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No food today. Just cats.
Yesterday, the 16th of February, was Dim Sim's 19th birthday. She spent the days as she always does, snoozing in her chair cave while having food brought to her. And then we snuggled all night. I hope I have many more years to spend with her.
I enjoy making jams and chutneys but with only two of us in the house, it takes forever to finish a jar of anything. Even gifting does little to make a dent into stockpiles. The answer is small batch preserving. Theres no need for kilos of fruit and sugar. This Plum & Ginger Relish is ideal. A dozen plums will get you started.
We had some visitors in our house over Christmas. When they departed, they left behind some fruit and vegetables. This included a dozen or so plums. Whilst plums were in the shops, it was really too early in the season for them. The plums were tart and verging on over ripe. They werent spoiled, they just werent very nice to eat. Rather than waste them I decided to make a relish to use with cheese and cold meats. Even a modest dozen plums created ample relish, with 1 huge and 2 small jars.
Ive used plums but this would be equally suitable with any stone fruit including the often disappointing apricot. Like all chutneys and preserves, Plum & Ginger Relish benefits from some keeping time in the jar. This allows the vinegar to mellow and the relish to continue to thicken. Having said that, its ready to eat now, so tuck in. Its great with my Leftover Sourdough Starter Crackers that you can see in the photo above. Recipe here!...
In my last post, I covered some of the meals I'd had at Yavanna, but I also
mentioned that they have a great selection of baked goods. It
changes day by day, so you are never entirely sure what will be
there. But they always have several delicious options, some of
which are also gluten free, and some of which are savoury. While
I've only eating in the restaurant a few times, for a while I was
in a habit of popping in for a little treat. Especially at the end
of a Saturday shift! I like to get myself a treat, go home, and
watch Steven Universe. A good ritual, though it has been a while
since I've been. Buckle in for a trip down things I've bought
German Poppy Seed Pastries
opened earlier this year to a lot of buzz. All vegan, the focus is
heavy on mock meaty and cheesy creations, with a pretty amazing
selection of baked goods to boot as well as a full vegan bar.
Despite it being only a five minute walk from my work, I've only
been to eat there a handful of times. But the general acclaim on
the vegan scene is good, and it gets super busy! The menu has
changed a few times, and they also have fortnightly specials as
The first time I went was for lunch, and I was feeling like something a bit lighter. Lighter can be hard to find at Yavanna! I settled on the Brinner Omelet (with mushrooms, spinach, tomato, onion, and cheese... served with a side of tater tots and some guacamole), and some garlicky greens. There wasn't much mushroom or spinach in the omelet, and it could have been cheesier, but it was pretty tasty and a good texture. The garlicky greens were lovely, though a little bit on the oily side.
Former Queensland Treasurer Keith De Lacy AM and I will speak at an upcoming breakfast in West End, Brisbane on Wednesday 27 February at the Connor Court Book Room regarding my recently published book Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next: Queenslands Public Finances since Sir Joh and Sir Leo. Im very much looking forward to hearing more of Keiths insights into Queenslands fiscal history and our current situation. Keith made some great contributions to Queensland during his time as Goss government Treasurer (1989-1996), overseeing generally strict budget management and the corporatisation of government-owned businesses, among other achievements. Since that time, Keith has had a distinguished business career and is a former President of the Queensland division of the AICD.
If youre interested in Queensland state politics or concerned about our current state finances, I expect you would get a lot out of this event in addition to an excellent cooked breakfast from one of West Ends fine cafes. You can book for the breakfast via Eventbrite:
- Your name: Kristie Tasney
- Your Business name and Facebook name and link: My House of Craft https://www.facebook.com/MyHouseofCraft/
- The suburb/town you live in now: Brisbane
- What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I love creating a range of terrariums, succulent displays and mini gardens. I have always been fond of anything miniature and small and have always tried different arts and crafts so find my current hobby very enjoyable. To make mini gardens the best skills to have are imagination and patience as it is a very fiddly job with tweezers, small scissors and tiny plants being turned into little landsca...
