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Growing Olives in Australia

A gift from the Gods, growing olives is so satisfying if not to enjoy their fruit but to use their silver grey-green foliage to complement many different garden situations. Olive trees can be easily pruned to create topiary, hedge, espalier and potted features.  Planting & fertilising olive trees Olive trees can be grown for their fruit but many gardeners are ... Read More »

Simple Strawberry Jam Recipe

A simple strawberry jam recipe for a sweet breakfast spread or to add to your favourite scone.   Ingredients 450g juicy strawberries (mashed loosely) 1 cup castor sugar Juice of half lemon   Prepare In a medium-sized pot, add mashed strawberries, sugar and lemon juice, stir constantly while bringing to the boil. Continue boiling until the mixture reaches 100°C on the ... Read More »

Low-carb strawberry and chocolate muffin recipe

Low-carb strawberry and chocolate muffins, packed with flavour, filling, gluten free and easy to make.    Ingredients 25g (1/4 cup) of coconut flour 3 teaspoons of baking powder 200g (2 cups) almond meal 50g (1/4 cup) of castor sugar 250g strawberries, diced,  50g of dark chocolate, chopped 3 eggs 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract 60ml (1/4 cup) of almond milk 125g, ... Read More »

Tuna & mixed greens salad recipe

A simple throw together salad using your favourite piscine morsels delivering the taste of summer.   Ingredients 450g tin of premium tuna (tinned or cooked salmon or smoked trout can be used as a substitute) 1 cucumber, thinly sliced 200g medley cherry tomatoes handful baby spinach 50g olives 1 red onion, cut into wedges 1 avocado, sliced thinly 3 cooked ... Read More »

Roasted tomato & mushroom ravioli recipe

A perfect quick pasta dish to create the ambience of lazy lunches in the Mediterranean sun.   Ingredients 200g medley cherry tomatoes 1 onion, cut into wedges 1 tablespoon olive oil 400g mushroom ravioli   (beef ravioli can be used as a substitute) 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 50g black pitted olives handful fresh basil leaves, torn   Prepare On medium ... Read More »

Chicken, mushroom & leek pie recipe

  Hearty chicken pies can be served hot or cold. Ideal for lunches, picnics and on-the-go munchies.   Ingredients 3 sheets of puff pastry 50g butter 500g chicken thighs, diced into 1cm cubes 200g button mushrooms, chopped finely 2 leeks, white part only, chopped finely 2 tsp Dijon mustard 1/2 cup sour cream   PREPARE Preheat oven to 220˚C. Grease ... Read More »

Persian orange & almond cake – gluten free cake

  Decadent orange and almond cake topped with a light citrus syrup, perfect for a gluten free treat.    Ingredients 2 oranges 4 eggs 1 1/2 cups of (315g) caster sugar 3 cups (300g) of almond meal 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground cardamom Thick cream or mascarpone for serving   Orange syrup Zest and the juice ... Read More »

Snow pea & smoked salmon salad recipe

This luscious snow pea and salmon salad is filling and full of flavour, perfect for a main dish for lunch or a light dinner.   Ingredients 250g smoked salmon or trout 1 x cos lettuce bunch 200g snow peas 2 tbsp capers 2 x tomatoes 1 x shallot 1/4 cup flaked almonds   Dressing 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar 1 tsp ... Read More »

Herbs for healthy lifestyle – Natural Medicine

Herbs provide more than just flavour enhancers to our culinary dishes, they enrich our overall well-being.   Today we think of herbs as culinary flavouring agents and they are essential to any good cook. They are almost as essential to any gardener, being amongst the easiest food plants to grow. Many herbs are perennial and are fairly easy to grow, ... Read More »

Fruity Nutty Carrot Slaw Salad

Made in 10 minutes, this recipe for carrot slaw side dish is ideal to serve up as a BBQ side salad with your favourite meat or use as a wrap filling for a healthy lunch time bite.    Ingredients 450g or approx. 5 medium sized, coarsely grated carrots 2 sticks of celery, finely sliced 3 shallots, white and green parts, ... Read More »