Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb

Firstly, I must apologise for the photo.¬† It was the best that I could do. ūüė¶¬† And it took me ages to finalise.¬† I was determined to write a post on this dish but when I looked at the photos I took, there was nothing that looked remotely enticing.

Friends often say they like my photos and I explain to them that I usually take lots and lots of exactly the same thing and the one that appears in the blog is the best of the lot. Also, I do spend an inordinate amount of time in Photoshop correcting the composition, lighting, colour, focus, etc.  But there is only so much you can do.  If the photo is bad, bad, bad, you only end up with a well lit, well focused, bad photo. So it was with the head photo. Continue reading

Yoghurt, cucumber and rose petal dip

When I was in Iran, I really wanted to buy a cookbook.¬† I can think of no better souvenir from a country than a nice thick tome on their fare.¬† But alas, the only English written cookbook I found was the Australian Women’s Weekly More Slow Cooking.¬† I am afraid that wasn’t what I had in mind.

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Too many leeks, anyone?

Leeks are a bug bear of mine.¬† The problem is, they are so easy to grow, I just can’t resist throwing a few seeds into the vegie patch each autumn.¬† Then, come spring, when they have all grown and are ready for picking on the same day, I have absolutely no idea what to do with them all.

I have tried staggering my planting like all the books advocate but, from my experience, the plants you put in late just catch up to the earlier plants so they still all ripen on the same day. Continue reading

The easiest pumpkin soup recipe ever and … my pressure canner to the rescue

Everyone has their favourite pumpkin soup recipe.¬† My favourite is one I have posted before – Pumpkin, cashew and coriander soup.¬† It is a beauty (check it out here) but it does take a bit of effort.¬† And there are plenty of times when effort does not figure.¬† For those times, I have been dreaming of a recipe my mum used to make.¬† I had it hand written in my recipe book but somehow I lost it.¬† I did ask my sisters but to no avail. ¬† I remembered the ingredients – chicken stock, pumpkin, tomatoes and onion but I couldn’t remember the proportions.

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Home at last …

It certainly feels like I have been away.¬† I have definitely been away from both this blog and Bridgetown.¬† I hadn’t been here for ages.

As you know, I had been in Perth cleaning and gardening and packing.¬† The house now looks so good it was¬†very hard to sign the management authority – there were even a few tears.¬† But I did it and now we are looking for tenants.¬† Normally, that would be the easy part but¬†Perth is a boom-bust town and, at the moment, it is going through a ‘bust’ so¬†it is¬†harder than usual to find tenants. Continue reading

Calling all pressure cooker owners


The whole point of¬†today’s post is to implore all owners of a pressure cooker to use it to make risotto.¬† I know it isn’t traditional but risotto cooked in a pressure cooker is both good and quick.¬† I have a pressure cooker and the only thing I have ever cooked in it is risotto.¬† That maybe a slight exaggeration but, most certainly, the only thing in the last one hundred years. Continue reading

Spaghetti with slow-cooked cauliflower & broccoli


We are eating broccoli, snow peas, asparagus and avocados at the moment and lots of them.  The other day, Maus even said that she was sick of avocados.  Now that is a problem.  We have two trees laden with the buggers.  It is near the end of the season, though.  Soon she will be spared.  It will be tomatoes with this and cucumbers with that.

The broccoli situation, as I predicted, is serious.  As with everything you grow, it came all at once.  In one week, I picked seven broccoli heads.  Luckily, I saw enough people to find homes for them all.

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