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Saturday, 16 March


Autumn Fair Markets and Fairs in Brisbane

Saturday 16th Mar, 10.00am 1.00pm, Seasons Aged Care

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Saturday, 02 March


North Brisbane Lapidary Club Gem and Jewellery Show 2019 Markets and Fairs in Brisbane

Saturday 2nd Mar, 8.30am Sunday 3rd Mar, 3.00pm, Bracken Ridge State High School

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Sunday, 17 February


Suitcase Rummage Markets and Fairs in Brisbane

Sunday 20th Jan, 12.00pm Sunday 28th Apr, 5.00pm, Brisbane Square


Technicolor Chinese New Year Night Market Markets and Fairs in Brisbane

Saturday 16th Feb, 4.00pm 9.00pm, DiverCiti Centre

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Thursday, 07 February


Matcha Honpo - Brisbane CBD Espresso & Matcha

2019 Must be the year that dreams come true. Although I've been able to resist the temptation of most desserts, Matcha is one thing I've never been able to walk away from, no matter how stringent the diet restrictions. Readers will know how obsessed I am with Sydney's Matcha cafe, Cre Asion, and my prayers were answered when when Brisbane's own Matcha Honpo opened along Wharf Street last week. 

We headed there right after work for a quick afternoon snack.



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Wednesday, 06 February


Eating Out: I Like Ramen Kittens Gone Lentil

I Like Ramen started as a weekly vegan pop-up down the coast, then got a permanent little kiosk at Love Child Miami (which I have visited once), then a pop-up in Brisbane, and finally its own permanent vegan venue. I visited one Saturday evening with some friends to check it out.

We started out sharing the Panko Mushrooms with a sour cream and garlic seasoning and aioli. I couldn't taste the seasoning much, but the mushrooms were crispy and tasty, though I wish there had been just a bit more aioli.

Panko Mushrooms at i like ramen

Also on the small plates menu, Agedashi Tofu. This was very tasty, but it was not agadashi tofu. The shiitake dashi was quite tart, and not at all like a traditional agadeshi broth. Given all the other food we ordered, I was worried that I wouldn't have room for this, but it was quite a small serving, only three pieces.

Agedashi Tofu at i like ramen

My friend ordered both of their bao options - Panko Mushroom and Kimchi Bao (with panko crumbed mushroom, bok choy, kimchi, and sriracha aioli) and the Holy 'Duck' Bao (crispy "duck" glazed in plum sauce, cucumber, mint and pickled daikon slaw with chilli lime dressing and pomegranate mayo). I also had the duck bao, but without the chilli lime dressing. This was really nice, though it came with a lot of raw onion that I picked out.

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But what about the Ramen, you ask? Never fear! I ordered the Cauliflower and Onion Ramen (activated charcoal noodles served in a cauliflower and onion broth with crispy beetroot, charred corn and cauliflower), because you know I could not say know to the amusing charcoal noodles. This was really tasty, though the...

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Tuesday, 05 February


Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Perth: Pho Huynh Espresso & Matcha

Second lunch in Perth and again we ended up having a super late meal, but rather than being in the CBD, we found ourselves out in the suburbs. Doing a quick search, I realised that we were in a predominantly Vietnamese influenced suburb, so there was no better excuse than to have some local Pho at the highly rated Pho Huynh nearby.

Arriving just before 3pm, the place was still half full on a weekday. Obvious sign of popularity. We were quickly seated and extremely thankful for the abundant air conditioning. 

The menu was traditional, focusing on mainly rice and noodles, there were also some sides and a small amount of drinks. We ordered quickly.


huskk cafe Memories Treasure Chest

Huskk Cafe, Grange

Huskk is a new cafe recently sprouted in Grange. In a short period of time, we visited this place twice. First time, just Grace and myself and on our second trip, we took my mom and grandma here when they came to visit from Penang.

This cafe looks bright, open and lovely. What is better is that they have a small corner of children's play area as pictured! Grace managed to keep herself occupied while waiting for our food. 


On our visit, I ordered the pancake from the children's menu and it was gingerbread flavour (due to pre-Christmas). It came in a generous amount and quite lovely but the ginger flavour may be a tad strong for Grace. She had a few bites. 


As for myself, I had the banana bread pudding slice and it was heavenly. Still quite moist and not too sweet which was good.



Breakfast with Keith De Lacy & me to discuss Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

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:

Breakfast with Keith De Lacy and Gene Tunny


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Monday, 04 February


Sassafras - Paddington Espresso & Matcha

Indubitably, the best way to start off a weekend is with a wholesome hearty brunch. Always keen to try out new things, we were pleased to receive an invite to try out Sassafras of Paddington, which has recently changed management and been bought out by head chef Chris Zirbel. Named after a leafy aromatic plant abundant in both North America and East Asia, it had my interest piqued, having read Joe's glowing review, I was definitely excited.

Situated along LaTrobe Terrace in what appears to be a refurbished residential house, the main counter and kitchen were indoors. There were also a few seats indoors, but the majority of seating was definitely out the back.

Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Perth: Hikaru Espresso & Matcha

First work day in Perth and it was absolutely hectic. Was unable to stop for lunch until late in the afternoon when most things were closed. Stumbled upon Hikaru in the cbd and opted for a quick bite before continuing any further

Inside was like most takeaway sushi shops, but one thing set it aside from all the others.

ONIGIRI. Delectable triangular rice balls with the seaweed stored separate from the rice to ensure crispy freshness. I had two take away. 



Eating Out: Netherworld Kittens Gone Lentil

One of the places I kept meaning to get back to, after my two visits four days apart at the end of 2017, was Netherworld, an arcade and bar with a vegan-by-default diner inside (there is the option to add animal products, wish it was all just totally vegan!). It took me a year to get back, at then end of 2018, for my friend's birthday (again). I met them for lunch, and we ate some food. You can read about my previous visits here.

We shared some entrees. The Pegasus Poutine (shoestring fries with gravy, melted cheese, and cheese sauce) and the Munchkin Mushies (sesame tempura mushrooms with wasabi mayo). I'd had the mushrooms before, and I love them. The poutine was a new addition to the menu. It was very satisfying, loaded with lots of gravy and cheese, but it got pretty soggy. I wish they had sturdier fries, and it was more a platter rather than a bowl. It was a big serve!

Pegasus Poutine at Netherworld

Munchkin Mushies at Netherworld

I was super keen to order the Cryptid Classic Burger (crispy fried tofu, pickled ginger, nori, lettuce, tomato, wasabi mayo and avocado). Sounds like a great combination, right? I was disappointed. Instead of just avocado, which would have been great, they instead used their guacamole. A very strong lime and far too spicy guacamole, that overpowered everything. The pickled ginger was a tiny pile, and I couldn't taste the wasabi mayo at all. The tofu was nice, though very salty. I ended up eating one piece of tofu on its own, so I could make the burger fit in my mouth. They had free fries with burgers at lunchtime, so we all had a side of fries as well.

Cryptid Classic Burger at Netherworld

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Sunday, 03 February


Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Perth: Infusion Coffee and Tea Espresso & Matcha

Early morning in Perth and on the lookout for good coffee, both for immediate consumption as well as for a little something to bring back home for Adam. Had read about the very popular Infusion Coffee and Tea in the mall and headed there before a busy day. It was the only thing open early enough, and I was easily able to locate it with my nose.

There was an abundance of coffee beans, each infused with a different flavour. Other than the usual favourites of vanilla, toffee or hazelnut, it also offered things like Jamaican Rum and Highland Whiskey. I loved smelling each and every sack to determine which I wanted.

Once I had decided, I could choose which bean to try immediately and watched them grind and make it. I opted for the smooth hazelnut. Delightfully nutty and sweet, it made for a wonderful cappuccino. The cookie was also wonderfully good value at $2.50 a piece. I also got quite a few bags of beans to take away for back home. Being super keen on refills at a later date, the shop attendant told me that whist they didn't have an online shop, they wou...


In My Kitchen February 2019 Tiffin bite sized food adventures

three green platic tupperware containers with yello starburst motif sit stacked on a bench

Bang! February is here. After a lovely six months off work, where we went on three different holidays (Europe, Thailand, Tasmania), I have started a new contract with the Qld Government. This means being super organised for lunches and dinners, rather than just wandering around the house and deciding on a whim, what to cook and eat. Luckily Im a Project Manager by trade so I am super organised.

In my February kitchen

freezer with door open showing labeled freezer draws

is my well ordered freezer. You may be able to see that I have labeled the drawers. The idea is that this makes it easier for me to direct Mr Tiffin, when I ask him to pull something out. Go to the meals drawer Im pretty sure its in there. Well thats the idea anyway. If a drawer is too full, its time to use up some of the items in the drawer rather than move them elsewhere. Well thats the idea anyway.

In my kitchen (and freezer)

carrot cafe muffins toped with walnut pieces sit on a mesh cooling rack

are carrot cake muffins. Whilst we were in Tasmania, we had home exchange visitors from France in our house. They jetted off the day after we arrived back home and left a wide assortment of unusual items in the fridge including two bags of carrots. I generally only eat carrots raw and theres only so many salads you can eat day after day. So, I whipped up a batch of carrot cake muffins and stashed them in the freezer. Of course, they are full of sugar and oil but at least I can control the amount and portion size. There is no cream cheese frosting so that mitigates things to some e...

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Saturday, 02 February


Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Perth: Authentic Bites Dumpling House Espresso & Matcha

Landed in Perth for the last interstate trip of 2018 with Iron Fist. First stop was dinner before the long day of work tomorrow. Wanting something good, quick and convenient, I opted for Authentic Bites Dumpling House in the CBD. Apparently quite at few people agreed with how good it was, and there was a substantial wait for a table.

It took us over half an hour to get in, but luckily there was a menu stuck to the window, so at least we could ponder our order before going in.


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Friday, 01 February


Malt Dining - Brisbane CBD Espresso & Matcha

Sometimes, life is hard. You find yourself overworked and deadlines are looming. At times like that, it's a nice surprise when your other half takes initiative to take you out for a nice lunch to get your mind off work. Bonus points for deciding to go to Malt dining, a place within 50 metres from work, that I've always wanted to go to but never had a good enough reason to try, and so he took me there, just because.

Heading in at lunchtime, we were seated in the attic. Decor was elegant and classical. I loved the setup and the moody vibe.


The lunch menu was fairly short but had a few things that I could easily come back for.


Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Melbourne: Higher Ground Espresso & Matcha

Last breakfast in Melbourne and he decided to go to Higher Ground, a popular brunch spot along Little Bourke Street. Having experienced a really good run with the weather, it was inevitable we would get some Melbourne rain before we left. Arriving at peak brunch time there was a considerable crowd and everyone was keen to get out of the rain. I think it was a stroke of genius to have a coffee cart outside to serve those waiting in line, commercialism at its finest.

Took almost an hour for us to get a table, but we finally made it inside. Iro...

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Saturday, 27 January


B+C Lab Cafe Memories Treasure Chest

B+C Lab Cafe

Anyone loves matcha? Then you really need to visit this cafe. After seeing the matcha crepe cakes from B+C Lab cafe in Instagram, I have been waiting for the right time to visit it. Despite being so eager to visit, taking Grace there would not be a good idea because she would not be able to eat anything (lol, not allowed at this stage)

So after lunch at Burger Urge, Mr and myself walked across the road to the cafe. You would miss this cafe if you do not focus. Follow the white tiles and you will find it. Once inside, you will not miss the glass cabinet display of their cakes selection. They had the Earl Grey crepe cakes special that day but I had to give it a pass for my matcha crepe cakes.

Matcha Crepe Cake

First of all, check out the vibrant green matcha colour. To me, that means B+C Lab do not skimp on the matcha (which is imported all the way from Japan). The crepe cake was heavenly with a very well balanced flavour of matcha and sweetness. It was creamy, smooth and just so good. Even the Mr enjoyed it.

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How to read more in 2018 Melissa Loh

Blog title - How to read more in 2018

Do you often have read more as a new years resolution? Or is it your 2018 resolution?

And as a result, do you buy lots of books that you never finish reading?

Then after reading Marie Kondos book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, you end up throwing away your collection of never-finished-reading and only-read-once books?

I read more than 50 books in 2017 without spending a cent, and am hoping to repeat it this year. Heres how you can do the same.


Get a library card

If you have a Brisbane City Council library card, youre already halfway towards a universe of books to jump into this year.

Every town or city has a public library, and membership is us...

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Tuesday, 23 January


Burger Urge Memories Treasure Chest

Burger Urge, Kelvin Grove

Are you a burger fanatic? I do not consider myself as one but would want to enjoy a good decent burger. I have tried some of the restaurants in the Kelvin Grove village and yet to try the Burger Urge there.

As part of the lunch specials, we ordered the 'Boston Cheese' and 'Pineapple Express' burgers that came with sides of small chips and a soft drink. Mr opted for the healthy drink which is plain water while I had lemonade. Shortly after our meals arrived and they looked tasty.

Boston Cheese
Mr's Boston Cheese burger came with prime ground Australian beef, American style cheddar, pickles, BU special sauce, aioli and salad. His glazed milk bun burger was soft and a little smaller than my sesame seed bun. Overall, it was a good burger and a delicious one.

Pineapple Express
Pineapple and chicken in a burger? Ya, I do not mind them. The combination was quite refreshing from the pineapple but that means the juice is just dripping when you bite on to the burger. It was quite a nice burger. The chips...

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Thursday, 18 January


Willow and Spoon Memories Treasure Chest

Willow and Spoon, Windsor

Finally on a child free day (Grace's first day in childcare), Mr and myself went out for a lunch date at Willow and Spoon. Certainly it was not a romantic setting, but we appreciate this little moment we have together. I think couples deserve this time together if possible! 

Parking was easy to find along the street, and there are plenty of seats at the back of the cafe. I have been here years ago and it has been upgraded with new paint and design. It is bright and lovely.

Willow and Spoon's menu

After browsing the menu, I knew what I want straightaway. I previously had a waffle dish (could not be bothered to blog about this place or maybe I should?) in another cafe and was so disappointed. I need to satisfy that craving and hence, ordered the Southern Fried Chicken with waffle. It turned out to be an amazing dish! Seriously love the crunchy fried chicken and it was paired beautifully with the waffle. The honey and bourbon beans were quite mild and not too overpowering. Simply good!

Southern Fried chicken with waffle, honey...

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Monday, 15 January


Christmas BrewFest 2017 Brisbane Coffee Tours

Christmas BrewFest 2017 was our third running of this prestigious event. We roasted the coffee that made the coffee beer, glassed (sipped cold drip coffee from wine glasses) the coffee that made the coffee beer, then sipped and savoured three coffee beers

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Saturday, 13 January


Brick Bistro Bar Memories Treasure Chest

Brick Bistro Bar, Redcliffe

One weekend, we went to Redcliffe for an outing and explored the morning market. Prior to that, we had early lunch so that Miss G will not get cranky! We stopped by at Brick Bistro Bar and thankfully just started their lunch session, which is mostly tapas style. While waiting for the meals to arrive, G had some colouring session with the supplied crayons and drawing papers. 

We certainly ordered quite a bit for two adults and one baby/toddler. Trying to guess what she will eat, we ordered a mix of food. The meals all came out around the same time and G was just salivating (maybe just a little)! LOL! 

Cheese burger slider with chips ($9)
Firstly, we ordered a kid's meal (cheese burger slider) that came with fries and soft drinks for $9. The bun was quite dry but the rest was delicious. Beef patty flavourful and really good chips. 

House garlic and rosemary bread with olive oil and balsamic reduction ($7)


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Thursday, 11 January


Welcome to 2018 Melissa Loh

Blogpost - Welcome to 2018

I swear the years fly faster the older you get. How the hell did I blink and were already a week into 2018?

This blog has seen fuller days 2017 has not been kind, so I wanna a fresh start.

Lets start with reflecting on my 10 goals for 2017.

  • We never got around to scheduling those date nights, but there were tonnes of family time.
  • Our 10th-year-anniversary celebration was a disaster a Noosa weekend turned into a diarrhoea episode on the SOs part.
  • I smashed my 30-books reading goal by reading 56 books, thanks to BookBub.
  • I didnt get to physically attend a conference, but I DID watch videos from Social Media Marketing World 2017 conference.

And I obviously didnt stick to ANY editorial plan for this blog.

So much for that.

Lets hope I do better this year.


Celebrating 2017

While 2017 ended on a horrible note with my father having to undergo a triple bypass (more on that later), I cannot deny there have be...

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Saturday, 16 December


Kamikaze Teppanyaki Memories Treasure Chest

Kamikaze Teppanyaki, Westfield Garden City

Anyone reads the free weekly Chinese newspapers that can be collected in Sunnybank? Although I cannot read Mandarin and barely speaks Mandarin now, I enjoy looking through the advertisements particularly regarding opening of new restaurants or even what is up on offer!

Ahhaha, thanks to my MIL, Kamikaze Teppanyaki had a voucher for 'Buy 1 get 1 free' for bento, ramen or udon meals. After dropping off Grace at the in-laws, Mr and myself made our way to Garden City to have lunch at Kamikaze. As we were there right at the lunch opening hour, we were the first customer to arrive. A menu was given and I so want a bento set and ordered the unagi, and the prawn tempura ramen.

Sitting outside, we could see one chef getting the teppanyaki table ready and soon after could see him performing 'fire ball'. Well, he was entertaining other guests with his culinary fire skills.  

Our meals arrived shortly and I was happy with the unagi bento set. It came with sides of garden salad, gyoza, spring rolls and seaweed salad. I love grilled eel and I think this hit the spot! If only there was more of the sauce for the rice as well. The gyoza and spring rolls are all right, tasted better with the dipping sauce. As for the garden salad's dressing, it was not something I expect. It tasted more like grated ginger and garlic dressing, which was OK. 


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Monday, 13 November


Gardening magazines Everyone's Blog Posts - Logan Food Gardeners

Hello everyone
Im a new member of LFG and new to gardening as well.i would like to know if someone is getting rid of old issues of gardening magazines or would like to sell them?

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Friday, 29 September


Our Great Day Out Coffee Tour in September 2017 Brisbane Coffee Tours

Our Great Day Out Coffee Tour in September 2017 followed the steps of Laurel Edwards through the Valley as seen on Channel 7s The Great Day Out Bean Brewding segment. We roasted green bean to brown at Bear Bones, drank

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Monday, 18 September


The new Eight Acres website is live! Eight Acres

Very soon this blogspot address will automatically redirect to the new Eight Acres site, but in the meantime, you can check it out here.  You will find all my soaps, ebooks and beeswax/honey products there, as well as the blog (needs a tidy up, but its all there!).  I will be gradually updating all my social media links and updating and sharing blog posts over the next few months.  I'm very excited to share this new website with you!

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Thursday, 31 January


GUEST SPEAKER FOR FEBRUARY 2019 MEETING Brisbane Organic Growers Inc.

At the first meeting of 2019, Bruce Ham will discuss his visit to the Toowoomba facility of Bugs for Bugs. This company is at the forefront of developing biological controls to manage pests and diseases in commercial organic farms. Not only do they breed a range of beneficial insects, but they also have to breed the food sources for the beneficial insects. The discussion will examine what beneficial insects might be found in Brisbane gardens and how we might encourage them.

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Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Melbourne: Tsujiri Espresso & Matcha

Having not eaten dessert as part of our dinner, Adam's evening remained unfulfilled. After a brief stroll back into the city, we came across Tsujiri, another matcha themed cafe, perhaps competition to the popular Kyo Tea House. Time for us to investigate. 

The store was fairly small, drinks menu was extensive though, but largely focused again on Matcha and Houjicha with hot and cold variations with and without ice cream.

A few of their desserts had sold out, but we still saw a few things we wanted in their pastry cabinet.


Kam Wah Cafe & Bakery - Mongkok, Hong Kong my name is Food.

When in Hong Kong, you feel like it's a must that you visit a local, typical Hong Kong Cha Chaan Teng of which Kam Wah Cafe is one. Serving local chinese dishes along with its signature Pineapple bun, egg tarts and milk tea. Since we just finished lunch, we decided to just order their signature Pineapple buns and Milk Tea.

Why are they called 'Pineapple Buns' (bo lo bao) you may ask.. No, they don't have any hint of pineapple in it at all but due to its pineapple shaped sugar crusted buns, it became famous and was so called the 'Pineapple Bun'. Though I am unsure how that name came about because it doesn't look like a pineapple nor does it taste like one.

With the Pineapple Bun, you can order the bun with a slab of butter sandwiched in between but we didn't. Might just be one big mess trying to eat and walk at the same time, and with the heat, we didn't want the butter to just simply melt everywhere.


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Tuesday, 12 September


Farm update - September 2017 Eight Acres

One more post on this blog and then I think I'm going to be ready to launch the new site!  I can't wait to share it with you.

Well it hasn't rained for a few weeks and I always find this time of year tough because all the grass is dead from the cold weather and lack of rain, so its all just brown and dry and I start to worry about bushfires.  We are just waiting for rain.  Which is a shame really because apart from that its quite a nice temperature and the days are getting longer, so I should be enjoying the weather instead of wishing for rain.  Also the dogs get very dirty and static from playing in the dust!

Food and cooking
Did you see my post about growing mushrooms?  That was quite fun :)

Land and farming
We've been looking at getting a bigger tractor because we really want to try a yeoman's plough to improve our pasture.  And we finally bought a firefighting rig for the back of the ute.

Barastock sent me some chicken food in exchange for social media images featuring my chooks eating their food.  The black and white one was in the photos, but...

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Tuesday, 05 September


Getting stared with chickens - summing up Eight Acres

In 2013 I interviewed chicken flocksters on different sized properties, from suburban blocks to small farms, in four different countries, about getting started with chickens. This was a continuation from my first series of interviews about getting started with growing your own. One thing was the same in every interview, everyone loves watching their chickens! I really enjoyed reading these interviews, so I hope you did too. It is interesting to read about how people keep their chickens (and other poultry) and why they make those decisions, with lots of great advice for new chicken keepers too.

Here are all the interviews:

Ohiofarm Girl of Adventure in the Goodland (USA)

Gavin from the Greening of Gavin (Aust)

Madeleine from NZ Eco Chick (NZ)

Tanya of Lovely Greens (UK)

Adam and Amy from Sustainaburbia (Aust)

Linda from Greenhaven (Aust)

And my interview with myself (Aust)

I'm looking forward to more chicken discussions...



