Category Archives: Thoughts

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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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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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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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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Must do food experiences in America

I was blessed to be told, with only a week to go before my departure date, that I would be given funding to visit the United States. The trip was not food related. I would be attending a large conference … Continue reading

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$100 Christmas challenge at the Capital Region Farmers Market

Imagine my excitement to be offered a chance to participate in a $100 Christmas challenge at my beloved Capital Region Farmers Market, Canberra! Sometimes people think that shopping at the market is too expensive. Well, I normally spend $50 per … Continue reading

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Parsley ravioli filled with fish and capers

It can be hard to source really fresh fish in Canberra from trustworthy sources. My favourite place to get fish is from Narooma Seafood Direct at the Capital Region Farmers Market. Narooma Seafood is a family business. Vicki and Hayley … Continue reading

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Mid winter magic – hunting for truffles

I have wanted to go on a truffle hunt for years. I didn’t know much about truffles before moving to Canberra, but their heady scent soon pulled me in. I am now incredibly proud of the Canberra region truffle industry. … Continue reading

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The timeless pick and pickle of wild food

One of the things I’ve loved about foraging and preserving wild foods over the summer has been the timelessness of it. It’s an activity undertaken by generations of people before me. I would love to be better connected to the … Continue reading

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Chocolat inspired dinner party

Have you seen the film Chocolat? One day I really must read the book, by Joanne Harris. But it’s one of my top 25 favourite films of all time. I like all sorts of things about the film, including Johnny … Continue reading

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