Come join us for our 25-year Silver Jubilee Permaculture Design Course on Saturdays from 9 February to 25 May 2019. Visions of an Ancient Wisdom This unique course, delivered over 16 weeks in Brisbane, gives you the knowledge and skills to observe and design from the natural patterns to create productive gardens & properties, grow 
Very local! around my house and yard!
After the big hail storm it took me a little while to discover the amount of damage that had been done to the trees and plants around my yard. This Leopard Tree is mid way across my back yard and very visible from my back window. Every year it loses some of the leaves but this is what the hail storm did - I could get a good view right through all the leaves and see all the birds that usually hide somewhere in there.
The Duke of Sussex officially marked the arrival of Invictus games by raising a flag on Sydney harbour bridge.
I have marked the occasion by having a closer look at places in Australia named Sussex.
So far, Ive counted over 60 places in Australia, called Sussex. Most of them are streets. And, Ive counted 26 different Aboriginal nations, which have the name Sussex mapped onto their Country.
Among all these places named Sussex, there are a couple that look like specific references to a Duke of Sussex.
Im looking at an old sketch of the Town of Sydney made around the time that Thomas Brisbane arrived there, to be Governor of NSW.
Its got a Sussex St.
It also has the Government Garden marked out. That was the venue for the cycling on Sunday.
The Sussex St refers to the first duke of Sussex, Augustus Frederick, son of George and Charlotte.
On this map, the Duke is presented as part of a family his Mum and Dad get some streets named after them and so do his brothers the Dukes of Kent, Cambridge, York, Clarence, Cornwall, and Cumberland.
Much closer to us, on Q...
Magpies are not uncommon in Aussies backyards but I have not had
any in my yard since I moved up here nearly 15 years ago. However,
not everyone likes these birds in their yard. They often become
very aggressive during the breeding season and they are big birds
with big strong beaks. This is the bird that has recently been
visiting my yard - I think it is a male.
I think I have been reading too many posts about gardens and
flowers and fresh veges up in the northern hemisphere. I do wish
that my garden looked lovely and tidy again but I am NOT a
dedicated gardener - and when energy levels are low it is way down
on my list of important things to do. So things kind of get along
by themselves and because this is SE Queensland they just grow a
little bit slower in the winter, The climate here is very nice
except when it gets a bit cold at night and then I have a whinge
Plans are underway to renovate New Farm Neighbourhood Centre.
New Farm Community Centre has been a part of your community for 32 years. Established in 1986 and providing a wide range of activities such as counselling, support network services, play groups, yoga, art classes and so much more.
New Farm Community Centre has been a friend of this community
for so many years, and now the centre is being revitalised thanks
to funding from the Queensland State Government.
The proposed improvements include:
You can view the current plans here
You can see a copy of the land sign here
View an open invitation to our community consultation event here
See the Flood Overlay Engineering Report here
View the Environmental Assessment Report here
Oxley Creek Transformation Pty Ltd (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Brisbane City Council) has prepared a draft Master Plan for a $100 million Project to revitalise this corridor, transforming it into a world-class green lifestyle and leisure destination.
Four priority projects proposed for the short to medium-term (0-10 years) are listed below:
Two strategic plans prioritised for the short-term and on-going:
Strategic Corridor Restoration Plan
Sustainable Economic Development Strategy
OCCA urges you to read and provide public comment on the draft Master Plan:
The OCCA Management Committee will release a statement next month, following a thorough review of the draft Master Plan and committee discussions.
OCCA appreciates all communication on the draft Master Plan to be directed to us via
Other links of interest:
Council overview and information:
Info on the priority projects:
Attend one the Have your say Community Engagement events:
Things are changing on the Gold Coast; its no longer the cultural vacuum that many joked it was decades ago.