Our Town Coffee Tour in August 2017 Brisbane Coffee Tours

The Our Town Coffee Tour in August 2017 celebrated our town of Brisbane and its super coffee. We connected crop to cup with coffee cupping, experienced different brew methods with Honduran coffee and went on a sensory sensation!   Big

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Monday, 28 August


Pot garden progress Eight Acres

I'm still here!  I just got distracted by making a new soap website and I couldn't decide where to post this.  But I'm not ready to move just yet.  I wanted to show you my pot garden as I've been pleasantly surprised by what I can grow (in winter anyway).  We are going to build a proper garden and set up the aquaponics, but other things need to be done first and meanwhile my pot collection keeps growing every time I go to our monthly share meeting and come home with another herb!

Celery, peas, winter savory and parsley

I have my collection of pots stacked on my potting table, which is the size of a sheet of mesh - I think its 2m by 3m or so.  And I have more pots underneath.  The worm farms are up top as well.  It seems to be good for the shade-loving plants, like mints, yarrow and strawberries to be down below in the partial shade.  I really like the location, it is between the house and the shed, so every time we go to the shed or to the car, we walk past the garden.  I was going to put the garden further away, but now I can see that this is the ideal spot, so we will build our shade structure at the back (northern side) of the shed and put the garden right there.

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Wednesday, 23 August


End of Financial Year Coffee Tour in June 2017 Brisbane Coffee Tours

The Brisbane End of Financial Year Coffee Tour in June 2017 showcased Woolloongabba as a hub for specialty coffee. We watched green bean transform to brown at Coffee Supreme, appreciated espresso at Blue Sky and learnt the art of cupping

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Friday, 18 August


Wild Canary Bistro Melissa Loh

The SOs grandfather was visiting from Perth and staying with the in-laws. They had recently moved into the country, so had organised a family lunch at a local cafe close to their property.

We had started the day late. Little Mister had been sleeping in. We had a long drive ahead, and I couldnt bear being stuck in the car with a fussy toddler almost 2 hours without decent sustenance.

I scrolled through my map of pinned bookmarks and remembered Wild Canary Bistro. It has been on my list, due to the Instagram-worth breakfasts and cakes. And best of all, it was in the general direction of where we were headed.

Wild Canary Bistro


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Thursday, 17 August


Growing mushrooms in my kitchen! Eight Acres

Ive been wanting to try growing mushrooms for some time. I LOVE mushrooms and we buy them from the supermarket every week, so I was keen to find a way to produce them at home to reduce waste and potentially cost as well.

eight acres - how to use a mushroom kit to grow your own oyster mushrooms

A few years ago I found out that you could grow mushrooms from the spent mushroom compost from mushroom farms. So we dropped in to a farm on the Sunshine Coast and picked up a couple of boxes for $2 each. I diligently kept them dark and sprayed them with water, but in our climate, I just couldnt keep them damp enough (and I had to keep them outside because our shed was too hot). I never managed to produce any mushrooms from those boxes, but when I gave up and tipped the compost out onto the garden, mushrooms sprang up everywhere. I wasnt confident that they were the right mushrooms though, so I didnt harvest any of those. As the proverb says, All mushrooms are edible, but some only once! I am generally a bit nervous about unidentified fungi.

Since then, I had been thinking about trying a mushroom kit, sure they are more expensive, but probably more likely to succeed as they are designed to help you grow mushrooms at home. I hadnt decided which one to try, so I was very pleased when my friends at Biome Eco Stores sent me a Life Cykel Mushroom Kit (Affiliate link) to test. These are nice and small (unlike my big boxes of mushroom compost), so they can be kept in your kitchen. The kits consists of a cardboard box containing a plastic bag filled with coffee grounds collected from cafes (recycling!) which is inoculated with oyster mushroom spores and ready to grow, you just have to cut open the bag.



GreenPro - implements for small farms Eight Acres

A tractor with implements is an essential tool for getting work done around the farm (as I recently wrote about here). At Cheslyn Rise, our 258-acre property, we have a 75 HP tractor with front bucket and forklift tynes. We have ploughs, a hay rake, cultivator drill (seeder), an 800 L spray tank and a slasher. At Eight Acres, we only had a tiny 15 HP tractor with a slasher. Often we wish we could use the big tractor there too, but it's just not practical to transport it. 

When I write about farm work weve done using our big tractor, I usually get questions from readers about how to do these things on a smaller scale, for a hobby farm or lifestyle block, especially our recent pasture seeding, which required two ploughs and the cultivator drill. Until recently, I havent had any answers. I think it's an issue that weve all experienced, it's hard to justify buying even a small tractor for a small hobby farm, and even if you do buy one (ours is second hand), it's hard to find appropriate implements, thats why we only have a slasher. We havent been able to plant pasture on our small farm, and we are always lugging around manual spray packs because we havent found any implements suitable for an ATV or small tractor.

Back in 2015, Ben Hestehauge Product Manager from greenPRO contacted me to tell me about their new range of implements for small farms I instantly saw the potential for this equipment. Since then they have continued to develop their three leading products for small farms - The ATV-Pulled 6-IN-1 Seeder, The Solar Powered Travelling Irrigator, and ATV Sprayer Trailer, all of which are designed to be towed by an ATV. greenPRO contacted me again recently and asked me to update my post, as they wanted to make sure that you have the latest information about these exciting products.

greenPRO is based in Warana on Queenslands Sunshine Coast, and are a division of Quik Corp, a company that has been manu...

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Saturday, 12 August


The story of our house cows - part 4 Eight Acres

I just updated our house cows' story over on my house cow ebook blog.  You can check it out here.

Bella with Molly in the background

future house cow Charlotte


Farm update - August 2017 Eight Acres

Its been cold this month, and very nice to have the fire going every night.  Here's a photo of my boy in his cape, great for late night woofing at things.  Most of July we were either preparing for the butcher to come or putting meat away.  Its always a big job, but its only once a year, and its all done now.  My lovely neighbour came over to help, so it was fun to have the company and work together.  Taz was a champion once again as she helped us to move cattle in the yards ready to load for the market.  Gus is not at that level yet and had to stay home (he cries when he gets left behind, but he just gets in the way and scatters the cattle).  We have had a few sprinkles of rain here and there, but also plenty of cold nights, so the grass is mostly dead and dry, waiting for the warmer weather to revive our summer-active pasture.

Gus in his cape
Taz after she helped to move cattle

Food and cooking

It was all about beef in July and we are very happy to have the freezers loaded again with plenty of the nice cuts (we were still finishing roasts from the last animal, it was luxury to try the first t-bone!).



What weed? Everyone's Blog Posts - Logan Food Gardeners

Hi, I'm new here so hope this the right place to ask this  

can anyone identify these plants please.  Sorry photos have ended up out of order and in the middle of the post.  Sigh.  another new thing to master.

I'm assuming they are weeds since they grow amazingly well and I don't remember planting them.

The greyish one grows to at least 3 meters in less than a year.  The bobbly things turn into small puffy mauve flowers and the leaves are quite large and downey.  i have a dim memory of someone calling it a wild tobacco but no idea why.

The second one grows to about 2 meters before i chop it down. the leaf veins and stems are a pinkish red, havent seen any flowers  

Are either of them any use other than as compost material?  the grey one is about to flower so if it is a weed I'd like to get rid of it before it sets seed.

Thanks in advance.  im hoping to make it on sunday. This seems like a fun helpful group  

Cheers, marilyn


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Wednesday, 02 August


RIP Molly Moo Eight Acres

I don't have a proper post to write today.   At the moment we are just a bit stunned.  Pete found Molly dead on Monday when he heard her calf bawling.  We don't know what happened to her.  She had starting losing condition due to feeding her calf (we haven't been milking) and we had just put out hay to make sure that everyone was getting enough to eat.   We don't know if there was an underlying condition, or that something else affected her while she was already weak, but she didn't seem deathly ill to me when I chatted to her on Sunday afternoon.  I googled it and there are over 200 causes of sudden death in cattle, so we will probably never know for sure.

Her absence is still sinking in.  I've stopped looking for the cow with horns when I do the herd check.  Her calf is, fortunately for us, about 3 months old, so can be weaned as long as he gets enough hay.  He is wild and there is no way to catch him at the moment without making everyone walk through the yards again, he's with the rest of the herd and seems ok.

 Molly came to our property in 2011 as a six week old calf with her mum Bella.  She grew up to be the best milker, always happy to stand patiently while I put on the milking machine, and she made plenty of milk for us and her calves.  Molly was MY cow, I spent the hours sitting in the yard with her to keep her tame for milking and she would always come to me for a scratch (and I learnt to avoid her horns when she was excited).

I'm actually not as upset as I would have expected, I think a sudden death is easier in some ways because I didn't have to watch her suffer or try to nurse her or decide to euthinise or not, the decision was made and she is gone and we have to get on with things.

Thanks everyone who left lovely messages on my Instagram and Facebook post.  A house cow is very close to a dog in status, very nearly more a pet than livestock, and I thought she would be around for longer than six years.  I really appreciate the kind thoughts.


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Monday, 31 July


Keeping our new house clean Eight Acres

I know I keep saying that I hate cleaning, but now that we are in our new house, I have more motivation.  Firstly this house is way nicer than our old house, from the colour of the walls (that we chose of course) to the high ceilings and better lighting, I just enjoy being in the house more than ever before.  And I know how much effort went into getting it this nice so I don't want to see it getting dusty and dirty.  Permaculture principle "produce no waste" suggests that timely maintenance prevents wasteful rework and big jobs to fix things that could have taken very little time if they were done earlier.  This helps me to prioritise small cleaning jobs before they turn into big ones.

eight acres: using ENJO products to clean our new house

One new thing that we have tried since moving is the ENJO range of cleaning products (affiliate link).  You won't find ENJO in your supermarket, its sold by independent consultants, and also available online (I get a small commission if you use my links). ENJO's chemical-free, all-natural fibre cleaning products eliminate the need for chemical-based cleaners.  This saves you money in the longer term (cleaning products are expensive!) and you get to avoid the toxins as well.  The best part is that the ENJO system is very easy to use and you get great results from very little effort, overall, this is my kind of cleaning!

I'm not just writing this post to get you to use my affiliate links, I have found myself in several conversations lately talking about these products because I really like them (and its really not like me to want to talk about cleaning), and recently a friend also asked for more information, so I wanted to share what I like about ENJO and if you're interested, please do use my links...

The FloorCleaner
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Wednesday, 26 July


Bean to Sydney Brisbane Coffee Tours

Weve bean to Melbourne a few times but never bean to Sydney to enjoy the caffeinated highlights on offer. We had the opportunity to sample a number of locations and these venues form our fantastic 4. So if youre ever


How I use herbs: Feverfew Eight Acres

Sometimes I write about the herbs I've been growing for a long time and use frequently, other time I use these posts as an opportunity to find out more about a new herb.  Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) is the latter!  I've had it in my garden for a couple of years after a friend gave me a seedling and it has self-seeded, but I haven't known how to use it., so its time to look up the herb books!

How to grow feverfew
Apparently it is a perennial, it must die back when its too cold or too hot and dry because it disappeared for a while.  It grows from seed or root division or cuttings.  If you let it flower and seed it will self-seed (that's my favourite type of plant!).

How to use feverfew
  • The flowers are pretty, however they repel insects including bees, so not one for the bee garden (although can be used as a companion plant around brasiccas to repel cabbage moth etc and the dried leaves can be used to keep moths out of your wardrobe)
  • Can sooth pain and swelling from insect bites (I MUST try that next summer)
  • Used to prevent headaches and migraines if taken regularly - by reducing inflammation (it contains parthenolide, which inhibits the release of prostaglandins and histamine which cause inflammation) 
  • It seems to help with other pain conditions such as arthritis
  • Reduces fever (hence the name)
  • Induces menstruation (and can reduce cramps) and used after childbirth - therefore not to be taken while pregnant
  • As a bitter herb...

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Wednesday, 30 January


How to become a permaculture teacher. Morags new masterclass Our Permaculture Life

Have you ever wondered how to become a permaculture teacher or how you make permaculture your livelihood as well as your way of life? The masterclass I just released this week is all about doing just this.

There are so many ways that you can create your own job as a permaculture teacher. I have taught permaculture around the world for over 25 years. Its always been my real job. I absolutely love it!

Take a listen to the 50 minute masterclass. I talk about:

  • How to become a permaculture teacher. Ill will share different pathways for you to become a permaculture teacher too.
  • Finding a permaculture mentor. I believe that finding mentors is so valuable in developing your permaculture education skills. Learn ways to go about finding a mentor.
  • how to build permaculture teaching experience. The best way to become a great teacher is, of course, to teach. Ill share lots of ideas of how to build your teaching experience.

$700 off Permaculture Educators Program

And, if you happen to be reading this before January 31st, 2019, you might want to make the most of the $700 discount on the Permaculture Educators Program the only place in the world you can do both a Permaculture Design Course and a Permaculture Teacher Certificate online. This is the course I have designed to share with you 25 years of permaculture teaching experience. The program is super comprehensive, flexible and supportive.

I am so keen to encourage people to become excellent permaculture teachers in their own communities. I have created this program so that you can work it around your current commitments, and begin designing and teaching as you study this course.

With the $700 discount, the program is AUD1297.

To register or find out more, please visit the Permaculture Educators Program information page of the Permaculture Education Institute.

In February, the price will be AUD1597 but you will also receive a bonus course The Incredible Edible Garden, the return to its usual price of AUD1997.

How to become a permaculture teacher

Click on the image below to watch the masterclass.

Its a great time to start this course

If youve ever contemplated making permaculture your livelihood as well as way of life, this is a great opportunity to focus, learn, connect, practice, research, be mentored and experience permaculture in a course that is:

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  • very flexible to fit around yo...


Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Melbourne: Entrecote Espresso & Matcha

Its hardly a trip to Melbourne without a fancy Euro style meal. Having already scratched our itch for Italian, I decided that the Parisian Steakhouse and Cafe, Entrecote, situated near the royal botanical gardens would be a nice place to have dinner. Making a reservation beforehand, it was a relaxing stroll through the greenery that really set the mood for dinner.

Seating was as requested, indoors. The chic French setup was wonderful, although tables were a little small.




Recipe Round-Up: The No Meat Athlete Cookbook Kittens Gone Lentil

To be honest, I really wasn't sure if The No Meat Athlete Coobook (by Matt Frazier and Stepfanie Romine) was a cookbook for me. While I had seen people making some very nice things from it, I am hardly and athlete. The only marathons I participate in are the sort where I sit on the sofa and marathon watch a TV show. I don't need all sorts of weird athlete fuel recipes, as I am hardly burning off the same amount of calories. However, a friend who also is not an athlete said that the book was great, so I took the plunge and I am glad I did. Lots of fun recipes packed full of yummy ingredients. This book definitely is a wholefood type cookbook, no mock meats or cheeses, but it is not oil or gluten free (though there are options), and there are some tasty things. This is the first round up I have done from this book, but you can see a few recipes I have posted individually in these posts.

Peanut Butter Tempeh with Korean Tahini BBQ Sauce: I love peanut butter and I love tempeh, so I was excited for this. But unfortunately I found the taste of the yummy peanut sauce kind of dried out and faded once it was baked with the tempeh. The tempeh was the main flavour. I did use tempeh from the supermarket though, so I'd like to try it again with some better tempeh, and also double to sauce so it doesn't dry out so much. However, the Korean Tahini BBQ sauce definitely perked things up. With tahini, red miso, garlic (I used powdered), ginger, vinegar, and sugar (I left out the chili), it is very tasty! It thickened up nicely after blending with the immersion blender. I served this with wilted spinach, rice, and steamed broccoli.
Rating: Tempeh :| (need to try again with better tempeh and more sauce), BBQ Sauce :)

Peanut Butter Tempeh; Korean Tahini BBQ Sauce

Savoury Oatmeal: There are couple of variations you can make with this recipe, so I've made it twice. Oats, grated carrot, spinach, nooch, and sauce (either salsa or marinara) are simmered to make a nice, savoury breakfast. I found a half recipe makes a decent serve for one. Topped with smoked paprika, pumpkin seeds, and avocado. The first time I used the option with salsa as the sauce (a bottled one), and the second I used marinara (home made). Both versions were good.
Rating: :)


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Monday, 24 July


The buzz about bees - book review Eight Acres

The more I learn about the bees, the more I'm fascinated by them and amazed at the things that researchers have figured out!  To be successful beekeepers we need to try to learn as much as we can about the bees in our care.  Some of the books on beekeeping use a kind of rote learning approach and tell you exactly what to do with your bees, but they can't possibly cover every situation, so you need to also learn to think for yourself using bee-knowledge to make the best management decisions for your bee hives.

Eight Acres: The buzz about bees - book review - you need this book to take your beekeeping to the next level!

The book The Buzz about Bees: Biology of a Superorganism (affiliate link) was recommended by the awesome Rusty on Honey Bee Suite so when I decided that I needed to know more about bee biology, I purchased a copy (using Amazon credit from you guys clicking on my affiliate links, thank you!!).  This is a good-sized book, packed with information and wonderful close-up photos of bees (they look all fuzzy and cuddly at that size!).

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Friday, 21 July


Making our own sausage mix Eight Acres

Our butcher is coming next week and he will do two beasts this time, so we are getting organised.  I've written a lot about butchering over the years and this will be our eighth and ninth animals killed on our own property.  On that last day, they will know no fear, maybe some curiosity (who is that strange man pointing that stick at me?) and it will be a quick end to a fairly peaceful and comfortable life.  Its not such an easy day for us, it can be quite emotional seeing the death of an animal that you've raised from a young age, not to mention physically draining putting all the meat away, but its all worth it to get the best quality meat possible.

eight acres: bush butcher guide to home cured meats and sausage making review and sausage recipe for homekill butcher

One of the things we are doing this year is make our own sausage mix.  If you want to know more about home butchering in general, here are all the posts I've written in the past:

Homekill meat - some tips for beginners

Home butcher vs meatworks

Homekill butchering

Homekill butcher day - tips and tricks

Homekill beef - two small beef cattle for added co...

Getting the best from homekill meat

Organic sausage mix for home butchering

Homekill beef - is it worth it?

Wet aging our beef (and BBQ show and tell)

We are gradually getting more adventurous with our own recipes.  Even thou...

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Wednesday, 19 July


Order homecooked food cooked by your neighbour FoodByUs launch Melissa Loh

Menulog co-founder Gary Munitz launched new startup FoodByUs in Sydney last year, and its now finally in Brisbane!

FoodByUs allows vetted passionate local cooks to list their homemade food on a platform. Buyers then select what they want and either collect their order or get it delivered for a delivery fee depending on the location.

FoodByUs have already signed up over 75 Brisbane makers, so there is plenty of choice! Some of the ones Im already eyeing are:


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Monday, 17 July


Goat milk and honey soap - and a natural soap book review Eight Acres

I've been wanting to try making soap with milk for ages.  We haven't been milking our cows, so I was waiting for a friend to have enough goat's milk to spare.  I know I could just buy milk, but that seemed like a strange thing to do (you start to forget that milk comes from the shop when you've been milking a cow for a few years!).  Anyway, I was happy to wait as I had plenty of other soap to make.

While I was waiting, I also received a review copy of a new soapmaking book called The Natural Soap Making Book for Beginners: Do-It-Yourself Soaps Using All-Natural Herbs, Spices, and Essential Oils (Affiliate link), by Kelly Cable of the blog Simple Life Mom.  Kelly has an amazing Etsy shop full of soaps and natural lotions, so I am very excited that she has decided to share her experience and recipes in this book.  And seeing as it contains several goat milk soap recipes and my friend finally had some goat milk to spare, I recently got my chance to try goat milk soap.  Even better, I have permission to share one of the recipes with you today. The book will be released on August 8, 2017, but is available for pre-order on Amazon now (if you order before August 7 you can head over to the Natural Soap Bonus Collection and get a host of extras - giveaways, printables, how to videos).

The trick with milk soap is to start with very cold milk, some people freeze it completely before adding the caustic soda.  Kelly also recommends only replacing half the water with milk, in her recipe below it is less than half the milk.  She also includes ho...

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Wednesday, 12 July


What farm equipment do you need to get started? Eight Acres

If you've just bought a farm, large or small, you are going to need some equipment, but what items are essential?  Which can you buy secondhand and which ones should you buy new?  Here's what I think, I hope you'll share your own experience.  Of course, there are many different types of farming, so exactly what you need is going to depend on what you are going to do, so I'll write mainly about raising cattle and improving pasture.

me on the little tractor

You might start by thinking about getting a tractor.  I've written about buying a secondhand tractor and a new tractor.  The size of the tractor that you need will depend on the implements that you want to use, so you really need to figure out your implements.  In fact you can now get implements that run off a quad bike, so you may not actually need a tractor.

Implements that you might need include:
  • Slasher - on most farms this will be essential for improving pasture and just keeping the yard tidy
  • Post-hole digger - if you are going to be building fences, you can use a crow bar to dig holes, however this will be hard work if you have more than a few holes to do.
  • Spray tank - for spraying compost tea, liquid minerals and microbes (and herbicides if you have a weed problem and no alternative control options)
  • Plough/cultivator/seeder for planting pasture or forage crops
  • Front bucket or blade - great for moving and lifting things, we also got forklift tynes and hay spikes

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Monday, 10 July


Keeping the house warm in winter Eight Acres

It doesn't get seriously cold here, but its cold enough to be uncomfortable if we don't make some effort.  We are actually finding that our house up on the hill is warmer than down in the valley, and we are above the frost line, so that is a nice change, but it still gets down to 5degC overnight.  We have a woodstove, but we have to cut the wood ourselves, so you don't really want to use more wood than really necessary to keep the house warm.

There are three ways that heat is lost from a building:

  • Conduction - direct transfer of heat from a warm object to a cold object, this is heat lost through the walls and roof of your house to the cooler air
  • Convection - caused by a flow of cold air, either draughts or air circulating around exposed windows 
  • Radiation - heat transmitted in the form of light waves, this can be another source of heat loss from windows, roofs and walls of your house.

