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"Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do, especially in the inner city.  Plus, you get strawberries."

Ron Finley, Gangster Gardener

citrus identity crisis; misunderstood cumquats (or kumquats) & retro cumquat delicious puddings
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citrus identity crisis; misunderstood cumquats (or kumquats) & retro cumquat delicious puddings

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Jul 23, 2014

You are misunderstood. You look like a miniature orange. You were once called citrus but now have a genus of your own. Your skin can be eaten. You’re high in Vitamin C yet some people don’t even know you exist. You are a cumquat. So much more than a granny fruit. My small Marumi cumquat […]

tasmania is always a favourite; full of locavores, exceptional produce & the best cheese served with a side of serenity

tasmania is always a favourite; full of locavores, exceptional produce & the best cheese served with a side of serenity

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Jul 3, 2014

Wearing thermal underwear, laughing at the cold and lining up for a scallop pie at the Salamanca markets is when I know I’m in Tassie. Although people question my mental health when visiting the Apple Isle during winter; it’s my favourite time of year to visit my favourite place in Australia. MONA’s Dark Mofo winter […]

the lazy gardener’s dream bean; bush bean ‘cherokee wax’ (yellow butter bean)
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the lazy gardener’s dream bean; bush bean ‘cherokee wax’ (yellow butter bean)

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Jun 23, 2014

Beans are a lazy gardener’s dream; they’re easy to grow, provide heaps of produce and come with a sense of accomplishment. As you know, I like to keep it old school in the garden with heirloom varieties so these stringless dwarf bush beans are more resistant to disease and look cool with their bright yellow […]

passionfruit from the vine + blow torch wielding = best passionfruit tart
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passionfruit from the vine + blow torch wielding = best passionfruit tart

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Jun 17, 2014

There is something very satisfying about blow torching sugar on a tart or any other dessert item. Although this may be fearful for sub-populations such as IQS or paleo or cavemen or whatever, I certainly enjoy sugar in moderation. And this is coming from a soon to be Public Health Nutritionist. Anyway, this is all […]

felton food festival; local produce, catch-ups with costa & alpaca poo excitement

felton food festival; local produce, catch-ups with costa & alpaca poo excitement

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May 28, 2014

A good place to start might be where Felton is on the map. And thankfully I did find it on the map; 30 kilometres south-west of Toowoomba. This location is where Felton Food Festival happened last month on the 27th of April (now in its third year) and it was full of festival festivities! Alistair […]

sharing is caring by propagation, my curry leaf tree & red lentil dhal
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sharing is caring by propagation, my curry leaf tree & red lentil dhal

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Apr 8, 2014

The coolest thing about this plant is that it was given to me by a good friend which was propagated by her good friend from the original tree. Sharing is caring people. Mine grew in a pot for about a year then got planted in the yard; fast forward another year and it’s mighty! It […]

the trendiest thing you can do with kale is grow it :: nero di toscana & kale chips
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the trendiest thing you can do with kale is grow it :: nero di toscana & kale chips

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Mar 16, 2014

Kale appears to be so hot right now but it’s kind of been around for a while (like B.C). I don’t get too caught up with the latest “superfood” nor do I drink it from a jam jar with a straw everyday. I’m old school and believe in a bit of everything in moderation with […]

french breakfast radish with a side of sashimi & japan food memories

french breakfast radish with a side of sashimi & japan food memories

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Feb 28, 2014

It’s too hot to cook. And I’ve just harvested radishes from my garden. What’s a girl to do? The obvious answer is sashimi for dinner using my radishes as a stand in for daikon (Japanese radish). Brilliant. So embarrassingly there is no recipe due to the simplicity of this set up however the point is […]

it’s all in the name :: mini sweet chocolate capsicum (are so getting stuffed with feta)
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it’s all in the name :: mini sweet chocolate capsicum (are so getting stuffed with feta)

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Feb 10, 2014

Hooray for anything with the word chocolate in it! I don’t need to explain that this is always a good thing. The planets have really aligned this time; the name (and chocolately colour) of this heirloom variety coupled with the fact it’s the perfect time to plant capsicums in my sub-tropical climate. I don’t know […]

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