These days, thanks to the investment of The Gold Coast City Council, this coastal city is quickly making its name as an impressive arts hub. Just last weekend the council gifted the community a free Tim Minchin concert to celebrate the opening of the beautiful new 3,500-seater outdoor amphitheatre.
The Gold Coast Arts Centre has been renamed to signal a new direction and new commitment to the arts and the Gold Coast and hinterland community. HOTA: Home of the Arts.
Standing front and centre is Criena Gehrke, CEO and director of the precinct. Hailing from Melbourne, Gehrke relocated four years ago and was instrumental in developing the citys cultural contract.
Gehrkes background in theatre, and her passion for site-specific work and community engagement is evident in the upcoming programming planned for HOTA this year.
Part of what we are committed to here is creating a great place of community.Part of the change is that the Arts Centre has been a great and well-regarded arts centre and when you grow it into an arts precinct it has to be an experience. We have a lake, a parkland, and facilities come and swim in the lake, get your feet sandy, come and see a show. This is a place where art meets life.
Gehrkes vision is a less passive way of viewing art. Its about community getting engaged and involved in what is presented.
I would hate to see the demise of the proscenium arch play, but you have to encourage people to engage thats our ambition to be a platform for great national and international artists and our home-grown artists.
It seems too good to be true. A council that actually values arts and culture?
The mayor and th...
|Small-leaved lilly pilly, INSET: Australasian figbird (male), Bulimba.|
|Little friarbird (Philemon citreogularis), Bulimba.|
The Cart Community Coffee is a socially inclusive coffee hub, at which people from within the wonderfully diverse community that is the New Farm peninsula can come together over an excellent cup of coffee.
The New Farm Neighbourhood Centre has always provided a welcoming and relaxing place for people to meet and tap into local support services. The Cart Community Coffee extends that welcome by providing somewhere where people can pass time with friends in a safe and relaxing environment. It also creates employment opportunities for those without work by training them to work as baristas.
Neighbours, commuters, passers-by and other members of the community are invited to stop and share a coffee in the gardens or to pick up a take-away on their way past.
When you buy a cup of coffee you have the choice of spending a little extra to pay a coffee forward for someone who is unable to buy one.
Open every day 6am-12pm, New Farm Neighbourhood Centre, 967 Brunswick St New Farm.
View the menu and price list here.
The Cart Community Coffee is an initiative of the Patrons of New Farm and made possible with the generous support of Merlo Coffee and Communify.
SPECIAL REQUESTThe school garden project needs keen gardeners. If you have any penchant to green thumbery, each Tuesday (all day) we need adults to work with a succession of nine grades -- from prep up -- planting, harvesting and mucking about growing stuff.Great kids to work with.As well as out and about among the beds, we have a very large shade tunnel to work in.Each year we try to make the program more child friendly and so much of it -- as well as garden maintenance -- relies on the contribution of volunteers For more information about the school garden, please phone Dave Riley on 0499 728 372.
Gary Opit, Yelgun.
Gold Coast relatives invited us to view the new renovations at Pacific Fair shopping centre and we obliged, hoping to get an impression of the future of Byron Bay.
Decades ago on rare occasions we had visited Pacific Fair with our children, who enjoyed the little tram ride around the large water lily lagoon, surrounded by a couple of streets of frontier-style local shops. Beyond that were two-level shopping arcades and department stores.
At that time a large brightly coloured open area had been set aside for children encircled high above by a metre-wide train line with an engine and carriage that carried fibreglass figures of comical animals. We dined in a cafe on an island with a large timber water wheel, revolving and splashing, surrounded by colourful goldfish.
In that same location I had played as a child in the 1950s and 1960s before the caravan park was built and then replaced by the shopping centre and casino. My brother and I explored the forests, crossing the wetlands on fallen paperbark trees, walking to the quiet beaches through groves of ancient giant banksia trees and cypress pines.
