Monthly Archives: February 2011

Potato wedges with cornmeal crust

Cooked Potato Wedges

These easy to make wedges are crisp on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. After you’ve made them once you won’t need to refer to the recipe. I’ve been making them for years but I am posting … Continue reading

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Nutty Snack Bars—Gluten Free

Nutty Snack Bars

Makes 16 bars You might have noticed that I’m on a quest for the perfect gluten free snack bar. This recipe, with ground almonds and sliced almonds, was made to enter the Couscous & Consciousness Make It with … Mondays … Continue reading

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Waitahu River Walk, Reefton

Waitahu River Walk Map

As you can see from the above map, today’s walk was quite a long one. Parts of it, both ascending and descending were quite steep. Altogether a good workout! To get a good start on the day we left Greymouth … Continue reading

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Damson Plum Jam

Plum Jam

2 1/2 kg damson plums 3 cups water 5 cups sugar Damsons are clingstone and can’t be pitted ahead of time. It takes around 180 plums to make two and a half kilograms. Count them first and it will be … Continue reading

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Gluten free Oreos

Nutella Oreos

with Nutella or Creme filling Having been lifelong skeptic about Nutella—candy masquerading as food—this is the first time I have bought it, in order to enter Make it with … Mondays Nutella Challenge. Maybe I was secretly scared of becoming … Continue reading

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Quinoa Confetti Salad

Quinoa Confetti Salad

Quinoa is a is a grain-like crop grown for its edible seeds. It is high in fiber, low in fat and  can be used in place of rice in almost any recipe. This salad is simple and has just four … Continue reading

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Walks around Punakaiki

New Punakaiki bridge.

Today was the first walk for the Grey District Walkers in 2011 as last Wednesday was cancelled due to heavy rain the night before. So 20 people set off from Greymouth for Punakaiki. Near the beginning of the walk we … Continue reading

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Apricot Jam

Washed, pitted and quartered apricots

Homemade apricot jam is extraordinary even though the few ingredients are very simple. You will need a very large pot (a preserving pot is best) to prepare this in, as the jam boils up double in size during the early … Continue reading

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Broccoli and cabbage challenge

It’s true, just when vegetables are cheap in the supermarkets, home vegetable gardens are overflowing with veges. This year we had six big cabbages and six big broccolis all at the same time. We certainly couldn’t eat all of them … Continue reading

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120 square metres of vege garden

The garden from above

Our garden is a mandala garden with six 2 metre octagonal beds around a slightly larger bed in the middle. It is a half sized version loosely based on a book The Permaculture Home Garden by Linda Woodrow. The most … Continue reading

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