When you understand how heat is lost, you can see the solutions for keeping heat in a building.

You can reduce the amount of heat lost be conduction by using insulation in your roof and walls.  We had to install insulation in our roof as part of our building approval when we moved the house, and we also took the opportunity to put insulation in walls any time that we had the cladding off, so the bathroom and the side veranda room have insulated walls.  Some of our walls are single clad - so its only one layer of VJ board between us and the cold air outside.  If this becomes a problem we will put weatherboard on the outside and install insulation in between.   If you don't have insulation, it is relatively cheap to buy and install yourself (be careful in your roof space!) and can make a huge difference to the comfort of your home in winter.

Reduce draughts
Queenslander homes are general draughty due to the floors, doors and windows not being completely sealed.  The new floor that we installed over the existing floor has made a huge difference to draughts and the floor is now very well sealed.  ...

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Thursday, 06 July


We don't have any cling wrap either Eight Acres

Last week I wrote about how we don't have a microwave and I really don't miss it.  So continuing the theme of "weird things about my kitchen", we also don't have any plastic cling wrap or paper towels.  And we haven't had them for so long I can hardly remember why we ever needed them.

I didn't mange to avoid all plastic at the farmers market, but I tried

I always thought that cling wrap was wasteful.  Not just from an environmental perspective, but I also didn't like spending money on something that I only used once.  When I was at uni and took sandwiches for lunch, I used to bring home the cling wrap and use it again until it didn't stick anymore.  One year when we did Plastic Free July (I can't remember when exactly - here's what I wrote last year) we decided to stop using cling wrap.  I used up the last of it recently when we were painting (its really hard to renovate without creating waste) - its handy for wrapping up paintbrushes and sealing paint temporarily, however I do not use it in the kitchen.

The paper towels were the same, it just seemed like we were always buying more of them.  And when I made a heap of cloths to use for milking Bella, we just started using them instead of paper towels.  We have a stack of them, so you can just chuck them in the wash when they are dirty, and they can be single use if you want.

As we cook from scratch and buy a lot of produce in bulk at our local farmers market (Nanango Markets, first Saturday of the month at the Nanango Showgrounds), we usually have a fair bit of food raw or cooked leftovers to fit into the fridge.  Here's how I store them all without using any cling wrap.  (For an even more comprehensive list,...


Farm update - July 2017 Eight Acres

The dogs are still sleeping outside on the veranda.  I think they are getting used to it.  Unfortunately if they don't sleep well, neither do we, as they are right outside our window.  I go out and put their coats on most evenings and I often find them like this: the little dog on the big bed and the big dog on the little bed.  I have to rearrange their blankets and put the right dog on the right bed.  The second photos shows the dogs in the correct position with their jim jams on...

So with winter solstice on 21st June, its now officially winter and its bittersweet to know that evenings are getting longer but summer will be back before we know it!  We have been pleasantly surprised to find that our property up on the hill is up to 5degC warmer than the valley most mornings, so we might get away without a frost up here (overnight temperatures have been 8degC, so the dogs are fine, but they would LIKE to be inside).  We have had the fire going most nights and its perfect for warming up the lounge and our bedroom.  We have had a few sprinkles of rain, just enough to keep the dust down and the grass more green than brown.

Food and cooking
We have the butcher booked for the 28th July, so I have been working on sausage recipes.  When we first started home butchering, we used the butcher's sausage mix, but we didn't always like the sausages and you end up with 30kg of sausages, so you want to make sausages that you like!  A few years ago I bought an organic sausage mix, which we did really enjoy, however I've been unable to get th...

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Wednesday, 28 June


The Hidden Life of Trees - a review Eight Acres

Every time I share a book review I include Amazon affiliate links, and if you use those links to buy things I gradually build up Amazon credit.  Earlier this year I used my credit to order a couple of books, which I finished reading ages ago, but haven't had a chance to share with you until now.  I just wanted to say again, thanks for using my affiliate links because it does help me to buy more books!

One of the books that I bought was The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They CommunicateDiscoveries from a Secret World.  I had heard an interview with the author of this book on ABC radio national which had really caught my interest.  We own a lot of trees, as you can see in the image below.  Our property was on the market for a long time before we bought it because it has so many trees (about 100 acres of our 258 acres) and most are protected under QLD vegetation management laws, so they can't be cleared.  Farmers around here believe that trees are unproductive and would prefer cleared land.


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Monday, 26 June


Brisbane Regional Flavours is back Melissa Loh

Evening Festival Crowd from Belinda Edwards (BM South Bank)

Brisbanes free food festival, Regional Flavours presented by The Courier-Mail, is back!

This will be the festivals ninth year and it is promising to be better than ever, so lock it in your calendar from 15-16 July in South Bank Parklands.

Which celebrity chefs can you expect to rub shoulders with?

  • Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston from MasterChef Australia
  • Miguel Maestre from The Living Room on Network Ten
  • chef and author Tobie Puttock from Jamies Kitchen Australia on Network Ten
  • pastry chef extraordinaire Darren Purchese from Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio
  • Brisbanes own Jocelyn Hancock
  • MasterChef Australia 2015 alumni Georgia Barnes
  • highly-acclaimed indigenous chef...


We don't have a microwave Eight Acres

When the cabinet maker asked me where we wanted the microwave in the new kitchen I had a mental-blank.  I couldn't think where to put it and when I really thought about it, I didn't actually want a microwave.  We did still own one at that stage, but we hardly used it.  I find them kind of ugly and I don't completely trust them.  We haven't had a microwave in the new kitchen since we moved in Easter, and I really don't miss it.

There may or may not be reasons to not eat microwaved food, but personally I don't like the taste of it and I don't like the look the microwave, so I'm happy not to have one in my kitchen.  When I considered whether to include a microwave in the new kitchen, I could only come up with three things:

  1. Defrosting meat
  2. Heating leftovers
  3. Heating wheat packs

Defrosting meat without a microwave
This one is pretty easy.  If you want a roast or a large chunk of meat, you do just have to be organised and get it out of the freezer the day or night before you need it.  These don't defrost well in the microwave anyway (I find the edges start to cook).  For smaller cuts like chops or steak, I just put it in a container of hot water and turn it over a few times, which usually defrosts the meat in about 30 minutes, which is not too bad I think.

Heating leftovers without a microwave
I'm lucky that at work we have "pie-warmer" ovens in every lunch room, so I never had to use a microwave to heat up my lunch (unless I forget to put it in the pie-warmer).  At home, I heat up leftovers in a frying pan or pot on the stove, or in the oven or Weber BBQ.  It does take a little bit longer and gets another dish dirty, but I think it heats more evenly and tastes better.


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Wednesday, 21 June


Homemade leather dressing balm Eight Acres

I don't own many pairs of shoes, so I really like to take care of the shoes I do own.  My favourite pair are these leather boots that I bought in NZ a few years ago (sorry Brisbane, but you didn't have any nice boots).  I've had these boots for about eight years.  I don't get to wear them very often, I have to wait for our short winter, but I will wear them at any opportunity!  The key to looking after leather shoes is a good leather dressing and the right storage.

I've been using a leather dressing that I bought, but I ran out, so time to make my own.  Leather dressing is made with neatsfoot oil, which is the fat from the legs of cattle.  This has a different melting point to the tallow (fat around their body).  Neatsfoot oil is popular for leather dressing and available from produce stores and horse supplies.  Its actually liquid at room temperature, so I added beeswax to make it solid and more manageable.  And some lavender essential oil for a nice fragrance as well.

For my first attempt, I followed a recipe with 50:50 neatsfoot oil to beeswax by weight, but that came out a bit too solid.  Second try is one third beeswax to two thirds neatsfoot oil and and that is a good consistency.  I use 10 drops of essential oil per 100g of leather dressing.  I melt it in a jar in a pot of simmering water, and then either keep it in the jar or pour it into a smaller tin.  Its really very easy and only a little bit messy.

Whenever my leather boots are looking a bit scuffed and dry, I apply the leather dressing with a clean cloth   I just keep rubbing it in until they are looking good again.  It doesn't take long, and it makes my leather boots look new again.  I also did a belt and a bag while I had the cloth out!


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Tuesday, 29 January


Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Melbourne: Short Stop Espresso & Matcha

We didn't get to have dessert at Calia as we were quite full, but after walking around for a bit and digesting our meal, Adam's doughnut craving hit. Being a fan of the very popular Short Stop Donuts in Sydney and Melboune, we navigated the maze of laneways and found our way there just in time for afternoon tea. 

I love walking into a place and being able to see the chefs at work. Was glad to see this at Short Stop and it reminded me a little of Lune.

Also like lune, the flavours for the day were displayed rather than on a menu. I loved how the options change every day. Prices were not cheap, at around $4 - $6 a donut, but it was worth it and the crowds of people agree. I have to make a note to come back for their coffee too.



Todd and Pup - Moorooka Espresso & Matcha

Like my follow zomato reviewers, Adam and I were invited by Todd and Pup owner Kate to try out their new summer menu. Having gone just seven months ago, we were keen to try out the refreshing new options. Kicking off the Australia Day weekend, Adam and I went with the Brisvegustation family for a delightful brunch before the long weekend of bingeing. 

Arriving earlier than everyone one else has its perks, I got to peruse the menu extensively before other people arrived so that I could weigh up all options and make the best choice out of all the dishes. Quite a few light fruity options, they were definitely hard to resist.



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Monday, 19 June


Brooklyn Depot Melissa Loh

Brooklyn Depot - The Reuben. AUD$12

The Reuben. AUD$12

You can be a little spoilt for choice down at the Southbank precinct, but Brooklyn Depot is one spot youve got to add on your list if youre in the area and in the mood for some Americana.

Read burgers and dogs. 

The Venue

Brooklyn Depot is in a super convenient location along Little Grey Street on South Bank. That convenience, unfortunately, doesnt apply to parking everyone knows parking in the area on a weekend is expensive and can be hard to find.

That convenience, unfortunately, doesnt apply to parking everyone knows parking in the area on a weekend is expensive and can be hard to find.

The restaurant is casual with an indoor and outdoor dining area. Weve always sat in the outdoor area, which is mostly undercover. Most seating is geared for couples and groups of four.


The Service

Weve been a...


How to make coconut yoghurt Eight Acres

Lately I have been cutting back on eating dairy.  I know, I know, we own two house cows!  But I am trying to heal inflammation (bad skin) and dairy is one of the possible triggers, so as a last resort and after much resistance, I decided I had better try to cut back.  Its been hard because I eat a LOT of cheese, and cook with butter, and love to eat yoghurt (and have written extensively about making yoghurt).  I had to just give up cheese completely, switch to macadamia oil and the only yoghurt alternative was coconut yoghurt.  I tried it and I like it, but only a spoonful on some fruit here and there because it is expensive!

The brand I can get here is $3 for 200 mL containers.  I was making yoghurt from powdered milk for about 50c/L.  So I was thinking there must be a way to make coconut yoghurt, but I didn't feel like mucking around and wasting heaps of coconut milk trying to get it right....  and then Biome Eco Store sent me a Mad Millie Coconut Yoghurt Kit to try.  The kit is a 1L jar, starter culture, thickener, thermometer and instructions.  If you don't need the full kit you can actually buy the  Mad Millie Coconut Yoghurt Thickener, the ...

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Wednesday, 14 June


A soap saver sack Eight Acres

Have you heard of a soap saver?  I hadn't until recently.  A friend mentioned to me that she was putting the small bits of soap in a sock and that I should think about crocheting a little bag instead.  And then they keep popping up on social media, so I thought I would give it a go.  Am I the only one who hoards the little end bit of soaps that are too small to use?  I have a bit of a collection of them.  So I whipped up a little soap saver sack and filled it up with a few odd soap ends and I'm very pleased with the results.  If you can do basic crochet, they are very easy to make, but you can also knit or sew a simple soap saver (or last resort - use an old sock!).

Crochet soap saver pattern
I used cotton yarn from the local market.  You could use any yarn.  I liked cotton as it can be composted (wool, hemp, bamboo or sisal would also be compostable).

Chain 6, turn
Chain 1 and single crochet back along the chain
Don't turn, but keep going around into the back of the chain to form an oval shape
Double crochet around to start forming a bag - I don't bother with linking each row, I just keep going around in a spiral because its easier
Keep going until the bag is tall enough, then do a row of single crochet
To make the bag smaller at the top - the final row was a decrease on every second crochet, but this is optional
To make the tie, just cut three pieces, plait them and thread through the second row from the top (you could also use a ribbon).

Other options
The simplest would be to crochet or knit a square (or cut out a square of fabric),...

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Monday, 12 June


The story of our secondhand house - part 1 Eight Acres

This is an article that I wrote for The Owner Builder magazine.  If you're building a house (or thinking about it), this is a wonderful magazine for those interested in alternative building techniques and DIY options.  I have just submitted part 2 of this story since we moved in, so I thought it was about time to share part 1 here.  If you are building I'm sure they would love to publish your story too, just get in touch via the website.


In mid-2012 my husband, Peter, and I bought a 258 acre property in the small South Burnett settlement of Kumbia (near Kingaroy) in Queensland, with the intention of eventually building a house and setting up a small farm. Over a year later we were still trying to decide what type of house to build. Both of us were keen to use a sustainable building method, as we like natural materials and hate waste, but it wasnt immediately obvious what would suit our property. Then we came across a removal house in our local area, advertised for only $10,000. It was located only 14 km from our property and was probably 100 years old (based on the when the area was originally settled).

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Monday, 28 January


Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Melbourne: Calia Espresso & Matcha

With our fairly heavy breakfast, I decided that a lighter lunch should be in order so that we didn't overload ourselves. Back in the cbd, we thought that Calia, a refined modern Japanese restaurant in the Emporium would be a good choice. This was definitely an understatement.

Arriving at peak lunch hour, there was a significant lineup. We waited for about half an hour and ended up being seated on a large communal table, which we didn't mind. It gave us ample opportunity to peer upon the open kitchen in all its grandeur.


Menus were provid...


Leftover Sourdough Starter Crackers Tiffin bite sized food adventures

sourdough crackers on a board with cheese relish and a knife

When you own a sourdough starter or levain, you draw off some starter each week to make a new loaf. After this, you feed the original starter with flour and water and put it back to bed in the fridge. The trouble is, I dont always want or have the time to bake a loaf, so I end up with unused sourdough starter. Some research turned up an easy way to use up the leftover sourdough starter by making these sourdough crackers.

square leftover sourdough starter crackers scattered on a table

Zero Waste to the Max!

The thing about sourdough starter is, its only flour, water and some wild yeast. It only costs a few cents to make and I could throw it into the compost, but I just *cant* waste it. As it turns out, these sourdough crackers taste amazing and are a very good facsimile of other savoury crackers and biscuits on the market. Even better is the limited ingredients and effort involved. By looking to reduce waste in our household, I have discovered a way to reduce shopping costs.

Ive adapted the original recipe from the US based King Arthur Flour website, substituting oil for butter so they will last longer in our hot climate. As a bonus, this also makes them vegan. I have also adapted the temperature and cooking time for Australian kitchens.

leftover sourdough starter crackers on a board with cheese relish and a knifePerfect with cheese and Plum & Ginger Relish

There is no end to the flavour combinations or add ins you can try. I suggest doing a plain batch...


Eating Out: VegeRama West End (Winter Menu Edition) Kittens Gone Lentil

The West End location of Vegerama has stepped up its game a bit over the last year, with seasonal menus that looks very tasty indeed. I visited a few times during the winter menu, which has now been replaced by a summer menu. You can also see other things I have eaten there before here.

I was super intrigued the the BBQ Celeriac Burger, and it didn't disappoint. BBQ pulled celeriac, zucchini pickles, apple and fennel slaw, and lettuce made for a very nice burger. I got mine with a side of fries, which unfortunately were kind of soggy. My mum was with me, and she had the same burger but with the sweet potato chips. They were much better, nice and crunch!

Sweet Potato Fries at VegeRama

They also have some lovely drinks. I am not the biggest fan of avocado in smoothies, but I tried two from them that were both excellent. The Green Goddess (with banana, spinich, rocket, kiwi, lemon myrtle, avocado, coconut water, lime juice) and Date My Avo (avocado, banana, coconut flesh, spirulina, pear, dates, cinnamon, coconut water, Himalyana salt). Plus they both sound ridiculous when you read the ingredients, so right up my alley!
Green Goddess Smoothie at VegeRama

Date My Avo Smoothie at VegeRama West End...

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Sunday, 27 January


Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Melbourne: Yi Fang Tea Espresso & Matcha

After breakfast we decided to walk back into the CBD from Fitzroy given the good weather. By the time we made it back, we were parched. Opting for another tea place which wasn't available in Brisbane, we tried Yi Fang, a popular Taiwanese chain which had just opened recently along Swanston street.

Again the shopfront was tiny, merely a small slot in the wall. Other than drinks, its hard to see that anything else could viably function in that area.

The menu was far more appealing to my taste, with a fair few traditional options. Prices are getting steep for bubble tea, but in this case we paid for quality. The enthusiasm of staff though, was enough to convince us to try more adventurous options. I'm glad we did. Word of warning though, when we went it was still cash only.


Eating Out: Greenhouse South Brisbane Kittens Gone Lentil

Following on from my last post, I though I'd do a post about a dinner I had awhile ago at Greenhouse in South Brisbane. As well as being 100% vegan, Greenhouse is also 100% gluten free. But even for gluten-full gluten lovers like myself, the food is amazing. The menu had changed a bit since my last epic visit, and I forgot to take a photo of the new menu (which I cannot find online at present), so I will try to remember things the best I can! The photos are a little weird as something about the lighting makes everything look murky green! And, as always, they love their pea sprout garnishes!

I went with my parents, and we all ordered some drinks. Ginger Kombucha for me, Blueberry Kombucha for my dad, and a hot chocolate for my mum. We also started with some deep fried fondue. This was so tasty! It wasn't as runny in the middle as you'd expect, but the flavour was awesome. Three pieces shared between three people was perfect, a it was quite a rich little entree.

Deep-Fried Fondue at Greenhouse Canteen South Brisbane

My mum had the Grazing Board, which was a huge platter covered in dips, cheeses, fritters, salad, fruit, corn chips, crackers, and a pumpkin wedge. Delicious, but huge.

Grazing Board at Greenhouse Canteen South Brisbane

I had the Miso Maple Pumpkin, which was a big wedge of roasted pumpkin and broccoli, toppe...

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Saturday, 26 January


Lodger - Albion Espresso & Matcha

Another Saturday and we were on the hunt for lunch, this time in his home suburb of Albion, far far away from the southside that I am familiar with. Being familiar with all of his local restaurants, he decided that Lodger would be a great option for a relaxing weekend lunch.

Promoting comfort food with a fine dining twist, I was definitely keen to try it out. Our waitress was super friendly and menus were nondescript and leather bound, comprising of a few options for each course. It didn't take long for us to decide.


Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Melbourne Industry Beans Fitzroy Espresso & Matcha

Ventured out to Fitzroy for breakfast, the trip was brief but the weather was pristine. Adam was really keen to eat at Industry Beans, and I gladly tagged along. The venue was quite large and seating was abundant. It was decked out with wooden palates to give it a very industrial wooden vibe.

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Friday, 25 January


Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Melbourne: Hot Star Espresso & Matcha

How to win a girl's heart. Step 1: Take her out to a night of jazz. Step 2: Top it off with a gigantic piece of fried chicken. Honestly, I thought I knew what affection was. That's until he said the magic words to me after a great show at Paris Cat Jazz Club: "Let's get some Hot Star". I don't believe I've ever felt such emotion to another human being as much as I felt for him in that moment. Perhaps there is a thing as a soul mate, and we both love ridiculously oversized fried chicken.

Making our way over to Little Bourke Street at 10.45pm, the place was still bustling with a huge queue for deep fried goodness. He ordered at the counter as I was still overcome with emotion.


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Thursday, 24 January


Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Melbourne: King Tea Espresso & Matcha

In our two days at Melbourne, we had walked past King Tea numerous times to see small crowds formed outside. Making a point not to drink at bubble tea places that were readily available at home, we made a point to check it out when we had a moment. With dinner being unusually quick, it was a good chance to stop by for refreshment before the show.

The shopfront was small, drinks were more contemporary than traditional with a  focus on cheese foam, brulee and fruit tea. My preferred basic green tea or basic milk tea for that matter was nowhere to be seen.

Waited in line for a while, and it took that long for me to decide what to get.


Eating Out: Flora by Greenhouse West End Kittens Gone Lentil

Newish to the Brisbane vegan scene is Flora by Greenhouse, a 100% vegan cafe in West End. Flora has existed down at the Gold Coast for almost a year, which I had visited once before when I went to the opening of the LC Miami complex down there. But now they have come to Brisbane! If you are wondering about the 'by Greenhouse', Greenhouse is a great vegan dinner place open at the Gold Coast and in South Brisbane that I have visited a few times, and Flora is their day time offering.

I met up with some friends for brunch there a couple of weeks ago, and we were all very impressed! The atmosphere is cute, and the food is great! Oh, they are big fan of pea shoot garnishes, as you will see.

In my effort to eat all the vegan benedicts, I had the Mushroom Benefict. It has creamy mushrooms, sauteed kale, avocado, and cauliflower hollandaise with avocado on an English muffin. I also added some rice paper bacon and a hash brown. This was lovely! The tangy sauce went really well with the creamy avocado. It was my first time having rice paper bacon, and it was a bit weird. I had to kind of just eat it separate because it was in big long shards.

Mushroom Benefict with Rice Paper Bacon and Hashbrown at Flora

I also had an iced turmeric latte on soy milk (coconut milk is their normal base).

Iced Turmeric on Soy at Flora

My friend had their Scrambed Tofu, described as turmeric tofu with sauteed greens served on organic rye with avocado and dressed greens. The verdict was good! A nice flavour and good texture.

Tofu Scramble at Flora...

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Wednesday, 23 January


Criniti's - Chermside Espresso & Matcha

Had a craving for Italian food the other week and decided it would be a nice chance to try out something different for dinner. Having heard of the recently opened Criniti's situated at the lower ground food court of Westfield Chermside, we thought it would be a nice opportunity to check it out. Having originated in Parramatta, Sydney back in 2003, it has expanded to quite a few stores in New South Wales, Victoria and Perth. Reading deeper into the reviews and seeing photos, I was definitely excited to try out their first Queensland store.

