A few years ago, we were lucky enough to have a holiday in Thailand. As we were staying in a more secluded spot, away from the hustle and bustle of the touristy attractions, we got to see how the Thai people live in regional areas. One of the things we noticed was trees lining the roadside taking over vast areas of land, each with taps inserted in them (yes, taps made from bamboo) and a white substance pouring out. We soon learned that this substance was latex rubber. For a long time, I thought rubber could only be made by synthetic means, but I now realise that there two forms: Natural Rubber which is made from a runny, milky white liquid called latex that is found in certain plants, when y

Homemade Lemon Curd - Another gift from the Heart

Lemons are one of those fruits, if you have a good tree it just gives and gives. One thing I have found is that if I have an abundance of lemons is trying to decide what to do with them? Lemon curd, of course. Even if you don't have a tree, lemon curd can be made with just a few lemons are not that hard to get. I love Lemon curd. It can be used as a jam, in lemon pies, in lemon meringue and other lemony treats. And it makes for a great gift. It is so simple to make, especially since I found this stress-free way to make it. I remember reading this tip some time ago and it makes all the difference (apologies I can't remember where I saw it). Normally recipes ask you to melt the sugar, butter a


It looks like Summer has arrived early in Australia, with all the hot weather and bush fires occurring at the moment. It is hard to believe we are only in November and we are reaching temperatures as high as 45°C in some states. Our heart goes out to those hit by the bushfires and those courageous people battling them. Keep safe, look after each other and hopefully it will all end soon. Summer usually means warm balmy days with the smell of blossoms and cut grass, the twittering of birds and the buzzing of bees. However, over the years we seem to see less of our friends the bees and some native birds. It is sad to think that the things we associate with summer are in decline and may be no mo

A simple Christmas gift...Easy Peasy Almond Biscuits

Love these biscuits. Not overly sweet and great to have with a cuppa. I have been making this simple recipe with great success. It is so easy to make and it is ideal as a Christmas present, especially for your kid’s teachers. Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 1st stage 30 - 40 minutes, 2nd stage 45 minutes Quantity: 12 bars Ingredients 3 Egg whites, free range & organic is preferred 113.4g/4oz Organic castor sugar (replace with organic stevia if preferred) 113.4g/4oz Organic plain flour, sifted 113.4g/4oz Unblanched whole almonds Recipe Line a loaf tin with grease-proof paper (eco-friendly of course). Beat egg whites until stiff. Gradually beat in the sugar to form a meringue consi


I know I am saying it again, but where has this year gone? If you are like me, you have been too busy to think about Christmas, and yet it is only a few weeks away. Yikes! I thought I better get my act together and started buying some presents this weekend, but the problem I have run into is what to get everyone? I’m sure I am not the only person who has this problem. So I started looking into what presents can I get that are either eco friendly, ethical and/or support developing communities. A few things I have come up with are: 1. Something from the garden If you have a garden or even if you don’t, one of the simplest but long lasting presents you can give a friend or family member is a p

Anytime Snack Nut Granola Bar

This recipe can be made all year round and makes for a great snack or even for breakfast. These bars are so dense they will certainly stop any hunger pangs. And so healthy, as they are a great source of protein, healthy fats and fibre, while naturally sweetened with dates. Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes Quantity: 12 bars Ingredients 2 tbsp ground flax seeds 125g (1 cup) hazelnuts 225g (2.5 cups) rolled oats 1 tsp ground cinnamon 131g (3/4 cup) soft dates, pitted 83 ml (1/3 cup) coconut oil 125 ml (1/2 cup) almond butter (or any nut butter) 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla extract 30 g (1/4 cup) pumpkin seeds 31 g (1/4 cup) walnuts, chopped 60 g (1/2 cup) dried cranberries 38 g (1/


I thought I should have a chat to you about Vinegar. As part of my green life I have learned to make great use of vinegar for many things, particularly cleaning, as well as cooking. I love it because it is so versatile and it's so inexpensive and all-natural. Vinegar is one of the oldest products used by people. Over 10,000 years ago, people discovered vinegar when wine was opened to the air for too long. The ancient Greeks and Romans found vinegar was great as a preservative, while others used vinegar as a tonic to give them strength and vitality. Over the years as cultures developed, people learned how versatile vinegar is. Acetic acid makes up about 5 percent of most vinegars. There are m

My go-to Boiled Fruit cake

Hello Peeps, Hope you have had a great week. For those of us in Melbourne, we are having an extra long weekend by taking Monday off before the Melbourne cup on Tuesday. I'm looking forward to relaxing and having some downtime with the family. I know many of you have started preparing for Christmas and are looking for ideas for Christmas. As you know I love baking and it got me thinking that you would love to see some of the gifts I produce, that are homemade and eco-friendly. So over the next few weeks I am going to give you a few suggestions that should fill the Christmas stockings. Kicking it off I have a Boiled Fruit cake that my family has passed down. This is a great recipe as it is ea