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by jessicanorris
Mon Apr 12, 2010 3:10 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: veggie rotation question
Replies: 12
Views: 5428

Re: veggie rotation question

We certainly don't have enough garden space at the moment to grow both tomatoes and potatoes in the same section of garden, so we were going to do a vertical stack with some star pickets thrust through some chicken wire, forming about a metre radius. Then layer like a lasagne garden with straw, manu...
by jessicanorris
Fri Apr 09, 2010 5:24 pm
Forum: Recipe sharing at the Kitchen Bench
Topic: No-knead bread.
Replies: 19
Views: 14200

Re: No-knead bread.

What an interesting sounding bread! We make bread all the time, but not like this! Am I right in reading your instructions correctly? Do you pre-heat the casserole dish and then cook the bread inside it, inside the oven, or do you simply leave the casserole dish out of the oven once it is pre-heated...
by jessicanorris
Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:19 am
Forum: Best places to buy - jars, lids, books, cheesemaking products and other preserving products
Topic: Induction Stovetop Waterbaths?
Replies: 12
Views: 9380

Re: Induction Stovetop Waterbaths?

Hi all, I too spent some time checking my favourite pans in the kitchen before deciding on the induction stove, and noticed that although quite a few of them would hold a fridge magnet, they didn't end up working on the stive when it arrived! I was disappointed, as these pans have been handed down f...
by jessicanorris
Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:52 am
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Tomatoes
Replies: 33
Views: 13003

Re: Tomatoes

Now that's interesting, our tomatoes are also having another flush of flowers, and we've got masses of big green beauties on the vines. I didn't think of hanging up the vines to ripen the tomatoes, we were just going to make green tomato chutney (or something) out of them when we needed the bed. All...
by jessicanorris
Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:16 am
Forum: Best places to buy - jars, lids, books, cheesemaking products and other preserving products
Topic: Induction Stovetop Waterbaths?
Replies: 12
Views: 9380

Induction Stovetop Waterbaths?

Hi everyone! Sorry it has been such a long time since I've posted, I've been very busy, as I had a baby boy (William) just after Christmas, and I've only just started to get back into organising the preserving side of things. Now to my question: does anyone cook with an induction stove top and know ...
by jessicanorris
Thu Oct 15, 2009 10:21 am
Forum: Recipe sharing at the Kitchen Bench
Topic: Rhubarb Champagne
Replies: 14
Views: 6232

Re: Rhubarb Champagne

Oooh, this sounds intriguingly delicious! Thanks for sharing this, now I have even more things on my wish list of things to try out!

-jess
by jessicanorris
Wed Oct 14, 2009 1:03 pm
Forum: Best places to buy - jars, lids, books, cheesemaking products and other preserving products
Topic: Dehydrators
Replies: 8
Views: 8362

Re: Dehydrators

Thanks for your great advice! I have been looking more towards the quality side than the cheap side (on the principle that when you buy something cheap and nasty it just makes you feel bad, and costs you more when it breaks, or you need to get a better one later anyway). I had previously seen the Ez...
by jessicanorris
Tue Oct 13, 2009 2:58 pm
Forum: Best places to buy - jars, lids, books, cheesemaking products and other preserving products
Topic: Dehydrators
Replies: 8
Views: 8362

Dehydrators

Hi all! I'm growing a list of items I want to buy for my kitchen, and one of them is a dehydrator, because it sounds a lot more useful than I'd previously imagined ... Can anyone suggest a good model to start out with that won't break after two years, and doesn't cost a fortune? I'm hoping for a rel...
by jessicanorris
Mon Sep 28, 2009 9:58 am
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Preparing for Spring
Replies: 19
Views: 6932

Re: Preparing for Spring

We have a very large rectangular plastic tub (the kind that upsizes from a window box) which we had lying around from our 'portable veggie garden' days. We decided to plug this up with silicon to keep it watertight and use that (we're actually overplanting it slightly by putting in *two* corms inste...
by jessicanorris
Fri Sep 25, 2009 11:25 am
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Preparing for Spring
Replies: 19
Views: 6932

Re: Preparing for Spring

Hi Vicki, I froze the pesto as you've suggested, with a little olive oil on top to stop freezer burn (mind you, DH has already eaten two of these as a dip, so I doubt they'll be there long enough to burn!). I just used toasted pine nuts with olive oil, a little garlic and the mizuna: very simple, an...
by jessicanorris
Tue Sep 22, 2009 12:54 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Preparing for Spring
Replies: 19
Views: 6932

Re: Preparing for Spring

I've really very excited today, having just finished making a batch of pesto based on our first Mizuna crop. :D We harvested 400g of leaves this morning (DH thinks about the same is left in the patch) and this yielded 630g of pesto (which I'm hoping will be a little like those rocket and parmesan di...
by jessicanorris
Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:04 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Preparing for Spring
Replies: 19
Views: 6932

Re: Preparing for Spring

Oops! Sorry Vickie, I used your login name by accident. :oops: Something certainly ate the leaves on both the tahitian lime (left maybe three leaves) and the Kaffir lime, believe it or not. They either were full by the time they got to the Kaffir, or the more strongly flavoured leaves put them off o...
by jessicanorris
Mon Sep 21, 2009 10:07 am
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Preparing for Spring
Replies: 19
Views: 6932

Re: Preparing for Spring

Hi Minnie, We're in Berowra, and the possums and wallabies here are a little voracious! The second day after we'd moved in they had eaten the tahitian lime to within an inch of its life! (It is in a pot, and otherwise survived the move well). So we researched possum repellants widely and came to the...
by jessicanorris
Mon Sep 21, 2009 9:57 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi, I'm Jess
Replies: 7
Views: 3907

Re: Hi, I'm Jess

Thanks for the warm welcome, everybody! Sounds like I should grab some bottles and try out a water bath with some shop bought tomatoes, just to make sure I've got the right idea. Then I can finally tell my Mum a good idea for a housewarming present >.> :D I'm looking forward to having some 'real' to...
by jessicanorris
Fri Sep 18, 2009 2:37 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Preparing for Spring
Replies: 19
Views: 6932

Re: Preparing for Spring

We've just put some new fruit trees into our yard, going for an espaliered approach to maximise the space down the side of our driveway. We have two apple trees: Pink Lady and a Gala, a peach tree and one of those double grafted plums (I can't remember the two varieties, however). We netted them ind...
by jessicanorris
Fri Sep 18, 2009 2:25 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi, I'm Jess
Replies: 7
Views: 3907

Hi, I'm Jess

Hello all, I've just recently set up a few veggie beds and fruit trees in our new backyard, so I'm already thinking ahead to the day I have some actual produce, and hopefully there will be lots to preserve for off-seasons! I'm interested particularly in canning tomatoes, since I expect at least one ...

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