The large lagoon and childrens playground has now been filled in and replaced with multi-level shopping arcades, but a sliver of open space has been retained. An arcade-width of imitation grass and shallow rectangular tiled water features with lounge chairs in pavilions, which resemble prison cells, timber and rope replacing iron bars, are the new playground. People were sitting within them enjoying the splashing of the imitation waterfalls.
Children were still evident. Several small groups of a dozen ten-year-old girls were following women on what may have been some kind of a school outing. All were well mannered and fashionably dressed in hot pants and wearing small amounts of tasteful makeup. They were earnestly viewing the window displays of exclusive and world famous international brand names featuring $50 knickers and $3000 handbags. Air-conditioning kept the simmering heat of early winter away and the sound of traffic muffled the breaking of waves of the coral-dead Coral Sea.
I had the Brisbane Local Food grower
folks over for garden visit on the weekend. Always a great
experience to share the green thumb-ery with so many skilled
It was a bit crowded on the paths between the plants so there were gaggles of folk hither and yon. Great day. Good company.
Such generous people.
If you want to anchor your gardening skills BLF is the network to link up with.
Thursday , February 11th8.45am in the school library.Please book by ringing: 54339222
The LISTING, description & celebration of some culinary & EXOTIC plants recently discovered while RESIDENT in Terra Australis Icognita during anno Domini 2015 [complete with a hall of fame section for past comestibles] according to A GARDENER who is a local yokel. "IndyWatch Feed Seq"
Nation-wide Rallies being held This Friday, May 1st, protesting the forced closure of remote Western Australia Aboriginal Communities. Click here to find out more about the closures and the subsequent resistance.
Check below for your nearest rally (or if not applicable, contact the relevant local offices below showing your support), reblog and get involved.
ADELAIDE (SA)When: May 1st, 12pm
Where: Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga
ALBURY (NSW)When: May 1st, 10am
Where: Botanical Gardens, Smollett Street and Wodonga Place, Albury
ALICE SPRINGS (NT)When: May 1st, 12pm
Where: Town Council Lawns, Todd St, Alice Springs.
ARMIDALE (NSW)When: May 1st, 10.30am,
Where: Cenrtal Park, Armidale.
BEAGLE BAY (WA)When: May 1st, 10am
Where: Old Admin Building, KRCI office, Beagle Bay.
BELLINGEN (NSW)When: May 1st, 9-9pm
Where: Yarn Up after joining march in Nambucca Heads,Mem Hall, Bellingen.
BENDIGO (VIC)When: May 1st, 4.30pm
Where: Rosalind Park, Bendigo.
BRISBANE (QLD)When: May 1st, 5pm
Where: King George Square, Brisbane.
BROOME (WA)When: May 1st, 10am-12noon
Where: ICC Office, Napier Terrace, to the Broome Shire Office,Weld Street
BYRON BAY (NSW)being organised...
Rival proponents vying for the right to develop a casino on prime riverfront land in Brisbane have laid their cards on the table.
The Queensland governments decision to move public service offices to a new site at 1 William Street will free up the existing government precinct between George Street and the Riverside Expressway after 2016.
Enter two giants incumbent Brisbane casino owner Echo Entertainment and James Packers Crown Resorts who are battling it out for the once in a lifetime development opportunity.
The pairs rival consortiums on Monday revealed artist impressions of their proposals and both had exceeded the governments expectations, Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said.
Both projects would include a casino, hotels, residential accommodation, a pedestrian bridge to South Bank and luxurious bars and restaurants.Crowns proposal boasts a rooftop the size of The Gabba, public gardens, infinity pools and a suspended waterfall from its pedestrian bridge.
The Echo plan would feature a signature addition to the Brisbane skyline an arc-shaped sky deck perched above a high-end hotel and ballroom.
Echo had the advantage of not needing an additional casino licence because it would relocate its existing Treasury Casino, chairman John ONeill said.
The old site would be turned into a department store.
Both proponents on Monday responded to union accusations linking Hong Kong businessman Stanley Ho who has been banned from a similar development in Sydney to the Echo consortium.
