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Dear reader, many times I write to you in my head, while hands are busy washing, chopping, cooking, mixing, stirring, serving, saying grace, eating, and yes, cleaning up afterwards. Then there are the interesting snippets I store up to tell you, while I am busy sowing seeds, or transplanting baby seedlings, or trying to tie up plants, I really am not skilled at tying up plants. Please know, I think about you all day long, and will share more as I can. For now, here are a few little snippets.



  • Plant Food: MARBLE sized HAIL in Summer?
    What happens when a warm, balmy summer day turns upside down? Could this be chemical ice nucleation?
    Posted: Saturday 16 January 2021
  • Plant Food: How to Plan for Tomatoes
    New Zealand is not an island paradise with white sandy beaches and coconut palms around every corner.
    Posted: Saturday 7 November 2020
  • ANZAC Crunchy Biscuit Recipe (Plant Based, Grain Free, Cane Sugar Free)
    Here in New Zealand, a biscuit is a crunchy-all-the-way-through sweet treat. Biscuit recipes are prepared with a variety of techniques, to produce that crisp crunchy, or short texture beloved by folks around the country.
    Posted: Thursday 9 July 2020
  • Plant Food: Observing Autumn in the Garden & How to Save Capsicum Seed
    Every garden is different, every soil is different. It is said we can learn more by moving around and growing in different soils...
    Posted: Sunday 17 May 2020
  • Plant Food: Tomato Growing in 2020 in New Zealand - an Unusual Growing Summer
    Which tomatoes...
    Posted: Monday 10 February 2020
  • Plant Food: 29 Lettuce Growing Tips & Tricks for a Temperate Climate
    Lettuce - easy to grow in all temperate climates. Learn from our 25 years of growing lettuces from seed in 12 different food gardens, across three three different countries all with temperate climates but with wild variations - from the Highlands of Scotland to the dry plains of Victoria, Australia.
    Posted: Thursday 22 August 2019
  • Plant Food: Beautiful Lettuces of the World
    Growing some of your own food is becoming a necessity in today's world. It's not a feel good activity for people with time and money, but vital for good health for ALL people.
    Posted: Sunday 28 July 2019
  • Vegan Almond Mayo
    This recipe is quite amazing, and is a change from our regular cashew dressing. One batch of this delicious mayo...
    Posted: Wednesday 5 June 2019
  • Winter Coleslaw with SPARKLE!
    Here in New Zealand, the temperatures have dropped. The first day of winter, June 1st on the meteorological calendar, was true to form. Cold, windy, wet.
    Posted: Saturday 1 June 2019
  • What Exactly are Shelling or Podded Beans?
    There I was in the midst of the climbing beans, contentedly tucking and twining vines in and out of the chicken netting wire, when my Mum pointed at a fat bulging bean on the vine...
    Posted: Monday 20 May 2019
  • La Soupe au Pistou - Grain Free, Plant Based and Keto-ish
    Pleasingly green, satisfyingly rich, studded with bursts of goodness. Soup au Pistou is full of joyful memories of the summer vegetable garden, and the sadness that autumn (Fall) is upon us here in New Zealand.
    Posted: Wednesday 1 May 2019
  • Tomatoes I'm sowing for Lycopene
    Every new garden is mixed with happiness and tinged with sadness at leaving the last. As we assess every new soil and dig every new raised bed we wonder, "Which tomatoes will grow well here?"
    Posted: Monday 1 October 2018
  • In Australia, technically summer is just two weeks away!
    Posted: Sunday 20 November 2016
  • Cashew Cheese Sauce for Pizza and more...
    This sauce recipe is so multi purpose! We have been making this recipe for more than 20 years, with a little tweak here and there, depending on where we have lived, or who is healing from which intolerance! This is our current recipe. I'll post a couple of variations on the use. We do own a very elderly Vitamix blender, which is a high speed blender with half a horse power motor, also more than 20 years old. However, if you SOAK the cashews overnight or at least 3 hours, cook the carrot and then using cool water instead of boiling, blend or process with all the other ingredients and then cook, stirring frequently in a pot. Well, voila, Cashew Cheese Sauce sans Vitamix.
    Posted: Tuesday 25 October 2016
  • Pizza Toppings!
    In the previous post, Gluten Free Vegan Pizza Dough, we gave a fabulous dough recipe from Free Range Cookies website. This time we'll have a look at quick and easy pizza toppings. Remember a pizza is traditionally made from little bits and pieces of leftovers - use what you have and be adventurous. The only one we haven't liked is when the leafy greens overwhelmed every other flavour! Too much silver beet (known as chard in the northern hemisphere).
    Posted: Monday 3 October 2016
  • Gluten Free Vegan Pizza Dough!
    Pizza, a treat in our house. But can be a careful way to use up little bits and pieces of food too. So here goes - vegan gluten free base today. And watch this space for the Cashew Cheese Sauce. If you can eat grains which are gluten free, this could the pizza dough for you. Also good for flat bread topped with rosemary and olives and drizzled with olive oil. Thanks to Free Range Cookies for her amazing Easy Pizza Dough.
    Posted: Friday 30 September 2016
  • Gluten Free Flat Bread
    I would like to share with you a very versatile gluten free recipe, which can be used for crepes, wraps or for pasties.
    Posted: Saturday 24 September 2016
  • The Mystery of the Missing Carob Bliss Balls!
    Taking her place at the family table, Andrea looked happily at the expectant faces. Her two boys were smiling. Young and innocent smiles, still shielded from the sometimes cynical world outside the family’s front gate.
    Posted: Saturday 17 September 2016
  • Golden Orange Tomatoes - The Real Tomato!
    March 4, 2014 - Fiona Timmins Last time, we discovered the real tomato is golden orange in colour. But why is this so important for human health? And where can you get the seeds to grow your own?
    Posted: Friday 28 February 2014
  • Which Tomato is Best for You?
    February 22, 2014 Tomatoes, the most popular savoury fruit in the world are beginning to unfold their secrets to researchers around the world, and the latest discovery is astonishing! If you can grow a tomato plant then you can benefit from this amazing discovery too!
    Posted: Saturday 22 February 2014
  • Growing Sprouts
    August 12, 2013 - by Fiona Timmins Growing Organic Food without a Garden! Almost anyone can grow a good portion of their fresh food needs, no garden needed! All you need is a jar, something to strain water through but catch your crop, water and organic mung beans, seeds, lentils, legumes or nuts! In three to five days you will be munching down on organic vegetables!
    Posted: Monday 12 August 2013