Taking a break…

We had friends visiting a beautiful spot just over an hours drive from here, so planned to meet up with them while they were there.  I contacted them to arrange a day and time, and then contacted a cousin who lived in the area to see if they were available to catch up on the same day.

With times arranged, we planned the rest of our days outing…

We left home mid morning, we were heading to Lakes Entrance, a beautiful coastal fishing town, and very popular spot for tourists, particularly in the warmer months, although we love it all year round.  We were hoping that the lady who sells fresh fish from the back of the boat would be there, but sadly, when we arrived, she wasn’t there.  I took a walk across the footbridge to the beach, before returning to wait with Gary for our friends to arrive.

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In the Garden – December 2022

Well, I’ve skipped a couple of months, let’s just say that sometimes life gets a little busy!

But here’s a peak into what happened in the Garden in December 2022…

The Iris Garden

The roses in the Iris Garden are looking lovely and recovering from being smothered in kikuyu!

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Sorry, but this is not a pudding!

For many years now, I have been cooking  and packaging special Christmas hampers for our family in Queensland.  These hampers are our Christmas gift to them, something from our kitchen to theirs on Christmas day.  The hampers are generally made up of various sauces, pickles, jams etc that have been prepared during the year, and then there’s a cooking frenzy just before they are sent off, where Christmas cakes and puddings are made, batches of biscuits are baked, and if there’s time a big batch of crunchy granola.  This year I also popped in a little recipe for them to try, using my Mango and Kiwi Fruit Chutney. Continue reading

Mango & Kiwi Fruit Chutney

I’ve been making this chutney for many, many years, and it’s always really popular with  family and friends.

A month or two ago I was preparing for a class, Preserving the Produce of Spring, and was lucky enough to pick up a tray of beautiful mangoes for a really good price.  This provided me the perfect opportunity to introduce those attending the class, to this delicious chutney recipe.   Fortunately there were plenty of mangos and I was also able to cook up a batch or two to stock our larder for the next twelve months.  This chutney is a key ingredient for a quick easy meal that I find myself making on a regular basis, so am really happy to have a good supply on hand again.

You will be surprised at how easy this chutney is to make!

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A Cake for Sonnie

My sister, Sonnie, has just turned 70.  She didn’t want to celebrate, just wanted to have a quite day…  But her family and friends had other ideas!

A message, out of the blue, from my nephew, Dave, put us all on notice.  There was to be a surprise celebration!  Oh the pressure of trying to not make her suspicious of the goings-on. Continue reading