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Supermarket audacity

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jodie Miller Aug 7, 2011. 5 Replies

Isn't it amazing... a supermarket does a deal with a TV cooking show and promotes themselves on providing supposedly good quality produce for the show. They put up a sign like this in my local…Continue

Some of my plants aren't doing so well. Anyone know why? (Photos)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Florence Aug 4, 2011. 4 Replies

Here are some photos of my plants which aren't doing so well (and some photos at the end of this post of the ones which are doing well)... Can you help me figure out what's wrong? All plants are in…Continue

Best meal I ever had tonight - cooked in my back yard

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel Jul 28, 2011. 2 Replies

After a lot of progress today (bought and potted a lot of seedlings - strawberries, chives, baby broccoli, thyme, purple carrots) I bought 1.5kg of skinless chicken thighs from the supermarket deli…Continue

Using mushroom compost as main "soil" for garden beds?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Anne Gibson Aug 21, 2011. 8 Replies

I'm getting sick of gardening solely in pots, so I think I might spend my tax return on finally doing raised beds... plus it's a good excuse to get into the yard and do some work so I can forget…Continue


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Posted on April 23, 2012 at 17:35 3 Comments

A long overdue update! The chilli seeds I got from Lissa ages ago were planted in a pot about a year ago, and I thought they had suffered the same fate as most of my "pot" plants. Over the past couple of weeks the chilli has shot out of the ground and is now bearing about 20 green fruits! The rest of my garden at the moment is limited to herbs... I've used a lot of thyme, rosemary and oregano in my cooking. I need to get some more sage, and I've also got a lot of mint and chives I'm…


Not my vegetables, but a photo of which I'm proud

Posted on April 15, 2012 at 20:22 8 Comments

Alas, I didn't grow these, but I took the photo on film (4x5 large format) and what you see is the result of my first effort to develop film at home. I'm very happy with the result.

My first home-developed photo

That's my favourite knife and some of my favourite ingredients for my favourite French recipes. It was taken today on my back patio with the overcast/rainy weather providing nice light. It's not the world's best still life setup, but I was concentrating on literally dozens of technical…


I'm back!

Posted on March 7, 2012 at 2:19 3 Comments

I'm terribly sorry I had such a long break from here... I was completely bogged-down with work (a very heavy workload until recently!) and PhD-related stuff. Now I've got a reasonable schedule again!

Sadly, my gardening efforts were almost a complete failure last year. I had to grow stuff in pots because of the hard clay, and I think the cheap potting mix, combined with my lack of skill, contributed to my garden's demise. I had pickling onions grow ok, but they unfortunately…


Onion soup with mushroom and bacon

Posted on June 27, 2011 at 20:18 5 Comments

Made this for dinner - waiting for my own onions (still a long time away!)


Chop a handful of big onions up and whack into a pot with a bit of oil

Add a couple of big pinches of salt and pepper

Add a few big handfuls of chopped mushrooms

Add sage to taste

Smoosh some garlic cloves with the side of your knife and add to the pot

Cook on medium with lid on for about 30 mins until onions are deep brown

Add chicken stock (I couldn't make my…


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At 17:48 on July 19, 2010, Scarlett said…
Hi Daniel
There's a fellow on the site called Vinathe who's looking for clay (see the forum). Might match up with each other (one getting rid of clay, one wanting clay?)
At 9:43 on June 30, 2010, Florence said…
Daniel, saw your photos ~ Your soil looks a bit like mine, I haven't done any soil tests on them though.. even those basic tests that you can do yourself to work out whether they're clay etc... Very cute foreman and junior forewoman ^__^
At 8:46 on June 17, 2010, Florence said…
Hi Daniel ~ Welcome ~ I've watched some of River Cottage too ~ pretty impressive ~ while some of the knowledge can be transferable, unfortunately he's from a very different climate ^^ ~ wish there's similar show for subtropical Queensland.. probably not enough audience. There's a similar show done in Tasmania..
At 8:18 on June 17, 2010, Donna said…
Welcome to Brisbane Local Food.

There is a 'Group' called Brisbane Seed Savers who meet monthly at each others gardens to swap seeds and talk about our gardens. These are called Garden Visits and are listed as Events if you are interested.
At 23:27 on June 16, 2010, Daniel said…
Thanks, Scarlett!
At 19:26 on June 16, 2010, Scarlett said…
welcome Daniel :)

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