The olives are ready for pickling

Arriving back from my holiday I realised it was well and truly time to pick our olives, before the bower birds consumed them.  There has been a flock of bower birds hanging around the garden and they have successfully demolished all our cauliflower plants, each one stripped to a stalk. The olive tree has produced…

Sauce time

This year I almost missed out on making my tomato sauce.  The place where we usually buy our sauce tomatoes wasn’t in operation so I had to find another source.  Fortunately I was able to buy a box of saucing tomatoes at the local greengrocer.  Crisis averted.  Our younger daughter’s partner is a great lover…

Local food and wine

We have been meaning to attend the Tinamba Food and Wine Festival for a couple of years now but this year we finally got there and we are so glad we did.  It was a fantastic day.  The festival is held on the road in front of the Tinamba Hotel.  The road is closed and…

Most of us have been on a diet at some stage in our lives.

I have just finished reading The Diet Myth by Tim Spector and by sheer coincidence there was a television program on SBS television last night about that very thing. If you are in Australia you can find the TV program on SBS On Demand here. My husband bought the book after listening to a radio…

A try at a health bar

I have been reading a bit lately about the ingredients that go into the health bars/muesli bars that you can buy at the shops.  Most contain far too much sugar to be healthy so I thought I would have a go at making some at home. I obtained a recipe from http://www.realsimple.com/food and bought the…

A very easy recipe

This recipe is from one of my old cookbooks.  We haven’t been eating cakes recently but we were having visitors so I thought I ought to make a cake for having with our cups of tea! The recipe is from The Australian Womens’s Weekly – Best recipes from the Weekly Dutch Ginger Cake 1 3/4…