Category Archives: Summer

Canberra plum sauce

We are blessed in Canberra, town planners included many wonderful fruit bearing trees when they planned those that would line the suburban streets. There is one street in Braddon planted entirely with walnuts. There are several streets planted with plums. … Continue reading

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Three weed pie

All this summer rain has done wonders for the wild greens. I was at a friend’s house the other day, they’re building from scratch, and the weeds in the garden were looking delicious! They had loads of wonderful looking fat … Continue reading

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Wild fennel flower fritters

At this time of year, swathes of wild fennel are in flower, their bright yellow blooms rising above clouds of green fennel fronds. The flowers smell sweet and fragrant with aniseed. The bees and other pollinating insects love them. If … Continue reading

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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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Haw-sin sauce

I don’t know if you’ve seen The Canberra Times today, but I’m in it. I’m pretty excited. Susan Parsons wrote a lovely piece on my foraging for her Kitchen Garden column in Food & Wine. In honour of the occasion … Continue reading

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Duck egg sponge roll with strawberry cream

My grandparents came to visit me recently. I’d been looking forward to their trip for ages. They came to stay with my Pop’s brother in Sydney, who’s been ill, but had promised to come for a day trip to Canberra … Continue reading

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Pineapple fried rice

I often feel like eating Thai food as the weather warms up. Australian pineapples are coming into season, and I’ve found myself with enough of a hankering to buy them fresh. Of course a properly ripe pineapple is delicious as … Continue reading

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Strawberry mousse

I picked so many strawberries from Pop’s berry patch this season that it’s ridiculous. We’ve had loads of wonderful bowls of fresh strawberries and cream or ice cream for dessert. I’ve made two batches of strawberry and vanilla jam, and … Continue reading

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Susan’s Sumptuous Suppers is selling something wild

  Eat more weeds. Perhaps we should all eat more weeds. I’ve been loving how much tasty food there is for the forager here in Tasmania. I remember my Grandma telling me about this thing or that when I was … Continue reading

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Australia Day at Hobart’s Farm Gate Market

If you haven’t gathered by now, I’m a bit of a nut for farmers markets. Coming from a Tasmania family, I follow and really appreciate Tasmanian produce. I’ve always loved Salamanca Market, but it’s not a food market. I have … Continue reading

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