Arriving fairly early in the evening, we were one of the first to arrive. The restaurant was huge, and for some reason very much car themed, with a sports car in the centre, a motorbike on the bar, and even a coffee machine that looked like a car engine.

Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Melbourne: La Camera Espresso & Matcha

Had a brief interlude after lunch where we worked really hard to digest the food we had already eaten before embarking on our quest for dinner. Wanting to try out somewhere with not only good food, but a good view of the city (seeing as we were doing the tourist thing), I did some hunting online and opted for La Camera at Southgate before our Jazz show that evening.


We got there for our early reservation. Our table was situated outside but the view was quite obstructed by the hanging plastic on the balcony. We were seated promptly, menus were extensive, but service was a bit brusque. It took quite a while for us to get the attention of staff before we could make our order.



2018 Parental Birthdays Kittens Gone Lentil

I love cooking for people, so every year I make a special feast for my parents on their birthdays (as well as Mother's and Father's Day, which you can see here).

Dad's Birthday (Mini Viva Vegan Recipe Round-Up by Terry Hope Romero):

My Dad is a big fan of Indian food, which is normally the theme of his special dinners. But this year he felt like a change. Chinese for Father's Day, and Latin Food for his birthday. I turned to Viva Vegan for all the recipes, which is a great cookbook that I don't use nearly enough.

Steamed Red Seitan: The first step was to make some lovely, flavoured seitan. This recipe was so easy, and turned out very well. The dough itself was quite wet, which worried be a little, but it firmed up beautifully when steamed. I used garlic powder in the dry mix, rather than fresh garlic in the wet mix, just for ease. The recipe I was making only needed half a recipe of the seitan, so I have frozen the other half for future use.
Rating: :)

Steamed Red Seitan

Seitan Saltado (Peruvian Seitan and Potato Stir-Fry): My dad loves seitan, which is why I picked a seitan-based recipe. This recipe involves mixing a stir-fry of seitan and veggies with baked french fries, and is a great combination of flavours and textures. I only used half the amount of potato to make the fries, which was the right amount for us. The seitan is marinated briefly, and once again I used garlic powder instead of fresh garlic. You mix the fries in at the end, and want to serve this ASAP so things don't get too soggy.
Rating: :)

Seitan Saltado (Peruvian Seitan and Potato Stir-Fry)

Pan-Grilled Vegetables in Chile-Lime Beer: This is super easy to make. A marinade of Mexican beer, lime, garlic, and paprika (which I used in place of chile powder, so they aren't really in chile-lime beer). I used a mix of green zucchini and asparagus for my vegetables.
Rating: :)


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Tuesday, 22 January


Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Melbourne: Hello Sam South Yarra Espresso & Matcha

Even though I had planned my trip mostly around Asian food in Melbourne, let it never be said that I am an unaccommodating girlfriend, so when Adam said that his burger cravings had hit, I acquiesced and took a detour to South Yarra to visit his friend Chef Stewy who used to be head chef at Chur Burger.

Seeing the neon sign with what was probably Adam's life motto, I understood why we had to come here.

I liked the menu. For a burger joint, all you need are the classics, and this is what they had.


Cruelty Free Shop January 2019 Vegan Mystery Box Kittens Gone Lentil

Month two of my six month Cruelty Free Shop Vegan Mystery Box arrived earlier this month, so let's see what's inside.


  • Good Health Peanut Butter Pretzels: Super excited about these, as peanut butter pretzels are one of the best foods!
  • Uptons Real Meal Kit Pad See Ew: I've had this once before. I like the taste, not at all spicy, but I wouldn't call it a meal kit. More like a snack kit. I am not sure who Upton's think would eat a small pile of noodles and a few pieces of tofu and vegetables in sauce and call it a meal.
  • Wildcrafted Mandala Chocolate Natural: Apparently this will change my world, with unroasted cacao beans and coconut sugar. Shall I eat it as a snack? Shall I mix it into hot chocolate? Shall I do both? Time will tell.
  • The Red Balloon Musk Candy Pebbles: These are cured for a day (?) to give them the distinctive crumbly texture that goes with musk sticks. I ate them and they were just like I remembered musk sticks tasting, which reminded me that I don't like musk sticks. Thankfully my friend came over to watch some Buffy and she was happy to take them off my hands.
  • Nature's Charm Coconut Apple Pudding: The coconut apple is the healthiest part of the coconut, apparently, there is no actual apple in this. I am concerned this will be too coconutty for me, but my dad will be standing by to finish it off if it is.
  • Nature's Charmed Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk: This is being given away as I really don't like condensed milk.
  • Manitoba Harvest Hemp Heart Toppers - Chipotle, Onion, & Garlic: I have tried their maple cinnamon sweet version, which I liked. But I will probably be giving this away as likely too spicy for me.
  • Euclove Floor Cleaner: I am always interested in more natural ways for cleaning

So, a mixed bag. Three of the eight things I will be giving away, and one I am not sure about. But Peanut Butter Pretzels make everything better!

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Dim Sim with her Yeowwww Catnip Rainbow

Dim Sim with her new catnip toy, rubbing...

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Monday, 21 January


Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Melbourne: Lune Croissanterie Espresso & Matcha

Second morning in Melbourne, we woke up early and took a stroll down Little Collins Street to no other than our favourite croissanterie in the nation, Lune. Having been to its flagship at Fitzroy with Iron Fist, I was so excited at the prospect of their cbd store, which meant that we didn't have to navigate parking in narrow laneways, but could just stroll down from our Airbnb. 


The menu was similar to their main store, with a smaller range of only five croissants to choose from and a small selection of coffees. The vibe was still futuristic and a bit like a space laboratory, but seating was vastly different. Built for speed and volume, there were no seats but a small array of standing spots at tall benches.


Espressamente Illy - Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong my name is Food.

Espressamente Illy has now closed since we came so please don't try and find it in Harbour City. They still do have their other coffee shops elsewhere scattered around the island, so best to find them instead.

Illy is known for its coffee, of course, but in Aussie, we don't always have it around or easily used in coffee shops or restaurants like the local coffee roasters. However, these arabica beans is always safe when overseas and trying to find a coffee shop that may just have a seat or two for you to sit at other than having to takeaway. Even if coffee shops are everywhere, they seems to be always full.

The cafe wasn't only a cafe but was also a store where you can buy Illy goods ranging from their beans to machines to gift boxes or even cups.


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Sunday, 20 January


Hui Lau Shan - Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong my name is Food.

In the next few reviews coming up, it will be based on our Hong Kong trip a while ago.  So let's start it off with the refreshing Hui Lau Shan. Founded in 1960s, started off the business selling Chinese herbal tea by a traditional trolley in Yuen Long, Hong Kong. In 1992, it expanded and created a new recipe, 'Mango Sago' which was an instant hit in the city which made them launch their 'Handmade Fresh Fruit Drinks' in 2000s, gaining popularity locally and internationally.

One of their handmade signature drinks would be their Mango and Coconut Juice Sago. It was refreshing, fresh and the sago was not too overly sweet but we did feel that the coconut juice was made the drink balanced. A bit pricey for its price but then I guess even the prices of bubble tea aka. boba in Aussie is starting to get a bit high themselves, so who can complain?

Will come back again and try their other drinks, maybe their handmade mango series dessert if we can find seats inside..

*Please note this is a delayed post and as such, the menu may have changed since my visit to the establishment.


Greca - Brisbane CBD Espresso & Matcha

Working near riverside, one often used to see the construction that went up under the Storey Bridge throughout most of last year which accumulated to the completion of the extremely popular Howard Smith Wharves. Although not all their anticipated restaurants are open yet, quite a few already have. We took the opportunity of the holidays to check out Greca, their newest Greek offering.

Getting a table three days before the new year wasn't easy, we were lucky to have booked a table for the four of us. It was great that we did, as the place was packed and there was a queue when we got there. We were seated outside and had a good view of the river.



Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Melbourne: Kyo Tea Espresso & Matcha

Second stop after landing, afternoon tea at 3.45pm after lunch at 3pm. We made a beeline for Kyo Tea House, the Japanese tea and dessert bar with a cult like following, all for good reason - Matcha. Situated at the base level of the Emporium, it definitely attracted a crowd at peak afternoon tea time. Thankfully our bellies were reasonably full so no one was injured.

Waiting in line gave us a good opportunity to weigh up our options, of which there were many.

My the afternoon, quite a few desserts were sold out already, but luckily the one I had my eye on was still available. 



Eating Out: Brisbane CBD 2018 Kittens Gone Lentil

I continue to go into the CBD about once a month for appointments, so have also continued to get lunch while I am there. You can see 2017's visits here, I have continued to frequent some old favourites as well. I also ate a number of times at Grill'd, which got its own post here.

VegeRama Myer City and Post Office Square: VegeRama has two locations in the city, which are good for quick take away lunches (unlike their fancy sit down restaurant in West End). This tends to be the old standby for city lunch, and if I am meeting up with my friend Amy for lunch this is where we tend to go. My favourite continues to be their vegan lasagna with a side of dill and mustard salad (with extra dressing). I've also enjoyed their vegan frittata (also with a side of the same salad and a juice), and once I got a takeaway of two salads (Dill and Mustard, or course, and also the BBQ tofu) with a Soy Nugget Wrap.

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Chiang Mai Tales a Massage With a Difference Tiffin bite sized food adventures

wooden sign in front of fountain outside lila thai massage chiang mai

If you are looking to wind down after a busy day of sightseeing, a massage is ideal and believe me, theres a Chiang Mai massage centre on every corner. So many in fact, that its hard to choose one. Might I suggest a massage from a former female prisoner?

Now that Ive piqued your interest, a quick word on Thai massage. This style of massage is quite different to the typical cheap massage on a beach. Whilst there is a relaxation element, Thai massage uses acupressure, stretching and rhythmic pressing. There is no oil or lotion used and the customer remains fully clothed in supplied cotton pyjamas. It is sometimes known as Yoga Massage.

Opportunities for Local Women

Lila Thai Massage was started by a former director of the Chiang Mai Womens Prison. She recognised that many former inmates suffered discrimination and were unable to secure employment. As a result they often re-offended and returned to prison. Lila offers former inmates an opportunity to train as a masseuse, gaining a diploma as a professional massage therapist. This qualification provides a path to stable employment and assists in improving self esteem and confidence.

After a big week of visiting temples and markets, I opted for a foot massage. The partitioned massage room is very dimly lit and takes some time for your eyes to adjust. As I waited for my therapist to arrive, I could see another therapist at the end of a partition standing on a massage table. The therapist was, almost comically, pulling back on what I can only assume were the customers arms in an assisted Yoga position. After a small bow of greeting from my own therapist, I lay back and allowed her to work her magic on my tired feet. Apart from the gentle whomp, whomp, whomp that therapists use as the final action to signify the end of the massage, the room was totally quiet. No irritating pan pipes here.


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Saturday, 19 January


Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Melbourne: Unabara Lobster and Oyster Bar Espresso & Matcha

So, earlier in the year, I had made plans to visit Melbourne alone to indulge in some alone time away from people, so that I could devote myself to solitude, eating and blogging especially whilst my two besties were overseas. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, Adam decided that he would crash my trip and freeload off my thoroughly planned out eating schedule, and so my quest for me time became a sort of gluttonous romantic getaway of sorts. So kicking off our trip, we abstained from breakfast in Brisbane to conserve stomach space, took an early flight down and checked into the Airbnb. By the time our bags were dropped, we were absolutely famished. Running, not walking over to the Emporium, we made it to our first stop, Unabara Lobster and Oyster bar without any casualties. 

Having done my research beforehand (you're welcome, Adam). I knew that there were slight differences in the menu between the Emporium and Melbourne Central store. I opted for the Melbourne Central one as the choices were more suited to my palate.


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Friday, 18 January


Espresso & Matcha's Epicurean Quest - Perth: Gusto Food Espresso & Matcha

Last morning in Perth and I thought that we'd get a filling brekky before the long flight home. Stopped at Gusto Food on our way to the airport, especially love the early mornings at Perth where traffic is sparse and parking is exceedingly easy.

The cafe wasn't too large, but we found seating inside at one of the few remaining tables.

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Wednesday, 16 January


Hatch & Co. - Gasworks, Newstead, Brisbane my name is Food.

Still a good area to go to either dine or just the supermarket, specially when the Standard Market Company is there, gosh. But anyway, coming here sometimes can be a hit and miss, so far that we've been here anyway..

To start off, we decided on a small plate of Seared lamb loin, tahini, pickled eggplant served with warm pita. The portion was decent especially to share but having it for oneself as an entree may just make you not be able to finish your whole main dish. The warm pita bread had the slight charring which was nice to see, a whole pita sliced into four.

The seared meat was nicely seared but was a tad cold. Making it into some sort of a wrap with the pita bread seemed liked an easy option and a quick way to eat it, so we went with that. It was definitely good. There was enough sauce to go on to every single slice of meat and enough greens to go with it too.



Kooroomba Vineyards and Lavender Farm - Mount Alford, Queensland, Australia my name is Food.

About an hour drive from Brisbane and 1.5 hours from the GC, you will find yourself in the midst of a lavender farm. Although it is not all season, when we went, the flowers weren't blooming as such but it was still rather nice. We thought of having lunch there but due to a birthday party event being held and the limited number of seats they have in the restaurant, we thought we'd just have a nibble and go elsewhere instead.

Beef Croquettes was something light but a suitable snack to have in an afternoon while sipping some wine and beers. It was light and not overpowered by the mince or beefy smell, but the potato was also quite fluffy and well made.

I did feel that the price was a bit high for the amount of croquettes you do get on the plate but I guess, sometimes it's better to go with something other than just a bowl of french fries.

*Please note this is a delayed post and as such, the menu may have changed since my visit to the establishment.


Parisi Cafe - QVB, Sydney CBD my name is Food.

Offering a wide variety of sandwiches, rolls, dessert, cakes and even macarons, it is simply an elegant but sophisticated nook to be surrounded by. Although seats can be limited, it may be hard to have a proper sit down and you may just need to have it takeaway.

Flat White, a usual and yes, it was done well. The right amount of froth, thickness as well as coffee kick. It is rather sad when you buy coffee and it tastes more like milk than the coffee itself.


2018 Pizza Challenge Part Two Kittens Gone Lentil

Continuing on with the second half of last year's goal to make pizza once a month!

Meatball Pizza from Vegan Pizza by Julie Hasson: I actually made this twice. The first time was not such a success, because I used the Ikea veggie balls and they are just too sweet and not right for this kind of thing. The second time I made it using the Gardein meatballs, and it worked much better! I only made a half quantity of the sauce both times. The first time I tried to get it all on, which ended up making the base (I used a ready made for this attempt) too smooshy. The second time I used just what I needed, so there was some sauce left over, and it worked out better. That time I used the base recipe from the book. Definitely recommend using a meaty meatball and being careful with the sauce!
Rating: :) (second attempt)

Meatball Pizza

Meatball Pizza

Cheeseburger Pizza from Cook The Pantry by Robin Robertson: I really went for some meaty and cheese pizzas last year. I used the pizza dough recipe from the cookbook (it makes enough for two bases, so I froze half for the next time), and it was a super easy dough to make. This recipe uses a cashew cheese sauce on the base, though it could have been a bit thicker. I was worried it was all going to run right off the base! It is topped with some TVP (which I soaked in beef flavoured stock rather than water for more flavour). I also garnished with ketchup, mustard, and gherkin relish.
Rating: :)

Cheeseburger Pizza

BBQ Chickpea Pizza from Cook The Pantry by Robin Robertson: This is a very easy pizza to make. The base is topped with a mix of chickpeas mashed with BBQ sauce, tamari, and mustard (also chiles, but I subbed that with some diced celery). The topping uses two tins of chickpeas, but really you could halve it as it led to an incredibly thick layer. Although not mentioned in th...

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Monday, 14 January


2018 Pizza Challenge Part One Kittens Gone Lentil

For 2018, I set myself the challenge of making pizza once a month. This is the first six months of that challenge. Please excuse my inability to take pretty photos of pizzas! They all kind of look the same.

Spinach, Onion, Mushroom, and Sausage Pizza from Vegan Pizza by Julie Hasson: This is in the book listed as Pepperoni in the title, rather than sausage, but I took the option to use the sausage crumbles. I made the pizza base, tomato-garlic sauce, and sausage crumbles all from the book. The result was excellent! It also has spinach, mushrooms, red onion, and mozzarella (I used FYH). It all combined perfectly, the cheese melted into the sauce deliciously, this was a fabulous pizza!
Rating: :D

Spinach, Onion, Mushroom, and Sausage Pizza

Garlic, Sausage, and Onion Pizza from Vegan Pizza by Julie Hasson: Another solid pizza, this uses tomato-garlic pizza sauce and the dough from the book. I took the option of using sliced vegan sausages (Vegie Delights BBQ sausages) rather than the sausage crumbles for this one. It also has onion and garlic on it, as the name would suggest, and more FYH mozzarella. I left off the optional jalapeno.
Rating: :)

Garlic, Sausage, and Onion Pizza

Meaty Cheese Pizza from Veganize It by Robin Robertson: This pizza was super! The dough is not as easy as the one from Vegan Pizza, and I found it ended up a bit sticky, but it was still great. This book has options for DIY or store-bought, and I used a mix. I made the pepperoni from the book, and used the Oven-Roasted Tomato Sauce as well. But I used some tofurky beef crumbles and FYH mozzarella in place of from scratch recipes. This pizza, as you can imagine, is very filling!
Rating: :D

Meaty-Cheesy Pizza

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Saturday, 12 January


Reusable Makeup Pads Reduce Your Footprint Tiffin bite sized food adventures

Woman sitting on each applying makeup to her face with a compact

My days of extravagant eyeshadow, bold blusher and blue mascara are firmly in the rear-view mirror. There is still the odd occasion though, when I like to splash on a bit of war paint. Until now, I have removed my makeup with makeup remover and the standard cotton pads available in any supermarket. Last weekend I noticed I was down to my last 3 makeup pads. Time to swap out the disposables for reusable makeup pads.

Its a no brainer that disposable cotton pads are a frivolous use of resources. Theres the growing of the cotton itself (a water hungry crop), manufacturing and then disposal. Its true, you can compost the disposable pads (and I do) but it is far more responsible to make my own reusable makeup pads.  They are simple to make and can be washed and reused time and again.

Choosing a Fabric

My preference is flannelette which is also called brushed cotton. It has a texture that is similar to the disposable pads, so it isnt harsh on your eyes. I find that whilst towelling is absorbent, its too rough on my face. Towelling may suit you and if that is the case, no doubt you have an old towel or washer that you can re-purpose.

There are lots of online options where you can purchase these pads but honestly, making them will take you less than 30 minutes. This saves on cost and hopefully uses something that you already have at home. I would have loved a piece of flannelette with a cute pattern like the reusable makeup pads on Esty but in the spirit of zero waste, I used the flannelette I already had.

Reusuable Makeup Pads



New Year, Same Me Kittens Gone Lentil

I'm not one to get excited about a new year. Honestly, it is just the passage of time. I never stay up until midnight, and I don't do long lists of resolutions. I am the New Year grinch. But I still have a few food traditions that amuse me around this time. So here it is, from 2018 to 2019.

New Year's Eve Eve

Normally I make pizza and pie on New Year's eve. However this year (last year?) my brother and his girlfriend were arriving from London on NYE in the evening, so that was going to be its own thing. So I did my tradition a year early. In the past I have made two pizzas, but this year I just made one.

BBQ Hawaiian Chicken Pizza: I guess this can technically be I made a thing, but really it is just I put some stuff on a pizza. I used a pre-made pizza base, topped it with BBQ sauce and Fenn Smoked Sesame Cheese, then layered on some chopped Vegie Delights schnitzel, pineapple chunks, black olives, and Daiya cheddar. Once it was out, I sprinkled it with some bacon bits and some chives. It was really satisfying, and really easy.

NYE BBQ Hawaiian Chicken Pizza

Apricot Frangipane Tart from Vegan Desserts by Hannah Kaminsky: I love apricots, and we are having a really good apricot season at the moment. My pastry skills are still pretty amateur, but I was pleased with how pretty this turned out! The pastry was easy to make, though I found it was a bit thick and tough (which could be due to me, I need more practice). The filling was delicious - almond meal and sugar and things, it was like a perfect non too sweet soft marzipan, topped with the sliced apricots. The filling called for 1TBS flaxseed, which you then grind. I skipped that and just used ready ground flax. This was a lovely taste, and kept well for a couple of days.
Rating: :)

Apricot Frangipane Tart

New Year's Eve

We decided to go with a spread of snacks for the actual NYE. By the time they landed, got through customs, and my parents drove them home, it was almost 8pm. So I was glad we hadn't planned for anything more complex. There was crusty bread, water crackers, veggie sticks, and GF rice crackers to go with Fenn Smoked Sesame Cheese, Kehoe Beetroot Dip, and Tartex Mushroom Pate. It was my first time trying the beetroot cashew dip, and it was surprisingly tangy....

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Wednesday, 09 January


Cruelty Free Shop December 2018 Vegan Mystery Box Kittens Gone Lentil

I got another 6 month subscription to the Cruelty Free Shop Vegan Mystery Box for Christmas, and the December box was ready and waiting for me to open on Christmas day.


