• That sweet ‘rough berry’ the raspberry

    The raspberry is thought to get its name from raspise, which was a sweet wine in the 15th century.  But it may also come from the old English word ‘rasp’ which means rough, so ‘rough berry’.

    Ever wondered why they’re sort of hollow in the middle? It’s because the stem remains on the plant when it’s […]

  • Where did the choko go?

    There was a time when every other Aussie backyard could be virtually guaranteed to have two specific things in it – a Hill’s hoist and a choko vine.

    The Hill’s hoist or similar designs are still fairly popular, but you don’t see the choko vine much anymore.

    That’s a pity because chokos are low fat and contain […]

  • Four Steps To A Healthy Spring Diet

    Though we’ve been having a lot of rain and cool nights, it might come as a surprise that Spring is half over already and Summer is on the horizon.

    Recent times have caused many of us to put on a few extra kilos, not to mention the usual weight gains of Winter. So have you given […]

  • Super Spud!

    Potatoes come in three basic categories – starchy, waxy, and all-purpose (a sort of in-between type).

    Starchies are tops for baking and frying because they’re absorbent. They drink in butter on a baked potato or the oil in a deep fryer. They mash well but shouldn’t be overmashed or they get gluggy.

    Waxies hold their shape when […]

  • The Time Of The Popular Pumpkin

    It’s that time of year when pumpkins are popular – but not necessarily to eat. October 31 is, of course, Halloween and kids young and old love a Halloween Jack O’Lantern.

    You can carve any type of pumpkin, gourd or squash. You’d be surprised at the wide range of pumpkin types that exist but shape really […]

  • Springing Into Spring’s Fruit And Vegetables

    Welcome to spring and all the delicious possibilities of the new season’s fruit and vegetable harvests!

    In the truest sense, spring in Australia starts on or around September 21 which is the spring equinox, the day when the southern hemisphere receives more sun than the northern hemisphere. This is the astronomical start to spring. However, we […]

  • Autumn’s Arrival Brings A Fruitful Bounty

    The cooler mornings have arrived; autumn is here and brings with it the end of the summer stone fruit season and the arrival of great fresh  produce that thrives most in the lead-up to winter.

    Artists, authors and philosophers often wax lyrical about this season. Albert Camus called it ‘a second spring when every leaf is […]

  • The Luck Of The Aussie

    We’re so lucky in Australia. The growing season for the majority of vegetables is year round and summer sees most fruits available too.

    This is in contrast to many other parts of the world where the climate makes growing seasons somewhat limited. Of course, modern refrigeration and transport mean everyone can obtain a wide range of […]

  • Swing Into The New Year In Good Health

    It’s always such a relief to get to the end of the year and take the holiday break. It’s a chance not only to celebrate with family and friends but also to let ourselves go a little, to ‘party hearty’ and forget the rules for a few weeks.

    However, we all know party time has a […]

  • Stone Fruit Season Is Upon Us!

    In just a few weeks, Spring will give way to Summer. We’re so fortunate in Queensland – almost everything is in season at this time of year, especially during the hottest months. What makes it even better is that the lead-in to Summer also marks the beginning of stone fruit season.

    There’s a reason why so […]