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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 »

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 »

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 »

Passionfruit Melting Moment Recipe

For a truly pleasurable experience, find a moment to enjoy these passionfruit delights. Ingredients 250g unsalted softened butter 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 cup icing sugar, sifted 2 cups plain flour 1/3 cup cornflour Passionfruit Filling 60g butter, softened 1 large passionfruit 1 cup icing sugar Method Preheat oven to 160˚C. Line two flat baking trays with baking paper. Cream ... Read More »

Flavour infused water recipes using herbs, fruit and spices

We have all been told to drink lots of fluids to stay hydrated during the summer months, but drinking litres of water every day can get a little boring and fizzy drinks adds to your calorie count quickly…what to do? Here are some ingredients from the garden to add some zing to your water. Herbs, fruit and spices to flavour water ... Read More »

Fig Crumble Dessert Recipe

Fig Crumble Dessert Try fig crumble as an alternative to the more traditional apple crumble. As the cooler nights start to set in whip up this dish to warm the soul.  Ingredients Filling 8 – 10 Figs Castor sugar Crumble topping 1/2 cup self raising flour* 1/2 cup brown sugar 60g butter Walnuts *Self raising flour gives the dish a more puffy ... Read More »

Fig and Blue Vein Cheese Starter

Fig & Blue Vein Cheese Starter This quick starter takes no time to prepare when guests are about to arrive. The combined fresh flavour of the fig and strong sharp tang of the Blue Vein cheese make it perfect also to serve after the main course.  STEPS 1. On halved figs, top with a wedge of blue cheese and roasted ... Read More »