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Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Riley Jan 10. 3 Replies

Eat your greens: here's how. (& think Chaya)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russell James on Friday. 8 Replies

FYI:Garlic for sale:Morayfield

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Home grown bean sprout soup with mixed outback greens & kelp strips in a Tsuyu flavoured broth with my ferment-reserve kimchi on the side ...I am approaching --what could be called -- a 'Tampopo' moment -- and could eat this soup every day.'Tis…
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Dave Riley replied to Valerie's discussion Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT–Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems
"This may be  a useful LINK. The Melbourne launch is on February 1st. I think the science is a tad over-hyped...but it is a handy resource."
Russell James replied to Dave Riley's discussion Eat your greens: here's how. (& think Chaya)
"Hey Dave I don't think I mentioned the word vegan, just the fact that by eating the plant source of the amino acids that make up animal flesh it is more efficient for ratios of water consumption, and other inputs required, with no…"
Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Eat your greens: here's how. (& think Chaya)
"I've grown Moringa from seed. I don't much like the taste but it's there if I do change my taste buds. What you say about efficiency of eating many meats misses the point that as we cannot eat grass when herbivores can. That is a…"
Russell James replied to Dave Riley's discussion Eat your greens: here's how. (& think Chaya)
"Hey Dave Great couple of links the idea of drying leaves and storing them is an excellent idea ... I especially like the solar dryer idea in this heat we are having lately it will take no time at all to dry. Its a shame the authors felt…"
Dave Riley replied to Russell James's discussion Where do you find a list of food events to apply for in the group Wandering Cooks: Kitchens and Community for Food Entrepreneurs
"Gotta watch CHEF  a few more times...then I'll join you on the road! Just saying: I wonder whether the Los Angeles style food truck can be deployed in Brisbane? You move from location to location and promote the shifts online -- working…"
Dave Riley commented on Susan's blog post Busy holidays and getting stuff done.
"After a desultory past trying to grow corn I'm now on a reliable winner with Balinese. As an heirloom variety, it has an exciting height and two cobs per stem. I clump plant and have had no pollination issues...although in my garden, corn…"

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Vegetables. Rain harvesting.Starchy vegetables.
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Brisbane Northern Suburbs

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My Tortilla Press & I

Posted on January 4, 2019 at 12:30 2 Comments

I think I have made the transition to 'flat breads'.

It all began with my passion for Knäckebröd (Swedish style rye crisp [as in flat & hard] bread)...

Still make 'em. Still love 'em.

Gotta  always have  Knäckebröd on hand.

With the invested practice I can quickly put together a batch of these…



Posted on December 16, 2018 at 10:50 2 Comments

After harvesting the Vetiver hedges for mulch, I approached a level of neatness and order that I, for one, am not used to.

It may not be topiary but the plan is to take the trimmed hedges to a height that will keep the chooks off the beds when they free range.…


Vetiver Ventures Continue

Posted on November 22, 2018 at 20:14 1 Comment

Since I'm now working on a couple of Vetiver projects around town, I thought that -- with the impending growth season -- I'd launch forth in a community friendly way.

I won't have enough stock if my foreshore restoration/protection plantings survive the sand, King tides and any storm surges. I'll sure to have my…


It's finally happened: a kimchi fridge

Posted on November 6, 2018 at 21:56 2 Comments

Neighbours are moving overseas so, as befits the occasion, a garage sale was called.

And I got myself a bar fridge el cheapo.

You are looking at  my new home at home for kimchi, sweet pepper paste and sundried tomatoes -- with fermented squid on the bottom shelf.

[I haven't had the…


Ferment updates: KimChi, Knäckebröd & Filmjölk

Posted on October 14, 2018 at 3:23 2 Comments

I spent last night outback on the veranda making a batch of kimchi from 4 wombok cabbages. The radish, spring onions and carrots  that I used were my own outback harvest.

The complication is that when I ran out of on-hand supplies I had to venture out into the darkness and pouring rain to pick some more.

My previous batch was made from my own cabbages but none…


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At 15:37 on February 23, 2016, Vinay Nellipudi said…
Thanks for friend request.
At 12:06 on January 10, 2015, DARREN JAMES said…

Thanks Dave for your recipes ,will you be going to lissas garden visit as I can give you those brazillian spinach if not will bring them over for you cheers

At 16:52 on December 21, 2014, DARREN JAMES said…

Hi Dave havent forgotten you caught up with work .will get them over to you in the new year sometime hope you have a good xmass  

At 8:32 on December 16, 2014, DARREN JAMES said…

Hi mate leave us an address at and I will get them over to you

At 21:05 on December 1, 2014, DARREN JAMES said…

Thanks for your reply mate I do have flowers but they wouldn't be a metre high due to the very sandy soil and low nutrients even though I did put lots of compost in before planting .I planted them initially to stop the neighbours walking across the front lawn,Your plants sound really healthy and you can look forward to good yields 3 to 4 kilos per plant if your lucky and not forgetting the  flowers wich  will be a real head turner. cheers

At 19:51 on November 30, 2014, DARREN JAMES said…

Hi Dave didnt want to hijack your latest blog but just wanted to ask about your Jerusalem artichokes as we seem to be the only few blf members growing them .How tall are they do you have any flowers yet always good to compare your plants with others to guage how things are.cheers

At 17:12 on January 11, 2012, Jane said…

Hi Dave, did you manage to get the Snake Beans. If not you may contact me on with your address & I will send some.


At 21:10 on June 15, 2009, Scarlett said…
hey i want to delete the backyarders group and i'm copying the discussions across, but i can't copy your little cuba photos - what to do?
At 20:50 on March 14, 2009, christopher zane hart said…
Hi Dave , just a reminder that the 2nd Garden Visit is on the 29th at Vanessa place .
At 16:18 on February 4, 2009, christopher zane hart said…
Hi Dave , just a reminder that the GARDEN VISITS are starting at the end of the month (22nd) .Everyone is welcome .

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