Author Archives: Susan

My Potter Picnic Party

Last month, I had a birthday. It was a fabulously random birthday, it certainly didn’t end in a big zero. I’ve had a pretty tough couple of years. I have an acquired neurological disease that is chronic and disabling. My … Continue reading

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Pumpkin pasties

I’ve been working on this recipe for a year or so now. It’s part of my pages to plate project, bringing to life the food of my favourite children’s books. Pumpkin pasties are, of course, from Harry Potter. They are … Continue reading

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Cooking for a year without a cent spent at Coles or Woolworths

I don’t much go into New Year’s resolutions, but this time last year a friend of mine suggested I resolve to not spend a single dollar at Coles or Woolworths for the entire year. Given my view of the practices … Continue reading

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Honey spiced pumpkin seeds

This is a waste not, want not recipe. I cut open three pumpkins in the last two days. I’m holding a Harry Potter themed party, and needed pumpkin for a big batch of pumpkin pasties as well as loads of … Continue reading

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Weed omelette

Today I led a weed walk for the Canberra Environment Centre.  It was a great morning down by the Jerrabomberra Wetlands. We picked loads of wild greens. We found wood sorrel, sheep sorrel, dock, wild fennel, dandelion, salsify, plantain and … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Juice

In the world of witchcraft and wizardry, pumpkin juice seems to fill the same role orange juice does in the muggle world. It is served at breakfast, lunch, a feast or any other occasion. In the Chamber of Secrets, when … Continue reading

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From wild apples to cider and apple jack

A while back I posted my recipe for wild apple jelly with mint and rosemary. Well that trip was quite an outing, and really epitomises why I love foraging. I had in fact been out picking wild apples because I’d … Continue reading

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Spring vegetable tempura with sencha salt

I was very excited when the postie knocked on my door to deliver a parcel of goodies from the Australian Asparagus Council. New Australian asparagus can only mean one thing, the beginning of spring!!! I do so love asparagus, and … Continue reading

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Jack Maple

I’ve been having some success with my home brewing of late. You remember my blackberry wine. This year I made cider from wild apples. From that, I made some apple jack, which was surprisingly delicious. After my visit to a … Continue reading

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Blood orange cordial

It was such a wonderful surprise to find a large box of Redbelly Citrus blood oranges on my doorstep last week. I do love blood oranges. I find them richer in flavour than other oranges, and what’s not to love … Continue reading

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