Lets be very clear we are not in business with Stanley Ho, Echos chief executive Matt Bekier said.
The company was providing 50 per cent of the capital, while a 25 per cent partner, Hong Kongs Chow Tai Fook, had a business relationship with Dr Ho.
The government will finalise the assessment process by mid-2015.
Ok, if you hit this web address (at least I think its a web address, it could be a web site or possibly an envelope) http://www.abbottlies.com.au then it takes you straight to the Liberal Party website. (Cut and paste it if you think Im playing with the link!)
So which smart lefty thought of doing that? Well, actually it was the Liberal Party themselves. Apparently someone thought they could beat Labor to the punch by registering the name, then redirecting traffic to well, one could say the actual lies.
Now if thats not a spectacular admission, I dont know what is!
Tony Abbotts lies are up in lights for everyone to see at abbottslies.com.au, Mr Shorten said.
I guess this means Senator Brandis, Eric Abetz and Kevin Andrews dont qualify for the most spectacular stuff up of the week.
Kevin Andrews for those of you who missed it had to clear up a memorandum issued with his authority, which said that the following would not be considered gainful work when considering reduced waiting periods for unemployment benefits: domestic or gardening tasks at the applicants house of that of a family member, work for the purpose of achieving election of the person to public office and work that involves nudity or is in the sex industry.
Mr Andrews has since clarified that people doing live modelling for artists would be considered to be working even though they were sitting perfectly still.
Similarly, those working in the sex industry will be considered to be in gainfully work. Of course, one wonders why it would have been excluded in the first place. Was it that Kevin Andrews thought that sex was too much fun to be considered work? (Highly improbable). Or was it that he felt that people doing work of which he disapproves should be punished. (Possible, but then the list would have been much longer!)
Whatever the reason, people can rest easy. Those forced into sex work because of the Abbott Governments six month waiting period can breath a sigh of relief knowing that theyll be treated just like everyone else.
Yep, you cant say that this government isnt fair.
Particularly on social media if youre a public servant. Theyve forbidden it!
Rory is the head chef from Picnic Cafe and is also a comic book and sport enthusiast! Hes also famous for starting up the extremely popular Red Robin Supper Club (Twitter and Facebook), a Brisbane-based pop-up restaurant and supper club that has a very strong and loyal following!
Rory introduced us to his love of Brisbane and our glorious weather through #passportshredder.
Mel grew up in Byron Bay, and met Sandro when he was visiting his extended family in Mullumbimby. Sandros uncle Zio Luciano came to the northern rivers in the 1950s to cut cane and settled in Mullumbimby, even owning the Empire Cafe where he made pizzas. Sandro and Mel have recently moved back to Byron Bay from Brisbane where, although they enjoyed building up their business, they missed a sense of community for themselves and their children, so they have moved back to be close to their families.
Sandro was born in Fermo on the east coast of Italy. Learning the art of pizza-making from the top pizza chefs in the business is a serious undertaking in Italy, and Sandro spent most of his 20s working in and running small pizzerias in his region of Le Marche. After a trip home he was missing Italy and true pizza so he built a wood-fired pizza oven in the yard of his Brisbane home.
How did the business get started?
Mel We had lots of backyard parties; friends would invite friends. Our invitations of 30 guests always ended up being up to 100. We realised that if we could cater for such fun parties in our yards so could everyone. Sandro spent three years designing and constructing our amazing pizza trailer. He imported a commercial Di Fiore pizza oven from his region in Italy; we have the largest traditional mobile pizza oven in Australia. We cater to functions from 40 to 250+ pizzas and at festivals we make and cook 1,000s.
Mel Sandro is passionate about traditional Italian cuisine. He follows the true Italian way of fresh tasty ingredients on his thin crispy sourdough bases using real mozzarella and proper tomato sugo. Theres not a piece of pineapple to be seen anywhere near his pizza!
We describe ourselves as boutique because of the time and attention to detail that we dedicate to our ingredients and the handmade sourdough bases.
