I’ve continued to search for the perfect chocolate brownie recipe, and this is the one that’s in first place at the moment! I wanted one that used cocoa powder instead of chocolate. Partly because good chocolate is generally more expensive than good cocoa, and partly because if there’s good chocolate in the pantry it might have been eaten when I want to use it for making brownies… (more…)
This is the quickest banana bread recipe I know – the ingredients are really easy to mix together and you can have it in the oven in under 15 minutes. The tricky bit is not eating it as soon as it’s baked, because the aroma is amazing! I eat it as it is, but you may like to toast and / or butter it. It’s a great snack or breakfast on the go – try a piece of fresh fruit to go with it. (more…)
Do you feel as if you don’t have time to look after yourself the way you want? With my background as a doctor I know both how important our health is, and how difficult it can be to look after ourselves when we live busy lives. I’ve been making some changes recently to increase my activity levels, and decrease the number of calories I’m consuming while raising my fruit and veg intake. And you know what? It doesn’t take long at all to start feeling the benefits 🙂 (more…)
I get so excited about olives and olive oil, and I love opportunities to share this, so I was thrilled to have Nick Bosley-Pask from ABC Radio Hobart visit again last week. (more…)
If you hate waste then take a look at what a talented craftsman can make out of my wonky olive prunings!
I didn’t want to use my olive prunings for firewood (although it burns really well!) so I’ve found someone to turn them into something functional AND beautiful instead. I met David from Phoenix Creations on Instagram,and when I visited him in his studio I was blown away by his work. Each spoon is different, because David carves them depending on the individual characteristics of each branch I take him. (more…)
In part 2 of this series I’m dealing with brine cured olives.
If you want to read about water-curing olives, then go my previous post here.
This takes the longest of all the methods, but is also the easiest. (more…)
This is a multipart series of posts to give you the confidence and know-how to cure yummy olives yourself at home. You’ll obviously need fresh olives in order to even get started, and for some people this will be the trickiest part! I know some greengrocers (more…)
As the Easter weekend is approaching I thought I’d repost my recipe for sourdough hot cross buns – yum 🙂
WARNING – it takes a couple of days, so be prepared!
Cooking veggies in extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) increases the antioxidant-rich phenols of the vegetables. Phenols are known to be anti-inflammatory and have a preventative effect against cancers and chronic illnesses. They’re present in vegetables and EVOO, but cooking them together by frying or baking increases their availability. (more…)
We grow two varieties of olive in our grove in the Coal River Valley; Picual and Manzanillo. Both are Spanish varieties (which is why if you “Adopt An Olive Tree”, your tree will have a Spanish name!) (more…)