Christmas is all around – home-made gifts

What kicks off the Christmas season for you? Aside from binge watching Christmas movies like Love Actually (which is on tonight πŸ˜‚), home-made Christmas presents are one of our traditions that begins the Christmas season for me. Cass and I have made these for our loved ones every year since we have been together. This…

hang me up to dry: kitchen organisation

These are ones to do if you are renovating as you will need to put reinforcing behind the plasterboard so that the rods can take the weight. Rods, shelving, knife wall magnet and hooks are from Ikea. Having hanging pots and utensils and wall shelving make cooking and cleaning in your kitchen so easy! I…

pickle in the middle – rhubarb pickle

This is a tasty little pickle that was featured in the roast beetroot salad on SBS Food Safari Earth (Nov 9th 2017). When I saw it I immediately thought, ‘awesome – another thing to do with all the rhubarb we have at the moment!’ I grow giant rhubarb which is green, and is slightly more…

millions of peaches (and nectarines)…peaches (and nectarines) for me

Fruits of our labour, a cheeky peach cocktail, and nectarine, ricotta and polenta cake We did think our duo peach/nectarine was a little odd shaped, and when the peach fruited last season, a friend pointed out that we had a doughnut peach! Turns out, the nectarines are doughnut shaped too! They are of the variety…

(cold brew) coffee and garden(ing)

It was the first one of those relentless heat days; I was sweating just as much standing outside as I did at the gym when I was helping Cass secure shade around our little avocado tree. I didn’t sleep well and consequently was up at the crack of dawn – which was handy because I…

Γ  table!

Pita bread and dips to toast our new table Last weekend Cass made a table and I made some dips and home made pita bread ha! (Although I did run out to help whenever he called me). Scroll down for the recipes. A friend spotted slabs of red wood perfect for a rustic table in…

hello blogging my old friend

Why do you blog? It has been a year of blog hiatuses for me this year. Cass and I have been busy around the house and in the garden (inside and out!) and also done more travel than we usually do in a year. I’ve done a little bit of re-posting, and intended to do…

paint it black – kitchen blackboard

Looking for a quick way to lift your kitchen? Put a little spring in your kitchen’s step by creating an instant blackboard to record immediate lists (no more forgetting that one thing you just ran out of!) and dinner menus for entertaining. When we renovated our kitchen 2 years ago, we gave the laminate on…

Shape I’m In – whip your kitchen into shape!

What do you do to get your kitchen into shape? With the change of season and a new arrival (the fridge!) I recently re-tidied our kitchen and so a few kitchen organisation tips will be up on the blog over the next week or so. Of course they will be weaved in with some recipes…

coffee + tv – cold brew coffee

With the weather warming up tomorrow for the next week I have just put on a brew of cold brew coffee ready for the morning. Cass and I use a Turkish coffee grinder that his mum bought us. This gives good sized coffee grounds for brewing over night as they are quite coarse. However, you…