  • PureFit Peanut Butter Choc Chip Bar: I had some PureFit bars when I was in the US, and I loved them! The peanut butter ones anyway. So super stoked that we can get them here now, and that I got one in this box.
  • Nestar Christmas Chocolate Almonds: Almonds coated in chocolate dusted in cocoa powder.
  • Tinned Banana Blossom: I have previously used a tin of this to make a recipe from a cookbook, but not sure what else to do with it. A lot of the recipes for tinned banana blossom (including the one that was included with the box) involve deep frying it like a fish and chips deal, which super does not appeal to me. Bit I am sure the internet will provide a suggestion.
  • Ape Lightle Salted Coconut Curls: I don't cope well with coconut fat, coconut in other forms is OK. So I am interested in these. Probably not to snack on, though, but as a topping for salad or baked goods.
  • Gluten Free Food Co Gravy Mix: This company makes a lot of vegan mac and cheese and sauce mixes that I have never tried because they are all coconut based. However this gravy mix seems to be coconut free, so yay. I like a quick gravy mix.
  • Hazer Baba Rose & Lemon Turkish Delight: I like rose flavoured things.
  • J Leuhders Red Berries Soft Candy: I'm not much one for lollies, but if I do then berry flavour is always my pick.
Cute Kitty Photo of the Post

Dim Sim with presents

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Tuesday, 08 January


Feb 2019 Permaculture Design Course "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

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Monday, 07 January


In My Kitchen January 2019 Tiffin bite sized food adventures

six bottle corks piled on table

Happy New Year. I have just come back from 12 days in Tasmania. Lovely weather, amazing scenery and what a food scene! We must have eaten our body weight in cheese and cider. The Taste of Tasmania festival was on in Hobart over the Christmas/New Year period and of course, we visited. Most of our bite sized food adventures though, revolved around farm gates, cellar doors and the infinite treasure trove of fantastic restaurants. Heres some snippets of what we ate

In my January kitchen

tray of amaretti biscuits with almonds and amaretto liqueur in the background

are frozen amaretti. I decided to do some Christmas baking on what must have been one of the hottest days we had in December and made a double batch of these biscuits. A perfect use for leftover (frozen) egg whites. My vegan fiend has suggested that aquafaba is equally suitable. A double batch makes 70. Most of the biscuits I gave away but I did freeze a dozen, to be pulled out of the freezer on short notice. Recipe here.

In my kitchen

jars and packets of tasmanian products including jams, nuts and saffron

is a haul of goodies from Tasmania. This includes Pear Cider Jam, using cider from Franks Cider Barn and an unusual Quince Marmalade from Fat Pig Farm. There is also some Austral...

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Friday, 04 January


Assorted Christmas Eats (with bonus I Made A Thing) Kittens Gone Lentil

Believe it or not, my Christmas wasn't all eating out. And while we didn't do the traditional Christmas lunch this year, there were still a few things that I made.

Rating: :)

Midsummer Salad

Party Nacho Platter from Vegan Yack Attack On The Go by Jackie Sobon: The last few years I have taken to making nachos for dinner on Christmas Eve. This year, that was delayed until Boxing Day as I was unwell on Christmas Eve and couldn't cook. But I had all the stuff, so I was glad I could still make it at some point! Corn chips are topped with a Buckwheat Taco Meat, queso (made using a Butternut Cheese Sauce base with some extras added in and some pinto beans, and I left out the jalapenos), tomatoes, avocado, coriander, and sour cream (I used natural almond yoghurt, which I forgot to put on until after the photos. I also left off the radishes and cos lettuce that the recipe suggested as they aren't my preferred nacho toppings. I also served them individually rather than on a big platter, so that my parents could top as they desired. I found the buckwheat taco meat a little underwhelming, I had to add extra water and cook for extra time to get it soft enough, so perhaps the flavours got too diluted. But it worked well witht he stronger flavours of the nachos.
Rating: :)

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Thursday, 03 January


Eating Out: The Green Edge Christmas Dinner Kittens Gone Lentil

For the last few years, The Green Edge has held a special menu Christmas dinner the weekend before Christmas. I went last year with my friend Melanie, and this year we went again.

The tables were cute and Christmas themed! And when we got there, we were given a little sampler of their Gingerbread Frappe.

The Green Edge Christmas Dinner

Gingerbread Frappe Shot at The Green Edge Christmas Dinner

The menu ended up being exactly the same as last year, though last year there was also a cheese platter option for the dessert. I've heard that they are planning on revamping the menu for next year (this year now?), which would be fun to change things up.

The Green Edge Christmas Dinner

We both got the same entrees that we had last year. I had the delicious Arancini with Pesto and Garlic Mayo, and Melanie had the Avocado Prawns.

Arancini at The Green Edge Christmas Dinner

Garlic Prawns at The Green Edge Christmas Dinner

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Wednesday, 02 January


Eating Out: Easy House Vegetarian (Christmas Day edition!) Kittens Gone Lentil

Hello friends, and welcome to the new year. I hope the last week and a bit has been good for you, however you celebrated or didn't. My Christmas Day started as per usual, with a 7.30 bikram yoga class followed by a fruit platter at the studio. It was a fun class, and watermelon never tastes as good as when you have just done 90 minutes of yoga in a hot and sweaty room!

Normally we do a Christmas lunch at home, but this year we decided to buck tradition and had a reservation for lunch at Easy House Vegetarian. Regular readers will know that I love Easy House, and have enjoyed yum cha there many times. They are always open on Christmas Day, so why not?

It was me and my parents, so that made for three. Three is the perfect number of yum cha, as almost every little plate comes has three on it. So we were able to eat a lot! Starting with these Pan Fried Dumplings and Radish Cakes (I love radish cakes!).

Pan-Fried Dumplings and Radish Cake at Easy House

Food comes out fast at yum cha, and soon we had a full table. Another two of my favourites are the BBQ pork buns and the bean curd rolls, seen here with the satay skewers and black bean eggplant.

Rice Paper rolls are always lovely and refreshing, and we also had some broccoli dumplings. Somehow we only had one plate of steamed dumplings during this visit, normally I get a few varieties.

Rice Paper Rolls at Easy House


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Sunday, 30 December


Local Trivia "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

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.

Slowly the dead looking branches flushed with new color and soon after that leaves covered everything again.
This palm tree is in front of the Leopard Tree and shows the hail damage. Some of the fronds were totally dead - many more badly shredded and right in the middle is a new green frond. However it will take a while for some of the palms to look really good again.
It was the palm trees out the front garden that were the most surprising. I assume it was a response to the severe weather and then the soaking rain we got a few days later. They all put up flower stems and then set seeds at a similar time.

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Tuesday, 25 December


Merry Christmas from East Africa Our Permaculture Life

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and my very best wishes to you all.

It has been an exciting year for us and I am so delighted that so many of you have joined me from around the world on the new Permaculture Education Institute online permaculture program.

Thank you

Now we are in East Africa until the end of the year supporting local permaculture teachers and permaculture programs for women and children in need.  Thank you so much for your generous donations to support these programs.

Best wishes for 2019

When I get access to more constant internet, I cant wait to share with you so many stories, conversations and project updates.

I look forward to chatting with you all in the new year.

Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Merry Christmas and our very best wishes for 2019.

With Love,

Morag and all the team at Permaculture Education Institute, Our Permaculture Life and Ethos Foundation


In East Africa. Photo by my 10yo son

Maia and Hugh at the childrens home



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Thursday, 20 December


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Wednesday, 19 December


Atelier for Lunch Tiffin bite sized food adventures

A plan had been made to visit Brisbane mainstay Montrachet, in its new digs in Bowen Hills. Unfortunately, we had not banked on it being so busy in the lead up to Christmas, and couldnt get a booking. This is how we found ourselves at Atelier for a Friday lunch.

Atelier is a newish opening in King Street. A classic brasserie and wine bar with European leanings, there is something to appeal to all. The menu features classics such as Vegetable Mille-Feuille and Steak Tartare as well as an ever changing pasta, fish and creme brulee of the day. My choice though, was always going to be Steak Frites. This standard item on French menus is a benchmark (for me at least) for brasseries and bistros serving European classics.

Nowhere to Hide

Steak Frites is of course, steak and chips. A simple dish that demands perfection. It requires quality ingredients, cooked perfectly. There is nowhere for the chef to hide behind. My steak was generous in size,  particularly for lunch, well seasoned and cooked as requested (medium rare). The Bearnaise sauce was served in a small pot on the plate. It was warm but not warm enough and had thickened considerably in the pot. The fries were warm, not hot and probably from the freezer. The shared basket of fries on the table were also lukewarm. Had the fries been been pre-cooked and spent time in the kitchen, waiting for orders to come in? Sure, they are only chips but when they are a key component of the dish, you want them to be hot, crisp and leave you wanting more. I left most of the chips and sauce on the plate. These aspects of the dish were a disappointment. 

My colleagues fared better, in particular, the Saffron Cream Gnocchi of the Day and the Duck Maryland. The duck was moist, falling from the bone. It married well with t...

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Tuesday, 18 December



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Monday, 17 December


Eating Out: Suburban West End Kittens Gone Lentil

A while ago, I was lucky enough to win a $100 voucher in an Instagram competition to be used at Suburban West End. I'd been a couple of times before, and with the release of their new menu I was super excited to try some of the vegan options.

I took my friend there for lunch, as a thank you for driving me and holding my hand to get my tetanus vaccination earlier that day. I'm not very brave when it comes to getting needles. We both had soy turmeric lattes (Ashleigh wanted a chai, but apparently the mix contains honey so isn't vegan), which were good and warming and fortifying.

Turmeric Latte at Suburban Cafe

Ashleigh got the cheeseburger made vegan, with a Fenn Veef patty and vegan cheese. It also salad, pickles, mustard, and tomato sauce. I tried the Vegan Eggless Omelette, minus the coconut yoghurt, plus avocado. This was good, not too eggy (a plus for me!), though I wish the cheese inside had been melted. It also had cauliflower, mushrooms, smoked cherry tomatoes, nutritional yeast, and red onions (that I picked out because they were raw and my tummy doesn't like that).

Vegan Cheese Burger at Suburban Cafe

Vegan Omelet at Suburban Cafe

The next time I stopped in for lunch, and I was feeling like a burger. I decided to branch out away from the cheeseburger to try the chicken burger. This had a Fenn Chicken Patty (which I really liked, my first time trying), rocket, caramelised onions, and guacamole. It also is meant to come with chili relish, but I had them leave that off. This was a really tasty burger. With chips, of course! I also had the Blueberry Acai smoothie, which has acai and blueberries (obviously) with banana, vanilla and almond milk. This was perfectly sweet (as in, not too sweet) and creamy and was like having a lovely milkshake.


Christmas BrewFest 2018 Brisbane Coffee Tours

What a way to welcome Summer! Christmas BrewFest 2018 was epic. We worked with coffee roasters and Bacchus Brewing to showcase these beers: Rye Pale Ale with a sweet winey Panama single from Bear Bones Specialty Coffee American Pale Ale

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Thursday, 13 December


Recipe Round-Up: The New Vegan (breakfast edition) Kittens Gone Lentil

The New Vegan is the second cookbook by Aine Carlin. While it does have a second in the front targeted to give information to new vegans, it is not your typical basic vegan cookbook. It is full of beautiful recipes of all sorts, as well as some great skin care recipes. This post is full of some of the breakfasts found in there, which includes smoothies, juices, and oats. There are a lot of other sorts of breakfasts in there as well, these are just the ones I have made so far. You can also see some of the other things I've blogged from this book here.

Beetroot and Banana Smoothie: This is so pretty and pink, though tastes more like a sweet milkshake than a smoothie. Banana, cooked beetroot (the vacuum packed kind you get at the supermarket), dates, Maca, and oatmilk. Cashew milk is the recommended, but I always have oat on hand. It is not the most filling starts to the day, I think of this more like a fun snack.
Rating: :)

Beetroot and Banana Smoothie

Bugs Bunny Juice: The book has a couple of blender juice recipes. This is a take on one of my favourites - carrot, apple, and ginger. I only used one and a half cups of water, rather than two, and even though there was a lot of pulp and it was quite thick to drain it still was a bit dilute tasting. But I guess that is the side effect of blending with water!
Rating: :)

Bugs Bunny Juice

Virgin Bloody Mary Juice: I skipped the chili in this, but would have liked to up the tomato. Once again, a but watery tasting. It needed a much strong tomato component. Alternatively, maybe use tomato juice instead of water (leaving out the cherry tomato), and blend the rest into that? This only used 200mL of water, and didn't have much pulp.
Rating: :|

Virgin Bloody Mary Juice

Coconut, Mango, and Spinach Smoothie Bowl: I made some changes to this, leaving out the coconut oil (eww), using...

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Wednesday, 12 December


Amaretti Biscuits for Christmas Tiffin bite sized food adventures

tray of amaretti biscuits with almonds and amaretto liqueur in the background
Its a very low key Christmas at Tiffin HQ. Some of this is because we have been travelling quite a lot and some of this is because we have chosen to simplify our approach to Christmas. We are aiming for quality, not quantity. We still enjoy delicious Christmas foods and sharing home made gifts, which is why I made these super easy Amaretti. They make the perfect celebration or thank you gift. Youll never have left over egg whites again!

tray of amaretti biscuits with almonds and amaretto liqueur in the background

Bitter Desire

I have not included bitter almonds as they are not readily available in Australia. If you have access to bitter almonds or essence of bitter almonds, you can add a few that have been ground up (or a dash of essence). Amaretto is not mandatory but it does give the amaretti a nice toasty almond boost. I recommend having a shot for yourself whilst making these strictly for medicinal purposes, you understand.

Fun Foodie Fact: Michelin Stars are also known as Macarons in France.

 Christmas Amaretti Biscuits

(adapted from a recipe by Kitchen Sanctuary for Australian conditions)


  • 3 egg whites (frozen is fine but make sure they are completely defrosted)
  • 250g almond meal
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 1/4 tspn vanilla extract
  • 30ml Amaretto liqueur
  • 2 3 extra tbsp caster sugar (for rolling)
  • 2 ...

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Monday, 10 December


Dapur Dahlia Memories Treasure Chest

Dapur Dahlia, Woolloongabba
Yup, another post about Malaysian restaurant as I was not thoroughly satisfied after my visit to Sri Mahkota! This time, Mr had a meeting nearby and we decided to have dinner somewhere closeby so I chose Dapur Dahlia. I have not been to their original location at Mount Gravatt, and they have since relocated to Gabba. It looks fairly new and definitely very clean here. 


Malaysian food is known for its diversity as we are a multicultural country and Dapur Dahlia specialises more in Malay style Malaysian food rather than the chinese version. I was excited because I get to try some chicken satay; I usually avoid ordering satay because they could not beat those from home. But I gave Dapur Dahlia a chance and they certainly did not disappoint. The satay sticks were grilled rather than just coated with peanut sauce. It was fairly close to the ones from back home. Their peanut sauce was rather authentic and well-balanced. On that night, they gave us free ketupat (rice cakes) and it was a pleasure to eat them together with cucumber and raw onions. I highly recommend their satay!




Eating Out: Brisbane Vegan Markets December 2018 Kittens Gone Lentil

Another month, another Brisbane Vegan Markets. Although billed as Christmas markets, there was very little on theme except for one cupcake stall that had Christmas flavours and decorations. I met my friends Tracee and Jamie there as usual, and we embarked on some eating.

Nutsy was there again with their nut milks, and I was able to score my favourite Strawberry Cashew Milk to start off with. Once again, a lot of the food places were not ready to serve at 9am when the markets opened, so it was good to have this to get started.

Strawberry Cashew Milk from Nutsy at Brisbane Vegan Markets

Jamie once again had his favourite Veef Burger from the Farm Animal Rescue stall. He ate two of them last time. This time, I was able to get a photo.

Veef Burger from FAR at Brisbane Vegan Markets

I had the Breakfast Burger from Gatherers. It had a hashbrown, cheese, BBQ jackfruit, avocado, spinach, and tomato relish. It was pretty good, though not too filling.

Breakfast Burger from Gatherer's at Brisbane Vegan Markets

And of course, we finished with some I Should Coco ice cream. This time I tried the Cookie Monster - chocolate chip cookie dough, chocolate chip cookie chunks, and crumbled vegan Tim Tams with chocolate sauce.

Cookie Monster from I Should Coco at Brisbane Vegan Markets

There was a new stall there selling bagels, both filled and also to take away. They had some nice looking fillings, but I just go...

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Friday, 07 December


Sri Mahkota Malaysian Cuisine Memories Treasure Chest

Sri Mahkota Malaysian Cuisine

Once in a while, the cravings for Malaysian food kicks in and I had to visit a Malaysian restaurant for my char koay teow (CKT) cravings. This time we went to Sunnybank Hills and visited Sri Mahkota. I have been here previously - to try their fish noodle soup (it was definitely a good one and I had it then because fish soup was supposedly good to boost your breast milk supply!).

As I really wanted a CKT, I obviously ordered their version. It came in a rather huge plate with couple of pieces of prawns, squid and fish cakes. Hmm... I do not think that their CKT is the best in Brisbane. The 'wok hei' was missing and the flavour was just not strong enough.



I also ordered the entree of curry puffs. Theirs was quite good, not overly spicy and the pastry still acceptable. For Brisbane's standard, I think theirs are all right but certainly could not beat those curry puffs from Penang!...


Eating Out: Ginger and Rose Kittens Gone Lentil

I first heard about Ginger and Rose when my mum sent me an article about the recently opened and very vegan friendly cafe. Then I started seeing it pop up here and there on my Instagram. A quick check of the menu and I knew I had to go and visit.

I made a beeline straight for the Strawberry waffles. And they were amazing! The waffles were crisp and fluffy, with fresh strawberries, strawberry and balsamic sauce, a generous serve of maple syrup, and vanilla ice cream. SOY ICE CREAM! Friends will know what a joy this is to me, who cannot eat coconut ice cream. They have a few different flavours of waffles, all vegan, but of course strawberry always has my heart. I also had a Banana and Cinnamon smoothie, which was sweet and creamy and delicious. A+ brunch.

Strawberry Waffles at Ginger & Rose

Banana Smoothie at Ginger & Rose

While normally a breakfast/lunch location, they recently opened on Friday nights for pizza and cheeseboards. I was able to get there the other week to try it out. I was on my own, so limited myself to just one pizza. The cheeseboards look beautiful, though I believe they use Nutsy cheeses. Nutsy is a local vegan cheese company, but unfortunately they have too much coconut oil in them for me. But never mind, because pizza!!!! They have a few vegan options, and I chose the Mushrooms vs Onions (it also has spinach on it), but I added pineapple and black olives because I love them. The pizza was loaded! They are not shy of toppings! It did make it pretty messy to eat, the toppings wanted to roll off the pizza when I picked it up, but it was tasty. If the base was a little crispier, the toppings a little smaller, and the cheese a bit more melted I think it would be more cohesive... adhesive? Heh.

I also enjoyed one of my favourite beverages - the strawberry milkshake. Thanks to them using soy ice cream! Most places in Brisbane use coconut ice cream in their vegan shakes, which denies me the joy of a strawberry milkshake. So I...

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Thursday, 06 December


CHRISTMAS MEETING - DECEMBER 2018 Brisbane Organic Growers Inc.

Come and Share our Final Meeting for 2018

Our December or Christmas meeting will be on Thursday 6th December. Come early, allow some time to browse the stalls, do your Christmas shopping, the BOGI Shop will be open to stock up for the Christmas break, BOGI Seeds and BOGI Books will be open, pay your membership for 2019 or purchase a membership as a gift for a friend. There will be competitions, a game or two, BOGI Clinic, a multi draw raffle and delectable supper.

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GUEST SPEAKER FOR NOVEMBER 2018 MEETING Brisbane Organic Growers Inc.

Our November speaker will be Phil Ryan, author of the Stories from the One Acre Plot, two of which have been reprinted in the October and this newsletter. Phil's topic will be "Tips and Tricks of an Organic Gardener" knowledge learnt on a 17 year journey, mentors, books, Good Friends & me mom 'Mother Nature'.


GUEST SPEAKER FOR OCTOBER 2018 MEETING Brisbane Organic Growers Inc.

We have two speakers for our October meeting from Witches Brew and Brookfield Garden Centre.

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A Birthday Treat OTTO Brisbane Tiffin bite sized food adventures

otto branded wineglass sitting in front of table lighting
Mr Tiffin finally made it to 50. The baby of the group, there is always a drawn out wait until he leaps the hurdle of a milestone birthday. Meanwhile, some in the group are powering on to the next one. To mark this significant occasion, four of us had a slap up meal at OTTO Brisbane.

otto branded wineglass sitting in front of table lighting

OTTO was recently awarded its second hat in the Good Food Guide. Thankfully, I made a booking before the awards, so was able to get a table with river and Story Bridge views on a bustling Saturday night.

view of the Story Bridge in Brisbane, from otto restaurant

Rather than muck around with individual dishes and wine pairings, we splashed out on the seven course tasting menu with matching wines. Its not cheap but it does mean you can relax and take your time, knowing you will be well cared for throughout the night.

Theres a Reason for Two Hats

The menu at OTTO is firmly Italian. It is interesting to note that the Brisbane tasting menu is different from its sister restaurants in Sydney, showcasing local-ish produce.

In some respects, there is almost nothing to review as the food was well prepared, presented and tasted superb. Service was excellent. As you would expect (but sometimes dont get) in a highly regarded restaurant. Instead, Ill focus on some highlights:

  • Carpaccio di Manzo a traditional raw beef carpaccio with capers, Parmesan and dressing. The Rangers Valley Beef was meltingly tender and almost creamy with the addition of the dressing. It paired well with the sharp capers, umami of the cheese and slightly bitter rocket. One of our friends wasnt keen on beef so the kitchen substituted carpacc...


Pineapple Recipes Northey Street City Farm

Buy your fresh organic pineapples from the Organic Farmers Market when theyre in season. Hummingbird Cake Ingredients Cake 450g of (chunky) blended pineapple 1.5 cup plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 cup brown sugar (firmly packed) 1/2 cup desiccated coconut 1 cup mashed (over ripe) []

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Cassava Recipes Northey Street City Farm

Cassava (Manihot esculenta), also known as manioc, yucca, tapioca or mandioca is originally from Brazil, and is widely consumed in South America, Africa and Asia. It is a staple food in many countries in these regions. Like potato, Cassava can be boiled, baked, fried, or even made into flour. Cassava shouldnt be consumed raw, and []

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Tuesday, 04 December


Zucchini Recipes Northey Street City Farm

Zucchini or courgette (Cucurbita pepo) is best grown in cooler seasons in subtropical climates. Both the fruit and flowers are edible. The fruit is usually harvested when about 100 mm long and is cooked in stir fries or served on its own. As the fruit grows larger it is also known as a squash and []

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Macadamia Nut Recipes Northey Street City Farm

The Macadamia nut, also known as Queensland nut or Bauple nut is native to the rainforests of southern Queensland and northern New South Wales.  There are two species with edible nuts Macadamia tetraphylla and Macadamia integrifolia. Macadamia trees grow in deep soils and like some wind protection. Trees can grow to 10m, but dwarf []

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Recipe Round-Up: The Joy of Vegan Baking Kittens Gone Lentil

I am fairly sure that The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick Goudreau was one of the first vegan baking books I ever owned. It is a book I have turned to many times, both for old favourites and for trying new things. A lot of the recipes I made before I started taking photos, so I don't actually have too many on my blog. But I will be remaking them with time. You can see what I have posted before here.

