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white dish of purple plum & ginger relish with chunks of cheese and sourdough starter crackers in the background

I enjoy making jams and chutneys but with only two of us in the house, it takes forever to finish a jar of anything. Even gifting does little to make a dent into stockpiles. The answer is ‘small batch preserving’. There’s no need for kilos of fruit and sugar. This Plum & Ginger Relish is… Read more

Filed in: Sweets & Preserves
sign on a white board at reverse garbage saying fill a bag

Eons ago, I visited Reverse Garbage when it was in West End. We headed there to buy some bits and bobs to make costumes for the kids for my fancy dress 40th party. I hadn’t really had cause to re-visit, but a recent return reminded me what an amazing resource this business is. The concept… Read more

Filed in: Reduce Your Footprint

In My Kitchen… February 2019

three green platic tupperware containers with yello starburst motif sit stacked on a bench

Bang! February is here. After a lovely six months off work, where we went on three different holidays (Europe, Thailand, Tasmania), I have started a new contract with the Qld Government. This means being super organised for lunches and dinners, rather than just wandering around the house and deciding on a whim, what to cook… Read more

Filed in: Miscellaneous
sourdough crackers on a board with cheese relish and a knife

When you own a sourdough starter or ‘levain’, you draw off some starter each week to make a new loaf. After this, you feed the original starter with flour and water and put it back to bed in the fridge. The trouble is, I don’t always want or have the time to bake a loaf… Read more

Filed in: Baking & Dessert
wooden sign in front of fountain outside lila thai massage chiang mai

If you are looking to wind down after a busy day of sightseeing, a massage is ideal and believe me, there’s a Chiang Mai massage centre on every corner. So many in fact, that it’s hard to choose one. Might I suggest a massage from a former female prisoner? Now that I’ve piqued your interest… Read more

Filed in: Travel
Woman sitting on each applying makeup to her face with a compact

My days of extravagant eyeshadow, bold blusher and blue mascara are firmly in the rear-view mirror. There is still the odd occasion though, when I like to splash on a bit of war paint. Until now, I have removed my makeup with makeup remover and the standard cotton pads available in any supermarket. Last weekend… Read more

Filed in: Reduce Your Footprint

In My Kitchen… January 2019

six bottle corks piled on table

Happy New Year. I have just come back from 12 days in Tasmania. Lovely weather, amazing scenery and what a food scene! We must have eaten our body weight in cheese and cider. The Taste of Tasmania festival was on in Hobart over the Christmas/New Year period and of course, we visited. Most of our… Read more

Filed in: Miscellaneous