two puppies.  If you are over 60, do not underestimate the amount of work two puppies can be.  Ours are nearly six months old and life is only now returning to normal.

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Delia’s Basque Chicken

This is a great recipe.  I first tasted it when our friends, Steve and Al, came to stay.  They made it for us one night and it was so good I asked them for the recipe.

Basque chicken, in its many guises, is a traditional dish from the border regions of Spain and South Western France.  It is an easy one-pan dish (which I love) and extremely tasty.  If you don’t have a favourite version, do give this one a go.  You won’t be disappointed.  It is easy enough for an every day meal and special enough for guests.

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Linseed (flax) sourdough

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I know most of you don’t make your own bread and those that do, don’t need a recipe but I decided to prepare this post as I haven’t made bread with exactly these quantities before.  By posting the recipe, if I want to make it again, I will not have to reinvent the wheel.

For those who don’t make your own bread, if you have the time, I implore you to give it a go.  It is the best thing ever. The resultant bread is fantastic and it is so simple and cheap to make.  Once you have tasted home made bread, you will realise how shit commercial bread is and, also, how relatively expensive.

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Ham hock (or left over Christmas ham) and green peppercorn croquettes

Today’s recipe is not something I would normally make but we are going to Great Britain at the end of next month and I am determined to clear the freezer of all meat.   In the freezer were two ham hocks that I bought last winter, obviously intending to make pea and ham soup – my favourite soup – but, clearly, I didn’t get around to it. Continue reading

Artisan fruit and seed crackers

Today’s recipe is a homemade alternative to the fruit and seed crackers that are omnipresent in the supermarkets at the moment.  I was very excited when I found it and even more so when it turned out to be a dead ringer of the commercial version.

You know the crackers I am talking about.  They come in a variety of flavours.  The ones I have had in the house in the last week are:

  • date & apricot;
  • cranberry & pumpkin seeds;
  • fig and sunflower seeds;
  • fig and black olives; and
  • raisin and pumpkin seeds.

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