This year, through some miracle of miracles, the birds left some plums for us. Whether it was conscious or whether they just missed them, I don’t know. Of course, as happens with every variety of fruit and vegetable in the garden, they all ripened at once. There was not a huge amount but certainly more than we would eat. I put them in the cool room (along with the 1,000 passionfruit) until I could decide what to do with them. We are not big jam eaters so jam was not an option. We do, however, eat a bit of sauce. Plum sauce it would be then. Continue reading
After my last post, my mate Al sent me this absolutely fabulous photo. It appeals to me on so many levels.
It is a photo of a Hills Hoist clothes line which has been taken over by a passionfruit vine. How Australian is that? An Australian icon covered in an Australian icon. Continue reading
One day’s gatherings
Australians just love passionfruit. I don’t know what it is, but we do. I am guessing it has something to do with the ubiquitous pavlova smothered in passionfruit pulp of our childhood. Continue reading
OMG, these brownies are rich!!!
You would think that the 500g of chocolate, 500g of butter and 12 eggs would have given me a hint as to the absolute decadence I was about to create. But I didn’t really turn my mind to the ingredients. I was attracted to the photo of the gooey chocolate swirled tahini and to the fact that the recipe was called tahini brownies. “Tahini brownies are something different,” I thought. I love tahini and was relishing the combo of tahini and chocolate. As it turns out, there is so much chocolate in these guys, you can barely taste the tahini. But, jeez, they are good. Joudie Kalla, the author of Palestine on a Plate, says one piece is enough but, to be honest, a tiny square with coffee may be enough. They are that rich. Continue reading
I have to tell you about my first hot process soap. I have been thinking about this soap for ages. Finally, it is a reality. You may be curious as to why I am so excited about plain blue soap … well, there is a reason. Ages ago, I made Starry Starry Night which is, without doubt, my favourite soap I have ever made but, alas, it had an issue. Continue reading
I was watching “Gardening Australia” on Friday night, as you do in the country 😦 , and a segment came on which really warmed the cockles of my heart.
It was about a lady named Pat and her vegetable garden. Pat is in her 90s and still tends to the garden with the help of her son, granddaughter and great granddaughter. Continue reading