Monthly Archives: August 2010

Yummy fruit bread in 5 minutes a day!

I’ve already proclaimed my  love of making bread in the “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day” style.  So easy and the bread is such good quality and so tasty. But the last few weeks I’ve been hankering for fruit … Continue reading

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My Sunday: a photographic journal

:: scrambled eggs and toast from home-made bread for breakfast :: A batch of orange and cumquat marmalade :: Minestrone soup and more toast with home-made bread for lunch :: Yummy and easy fruit bread :: Lemon grass and ginger … Continue reading

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Gardening questions I ponder

Yesterday, I spent my Saturday working.  Luckily, it was a relatively fun way to spend a working day, but it wasn’t exactly how I’d volunteer to spend my Saturday 😉  So, I need to fit my entire weekend into today. … Continue reading

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Home economics of farmer’s markets

When people find out we shop at farmer’s markets I get a number of responses but one of the most common is “we’d love to do that, but it’s too expensive”.  So I thought I’d do a little verbal analysis … Continue reading

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Through the fence posts: a sunny morning stroll

Southern Australia has been in a drought for over ten years now.  Or maybe it’s no longer a drought and is the new “normal” under climate change?  So, when we finally  had “average” levels of rain this winter I have … Continue reading

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The generic brand conundrum

Generic brands.  They are everywhere and they are growing in market share.  When I was younger it seemed pretty simple.  On basic staples there wasn’t much, if any difference in quality, but the prices were often much lower.  And the … Continue reading

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A farmer’s market cornucopia: August

We buy most of our fresh produce from farmer’s markets.  There are two that are close enough, big enough and are real farmer’s markets with stalls manned by the farmers or their family that it is worth our while frequenting … Continue reading

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Election 2010: cookie fun

For anyone who doesn’t know, a federal election was held in Australia yesterday.  At the moment it is a hung parliament and one of the two major parties will need to form a coalition with the 5 Green/Independent members of … Continue reading

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August in my garden

There are little signs of spring everywhere: :: I had almost given up hope of my broadbeans every flowering but last week they burst into glorious blooms :: And the peas joined them a day or two later :: My … Continue reading

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Wine I like: McQuiggan 2010 Pinot Grigio

I like wine, but I’m by no means a connoisseur.  To me it is purely a taste and social experience.  But I often find when buying wine that I have no idea what to buy or what might be nice. … Continue reading

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