Saturday, July 26, 2008

Meeting in Midland!

Today I met Lara and Molly and Cat in Midland for a cuppa. What a wonderful way to spend the morning. It is such a different way to make friends this blogging thing - not through work or children but through a genuine common interest and feeling that these people will be like-minded.
I went home feeling inspired and chirpy at having made new friends and feeling that there are many good times ahead to be had with them.

Like Molly I got busy upon my return and Elder Munchkin and I hurriedly picked a large bag of tangelos whilst the parrots squawked obscenities at us. They were made into a tangelo dessert that we (hubby and I) love, and I'll have a go at freezing (if it even tastes half as good down the track that'll be ok) and the rest will go into more tangelo butter tomorrow since our Munchkins have already eaten all of ours.
Cat I know you aren't keen on Lemon butter so I'll leave you out - but Molly and Lara, you'll have a small jar each next time we meet. I'm not saying small to be stingy - it doesn't seem to matter how big a batch I think I'm making it never quite seems to fill 2 jars!

In any case if anyone's interested here's the recipe for the Tangelos (I got it from the Internet but can't remember where - it was a while ago). This makes a divine dessert - strong in flavour, more suited to an adult palate I must say (the munchkins aren't keen on it).

Tangelo Dessert
5 tangelos or oranges
2/3 cup of brown sugar
2/3 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary (chopped finely)
2 bay leaves (bruised)
2 tablespoons B&B liquor (we use sherry instead)

Zest 1 fruit. Squeese 1/3 cup of juice from the fruit. In saucepan put peel, juice, brown sugar, wine, rosemary and bay leaves. Bring to boil. Simmer 8-10 mins until reduced by 1/3. Stir in liquer.

Meanwhile peel other fruit and cut into 1/2 inch slices. Remove bay leaves from juice. Pour over fruit. Serve or refrigerate for one hour then serve chilled.



Saturday, July 19, 2008

Winds of Change in Albany

I've just come back from a visit to my lovely friend Jen in Albany who is making a start on her own Permaculture/organic gardening journey. In 2 days we did a mini backyard blitz on half her lawn and turned it into the beginning of a lovely food garden. Her hubby is due back home today (I conveniently left before his arrival!) and I'm still waiting to hear if I've been scrubbed off the christmas list since he's seen his new 'lawn'. Gulp!

In any case I got Jen to set up a blogsite so I can see the progress of her new patch and know she would love to hear all of your bits of advice and ponderings too so won't you all please drop in to her site and make her feel welcome?!

Her address is:

Thanks everyone!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Tickly Throat Tea

Younger munchkin has been snuffly and coughing the last few days and it's been keeping him up at night. Last night I made him a tea that worked wonders and gave it to him again before bed tonight. He is sleeping soundly now as we speak.

I'd used honey and thyme before (both have weak antibacterial/antiseptic qualities) but I also read that yarrow was good for colds and sage was good for drying the mucous membranes (but warned to use it sparingly and not prolonged use).

So the tea was simply a teaspoon of honey, heaped teaspoon of thyme, 2 sage leaves, 1 yarrow leaf, and the juice from half a lemon. Steeped with a lid on for 8 minutes and Voila! Younger munchkin said it was delicious and has stopped coughing long enough to fall asleep and stay there. :)

With winter here there are a lot of snuffles going round. Why not try it out if they catch you!