No-Bake Strawberry Pie with Chocolate Chunks: This recipe comes together pretty easily. Using a No-Bake Pecan Crust, you need a lot of strawberries to fill it. Sliced fresh strawberries are layered into the crust, and then topped with a quick strawberry puree mix made on the stove using strawberries, dates, and lemon juice. I found it best to put down half the sliced strawberries, then top with half the puree, then repeat. Otherwise the puree tends to just pool and not run down to all the nooks and crannies.
Rating: :)

No Bake Strawberry Pie with Chocolate Chunks

Chocolate Brownies: These are some moist (sorry) fudgy brownies. I baked for almost about hour (rather than 40 minutes as the recipe said), and they were still very moist (sorry). At 40 minutes, they were really not quite cooked. Though to be fair, I know my oven does tend to take a little longer.
Rating: :)

Chocolate Brownies

Lemon Bars: I love lemon bars, and these are definitely some of the best. The short crust base is a quite stiff and a bit hard to spread out, but some damp fingers helped to press it out nicely. These are tart and sweet and oh so good. They have silken tofu in them, but you can't taste it at all. My oven needed about an extra 5-10 minutes for each baking step. Make these!
Rating: :D

Lemon Bars

Apple Cobbler: I prefer crumble, but cobbler is always fun. Plus it is kind of like having pie without having to mak...

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Monday, 03 December


Summer School Holiday Earth Kids Program Northey Street City Farm

NSCF Earth Kids programs are about supporting kids to become nature smart to have the knowledge, understandings and skills to engage in creating a more sustainable world in a fun and interactive way. It is an experiential program of outdoor discovery, in which kids will learn about the animals and plants at the Farm []

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Sunday, 02 December


12 key tips for growing a thriving edible garden Our Permaculture Life

I have just released my new online masterclass about my 12 key tips for growing a thriving edible garden creating abundance with ease.

My latest masterclass 12 key tips for growing a thriving edible garden,

My masterclasses have always been free and sponsored by the Permaculture Education Institute ( . However, this particular masterclass is dedicated to raise funds for permaculture programs for women and children in Uganda and Kenya. You can find out about the permaculture volunteer work my kids and I are doing there this December.

If you watch this masterclass, please feel moved to visit the Ethos Foundation project page to find out more and donate .

We are half way to our fundraising goal . Please help us exceed it!

My kids and I have a goal of raising a modest $10k to personally take and distribute to local community projects that are making a real difference. This is a registered charity and 100% of funds go directly to these community-led projects. All our expenses and time are donated.

In this masterclass, I mentions:
my compost masterclass 
my no-dig garden method 
my permaculture educators program
the Ethos Foundation 
this blog:Our Permaculture Life
my youtube channel: Our Permaculture Life

Thank you in advance for your generous donation. My children and I have been so overwhelmed by the big-hearted kindness of our community, and also people around the world who have been sending in their support. Thank you to you all.

Please share widely. Only 5 sleeps until we arrive in Uganda.

Thank you !!


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Saturday, 01 December


Deedot Coffee House Memories Treasure Chest

Deedot Coffee House, Holland Park

This is probably one of the cafes that I wish that it is close to my house! Unfortunately not, unless we move to the south side... I have been to Deedot few years ago and during this visit, I was meeting up with an old friend who has just got a new baby girl and we met up for a cuppa of drink which turns out to be taro latte for me!


Since Deedot, I have been checking other cafes whether they serve taro latte but so far seem to be no luck. Unlike coffee or matcha or turmeric latte, taro is definitely for those with the sweeter tooth and it was delicious! 

Debbo had scrambled eggs on toast while I ordered their mushroom dish. I seriously could not fault this dish at all. It is a 10/10 for me! Love the creaminess of the mushroomy puree, together with the perfectly poached egg on a toast... I could seriously lick that plate. Ahahah!




In My Kitchen December 2018 Tiffin bite sized food adventures

brightly coloured 4 tier tiffin box
What a month Ive had! My website was hijacked by hackers who did their darndest to lock me out. Thankfully, I had the assistance of a very good developer who was able to get on top of things and put further protections in place. Of course, it had to happen only three days before I was heading overseas! Anyway, the blog is back in action and Im back from Thailand. I havent even had time to go grocery shopping yet but, there are still things to share.

rice paper latern being relased into night sky in Chiang Mai

One of the reasons we visited Thailand was to attend the Yi Peng Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai. What a memorable night. Loud, noisy and exhilarating! Though crowded, there were many areas to view the lanterns at a more sedate distance. We went to the free local government (official) celebrations, not the paid commercial events that are held outside the city. Heres a short video of just some of the lanterns being released. Id recommend it to anyone.

In my November kitchen

brightly coloured 4 tier tiffin box

there is a new Tiffin! I dont buy much in the way of souvenirs but when I saw this enamel Tiffin at the Saturday Walking Market in Chiang Mai, Mr Tiffin insisted that I treat myself. Tiffins are not a Thai implement and I suspect this has actually come by way of China, but I do really like it. It was the most expensive thing be bought/paid for o...

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Friday, 30 November


Eating Out: Brisbane Vegan Markets November 2018 Kittens Gone Lentil

It had been a couple of months (September I had something else on, October was very rainy), but November saw me back at the Brisbane Vegan Markets with my friends Tracee and Jamie. It is now heading towards the time of year when it is almost too hot for markets. They started at 9am, and even by 9.30 the heat was evident. Their Christmas market is on in just over a week, so we shall see how the weather fares. Anyway, food! Oh, and you can see my previous market visits here.

Tracee and Jamie for a plate of mixed momos from Tibetan Momo House.

Mixed Momos from Tibetan Momo House at Brisbane Vegan Markets

And Tracee and I both got some Char Kway Teow from Malaysia Nonya House. This is mine after I had picked out all the capsicum already, hence why it looks a little messy.

Chaw Kway Teow from Malasian House at Brisbane Vegan Markets

Drinkwise, I got some Rose and Lychee iced tea in my awesome new insulated Montii smoothie cup that I got for my birthday. And also a chocolate milk from Nutsy. Nutsy accepts all their empty bottles back to be cleaned and reused, how great is that!

I also had a BLT from the Farm Animal Rescue stall. It was a classic, tasty BLT. Though one of the slices of bread was hilariously thick at one crust! Jamie also had a Veef burger from the FAR stall, but he ate it before anyone could take a photo. Twice. But he liked the burger enough to eat it twice in one morning, so take that as an endorsement.


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Thursday, 29 November


NSCF E-Newsletter December 2018 Northey Street City Farm

Northey Street City Farm publish a free electronic newsletter every month. To subscribe to our monthly free e-newsletter CLICK HERE. You will receive the newsletter to your email once a month to let you know what is happening at the farm. To read this months E-News CLICK HERE

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Eating Out: Two Tables Cafe (In Memoriam) Kittens Gone Lentil

Sad news just came in, my friends. My favourite Two Tables Cafe announced yesterday on Instagram that they were closing, effective immediately. It was a small family business, and the adult children are now off doing their own things in the world. Which means, no more Two Tables. I am very very very sad. I had wanted to go there for my birthday dinner this year, but things got in the way, and I didn't get a chance for a final goodbye. Woe. It is strange how important a place can become to you. I guess good food and amazing people will do that. So, for the final time, here are some of the things I had eaten there in some recent visits.

I went with some friends for brunch once rainy Sunday. I had been planning on getting the pancakes, but I was in a savoury mood and went for the Big Vegan breakfast as well. Pumpkin, mushrooms, roasted tomato, a Fenn Veef patty, a hashbrown, baked beans, tomato relish, and their housemade bread. This was delicious and satisfying, but without being too overwhelming.

Big Vegan from Two Tables Cafe

House Special Pancakes from Two Tables Cafe

Another time I had been meant to meet some friends there for brunch, but they forgot. But a trip to Two Tables was never wasted, and I was happy to be able to eat there. I had their delicious green smoothie, and their tofu burger. The burger has pineapple and satay sauce on it, and came with their perfect chips.

The Greenie at Two Tables Cafe

Tofu Burger (with Satay Sauce and Pineapple) at Two Tables Cafe

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Tuesday, 27 November


Middle Eastern Eggplant Salad Bring a Plate Tiffin bite sized food adventures

bowl of eggplant pieces with tahini sauce and mint scattered on top
I love eggplants (aubergines) and have written about them a lot. They are versatile and adaptable, featuring in the cuisines of many cultures. We have an eggplant bush in our garden thats had a crazy growth spurt. This recipe for a warm Middle Eastern Eggplant Salad is a quick way to deal with an unexpected glut. Perfect for a weekend lunch or as part of a mezze platter. Ideal when you are asked to bring a plate.

bowl of eggplant pieces with tahini sauce and mint scattered on top

An Eggplant By Any Other Name

Eggplants are part of the nightshade family, that includes potatoes, tomatoes, capsicums and chillis. The word eggplant itself is not really used much beyond Australia and the US. The name originated when the white variety, which indeed looks very similar to an egg, was first exported from Europe. Elsewhere you will encounter is as the aubergine, brinjal (India) and the amusing brown-jolly (West Indies). The Italian word, melanzana, is a corruption of the Roman mala insana, the apple of insanity. This is because the Romans thought the eggplant was poisonous, given it is a nightshade.

group of slim eggplants piled together on sandstone

An Eggplant Glut

After a very dry winter, we had a big downpour of rain just before we returned from a European holiday. As a result, my eggplant bush was groaning under the weight of over a dozen fruit. I picked and cooked them, went on holidays again for 12 days and came back to another bumper crop. I love eggplant but thats a lot!



Siam Sensations Memories Treasure Chest

Siam Sensations, Nundah

Thai food is my next cravings following Vietnamese food. While Viet food is more simple and clean, Thai is usually filled with punchier flavour and more on the spicy side, which is what I crave for at times. Following our visit to Nundah Corner, we realised that this restaurant is fully pack with patrons sitting outside the restaurant! I told Mr that we had to give it a go next visit and we did.


It was just too tempting not to try the 'Mix Entree' - spring roll, curry puff, satay chicken, steamed dim sim and keaw tod (which I assumed is the fried wanton). For $8.90, I think this is rather quite a bargain. The good thing about eating with your husband is that he does not mind sharing after me biting into each item. Among those, I think my favourite would be the curry puff, followed by the satay. 

I never stray from not ordering a pad thai from a Thai restaurant, and we did. I really love their pad thai - the sauce was well balanced, and tasty together with the fresh bean sprouts and crunchy peanuts. I could have more of this but we obviously got other meals. Hehe!



Maru Memories Treasure Chest

Maru, Brisbane CBD

A stop in the city for dinner means Korean food for us (well, most of the time). Korean food is fast, convenient and tasty, don't you agree? If you are looking for places that are quiet, then don't bother walking into a Korean restaurant. It is usually lively, and their food will fill you up.


The chives pancake in Maru is a must if you are tossing between the chives or the seafood pancake (I have tried both). It comes out crispy with loads of chives, and you have to eat it with their dipping sauce.  


On that particular night, I wanted something hot/warm so I ordered their pork bibimbap in stone bowl. Their chilli sauce came separately and you can squeeze as much out if you want to. Bibimbap never fails and it was one of favourite meals to have!




Recipe Round-Up: The Great Vegan Protein Book Kittens Gone Lentil

The Great Vegan Protein Book by Celine Steen and Tamasin Noyes has your 'where do you get your protein from' needs covered. No weird protein powders, just tofu, seitan, tempeh, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Let's get ripped! Or whatever it is all this protein people are so obsessed about is meant to do. You can see other recipes I've made from the book here.

Butter Bean Gravy: This gravy is very thick and hearty, involving a full tin of pureed butter beans, but I found it a bit bland. And this was even after I blended in some mushrooms. You soak shiitakes in broth to get a mushroom flavour to it, and I just added in the mushrooms themselves to the gravy as well. A splash of soy sauce definitely helps with the flavour. It also has shallots, garlic, nutritional yeast, and fresh herbs (I used sage).
Rating: :|

Butter Bean Gravy

Broccoli and Mushroom Freekehzotto: This uses a mix of fresh and dried mushrooms (I used a 'gourmet' mix), as well as freekeh as the grain. I took the option to use cracked freekeh, and it cooked in about 30 minutes (the recipe says 40 minutes for cracked freekeh). This is made creamy with a blend of nutritional yeast and cashews, and is filly, creamy, and tasty.
Rating: :)

Broccoli and Mushroom Freekehzotto

Do the Cocoa Shake: A full recipe of this uses a full block of silken tofu, but it is easy to scale down if you just have a bit of silken tofu that you'd like to use up. I made a one third amount, which was a small single serve (the full recipe says it makes four serves). It also has frozen banana and peanut butter, which gives it a sweet flavour.
Rating: :)

Do the Cocoa Shake

Fiesta Scramble: This bright and colourful scramble has scallion, red onion, drained fire roasted tomatoes (I didn't have quite enough so I used some chopp...

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Sunday, 25 November


Menya Mappen Noodle Bar - Sunnybank Plaza, Sunnybank, Brisbane my name is Food.

Although this place has closed down and changed its name, the concept, the food and the offerings are practically still similar. Though the prices might have changed slightly too. Still located at the side of the plaza, where it doesn't get too busy around that area.

'Spicy Pork Miso Bowl' was a simple side or a stand-alone dish of steamed rice topped with spicy pork mince and shallots. With this, you are able to pick your choice of tempura and add ons to eat this with. Having a small bowl option allows you to have lesser carbs and have more grilled or deep fried items. Not so worth it for its price but I guess, it is something easy and simple to have if you don't feel like a big meal.

'Curry Udon' on a bed of Udon topped with ontama (half boiled egg) and shallots as well as tempura crisps or flakes as some may call it. When mixed thoroughly, the egg gives the stickiness and balancing the curry sauce mixture with the udon noodles. The udon noodles in curry sauce, is not somet...


Madame Wu - Eagle Street, Brisbane CBD my name is Food.

Trying to find a modern Asian dining restaurant is not that easy here, so when searching for places to hold our engagement, there was limited places to choose from. Not wanting a typical Chinese restaurant with chandeliers and the interior, but wanting something modern, classy providing good quality food was what I wanted. Then I found Madame Wu, located on the top of Riparian Plaza in Eagle Street Pier, it boasts the views of the Brisbane river as well as a glimpse of the Story Bridge. That could work, I thought to myself, and so I decided to enquire and book it.

Due to the size of our group, we were advised that we were only allowed to choose to banquet menu of which I wasn't very keen on at first as I knew that we all would eat quite a lot and the usual way of dining in such a big group would be ordering many main dishes and sharing it with everyone on the table. However, since I asked whether there was a way for an exception of this to happen due to the event that was being held, they rejected and declined and said that only banquet menus were allowed to be ordered, nothing else. Although I did advise them that I would be spending much more doing that rather than paying for the banquet menu.

But they still rejected the offer.
So be it then.. I guess they'd rather lose money and not let us order more.. which would've been a benefit for them. They said that 'it puts a large strain on the kitchen'  and 'it is very hard to get these meals up together' even if we did pre-order for the whole table for a la carte.


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Saturday, 24 November


Paris Baguette Cafe - Changi Airport, Singapore my name is Food.

The first time I heard the name, I thought it was a bakery chain from France. But, it wasn't. A bakery chain originating from Korea that utilizes the French way of cooking and baking. With over 3,000 chains in Korea and over 50 stores in the US, it sure has made a name for itself offering various cakes, breads, pastries as well as coffee.

To be brutally honest, I do not exactly remember what this was. I think it was either the egg or cheese tart. But I do remember that the flavour was not that flavoursome hence, we didn't really enjoy it thoroughly. The pastry was also cold and hard, and with every bite, it did not have the nice buttery taste.


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Friday, 23 November


GUEST SPEAKER FOR SEPTEMBER 2018 MEETING Brisbane Organic Growers Inc.

If you want productive healthy plants in your garden, you need to understand your soil, what it has and hasn't got. Bruce Ham will explain how soils are made, how we can test them and how we can improve them. Don't miss the September meeting to find out how to improve your soil.


Hello Harry - Portside Wharf, Hamilton, Brisbane my name is Food.

Imagine a burger joint with neon lights, graffiti walls, good ol' burgers and beers... draft beers. If you've never visited Hello Harry before for their burgers, then, maybe you should. There are a few burger joints that are in the hype at the moment which we honestly am not a big fan of when others are.. maybe our preference with burgers are just different than the norm. But anyway, they offer a very direct and simple menu with all meats, dressings, marinades and salts made in house.

Starting off the night with a draft beer, crisp and fresh, it allows the night to just get better. I mean, come on.. it's Beer.

The 'Sweet Potato Fries' ...

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Thursday, 22 November


Little Singapore - Market Square, Sunnybank, Brisbane my name is Food.

With all the renovations happening at Market Square, it doesn't deter the diners coming in from morning to night for either the food, bubble tea, desserts or just visiting Yuen's. After waiting for a few minutes, the table was set up and ready. Service can be hard to get by as the waiters are always rushing here and there but simply raise your hand up or try and wave at them, you should be able to get their attention.

'Char Kway Teow' of which we usually order the combination which has both meat and seafood. The portion was quite small compared to the other times we have dined here and ordered the same dish. Sometimes, it can be also saltier or not enough salt, so it can be quite inconsistent at times.

The amount of seafood as well as meat also differs and I think that might be due to the chef who is cooking at the time. Sometimes, you would get more fish cake than prawns or meat, or would get only one prawn and no squid or so on. However, overall, this time, the taste was okay but we have tasted better in the past.


Nundah Corner Memories Treasure Chest

Nundah Corner, Nundah

The Mr was working at Nundah and he came across this place and took me out for dinner one night (many months ago now!). It is usually a day cafe but on Friday and Saturday nights, they are opened for dinner. Street parking is available but can be quite difficult during the peak hours. 

We were one of the first diners to arrive, and service was friendly and prompt. After checking out their menu, we sort of know what we want and had mutual decision to order their '3 for $20' of sides. 
~ Fries with aioli
~ Fried cauliflower florets with burnt butter and pomegranate
~ Beans, feta and almond


The fries were cooked to perfection and they sure know how long to cook them for! Not soggy and still very crispy. I was a little surprised by the cauliflower dish. It was actually quite good and probably the winner among the three...


Eating Out: Grill'd Kittens Gone Lentil

Burger chain Grill'd has long been a haunt of vegans, with the ability to make some of their burgers vegan by leaving things off, and especially for their delicious chips. But Grill'd has lately really embraced the vegan revolution. First up, they introduced a 100% vegan veggie burger with salad. Not the most exciting, I know, but really delicious. But this year they also announced two new burgers - the all vegan Vegan Cheese Burger, and the misleadingly vegetarian but not actually vegan Hemp Therapea burger. To make way for these two new burgers, they did take some other vegetarian burgers off the menu. So there are currently three veg*n burgers (one 100% vegan and two easy to veganise) on their menu. Plus their chips, did I mention their chips?

Vegan Cheeseburger:

Vegan Cheeseburger and Chips with Tomato Relish from Grill'd

Grill'd Cheeseburger 2.0

Hemp Therapea Burger:

When they announced the new vegan cheeseburger, they also announced this burger. They were prominently advertised as plant based, however it turns out that in the original form this one is not completely so. Early on, several vegans got caught out because it has a non-vegan tzatziki on it. You need to request them to use vegan mayo instead. It was quite misleading marketing on their part. The patty on this is hemp and pea, and is quite nice and sweet. It also has avocado, lettuce, beetroot, basil, and...


Nasturtium Recipes Northey Street City Farm

  Nasturtium  Tropaeolum majus Nasturtium makes a great ground cover in a sunny spot, though it will grow in shade as well. The plant grows in poor soils and dry conditions. Nasturtium can help in biological pest control by attracting beneficial insects. Nasturtium flowers and leaves are edible and have a peppery taste. They can be []

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Tuesday, 20 November


Pho Queue Memories Treasure Chest

Pho Queue, Annerley

Are you ever tired of Vietnamese food?? While writing up this post, I just realised that we seemed to be eating out in Vietnamese restaurant. I have been to Pho Queue twice and the first visit was to catch up with Simco! He had recently relocated back to Brisbane from Tasmania and it was so nice to meet up with this old friend of mine.


One thing for sure that has not changed - he still likes his favourite vermicelli noodle salad! I am lucky that I get to choose what to have for entree and we had the crispy spring rolls. For $8 for 3 pieces, the price is certainly above the average and they are just quite normal. 


The other starter that interest me was the 'Banh Khot' - savoury mini pancakes made with 333 beer. I have not tried these before and would not have a clue as to what it should taste like. Quite an interesting texture... the 'pancake' is rather soft and not dense, but still able to hold it shape. Taste wise quite light and bland, so I recommend it with the fish sauce on the sid...


Lily's Chinese Kitchen Memories Treasure Chest

Lily's Chinese Kitchen, Cooper's Plain

My in-laws one day told me that they have found a place that served fresh eels, and it is an awesome one! I have definitely tried the Japanese unagi but not the kinds they were referring to and I was interested. So, for Mr's birthday this year, we went to Lily's Kitchen for a birthday lunch for a banquet for 4 +1. Ya, just because Grace's bedtime is about 7-8pm.


Next up is the duck! We love any kind of duck and this is probably one of the best duck ever, the braised duck version. It was not oily and the gravy that comes with it mix so nicely with steamed rice. Needless to say, the duck was extremely tender... 



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Monday, 19 November


Q Bread - Marine Parade, Singapore my name is Food.

