Friday, May 25, 2012

Recipe: Smoky Bacon hot dogs with bourbon barbeque sauce & onion rings

The grey days have continued but luckily yesterday and last night we had a bit of rain. About an inch I think... Primary producer's always talk in the old scale, just so that you know.

Monday, May 21, 2012

G.G. Garden update: a grey day

Today has been a grey day, in many senses. The clouds were acting very peculiarly and decided to be overcast but not rain. It was one of those days where the sky managed to colour me grey aswell.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

G.G. Goings on: Noosa Food and Wine and Superbutcher sale

This weekend is the Noosa Food and Wine Festival. It is the the most fabulous festival held at one of my most favourite places in the whole world. Do yourself the favour of going. It really does blow any other QLD based festivals out of the water. The lineup of amazing chefs from around the world is really something spesh and it's fabulous to be able to wander around amongst it all. Go there, even if it is just for the day. Tickets are available at the gate.

Monday, May 14, 2012

G.G.Garden Update:Buying Livestock, cold weather and the racing pigs

The 2012 Annual show was an epic success. Even though I forgot to enter my baking into the competition on time (it's probably for the best. Let's face it- I need about another year's prep), everything else went very well, and so much fun was had by all!

Some of my favourite born and bred Stickarians were out and about for the day including but not limited to the infamous Possum Magic, Caddachee, the Dr, Deano, B and C and Jac  (as well as a few others) and guest stars Gem, Kay and Mish.

Friday, May 11, 2012

G.G. Goes back in time: 1946 Cook Book Classic Recipes and Hints

Recently, I stumbled across a cook book edited put out by the Women's Radio Club in 1946. My nan was the President of the club and editor of the book. Women from around the region sent in their recipes, which were then compiled and the book was sold, with the proceeds going to charity. All the details are over here, but I wanted to share some more recipes and handy hints from the book, as they are just so delightful! Of course, my favourite article was Gardening Makes Good Health but there are some other stellar contributions that I just couldn't go past posting. You're Welcome! Taking into account this was published the year after World War II ended, there are lots of little aside notes that make sense within that context. as there was still as shortage in supplies of some items.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

G.G.Goes Back in time: 1946 Cookery Book Edited by Ninny

I've often talked about my Gran on my blog, as she was a fabulous cook, but I've never told you much about Nin. My Nan (or Ninny/Yetta) as I like to call her. Ninski is not a great cook (although she and Mum claim otherwise) but she is a rather remarkable woman. She has many fascinating stories that have come out along the way and doesn't like to skite, but other people around the district are always telling me how amazing she is and fill me in on the details.

Friday, May 4, 2012

G.G. Garden Update: Stepping on snakes and garlic galore

"You really should put some shoes on" comes the cry from Mumzy everytime she spots me in the garden sans footwear. My reply is always the same, and up until now, has a checkmate reply 'I would, but you threw them all out.' Obviously I've managed to acquire a few new pairs since (read: 4!) but it's nothing like the previous full collection in all it's red bowed, black booted and Italian leathered glory.

Unfortunately, I'm not exaggerating. I had about 30 pairs of my shoes in one bag when I was moving, and amongst a lot of other chaos, Mumzy accidentally donated them to vinnes. Every SINGLE pair of my beloved shoes. When I finally realised what had happened, it was sadly far too late to save even a single pair. We went down to the local op shop, and rummaged around out the back trying to find some traces, but alas, to my horror, they had been sent elsewhere. I did shed a tear, but I'm strangely quite comfortable with the situation now. However, when I use my trump retort, I can go back to gardening unshod in peace. Don't judge the toes, I scrub them until they are raw when I'm finished, to remove all traces of dirt.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

G.G. Cookbook Corner: French Ties w Bosgouet croque Monsieur recipe

Cook books really can be a dime a dozen. There are literally hundreds being released and there really is only so much space to store them. I am a bit of a cook book junkie (not to the same extent as my friend Kay who has in excess of 300! and runs cook book club)  but I have so many I don't use regularly (or ever) so I'm learning to be more discerning with what I buy. I'm going to detail some great finds here so that you can be sure you aren't getting a dud with your next cook book purchase.

When I saw that Jane Webster had released another book, I immediately emailed the publisher asking if I could somehow score a Q and A with her. Unfortunately not, but they did send me a copy of the beautiful new book French Ties (score because it was top of my list to buy), which is just as lovely as her first book, My French Table.

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