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Yum! Liver! -- 'When all else fails, turn to offal'

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mary-Ann Baker yesterday. 1 Reply

Udon, Soba, Somen & Ramen : Hakubuku.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mary-Ann Baker Dec 4. 3 Replies


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Dave Riley commented on Dave Riley's video

How to Make Filmjolk 'Yogurt'

"Just got my  Filmjolk starter culture. Dropped it into two cups of milk and stirred while the missus drilled me on pronouncing the word per the Swedish take. Covered jar with cloth and an elastic band. Air temp supposedly 24C.Fans inside the…"
14 hours ago
Dave Riley commented on Dave Riley's video

How to Make Filmjolk 'Yogurt'

"Yes: various cultures-- even varying  regionally within the same country. I should be making my first batch as soon as I get the culture in a day or so. I looked for the bottled stuff yesterday in Woolies without success. Buttermilk and the…"
14 hours ago
Christa commented on Dave Riley's video

How to Make Filmjolk 'Yogurt'

"Dave. I have ordered some Filjolk and look forward to tasting it.  What mum made was very simple, a little was kept for the next batch, it sat up on top of a cupboard till next day. We mainly had it for breakfast, if there wasn't enough,…"
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Mary-Ann Baker replied to Dave Riley's discussion Yum! Liver! -- 'When all else fails, turn to offal'
"yum!! will have to try this sounds good!"
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Yum! Liver! -- 'When all else fails, turn to offal'

I'm one of those foodies who respects offal.Like Adrian Mole I think it's Offally Good.Liver, for instance, is one of the most densely nutritious of foods on the planet.An excellent source of high-quality proteinNature’s most concentrated source of vitamin AAll the B vitamins in abundance, particularly vitamin B12One of our best sources of folic acidA highly usable form of ironTrace elements such as copper, zinc and chromium; liver is our best source of copperAn unidentified anti-fatigue…See More
Dave Riley commented on Dave Riley's video

How to Make Filmjolk 'Yogurt'

"I have-- in Sweden -- but thought it was yogurt.There it is a breakfast essential. Spending the time and effort culturing Greek style yogurt has irked me and I've been using the latest 'greeking' with Chris' Traditional Greek…"
Christa commented on Dave Riley's video

How to Make Filmjolk 'Yogurt'

"That's what mum used to make when we were young.  Yummy with stir of honey on top.  Has anyone tried it yet?"
Dave Riley posted a video

How to Make Filmjolk Yogurt

Learn how to make homemade Filmjolk yogurt at home. Filmjolk is an easy yogurt to make as it cultures on the counter at room temperature. No yogurt maker req...

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I am currently involved with the following community gardens and groups:
My own residence. Sandgate PCYC Community and Market Garden
I am interested in:
Vegetables. Rain harvesting.Starchy vegetables.
My website is:
Brisbane Northern Suburbs

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Once upon a time...

Posted on November 11, 2017 at 22:00 7 Comments

Of late I've been investing energy 'renovating' the school garden while 'maintaining' my own. That doesn't mean I've been neglecting my own patch.

Indeed the effort has served to offer me a comparison.

When I look at my own outback it keeps changing each year, each season, each…


The School Garden

Posted on November 4, 2017 at 23:00 3 Comments

Since we had a Community Day yesterday I used the excuse to renovate the school garden.

This is a primary school project I've been engaged in for a few years now. Each week we take almost all classes through the gardening program. At other times it is deployed as a chill out or distraction zone for problem -- as in acting out --students.…


Clay Pot Irrigation : the latest and greatest in garden hardware

Posted on September 28, 2017 at 0:00 5 Comments

With the persistence of the dry weather I thought I'd share with you the latest version of my clay pot irrigation system. I've been experimenting with the setup for a few years and this rig works to my satisfaction and prevails against, weather, pet dogs,bush turkeys,  cane toads and crows.



Synchronizing my kitchen gardening with the culinary preferences of the house

Posted on September 19, 2017 at 0:45 1 Comment

Contrary to my expectations I still can harvest comestibles outback.

Looking about, I'm soon set to drown in tomatoes which have occupied my patch like weeds.

The greens survive the heat and lack of moisture while the spuds begin to flag their readiness  by  consecutively dying back above ground.Beans and peas are a waste of energy but the squashes have…


3 Sisters : intercropping, Kitchen Garden style.

Posted on August 28, 2017 at 23:00 10 Comments

No matter what I do I cannot play rain god and the soil --such as it is -- dries the more.

The comestibles live -- indeed in demographic abundance -- but they do not live well as the wee things suffer from the absence of precipitation. Even the dew has got surly and comes in each morning parched.

But such weather as this seems to suit the squash family. Less mould. Not damp. Just right to throw out the buds and shoot out a succulent stem or ball.

After years been held hostage…


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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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