Growing your own garlic

I love cooking with garlic. I use it in quite a lot of my cooking and like to have a regular supply in the pantry. My issue with buying garlic is that for part of the year, only imported garlic is available and I like to buy Australian produce that hasn’t travelled thousands of kms…

Home baked bread

Have you thought about baking your own bread but are put off by the time and maybe lack of skills? Nothing beats the smell of freshly baked bread wafting through the house. But it’s so convenient to buy bread from the supermarket or bakery that many people don’t get to experience that home baked bread…

Summer Tomato and Basil Soup

Tomato and basil are two foods that immediately come to mind when I think of summer. We’ve had a cool change here and I thought it was perfect timing to try out this tomato and basil soup. I’ve used tinned whole, peeled tomatoes in this recipe because although my tomatoes in the garden are looking…

Spring/Summer planting plan

Winter is over for another year. The weather is warming, days are getting longer and the garden is springing to life with blossoms, flowers and bees. No more snuggling inside by the fire, rugging up and hibernating. It’s time to get outside and get the garden in order so we have an abundance (I hope)…

The New Normal – Post COVID-19

The global pandemic of 2019/20 upturned our lives and forced us to change and adapt, sometimes with very little notice. For many of us it has been a challenging time. As I write this, my state of Victoria in Australia is still in lockdown after a large increase in community transmission. We have been lucky…

Pantry staples to make meal making easy.

We are currently living in challenging times. Global issues like the pandemic that is happening right now leads people to act in fear and panic. Our grocery stores are being bombarded and people are stockpiling food and other necessities in case something happens and we no longer have access. I personally feel we are all…

Eating for the health of our planet

The food we eat and our food systems can have a significant impact on our planet’s health. We often hear about people in the media promoting a particular way of eating as being the healthiest for our bodies and in recent times debate about which foods are best for the environment have surfaced. But how…

My Weekly fridge check in – reducing food waste

Did you know that Australian’s discard 20% of the food they buy? That’s one out of every 5 bags of groceries we buy! And this equates to $1,036 per household each year. We live in a lucky country at a time when we have access to an abundance of food. The fact that most of…