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Dave Riley's Discussions

A circus outback: String trellis

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland yesterday. 5 Replies

Heat tolerant beans in a Warming World?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Riley on Wednesday. 7 Replies


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Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Greens: the Korean way --Banchan and Japchae
"I guess my main Occidental interest at the moment is Malaysian food which really is many things given the ethnic convergence in the food and the regional variations.Much as I like Korean food, when I first tried to get a handle on it (before the…"
12 hours ago
Siska replied to Dave Riley's discussion Greens: the Korean way --Banchan and Japchae
"that would be nice and interesting aye :) . I am a fan of Korean food as well "
16 hours ago
Dave Riley commented on Susan's blog post So cranky right now!!
"Dogs. Ratters. Works on possums too.I've got 2 terriers who protect and serve the veg patch . It's like a security firm...albeit with some downsides. when a demarcation dispute erupts in the beds, there can be collateral seedling…"
16 hours ago
Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Greens: the Korean way --Banchan and Japchae
"I am the fam cook, yes.  As I wrote HERE my cuisine preferences are all over so any one eating at home here has to put up with the culinary journey.I've also done some catering on a few occasions...and did a great menu for a funeral…"
16 hours ago
Dianne Caswell replied to Dave Riley's discussion Greens: the Korean way --Banchan and Japchae
"I think we meed to do an Asian type Pub Crawl but to all the Asian Eateries and Grocers one day, could take us a week though. Can't you sleep Dave as you always see to be up with the birds. Do you only cook Asian. Are you the cook of the family?"
19 hours ago
Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Greens: the Korean way --Banchan and Japchae
"'Glass noodles' at Woolies and Coles  are made from mung bean flour. Japchae are made from sweet potato flour and are much more stable than mung bean noodles -- the spring roll standard. That's why Japchae is often eaten cold…"
Dianne Caswell replied to Dave Riley's discussion Greens: the Korean way --Banchan and Japchae
"I use rice noodle that look like glass in my Spring Rolls..."
Elaine coolowl replied to Dave Riley's discussion Greens: the Korean way --Banchan and Japchae
"I was wondering how they are made and where they'd be available. But now I know they are called Glass Noodles, I suspect I have seen them in the Asian section of Woolworths. Will check that, they sound good. I love noodles but being mostly…"

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About me:
I am currently involved with the following community gardens and groups:
My own residence. Sandgate PCYC Community and Market Garden
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Vegetables. Rain harvesting.Starchy vegetables.
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I hope to sell produce at local monthly markets in my township.
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Culinary Adventures

Posted on March 23, 2015 at 1:00 26 Comments

I'm dedicated to cooking. For me it has always been a life saver. The evening meal is my special time. 
Everyday it comes around and every…

The Garden in March

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 10:30 15 Comments

The Garden in March, 2015. Hopefully the Summer heat and humidity is in the past and seedlings get a better start in life. Despite the wet Summer, the garden looks bedraggled and unsure of itself.It hasn't quite decided which plant will rule the soil or the air. 



The Garden In February

Posted on February 2, 2015 at 7:30 4 Comments

After a steady bout of humidity there's been many excuses to green up but with that, the constraints of fungi. Some plants just can't cut the mustard and I've lost plenty to  too much wetness.…

Cheap and easy way to make yogurt

Posted on January 25, 2015 at 16:00 11 Comments

I've been making my own yogurt for years and have developed my technique with easy DIY in mind.Home made yogurt is so much cheaper than store bought stuff as all you need is milk and a little starter (left over from a previous batch).


  • Cooking thermometer: make sure you use one with a long stem and easy to read (very large) numbers.
  • Rice cooker with a glass lid: if you don't have one of these, get a…

Turning the production mode

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 21:00 7 Comments

'Tis a niggling habit plants have of not doing what you expect them to. You plant with a template in mind -- a projection on how the garden will grow....…

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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 .
At 12:52 on January 14, 2009, christopher zane hart said…
thanks for the reply . I have no water tanks myself , very hard in this climate to do any thing without water , but feel free to come along whether you intend to host a visit or not .

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