Surfers Paradise. Saturday, 1.20pm
There are two cultures of value in Australia: the Aboriginal and the Alternative. They are of value because they recognise that the natural systems of our land and sea are fundamental for human survival. They also realise that each generation must learn this.
You wont see much of either culture in Surfers. You can buy a key-ring boomerang, or a dot-painting stubbie holder. But you dont see many blackfellas around here. Or hippies. The kombis have headed south because theres nowhere to park, let alone camp, in Surfers.
Fifty years ago Surfers Paradise used to be a beach town. Now its I dont know what it is, but it aint paradise unless youre a drug dealer, pimp or cosmetic surgeon.
At street level, in the shadows of high-rise buildings that are either being constructed or pulled down, a group of teenagers roams between the metal mesh security fences that surround the construction/demolition sites. These young people, like our environment, are the keys to our future. Like the environment, they are abused, neglected and sold to the highest bidder.
The teenage boys walk in a way that is part New York gang swagger (from MTV) and part authentic Aussie drunken stumble. United by their new tattoos, championed by the chamber of commerce and safe in their number, they hoot and holler at two women on the other side of the street.
The two women seem immune to this mating display. Locals. Theyre dressed in large sunglasses, heavy lipstick, spray-on jeans and high heels. This is called beachwear.
There are some tourists too. They carry shopping bags with Ugg and Hard Rock Cafe on them. They wander around, wondering if thats all there is.
Not only the buildings, but the streets too are barricaded and fenced because of a road renovation project. This old tart of a town, once the belle of the Gold Coast ball, is constantly getting a nip here, a tuck there, desperate to stay attractive.
Cars cruise the detours, loud beats leaking from the tinted glass. A window winds down and a tattooed arm appears with a can in its hand. An inarticulate bellow punctuates the doof doof doof and the can points to three young Asian women.
Those women scuttle back into the r...
by John Tracey
Yet the form of bush that is protected in the national
parks of today, places without the human species, are a phenomenon
of the last hundred years, younger than many Australian urban
centres. The removal of human beings from the bush in the last two
hundred years has turned our wilderness areas into overgrown
The Green movement has built a concept of wilderness, without consultation with Aboriginal people, we have generalised that concept, politicised it and it is now a significant issue on the Australian political landscape. Yet the way we have described the natural environment bears no resemblance to its ancient reality.Modern Australia began with the legal principle of Terra Nullius, meaning a land with no law or government, no sovereign population. The British declared this continent to be Terra Nullius after Captain Cook discovered it, which allowed the British Crown to claim possession of the land in accordance with international law. Terra Nullius of course is a lie and was found to be such by the Australian High Court when Eddie Mabo proved that his family had owned their block of land since before Captain Cook.. Anthropologists and Aboriginal people assert that there was, prior to Cook and up until today, a complex and sophisticated system of law, government, economy and language, all the defining points of a sovereign nation.
Despite the high courts findings, Terra Nullius remains as the legal foundation for the sovereignty of the crown in Australia which in turn is the foundation authority for the parliament, courts, police, military and every other migrant legal institution.
Modern Australian conservationism dovetails with the legal fiction of Terra Nullius. Both deny the reality that this country was and still is occupied by a large complex Aboriginal society.
The conservation values of the Australian Bush are usually articulated in terms of species of plants and animals, geological considerations and often last and least, cultural heritage; usually a description of the history of the European colony and, occasionally, a reference to native title holders or Aboriginal place names (with little understanding of the meaning of either).
The principles of ecology and biodiversity have made us aware of the devastating consequences to an eco system if a particular species of plant or animal is removed. For example if a particular bird becomes extinct, the seeds it used to carry do not propagate and the insects it used to eat swell in numbers. Insect plague and reduced propagation in turn affects an infinite number of other organisms, radically degrading the systems of the ecosystem. The balance of bio-diversity has become an accepted principle in green ideology, yet how much have we cons...
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