Going back to the place where we used to buy waffles during my childhood days living here makes me miss it here. The ambience, environment and food but I do have to say that the schooling is here is tough. Anyway, Q Bread hasn't changed at all since I last remember, serving up freshly baked bread and waffles made to order. Before Bread top or Bread talk was a thing, this has always been here. From pork floss buns to normal bread loaves to bread rolls to the never-ending bread varieties.

Bringing the Mr here brought a smile to my face but since we were full, we couldn't indulge on as many waffles as I would've liked to but at least he was able to try it and experience the childhood waffle my parents used to buy for me when wanting a snack nearby.

The waffle batter has been pre-made for convenience and is covered to let it sit there without having any bugs or insects flying in as well as keeping it moist. For its price, it is still very affordable to buy a waffle or two either with or without fillings.



The Pie Tin - Newtown, Sydney my name is Food.

Unaware of such a place and wondering if we had one in Brissie, we were on our way here to have a nibble and to grab a coffee. Offering both sweet and savoury pies of which changes in a rotational basis, they are told to be handmade and baked fresh daily on premises. When you enter, you see yourself in an exposed brick wall surrounding, wooden tables with steel chairs and a single cashier point. 

A rather confusing sign at first, having three different pricing...


Sydney Fish Market - Pyrmont, Sydney my name is Food.

If you're a seafood fan and lover, then going to the Sydney Fish Market is a must when you're down here. But bear in mind the queues, the waiting, the crowd, the shouting, the no available tables which can be such a poop. We tend to get the same thing when we come here and we don't get bored of it, but then if I was to eat a whole plate full every day, then maybe I'll pass.. just too much. But, never too much sashimi.

'Seafood Platter' consisted of different kinds of seafood, mostly fried. BBQ baby octopus, oyster kilpatrick, oyster mornay, grilled scallops, battered prawns, fish pieces and seafood sticks. The grilled scallops sometimes may differ in terms of size as previously, it seemed to be bigger than what we got this time. The chips was just normal, but the battered prawns and fish pieces were fresh and the batter was not as oily as I thought it would be.


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Sunday, 18 November


Hurricane's Grill & Bar - Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast my name is Food.

Many may say that this place has the best ribs, but I disagree. It has not yet beaten our favourite ribs place, with its quality, service and consistency. But I have to say that their location definitely provides a nice view and strategic location. Offering not only pork ribs but also many other items on the menu to cater even the young ones, it is a place for both dates, groups and casual dining.

Starting with the 'Fried calamari' served with tartare sauce, about 8-10 pieces of deep fried calamari served with a lemon wedge and a small bowl of tartare sauce. The tartare sauce was not very tangy but did add a good punch and freshness for the calamari.

'Rocket, pear and parmesan salad' served with spanish onion, cherry tomatoes, green olives with a honey mustard dressing. A refreshing salad and not-so-typical garden salad to have. The honey mus...

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Saturday, 17 November


Bam Bam Bakehouse Memories Treasure Chest

Bam Bam Bakehouse, Gold Coast

I am probably one of the last foodie to have tried Bam Bam Bakehouse! It has been on my wish list for a very long time, and one day Mr suggested we go to the coast since we are both not working over the weekend. It is a rare opportunity and I told him we must visit Bam Bam. Hehe! 

We used GPS to navigate ourselves there and the bakehouse is situated in a fairly interesting location, next to a children's park and playground (bonus!). Parking can be quite tricky until we realised we could have parked next to the playground from the back. It was already quite packed when we got there in the morning, but thankfully still have seats available.

Their menu does seem to have some Asian influenced such as the 'Egg nasi, karaage chicken burger or even the pork belly banh mi' which in hindsight, I probably should have ordered one of them. 

Are you a Barbie or a Mermaid fan? I ended up ordering the Barbie hot chocolate which consisted of rose and white chocolate and loved it! Loved the pinkish colour and most importantly the hint of rose. Yum!


Anyhow, back to us! I know they are famous for their pastry so I ordered a plain croissant with their house preserve for Grace. She just had a few bites and then pushed it away. Maybe I have been spoilt by Hugs on Days, and I...

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Monday, 12 November


Vietnam House Memories Treasure Chest

Vietnam House, Fortitude Valley

Vietnamese cuisine is one of my go-to food if we have the options of eating out. I could not remember why we chose Vietnam House that night but why not? We drove past this restaurant frequently and had never visited it. We did make a booking knowing that it is quite a busy place especially on a weekend. Parking as always can be a challenge in the Valley but we were lucky to find street parking if you are patient enough.

It was still winter then (yup, trying to finish my backlogs!) and I wanted pho. I remember myself of being of a vermicelli salad person but once in a while I crave for pho. But first up, we tried their Vietnamese spring rolls. They were crispy and delicious! It was so moreish!


Their pho comes in three different sizes - small, medium and large. I was not sure how big their 'large' size was until it came to our table. Holy moly it was big! It can certainly feed two people! Their pho was quite good, with thinly sliced rare beef. I just thought their soup base may be on the sweeter side. 


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Friday, 09 November


Permaculture fun(d)raising for food gardens 26 days to go would love your help. Our Permaculture Life

Only 26 days left for our permaculture fun(d)raiser and to get ready to leave for Africa! Yellow fever jabs done, Naturopaths first aid kit made, visas in process, oops  passports need updating!

Morag on ABC Radio today

This morning I had a great chat with Annie Gaffney , morning show host of ABC Radio, about our forthcoming journey to Uganda and Kenya. My daughter (12yo) and eldest son (10yo) are travelling with me. Annie and I chat about why we are going to East Africa, who we are working with, what we are doing there, and why I am asking for your help.

Heres the 10 minute interview with Annie on ABC Sunshine Coast morning show. Please take a listen and share this blog.  Could you help us spread the word so we can reach our goal of $10,000?

Permaculture fun(d)raising tally

I have a big goal of raising $10K to take with us to give directly. 100% goes to local people doing local projects for local benefit. These are permaculture gardens and teacher trainings for schools and womens self-help communities.

Fun(d)raising goal = $10k

Total raised so far = $845

Ethos Foundation our registered permaculture charity

You can find out more about the programs we are volunteering with on the Ethos Foundation Website:, and also at We have partnered with Kwaya Australia, a registered charity working directly with the African Childrens Choir, because we are going to be helping them to design an edible food garden on their half acre primary school site.

I have recently relaunched the Ethos Foundation. Previously I ran, a registered charity, that works in partnership with the Permaculture Education Institute. Ethos Foundation is run as a donation-based organisation from community to community.  Ethos directly supports the the permaculture education programs we are volunteering with around the world, and offers scholarship places to enable local leaders to attend permaculture teacher courses . The funds that Ethos collects and distributes are used 100% for the local project...

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Thursday, 08 November


Lutece Bistro and Wine Bar Memories Treasure Chest

Lutece Bistro and Wine Bar, Paddington

Once in a blue moon, Mr and myself will go on a dinner date if Grace can be looked after by the in-law. I chanced upon a 50% discount on Dimmi for Lutece Bistro (well, many months ago now) and made the booking. Parking is available around the complex and it was easy to find. The view from inside the restaurant was certainly quite breathtaking if you are early enough (hint here- early dinner post kid). 

We first started with baguette and their Lutece truffle butter. Nothing extra-ordinary but certainly good nevertheless.

I could not remember exactly the entree dish but I think it was either the foie gras or rillettes. It was delicious and Mr could not stop raving about it. This is certainly his sort of dish.

Now for our mains, I have heard of their famous sand crab lasagne and had to try it. My my my... it was definitely delicious. Initially I was worried that the crab will be 'fishy' but honestly, it was fresh, and loving it with the creamy crustacean cream. I understand then why there was this pool of sauce, hehe. 


As for the other main, we tried their half duck a l'orange and to be honest, that was my first time trying duck with orange. It was actua...


Getta Burger - Underwood, Brisbane my name is Food.

When we had Getta Burger the first time, it was at their first branch in Carina. When we saw that another branch has opened up nearby in south side, we thought we should give it a try. Luckily enough, it was not busy with only one or two people lining up in front and behind us. I'm glad when places open up, they think about us too and where we can park as they're located in an area with other shops and dedicated parking available. It's a bit sad when new places open but then you hear that there's no parking or it would be much more accessible via public transport. Doesn't work that way all the time, you know..

Getta Burger has a wide variety of beef patty, pulled pork, beef brisket and vege burgers of which we decided to go with 'The Getta Burger'. Beef patty, cheese, onion, tomato, lettuce, pickle with 'Tom's Tomato Relish' and USA mayo on a milk bun. The bun was a sesame seed bun which I thought was a bit hard and not as soft as I would've liked it...

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Sunday, 04 November


Permaculture for children: Were going to Africa! Please help us raise $10k. Our Permaculture Life


This December I have been invited to Africa to assist with permaculture education programs, sustainable food gardens for schools, curriculum development for permaculture in schools, womens self-help programs. Because there is a big focus on permaculture for children, I am taking my two eldest children now 10yo and 12 yo whove grown up with permaculture.

Please support us and donate generously.

Id love your help to raise $10k for sustainable food gardens for women and children in Uganda and Kenya. We are collecting funds all November.

On December 5, my children and I fly to Africa and can distribute the funds directly to community-initiated and led programs.

100% of all donations reach real people in need. We are donating all our costs and time.


Where to donate

You can find more information about the programs and donate via our registered charity Ethos Foundation, Click this link to read more and donate.

Help us fill our suitcases with books and laptops

We would love to fill our suitcases with good permaculture books and good working laptops too. Email me if you can help with this.

Ethos Foundation Africa

Please support these programs focussing on permaculture for children and women.

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Friday, 02 November


The Duke of Sussex St I "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

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.

Alexandra Hils

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...

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Wednesday, 31 October


Willow and Spoon Memories Treasure Chest

Willow and Spoon, Wilston

Willow and Spoon is one of my favourite cafe to go to in the Northside. I remember visiting this place with my housemate last time, and quite a lot has changed since for the better. We have been to this place twice in a matter of few months apart, and on this occasion we brought Grace along! Lucky her, there is a small play area set up at the garden next to the back deck. 

Willow and Spoon changed their menu since our last visit but the favourite 'The Willow' seem to be on the menu always. Who can resist it though? Cured pork belly with truffle scrambled eggs! Yum Yum Yum! Mr was just so happy to see this platter of food served in front of him. The pork belly was tender and flavourful, and he certainly was a satisfied man after that!


My other dish then was poached eggs on haloumi with turkish bread. You can never complain when the eggs were poached to perfection. We ordered a side dish of hash brown and just a little disappointed that those hash weren't housemade. 


Willow and Spoon has a dedicated kid's meal and we ordered toasted cheese sandwich for Grace. It was a good toastie and Grace certainly enjoyed hers then! Well, we are looking forward to returning soon. 



How to design a drought-hardy food garden Our Permaculture Life


How do you create a drought-hardy food garden?

Water resilience is the focus of my latest masterclass that went live on 30 October

In this 42 minute session, I explore practical ways to create a more drought-resilient food garden using a permaculture approach. The six points I discuss in this masterclass are:

  1. slow it
  2. spread it
  3. sink it
  4. store it
  5. reuse it
  6. plant well

Each month I offer a free online monthly masterclass. The topic chosen for November 26th session will be 12 Tips for a Thriving Edible Garden.

Here are links to the last two masterclasses:

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Monday, 29 October


Tomato Brothers Memories Treasure Chest

Tomato Brothers, Wilston

Anyone hungry and keen for 'All You Can Eat Pizza?' Tomato Brothers has all you can eat pizza or pasta every Tuesday ($25), and Mr took us there to celebrate my birthday this year. I got a reaction when I told my colleague I had my birthday dinner there. It may not be fancy or fine dining but it does not matter because Grace had such a great time! She must be excited because she get to stay up later than her usual bedtime. ;)

How does it work? This AYCEP consisted of entree of garlic bread and dips. Following that, you can choose either pasta or pizza from their list. You can start ordering the next meal once you are nearly done with the current pizza or pasta.


The entree of garlic pizza bread was piping hot when they arrived. Grace managed to have little bites here and there and it was so fun seeing her enjoying them. The dips that came together include pesto based, aioli, sour cream and sweet chilli and olive based dip.

As for the pasta, we ordered the bolognaise spaghetti so that Grace can have some. It was all right, I just felt it was very tomato-ey. 


Now to the pizzas... As Mr was hungry that night, we ended ordering a few different pizzas - 'Pineapple and Ham' and also the 'Chicken and Pesto' pizza; and I think the 'Meatlover'. 


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Sunday, 28 October


Star Coffee Co. - Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre, Gold Coast my name is Food.

'Spicy Chicken & Coriander Salad' comes with fresh green mix, crispy wonton, grilled chicken breast with a warm spicy lime dressing. An interesting salad compared to your usual Caesar or Garden but it was actually..... not bad. More crispy wonton please. The dressing had a slight tanginess to it but not too much. The amount of grilled chicken breast was okay but overall, everything was well mixed. Very refreshing salad to have on a hot day.

'Gourmet Salami Sandwich' was a simple sandwich with salami, rocket, semi-dried tomatoes, swiss cheese and aioli. It did look very lonely being on the plate alone with no sides to go with it. The sandwiches offered here comes in a variety of different bread base such as white, wholemeal, turkish bread, multi grain and gluten free, of which we chose the turkish bread. The turkish bread had a nice charring on the top and the filling was not too bad but more salami and swiss cheese would've been good as there was only about a few thin slices of salami through it all. So every bite seemed to have had more rocket than anything else.



Wara Wara Izakaya - Elizabeth St, Brisbane CBD my name is Food.

Wara Wara offers a wide variety of hotpot options as well as other Korean/Japanese fusion dishes but since it was a chilly night, we decided to go ahead with their 'Spicy Seafood Hotpot' in which interestingly, you can choose pork or beef. Their table for two can be a bit small so bear in mind when you do order something large to share, you might need to place the water bottle jar on the floor and just cramp everything else in between on the table. So, a tip, would be to ask for a bigger table if possible.

The Udon is an add on if you would like to add noodles on top or on the side of the hot pot. The size of it reminded me of the udon pre-packed that you can get from the asian mart or supermarket but not enough for two people or more, I reckon anyway. The pork was also separated which allows you to time when you would like it go in or put it in all at once.

Once mixed altogether and left to simmer, the udon and the pork balances the seafood and fishy-ness of the hot pot but since most of it was seafood, it was rather very fishy. The chilli powder at the bottom always leaves that throaty feeling...


Cha Kee - Eight Mile Plains, Brisbane my name is Food.

'Pork ribs in peking sauce w rice' was a plate topped w a bowl of rice with somewhat a sweet and sour sauce similarity with chunks of pineapple pieces on the side. The ribs was alright but there was about 1/4 of it where it just had minimal meat so it was just trying to chew off the little meat. The pineapple gave the dish that slight balance of the sweetness but, maybe it didn't really work as well. Not so worth it for its price as I felt that for the same price, another dish would be better and bigger, also.. tastier.

'Chow Mein w Beef in Black Bean Sauce' with a mixture of chunky vegetables with thick black bean gravy like sauce. Good to see big strips of beef of which I think would've been good if they could just slice it as it takes a lot of chewing to just try and get through them. The black bean sauce was well balanced and everything was fully coated with it not making the thin egg noodles soggy.


Izakaya Kotobuki - Albert St, Brisbane CBD my name is Food.

Although we've heard many things about Sushi Kotobuki at Kanga Point, the few times we tried going there without checking the opening hours, they were closed. But after knowing that they opened a sister restaurant on Albert St, we thought we give it a try. The Izakaya offers a wide variety of dishes of sushi, donburi and small plates.

With Japanese lanterns lining on the front side wall in front of the counter, exposed brick walls and floor-to-ceiling koi mural on the wall. The seating area is quite spacy, making it suitable for both dates, casual or even group dining. An open kitchen on the side allows diners to view the chefs cook however, I tend to try and avoid the front seating area due to the noise, chaos and having the waiters running back and forth around.


Vapiano - Garden City, Upper Mount Gravatt, Brisbane my name is Food.

Since its opening in Garden City, we actually never end up dining here due to the many restaurant options now, we end up going elsewhere. But since I wanted something Italian, we thought we'd come and try this branch and maybe compare it to the CBD branch. However, it has been a while for us dining at Vapiano.

'Con Carne' Pizza consisted of smoked Aussie ham, spicy pepperoni, salami, BBQ sauce on homemade tomato sauce and mozzarella  First thing first, it took them a while to make this so we basically had to wait at our tables.. When we received it, it was practically burnt? very fired up pizza. At an instance, you were able to tell that they've left it either for too long or they just went all out on something making the pizza's surrounding before the crust be that burnt. It didn't taste nice, I can tell you that. The amount of ham, pepperoni and salami was also not very tidy.. or let me say, balanced throughout. Some slices had a bigger slice of ham but only a very tiny salami or pepperoni whilst some had a big pepperoni, half a salmi and a shred of ham. Very un-organized pizza, or maybe just in a rush.


Woka Woka - Eight Mile Plains, Brisbane my name is Food.

Although we were suggested to order Woka Woka's main dishes and have rice on the side, we thought we'd order two classic dishes to share. The first that came out was their 'Hokkien Fried Rice' which was not exactly what I had hoped for. The combination of chicken, shrimp and vegetables was smothered in a thick sweet gravy placed on top of of rice. When mixed altogether with the rice, it should've tasted slightly salty and balanced with the rice. However, this was just quite bland overall.

'Chow Kway Teow' is usually one of our favourite noodle dish to order however, this was just a capital letter NOPE. Not today, it wasn't. Expecting to have a soy sauce based kway teow but instead, we got a full curry powdered ho fun dish with a mixture of chicken and prawn. But, O-M-G, the amount of curry powder was so strong that everything, every single thing in the dish just tasted like curry powder. Was not a good meal at all.


Le Bon Choix - Ascot, Brisbane my name is Food.

On a nice breezy day, where the sun is not too hot nor the wind is not too cold, it's always nice to go out for a bit and just have a relaxing time sipping down coffee and nibbling on pastries. Always quite packed throughout the day so make sure you get a seat first before ordering anything as if you've ordered without getting one, you may end up having to take it away or just eating and standing.

'Almond Croissant' is always something I always order when visiting any branch. Although some can be flatter than others but don't be afraid of letting them know that you would like this one or that. We also ordered a sourdough loaf to take away however, the girl was nice enough to cut up some slices for us to have at our table. Butter is extra and not included by the way. They also give only 1 butter for about 3 slices, so make sure you ask for more.

'Cappuccino' was made well, not too milky but had that right amount of coffee hit n...


Maru Korean BBQ - Elizabeth Street, Brisbane CBD my name is Food.

Ever since their expansion, it has been ongoing busy whether you come for lunch or dinner. Lunch specials allows diners to experience Korean dishes with that bit of a discount however, the main menu still stands. 

'Spicy Pork Bibimbap' served in a stone bowl, their Bibimbap has a few varieties ranging from the traditional to spicy chicken, spicy pork, marinated beef as well as raw wagyu beef. The vegetables in the bowl was a combination of carrots, beansprouts, cucumber, mushrooms, wombok, spinach, shallots, sesame seed, sesame oil and an egg yolk placed in the middle of the bowl. Although on the menu it said that there was spinach, wombok and shallots, I could not see it on the bowl nor was it underneath the spicy pork which was quite sad.

'Maru Fried Chicken' consisted of three different flavours, original, soy and spicy. I felt that the soy...

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Monday, 22 October


Toast Box - Changi Airport, Singapore my name is Food.

Toast box has been one of those places known for their coffee and toast concept. From peanut butter thick toast to chicken curry, its extensive menu caters for all tastebuds either for a full meal or just a snack.

If you order a toast set, you will get the toast of your choice, two half boiled eggs and regular hot kopi or teh. Kopi is coffee and Teh is tea. Simple but delicious.

A tip would be to actually break your egg into the bowl and dipping your toast into it before biting into it. Hence why they gave you two bowls for the two eggs just in case it gets a bit messy or if you would just like to scoop up the half boiled eggs individually.

All of the toast has their sides cut off and I'm unsure why but that's how it's always been when serving it.


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Join me for an online permaculture design masterclass on Monday 29th October 2019 at 8-9pm (Brisbane time/AEST)to explore ways to create water resilience in your garden.

Ill be sharing some very practical, accessible and useful tips on how to drought-proof your edible garden.

In this Masterclass we will explore water in the garden: how to slow it, spread it, sink it and store it. Well discuss ways to improve the water holding capacity of the soil, how to direct water into garden beds from the surrounding landscape, how to select edible plants that suit the natural climatic patterns, and more.


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Sunday, 21 October


Warawara Izakaya Memories Treasure Chest

Warawara Izakaya, Brisbane CBD

Korean food is something I appreciate and it is usually my first option to go when in the city. Having been to Maru restaurant, this time I told Mr that I wanted to try Warawara. We tried to visit this place prior but gave up after knowing there was a queue. We were lucky there was no wait that night.


After being seated, we looked at their big menu. As it has been raining in Brisbane continuously, I wanted something hot and soupy therefore opted for the 'Special Sharing Hot Pot'. The mixed sausage hot pot intrigued me, especially with slice of cheese on the dry noodles! The hot pot arrived and after cooking/boiling them for about 5 minutes, they were ready! Where should I even start? There were straw mushrooms, pork slices, cheerios, tofu, rice cakes, and gyozas! It was definitely a heartwarming meal for us and with that excitement, I splattered some of the soup onto my pants. Hehe!



Now back to the entree, we tried their entree size deep fried chicken and it was darn good! It was flavourful, crispy and tender. I dare say it was better than the Maru's fried chicken. I like K...

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Thursday, 18 October


Permaculture teaching Our Permaculture Life

Permaculture teaching takes so many forms. Permaculture teaching can be with adults, children, your own family, your local community, internationally, at schools, at universities, online, written, through film, via audio

Permaculture teaching through mentoring

Recently I spent a week in my garden mentoring a year 10 work experience student. We had so much fun! Here is the film we made together showing some of the things he learned about the permaculture approach to designing and developing a garden.

Over the past 25 years, I have taught in 20 countries and learned so much from applying permaculture in these varied contexts, cultures, climates and communities.

