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Top Plant: Turmeric

Top Plant: Turmeric

BOTANIC NAME: Curcuma domestica COMMON NAME: Turmeric, Curcuma, Indian Saffron, Yellow Ginger, Karmin  FAMILY NAME: Zingiberaceae ORIGIN: SOUTH EAST ASIA   Curcuma domestic in flower in the middle of summer.  This is the plant that has the yellow ginger root from...
Red Mullett: Eating Fresh for Less

Red Mullett: Eating Fresh for Less

Concerned about the sustainability of the fish we eat?  Look no further than the mullet – particularly the red mullet – a prized fish in the Mediterranean that sells for peanuts in Australia and then when you eat it you will see why barbounia is one of...
Green Papaya Salad

Green Papaya Salad

Green Papaya Salad This is another one of those fabulously adaptable dishes that seems to be a real favourite with everyone – including me! (I actually start salivating when I think about this salad!!)  Depending on what I have in the garden/fridge/larder it...
Noodle Salad – for you and the kiddies

Noodle Salad – for you and the kiddies

I had a ‘eureka’ moment this evening thinking about what to make myself for dinner. Uppermost in my mind had been my recent trip to Sydney and seeing my daughter having the same dilemma I used to go through – feeding the children (aged 2 and 4)...
Mussels with Rice

Mussels with Rice

This is a really easy one-pot meal – the kind we all love – that is simply delicious and very nutritious. WHY ARE MUSSELS GOOD FOR YOU? “Mussels are an inexpensive, sustainable shellfish that gives a boost to your immune system and your brain”...
Parsley – Top Plant

Parsley – Top Plant

Petroselinum crispum var. neopolitanum Flat-leaf parsley, Italian parsley APIACEAE Parsley is one of the most nutritious plants we have – so if you never grow anything else, grow some parsley!  An added bonus is that it is the most versatile plant for cooking...
Corn and Zucchini Bake – Gluten Free

Corn and Zucchini Bake – Gluten Free

I’m always on a quest to cook healthy, nutritious and tasty dishes with locally sourced food, and lately I’ve had to tick even a few more boxes by trying to work ‘gluten free’ in there and ‘high in calcium’.  And, as we have a lot...
Nasi Goreng – Fried Rice

Nasi Goreng – Fried Rice

This is right where I would like to be cooking and eating nasi goreng – in my friend Victoria’s open air kitchen on her front verandah in Ubud, Bali.  Victoria is a marvelous gardener and cook (she is also very clever with photoshop!). You will find this...