Snippets of Gove

Snippets of Gove

In January my kids, my mum and I visited my brother and his family in Nhulunbuy on the Gove Peninsula in far north east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. Geographically and culturally, this is about as far as you can get from Melbourne and still be in Australia. It was deep wet season so we were [...]

Tough love summer

Tough love summer

After a record-breaking heat wave and dry spell this summer, my garden is looking a little rough around the edges. The tough conditions were exacerbated by me being away for a couple of weeks in January, while temperatures were in the 40s. I rarely water the garden, but during extended heat waves I do try [...]

White Night Melbourne

White Night Melbourne

Last Saturday I headed into town for the first White Night Melbourne, a nocturnal celebration in Melbourne's arts precinct. Running from 7pm Saturday to 7am Sunday, the program included all-night opening hours at the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, the Arts Centre, Federation Square and ACMI, as well as street [...]

Camping… resolution for 2010

Camping… resolution for 2010

For good reasons (bushfires) and lame (life got in the way), we didn't do much camping in 2009. So we have resolved in 2010 to do more of it. In our overscheduled lives, the way to ensure this is simply to put it in our diaries. First booking for the year - Lerderderg State Park, [...]

Zucchini relish

Zucchini relish

Wrapping up my pickles series (part 1: green tomato mustard pickles and part 2: sweet fruit chutney and apricot jam), I did finish the zucchini relish. It was made from two thirds of a freakzoid zucchini, sections of which were also grilled on the barbie and added to a curry. It was a seriously large [...]

Sweet fruit chutney and dodgy apricot jam

Sweet fruit chutney and dodgy apricot jam

Here's Part 2 of today's New Year preserving extravaganza. Having turned unripe cherry tomatoes into green tomato mustard pickles (see Part 1), this evening I got stuck into the ripe tomatoes. Another idiot-proof recipe courtesy of The Australian Women's Weekly Cookbook of 1970. This was followed by a less successful attempt at apricot jam. Sweet [...]

New year pickles and chutney

New year pickles and chutney

'Tis the season for a glut of tomatoes, and at my place that means pickles and chutney. I have to confess that I am a very poor vegetable gardener, because I hardly ever water. And then if anything survives, I forget to harvest it. Hopeless. But I am quite good at growing cherry tomatoes, because [...]