Permaculture teaching in Africa this December

In December, I will be in Uganda and Kenya supporting permaculture teachers from Kenya, Uganda and Zanzibar who are leading a Permaculture Design Course. Two of my children (12 and 10 yo) will accompany me and complete their PDC with me in Uganda. We have also been invited to visit the African Childrens Choir School near Kampala to work with students to design a sustainable food garden.

We will be travelling across to Kenya to meet and plan a permaculture course in August 2019, and find out how to support the development of a new practical permaculture teaching centre near Kakamega. Well also be visiting Jenipher who makes and distributes washable sanitary kits for girls weve been raising funds for her program. Please keep donating it is making a huge difference to the amount of girls she is able to help.

I am about to launch a fundraising program to help the various programs we visit please watch this space. The wonderful African storyteller, Mariam Issa, just agreed today to lead an event in Maleny with me to raise funds at the start of December. We will be sharing the stage at Northey Street City Farm for the Gross National Happiness event tickets here. I cant wait!

Dynamic curiosity

I just love teaching, sharing, learning, co-designing and collaborating with permaculture. This is why I have created the Permaculture Education Institute.

I think one of the key things about being a good permaculture teacher (or any teacher really) is maintaining a dynamic curiosity and an active approach to learning. Every day I learn something new. In just about every workshop lead or c...

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Wednesday, 17 October


Miss Jones Memories Treasure Chest

Miss Jones, New Farm

Excuse me Grace, will it be all right if we go to Miss Jones for brunch and then go to your park later?

I am so due for a brunch with ChaMo and so happy that we both got the same Friday off and I suggested visiting Miss Jones. Why not? When I can bring Grace to her favourite park in New Farm after that. This is called opportunistic parenting, ahaha.

Parking can be tricky and busy, but luckily for us I managed to park across the road from Miss Jones. I would suggest parking on the road of Balfour St and then walk there. Anyhow, back to Miss Jones. It is a fairly small cafe and seats were still plentiful that Fri morning. But wait till the 10 am coffee rush, people just started coming in for their takeaway coffees.

As we were still early, I ordered a croissant ($5) for Grace. They were nicely toasted and served with soft butter and blueberry jam. She ate few bites and had enough. Well too bad, I finished them off!


The breakfast menu here is fun and interesting. The Baklava waffles sounded so good but I think it will be just too mean for Grace. So I ended up ordering the Eggs Benedict - which came in savoury waffles (hash, cheddar and ham) with avocado, chorizo and chipot...

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Monday, 15 October


Barolos Italian Restaurant Memories Treasure Chest

Barolos Italian Restaurant, Toowong

Child free night? Yay!

 That means dinner date with Mr and this time we were lucky to be invited to Barolos to try their food. It was previously known as Mariosartic and recently have changed management under Carrie and Giustino. It was raining on Friday night and that did not deter us from visiting. There is a free parking site (2P) available opposite the restaurant and we were early enough for some parking spots.


Service was warm and prompt. After reading the menu, I knew what I wanted to eat and try. We were frequently asked for any drinks but politely declined. There is a bar available and once you go through their drinks list, you will be impressed. The peppery breadcrumbed calamari was well balanced and I love the fresh rocket salad on the sides, together with the black garlic aioli. 

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 For the entree, we ordered the calamari fritti. I thought I had tried good calamari before, but this is one of the best! Seriously, the squid was cooked to perfection and still tender. We asked for more aioli but you could have just eaten the squid on its own. Perfecto!


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Friday, 12 October


Permaculture Books: A Suggestion Our Permaculture Life

I love permaculture books and resources. I have a huge library at home on a diverse range of topics and I am often referring to them inspiration and technical details. I always carry as many as I can to workshops to share with people too. Below Ive included a list of some of my favourites, but there are so many more (perhaps a future post).

Our Permaculture Life Blog 400 articles

Dont forget you can search in my blog, Our Permaculture Life for information about particular topics. There are over 400 articles in here now and I am open to you sending me new topics to write about. Email me at with the subject [blog suggestion].

Our Permaculture Life Youtube Channel

Did you know you can also search for topics in my Youtube Channel, Our Permaculture Life . I have over 70 short clips about a whole range of permaculture topics. Again, I am open to you sending me new topics to write about. Email me at with the subject [Youtube suggestion].

Suggest Permaculture Books

Here is a list of useful permaculture books there are many more too.

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Sunday, 23 September


The Lobster Shack The Food Extinguisher

After selling out in Sydney, Melbourne and Goldcoast, Lobster Shack has FINALLY decided to grace us with its presence. About time!

Using wild caught Clearwater Maine Lobster tails which are slow cooked in a butter bath and served inside a freshly toasted brioche bun with buttermilk slaw, these lobster rolls are absolutely irresistible. Generously cut pieces of sweet-fresh lobster in a crispy yet-so-moist brioche bun really made my day :)

The rolls are served with a side of Parmesan Truffle fries for $35. If you're feeling posh you could also get it to come with a glass of Veuve Clicquote champagne for $50.

Pity this shack is only around for 2 weeks. In fact, today is the very last day :(

Maybe it's a good thing because I'm about to go broke at the rate I'm going. BUT it's totally worth it!

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Monday, 17 September


Australian Magpie "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

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.

 More often it sees me coming with the camera and  takes off. I am hoping that it will get more used to me as time goes on.
 In my opinion these are some of the smartest birds around! I came to this opinion some years ago when living in New South Wales. My house was next door to my parent's house but about 300 meters down the hill. There were magpies nesting in a big tree behind their house. We found out later that some teens who lived close by had made a habit of throwing stones at the birds and their nest. I think this was what had initially made these birds so very aggressive. But not to Mum! She gardened close under their nest and when she saw the birds she talked softly to them.  They used to come to her back door and 'warble' to her until she came out with some crumbs. But not me!! I had only to open my door to walk up to her house and they would aggressively swoop down and threaten to  attack me. My solution was to borrow Mums floppy blue hat that she always wore out in the yard. It worked As long as I had her blue hat on my head those birds ignored me. Smart birds!!   Hopefully the one now visiting my yard will get as friendly as Mum's birds became.                             

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Friday, 07 September


A formal closure Hungry Kittens

An overdue farewell...

It's been over 2 years since I last posted on this blog. The ending was sudden. One moment, I was still painstakingly editing, uploading and reviewing every restaurant that I visited. Then one day, I felt fatigued and I stopped, never to return. It did get a bit tedious towards the end because for one, I was tired of constantly feeling pressured to try new restaurants rather than being a return customer. I was running out of ways to describe things and the writing part started to feel like work. I've always thought that whilst in theory, being a food writer would be my dream job, perhaps having deadlines and pressure to do it would take the shine away. Once there was an element of stress behind needing to get posts up before the experience was out of date, I questioned myself "why am I doing this? This isn't my job".

Now, years later and into a whole new chapter of my life, I return to this blog (briefly) with profound emotion and nostalgia. Through essentially 7 years of consistency and commitment, I'd unwittingly documented a chunk of my own history, and that of the Brisbane dining scene. It's interesting to read back and see page after page of restaurants long gone and be reminded of a significance they once held to me.

My posts can be vaguely sorted into 3 segments:

  1. Life as a uni student. I had more or less just moved out of home and discovering my interest in cooking. Masterchef had just debuted and iPhones were still relatively new. Instagram didn't exist and I still communicated with friends via MSN messenger. Although I didn't have a real job, I put all money money towards cooking and eating out.
  2. Early working days. I moved to Toowoomba for my first job as a dentist. Work took up most of my weekday life so I didn't have much energy for cooking.
  3. Back to Brissie. By now, I had settled into a regular adult life and was living in inner city Brisbane. I still cooked but my food blog was a lot more restaurant focused by this point. I think around now was the peak of my blog popularity too.
Now, since my last published blog post, I've relocated to West Brisbane (ironically, within walking distance of where I lived when I first started this blog; we've come full circle, geographically-speaking at least) and am mum to 2 fur babies and 1 human baby. Opportunities to eat out have diminished (and monetary priorities have changed) and though I still love to cook, it's not always easy with baby in tow. I still love food though and these days, I share my taste experiences via Instagram, so if you're reading this and at all interested, please follow @coralia.eats .

It's time to put this blog to rest. Happy eating, everyone!

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Wednesday, 29 August


The weather is getting warmer. Everyone's Blog Posts - Logan Food Gardeners

With the weather warming up a little I think it is a good time to plant that new fruit tree you have been thinking about. A few days ago I put water cress seeds into rock wool -they have sprouted and are cute to watch. I have a number of ideas of places I want to try growing them. I have heard they are very nutritious. I can't wait to plant my snake beans again -very soon. Despite their fibrous nature they are great cut up small. 

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Tuesday, 31 July


Winter in Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

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 about it!!

I planted two banksia roses outside my kitchen window and they are just now starting to flower. The yellow one has fewer flowers but they are bright and beautiful. With buds like these the white flowering one should look good soon. A whole flock of sparrows came and twittered and fluttered in there close to the window but as soon as I moved to get the camera they were gone. I am not having too much luck with bird photos recently.
I planted a number of "bottle-brush" trees along the sides at the back of the yard and they always look good when they flower. Also the birds love them but unfortunately those birds are usually LBJ's (little brown jobs) that do not sit still to have photos taken.
Now this is one plant I haven't seen in those northern hemisphere gardens! In this climate when I buy a nice fresh pineapple I cut the top off it and just put it in the soil. As long as it is not disturbed it eventually grows - even when the whole patch of ground gets covered with weeds.  This pineapple is not...

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Wednesday, 25 July


GUEST SPEAKER FOR AUGUST 2018 MEETING Brisbane Organic Growers Inc.

Our guest speaker for August will be Dr Lee Hickey. Dr Hickey leads a research team situated within the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation at UQ, Brisbane, Australia. His lab conducts genetic studies on key biotic (foliar and soil-borne diseases) and abiotic (drought and heat) factors that limit production of wheat and barley, and develops novel breeding tools and methodologies.

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Sunday, 01 July


GUEST SPEAKER FOR JULY 2018 MEETING Brisbane Organic Growers Inc.

For our July meeting, our guest speaker is YOU!

1. Select something interesting in your garden, something you can share. Maybe a plant, flower, piece of fruit, seed/seedling, garden bed, invention, diseased plant,  pest (good or bad), just something in your garden you'd love to share.

2. Take a photo (Snap shot) of it.

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Tuesday, 12 June


Bespoke Coffee Tours Tailor-Made to Your Needs Brisbane Coffee Tours

We have been running coffee tours across Brisbane since 2012 to provide coffee lovers and drinkers with a deeper and more intimate coffee experience. In recent times we have had the opportunity to host bespoke corporate events and tailor-made coffee

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Monday, 04 June


2018 BOGI Fair Brisbane Organic Growers Inc.

The 2018 BOGI Fair will be held at the Peace Hall, 102 McDonald Road Windsor (near the Albion railway station), on Sunday the 26th of August from 9am-3pm (FREE admission). This will be the 32nd Brisbane Organic Growers Fair. 

This year we will be doing free soil ph testing, so bring along a small sample of your soil in a jar to be tested.

Thanks so much to all of our members, volunteers, speakers, stallholders and supporters for helping to make it such a great day.

Check out the 2018 fair flyer, along with the updated stallholders list available below.

We hope to see you at the fair!

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Thursday, 24 May


GUEST SPEAKER FOR JUNE 2018 MEETING Brisbane Organic Growers Inc.

Our June speaker is a new member to the BOGI Committee, Convenor of the 2018 BOGI Caf, Thomas Wagner.

Acid Alkaline, everything we are consuming digesting belongs to either the acid or alkaline group. Being too acidic can cause health issues, being alkaline allows the body to get well again and/or staying healthy.

In this presentation Thomas will share how we all can easily influence our daily choices to stay on a path of wellness and well being.

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Monday, 21 May



JUSTIN TKATCHENKO WAS STILL MP AND GOVERNMENT MINISTER WHILE HOLDING ONTO HIS AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP Where is the Australian Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB)? If you are a foreigner and trying to purchase your first property in Australia, your application to purchase is strictly processed by that Board. Ted Taru a PNG National went thru the process, paid a nonrefundable fee of $15,000 to instigate the process. You are asked all sorts of questions like, where did you get the money, how you get it, contract documents, bank accounts etc.....very very scary but he did get his approval and bought the property in Cairns eventually. Now the question is.....was that Gardener cum MP an Australian citizen when he bought those properties? If that was the case he wasn't questioned because he doesn't have to go thru the FIRB as an Australian citizen, and on the other hand, was he qualified and eligible to contest the National Elections if he can easily acquire those properties with ease!? He circumvented laws and regulations here and in Australia! Investigations is a must The owner of a Brookfield property is battling Brisbane City Council and a local residents group to build an aviary big enough to house 600 finches alongside her home. Catherine Tkatchenko, whose husband is Papua New Guinea cabinet minister Justin Tkatchenko, paid $1.77 million for the 34,470sq m Brookfield Road site in 2015. The couple also own a $1.1m house at Fig Tree Pocket, in Brisbanes west. Plans lodged with the council in 2016 proposed a 320sq m house almost 11m in height, 30 aviaries over 380sq m, plus a lake, fountain, pool and small animal stables. In response to the plans, 178 residents lodged objections that raised concerns about noise and odours from the aviaries and stables, and described the buildings as an eyesore. A seven-page submission from the community-based Rural Environment Planning Association said the scale of an...

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Wednesday, 02 May


Renovations to New Farm Neighbourhood Centre "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

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:

  • A large community garden;
  • Renovating the front faade to provide better seating and landscaping;
  • Providing more disability access and bathroom facilities;
  • Complete internal renovation on the front building and lifting to become two storeys; and
  • Two additional meeting and consultation rooms.

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

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Monday, 30 April


Little Misters 3rd Birthday Party Melissa Loh

Pinterest is both my saviour and destructor. Whether I want to find toddler crafts and activities or salad inspiration, Pinterest will save the day! Yet when it comes to organising a kids birthday party, Pinterest has a knack for making me quake with fear. There are hundreds of stunning and imaginative party inspirations from slumber parties to dinosaur excavations to unicorn themed cakes. The attention to detail makes me weep. And I work in events!

As much as I would love to lavish our only child with the biggest birthday party, we cannot afford to spend hundreds  much less thousands of dollars on a 3-year-olds birthday party. Instead, the Little Misters 3rd Birthday Party was celebrated earlier this month at our home with some of his friends and family.


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Sunday, 29 April


GUEST SPEAKER FOR MAY 2018 MEETING Brisbane Organic Growers Inc.

This is the meeting when you will have an opportunity to express your gratitude for the effort members of the BOGI Executive, Committee and Office Bearers have contributed to Your club to keep it running smoothly while satisfying the requirements of as many members as possible using organic methods to grow our plants.

We do not hassle or put pressure on any member to take on any role in our club as volunteers are usually easy to find when required.

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Friday, 27 April


Oxley Creek Transformation Project Draft Master Plan "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

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:

  • Multi-use trials along 20 km of Oxley Creek (from Larapinta to Tennyson)
  • Oxley Creek Common Bird Sanctuary
  • Archerfield Wetlands Parkland and Oxley Creek Recreation and Interpretive Centre at Archerfield Wetlands
  • Nature-based Adventure Park at Larapinta

Two strategic plans prioritised for the short-term and on-going:

Strategic Corridor Restoration Plan

  • to direct rehabilitation efforts to ensure environmental benefits across the whole of Oxley Creek corridor.

Sustainable Economic Development Strategy

  • environmentally friendly economic hubs within, and along the edge of the Oxley Creek corridor will help fund its ongoing transformation.

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

  1. a) email to or
  2. b) phone (07) 3345 5541


Other links of interest:

Council overview and information:

Info on the priority projects:

Attend one the Have your say Community Engagement events:



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Monday, 23 April


Our Great Day Out Coffee Tour in April 2018 Brisbane Coffee Tours

Our Great Day Out Coffee Tour in April 2018 followed the steps of Laurel Edwards through the Valley as seen on Channel 7s The Great Day Out Bean Brewding segment. We roasted green bean to brown at Bear Bones, drank

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Tuesday, 03 April


Potato. Palace.. Alice "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Royal Couple will be visiting the Botanic Gardens tomorrow.

The public are advised to enter the gardens through the main gate on Albert St.

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The main gate to the gardens is at the corner of Albert St and Alice St.


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Monday, 02 April


The perfect pizzas at Italian Street Kitchen Melissa Loh

Italian St Kitchen

Carne. AUD$16

I dont think theres a person out there who has never had a pizza. This versatile disc of baked dough is everywhere, and now gluten-free and vegan versions are becoming ubiquitous. Whats not to love?

I have certainly had my fair share of pizza. I have even conducted The Australian Delivery Pizza Taste Challenge back in 2014. That was a lot of fun.

But the perfect pizza? Now, THAT is the holy grail and I think I have found it at Italian Street Kitchen.


The Venue

Weve been visiting the Italian Street Kitchens only Queensland outlet at Gasworks in Newstead for a while now. The entire area is getting a mother of all facelifts, and Italian Street Kitchen is in the middle of all this development at the fre...

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Thursday, 29 March


International education booms in southern states Qld sector growing nicely, but can do even better "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

In the vicinity of my office at the Johnson on Boundary St, Spring Hill, it appears that Queenslands international education sector is booming. During weekday lunch times, Boundary St is usually teeming with students, mostly East Asian, studying at the IES college. The cafes, convenience and food stores thrive, and the Councils free Spring Hill loop bus to the city fills up quickly. The sector certainly appears to be booming, but, as an economist, I know I should always check the data.

The release earlier this month of Tourism Research Australias International Visitors Survey data for 2017 has allowed me to investigate the size of the international education boom (see the Fairfax piece More international visitors choose Brisbane for other coverage of the TRA data). As I expected, international education in Queensland experienced strong growth in 2017, with international visitors (for the reason of education) up 6.9% in Queensland and visitor nights up 4.4%. But these figures were dwarfed by the growth rates in southern states, where international education is absolutely booming, and recording double digit growth rates (e.g. see chart below).


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Thursday, 22 March


Some like it HOTA: The Gold Coast gets innovative and edgy "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Criena Gehrke, CEO and director of HOTA: Home of the Arts. Photo supplied.

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.

Art meets life

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 m...

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Saturday, 10 March


Freja's Cafe Memories Treasure Chest

Freja's Cafe, Wilston

There is a new cafe in Wilston and it is known as Freja's Cafe! First heard of this place from fellow Instagrammers and finally made my way there not only once but twice so far. Street parking is quite plenty and this cafe is around the corner and fairly recognisable. The design is fairly modern and almost Scandinavian like.

On my first visit, I had their 'Eggs Benedict' which consisted of poached eggs, crispy bacon, hollandaise, herbed pesto, smoky crumble on sourdough bread. Freja's cafe served one of the most beautifully presented plate of meal and you can feel guilty by destroying the art... Everything on the plate was just perfect and well balanced, from the perfectly cooked poached eggs, to the crispy bacons, and the pesto adding some balance to the hollandaise sauce, and textural component from the smoky crumble. Delicious!

Poached eggs, bacon, hollandaise, herbed pesto

I brought Mr on a weekend, which can be quite a wait (took us about 30 minutes) but thankfully the meals did not disappoint again. This time I ordered the pancakes that came with strawberry gel, dried strawberries, cream cheese and I think strawberry parfait, with fairy floss. They were just so good... Usually the Mr is not a sweet tooth person, but he gave two thumbs up!


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Tuesday, 06 March


Oishii Sushi Memories Treasure Chest

Oishii Sushi Bar, Sunnybank Hills

Can anyone remember the heat wave we had in Brisbane on the 13th of January 2018? It was hot that day reaching probably up to 38C, and yet I was craving for some sushi. After much persuasion, I dragged Mr to Oishii Sushi Bar! Not sure whether it was our lucky or unlucky day as their AC broke down and they ran out of cold water, so they gave us free drinks instead! Talking about good service!

Their sushi menu is so tempting and I could have ordered more but we had a light lunch before heading out. They ran out of the 'Snake roll' that day, and we ended up ordering the 'Spider Roll', which is the tempura soft shell crab sushi. Mr, who is a fan of soft shell crab enjoyed it very much. 

Snake Roll
As for me who likes unagi, I ordered the 'Unatama Maki'. Unlike Kotobuki Sushi who includes cream cheese into their sushi, I much prefer the sushi roll here. They are just very well proportioned in terms of rice to meat ratio and you can definitely taste the freshness of their sushi. Just love it!


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Friday, 16 February


Il Verde Memories Treasure Chest

Il Verde, Bowen Hills

There is new development around the Bowen Hills area and Mr and myself was quite impressed with this new area. We visited Il Verde for our two year wedding anniversary back in December last year before I flew back to Penang for my cousin's wedding. 

Il Verde is relatively big in comparison to its other counterparts along King St. There were indoor seating as well as outdoor seating, and with the cooler weather coming, I suspect most people would opt to sit outside. We were seated inside and directly opposite their big menu chalk board. 

Il Verde Menu

Service was prompt and soon enough we made our order. For entree, we had the 'Calamari fritti' and 'Saffron E Fontina Arancini'. The salt and pepper calamari was delicious, still tender and crispy at times. The arancini was not our favourite, possibly because the cheese in the arancini was not too our liking. 

Calamari fritti and Arancini

Well, to the mains now... I was so tempted to order pasta and try their orecchiette or even gnocchi, but just because I have not had risotto for a very long time, I just had to try their 'Risotto Frutti...

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Monday, 12 February


[Singapore] The Halia Melissa Loh

 Blog title - The Halia [Singapore]

My mum works at The Halias current and only location in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. She makes the many drinks the restaurant offers and sells at its kiosk stand. Its hard work with very early mornings, but she seems to enjoy the work and the people she works with.

She has worked there a number of years now and weve been to Singapore several times, but never got the opportunity to dine at The Halia. We decided a visit was long overdue, so we went for lunch on our visit to Singapore in December last year.


The Venue

Nestled inside the Singapore Botanic Gardens, The Halia is a fair walk from the Botanic Gardens MRT station. Signage to the restaurant is limited, but follow all signs to its neighbour the National Orchid Garden.

The Halia might not look imposing nor impressive from the outside, but its true nature is hidden by the surrounding ginger plants and palm trees. It offers several dining areas, each with a unique view to the greenery outside. Those who seek relief from Singapore...

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