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Saturday, 21 July

17:00

Malay House - Underwood Espresso & Matcha


Been seeing quite a few photos on insta about the newly opened Malay House, over in the increasingly bustling shopping hub that is Underwood Marketplace. Having read Brisvegustation's detailed post about the restaurant, I decided to go for an early lunch while their opening specials were still on.


Arriving just past 11.30am on a Saturday, I was pleased to get a table without waiting, especially as a queue formed roughly 15 minutes after we were seated. Having said that, the restaurant was definitely quite small and could probably not accommodate more than 30~40 people.

 
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Friday, 20 July

14:38

Recipe Round-Up: Naturally Lean Kittens Gone Lentil

Thanks for all the kind words and thoughts for my dad. After two and a half weeks, he is out of hospital and on the mend!

Naturally Lean by Allyson Kramer is a fun little book. It is divided up into chapters based on ingredients (such as nuts, grains, fruits, legumes, etc), rather than traditional chapters. You will notice that I talk often about how the serving sizes were far too small for me. This book is designed to have 300 calories or less for each serve, which I suspect is why some of them seem small. I don't count calories, so I just eat what makes me feel satisfied. Just bare that in mind if you are cooking for a crowd from this book. You can see what else I have made from this book here.

Popcorn Tofu with Beyond Good BBQ Sauce and Cucumber, Mango, and Radish Salad: This was a fun little dinner. The tofu is frozen and thawed, coated, and then baked. I found the chickpea-flour based dipping liquid very thick, so when I then rolled them in almond meal it got pretty sludgy. They baked quite nicely, but I had to increase the heat in my oven to get them to go golden. I The BBQ sauce was fairly easy to make, though initially had too strong a tomato taste for BBQ sauce, I added some extra brown sugar, and once it had time to sit a little the flavours melded better. I also left out the chili, used garlic powder instead of fresh garlic, and I didn't have any celery salt. The sauce also has some jam in it, and I used strawberry jam. The salad made a lovely side - it was so sweet and refreshing! My radishes were very little, so I cut the cucumber slices into quarters to make the sizes more equal.
Rating: Popcorn Tofu :), BBQ Sauce :), Salad: :)



Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie: It is cute when smoothie recipes say they serve 2, when they clearly only serve 1. Or is that just me and my big smoothie appetite? This is a lovely, pleasant smoothie. I used frozen strawberries to make it extra thick (along with the frozen banana), and I only used 1 date (rather than 2) so it wasn't super sweet. The recipe recommends almond milk, but I used oat. I used baby spinach as my greens.
Rating: :)

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Wednesday, 01 June

08:26

The new Gold Coast playground "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

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.

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Thursday, 10 March

01:05

School Garden Grows Stuff For 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The school garden began the term with weeds a'plenty and all the impacts of the Summer heat and school break neglect.
But after a lot of recovery work the crops are a comin' on and the beds have been renovated. Because of the heat we've moved a lot of activities into the shade tunnel while outside has not been kind to many seedlings.
With the Autumn plantings due, the children have been growing our requirements from seed.
In production already are corn, luffas, zucchini, cucumbers, sunflowers, some herbs, lettuces, pumpkins, eggplant and tomatoes. 
With this rain all systems are go. 

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Sunday, 07 February

18:33

Garden Visit by BLF "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

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 kitchen gardeners.
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.

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Thursday, 04 February

11:39

School Garden and Volunteer Induction Program at Beachmere State School "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

As Beachmere State School settles in for another great year, you can support the local school community by becoming a volunteer. 
There is a range of volunteer options available helping the teaching staff. 

For those with green thumb skills, you can also volunteer to help out in the school garden. 
We grow vegetables and herbs as part of the school curriculum while supplying fresh produce to the school tuck shop and a couple of local outlets like Club Beachmere and the Beach Shak. 

Any surplus is distributed among the school community.
But to volunteer you need to attend a Volunteer Induction Workshop and the next one of these will be held:
Thursday , February 11th8.45am in the school library.Please book by ringing: 54339222

Saturday, 05 December

11:06

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"


Methinks that as the end of the year approaches I owed it to my reading public to share a few tips and tricks as to the plant life I have partaken with much gardenary and culinary pleasure over the past  12 months of toil with sandy soil.

Ah. Toil with soil is so right. I have lived in, on , off and with the dirt as one would a third arm. Useful at times to scratch one's nose but demanding of effort and jealous for attention.
It is of the earth that I speak.
As the great barb of whatsit so well said, "The earth has music for those who listen." And this year past I have been heading its call.
I am Adam to its Eden. An apple to its Eve. A serpent to its grass.
It has consumed my urine and I its yield.
Amen to all that.

Herein I make up the list :

  • TOMATILLO: Much easier to grow than many varieties of its cousin, tomatoes, the husked and green tomatillo is both productive and undemanding. A great little performer in the sub tropics , the one drawback with this plant is that few know how to deploy it in the kitchen.I use it as a tomato substitute  in both hot and cold/raw dishes. You aren't gonna get the sweet bang! of a tom from a tomatillo, but you may find the reason why the ancient Maya and the Aztecs, considered the tomatillo more important than the tomato.
  • HUAZONTLE: This weedy plant is so easy to grow that i wonder why it hasn't occupied the backyard garden beds like a rash. I don't eat the leaves so much as the seed heads -- but only when green,when they form like flatte...

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