Friday, October 10, 2014

Flowering Waratah

I blogged about this Queensland Waratah last year around the same time, and true to form it has flowered again! Its nice to know we'll have this pretty display to enjoy each year in our front yard. We haven't done anything to this tree to look after it, we haven't even mulched or fertilised it! It seems to be doing quite ok on its own.
looking up through the Waratah with beautiful blue spring skies
a beautiful red spring bloom
the small tree is covered in red flowers

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Perfect Spring Bloom

To celebrate spring, the rose has come out in bloom! What a perfect specimen! We haven't been doing much to look after this rose, we pruned it June or July and now in October it is flowering!
a perfect spring bloom, a beautiful red rose

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Flowering Sage

Another plant in our herb garden is flowering this spring, the sage we put in a several months ago has taken to bloom. We don't use sage so much in our cooking, we just put the herb in our garden on impulse. The sage isn't the only thing that's flowering, the aloe vera and basil are also in bloom!
flowering sage in the morning light

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Flowering Chives

With the onset of Spring, there's some flowering going on in our garden! Here are some flowering chives, the delicate flowers are hard to capture in a photo, but I took this shot in the morning light so hopefully it does it justice! These chives were looking a bit sad until my husband fertilised them with dynamic lifter and seaweed solution, then they really perked up! They are perfect to add some flavour to these low FODMAP meals we are currently eating, you can't have garlic or onion so chives are a great substitute.
these chives have delicate flowers

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Rice and Egg Cakes

We found the recipe for these rice cakes on, we made them without the chicken. We're trialling the low FODMAP diet at the moment to see if that will help with our symptoms, apparently its good but we have to be on it for a few weeks. Already its proving to be very difficult to find things we can eat especially if I'm to go vegetarian, as you can't eat legumes! Hopefully we won't have to be on this diet for very long!
these rice cakes were suitable for a low FODMAP diet
the recipe made 12 tasty rice and egg cakes

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Dairy-free Lemon and Coconut Muffins

Based on a simple recipe for muffins, I added my own lemon and coconut flavour. I also skipped the milk so my husband could try these as he has a lactose intolerance, I used lemon juice and coconut milk instead. They turned out well, with a subtle coconut and lemon flavour, you could really smell it as they baked. So to the basic recipe I added 1 tablespoon of lemon rind and 2 tablespoons of desiccated coconut, and instead of the cup of milk, I used the juice of one lemon and coconut milk to make up one cup. Yummo!
these lemon and coconut muffins have coconut milk and lemon juice in them instead of milk
they have a lovely subtle flavour

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Lemon Polenta Biscuits

These biscuits are dairy free, as well as egg free, and don't require an electric mixer. I found the recipe for passionfruit and lemon polenta biscuits on and they turned out fine. I just used normal plain flour instead of the gluten free flour suggested as that's what I had in my pantry. I baked them for a few extra minutes which maybe I shouldn't have done as the biscuits turned out a bit chewy, but I'm not sure if they're meant to be like that. The passionfruit icing is nice, I never knew you could make passionfruit icing by just adding the fruit to the icing sugar like that! It was easy enough for me to pull off!
these lemon polenta biscuits are dairy and egg free
the passionfruit icing was really easy to make

Friday, August 15, 2014

Old Potted Lime finds a new home

Our old potted lime tree which must be nearly 5 years old by now, has been looking worse for wear lately to say the least. We've had to prune it a bit lately due to bore wasp, or citrus gall wasp, so its looking scrawny, and we also went through a dry spell when the lime tree got forgotten! Its amazing it's survived the treatment it's gotten! We finally re-potted it into a big pot the other day. When we pulled it out of the old pot we were both surprised to find the root ball was smaller than we expected, due to the water reservoir taking up space in the bottom of the pot. The lime tree was very root bound, but we weren't sure how much to tease the roots, as we had found conflicting information on the net, so we just teased the roots a little and didn't really prune the root ball as such. We filled the bottom with a good quality potting mix, it should do well in its new home!
a tired old lime tree gets a bigger pot and a new home

Thursday, August 14, 2014

New Veggie Patches Winter 2014

We've finally planted out our new veggie patch, as well as the old one, so now we have two. Although we have a lot of seeds to use, we decided to buy some seedlings from the local Bunnings store and planted out some rosemary, parsley, rhubarb, silverbeet and zucchini. After we planted them out, we threw some lettuce and rocket seeds down as well for good measure.
some new parsley planted out in the old veggie patch
rosemary, zucchini, silverbeet and lettuce seeds planted out into the new veggie patch
parsley, rhubarb and rocket seeds planted out into the old veggie patch
a rhubarb seedling
a zucchini seedling
the new rosemary plant

Friday, August 8, 2014

Dairy-free Peanut Butter Cookies

I'm not sure if these peanut butter cookies are fit for adult consumption, but they might be ok as they're very sweet! There are many recipes for these 3 ingredients cookies, I followed the recipe on There are just 3 simple ingredients, peanut butter, sugar and an egg, so not only are they dairy-free but they're also gluten free. This was easy enough for me to do with my son! He helped mix the batter and roll out some cookies on the tray. This is a great activity to do with a young child! The cookies came out of the oven very soft and they had flattened out a bit, but they hardened when cool. I might do this activity with Thomas again when he feels like baking!
these peanut butter cookies were very easy to make
there are just 3 simple ingredients for these cookies, peanut butter, sugar and an egg

3 year old Thomas helped with the mixing
Thomas also helped roll out a few cookies, here they are before they went in the oven
here are the cookies straight out of the oven, they had flattened out a bit and were very soft but hardened when cool
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