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May 12th, 2011

Chickpea and Pumpkin Curry – Its Pumpkin Season

 

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chickpea and pumpkin curry

Its pumpkin season, we are picking heaps of pumpkins, the pumpkin vine took over the whole bank beside our driveway this year. It has grown with wild abandon, scrambling over gardens and the bottom Read the rest of this entry »

May 11th, 2011

Herb Awareness 2011 – Queensland Herb Society

 

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Members of the Queensland Herb society are getting quite excited; it is almost time for our annual event Herb Awareness. The preparations are well under way and the day promises to be packed with lots of ‘herby’ things.

You can wander through the variety of stalls with a huge range of herb plants, fruit trees as well as herbal products including preserves, coffee, teas, spices, skincare, bush foods and wineries, you will also get to sample all sorts of yummy Read the rest of this entry »

April 11th, 2011

Comfrey Ointment for Healing and Tissue regeneration

 

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Comfrey is such a great healing herb, the roots and leaves contain Allantoin, a substance that promotes wound healing and tissue regeneration. A poultice of the leaves and or root can be used to heal wounds, burns, bruises, ulcers, dry irritated skin conditions and Read the rest of this entry »

March 6th, 2011

Cucumber Salad with Pomegranate and Herbs

 

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cucumber and pomegranate

We have been picking heaps of cucumbers from our garden lately; we have a variety called crystal salad. They are a round shape with firm creamy-yellow skin and white flesh. The crop was slow to start, I think the rain scared all the bees away, but eventually we were picking bucket loads of tasty cucumbers. The sweet basil and mint that are growing so well at the moment are calling to be partnered with these refreshing round fruits. The last of our pomegranates are picked and the seeds that are like little jewels will add a sparkle of red to top off a tasty salad.

Salad

4 round shaped cucumbers

1 shallot finely chopped

¼ cup mint

¼ cup basil

¼ cup of Lebanese cress

1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

I pomegranate


Dressing

1 tbsp Pomegranate molasses

1 tbsp lime juice

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp fresh grated ginger

1 tsp sesame oil

salt to taste


Method

First prepare the dressing, place all of the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well, taste and add salt. Set aside.

Cut the cucumbers in half and scoop out the flesh; be careful to keep the skin intact. (Discard the seeds)

Dice the cucumber flesh and put into a bowl. Add the shallots.

Roughly tear the herbs – mint, basil and Lebanese cress and add to the bowl, stir through the toasted sesame seeds.

Just before serving stir through the dressing, then spoon the salad into the cucumber halves for serving.

Top with the pomegranate seeds and serve.


February 19th, 2011

Making Herbal Teas – Herb Teas

 

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chamomile herbal tea

Herbal tea is also commonly known as tisane or herbal infusion, it is prepared from a single herb or a mixture of various herbs. You can add fruits or spices to add that extra zing.

Herb teas can be made directly in a cup, in a tea pot, or a plunger or herb infusion mug. Read the rest of this entry »

January 20th, 2011

Herbal Vinegars to Clean and Combat Mould

 

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herbal vinegar

The moisture in the air from our continual very wet weather has left a film of mould on nearly every surface. To remedy this I have made some herbal vinegar sprays to clean up with.

Vinegar is a cheap and safe way to clean surfaces around your home. It is free of toxic chemicals that many of the store bought cleaners contain. Read the rest of this entry »

December 17th, 2010

Homemade Christmas Decorations using Herbs

 

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lavender ball decoration

I have been busy making herby decorations for Christmas gifts. The first one I tackled was lavender balls. These look and smell lovely hanging from the Read the rest of this entry »

November 27th, 2010

VEG OUT ‘a very fertile and creative place.’

 

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Bird House

On a recent trip to Melbourne we were wandering around St Kilda when we caught a glimpse of green. We made our way towards what we thought might be a nursery only to discover it was a community garden. Yippee! Read the rest of this entry »

November 17th, 2010

Growing Herbs in Pots

 

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growing herbs in pots

I thought I would follow up from my last post 5 Reasons Herbs in Pots are hot with some information on how to grow herbs in pots.

Growing Herbs in pots is easy as long as you provide them with their basic needs, soil, nutrients, light and water. Read the rest of this entry »

November 3rd, 2010

5 Reasons Herbs in Pots are HOT!

 

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herbs in pots

I have added a few more pots to the garden in recent weeks. With all the rain we have been having, some of my herbs have become a little sad and soggy. Thyme and sage are two that have suffered with wet feet, so I planted some in pots and placed them in my garden, not too far away from the tap so when the weather is hot and dry they can be Read the rest of this entry »