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by Huxter
Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:33 pm
Forum: Recipe sharing at the Kitchen Bench
Topic: Worcestershire Sauce
Replies: 10
Views: 10190

Re: Worchestshire Sauce

Being somewhat of a purist ,I wouldn't call a sauce without anchovy or tamarind ,a Worcestershire-type sauce ,as these are the vital ingredients that elevate the Big W from other brown sauces They give it that piquancy essential to lift it out of the ordianary . Having said that I still make a plain...
by Huxter
Mon Mar 02, 2009 5:33 pm
Forum: Recipe sharing at the Kitchen Bench
Topic: Baked beans
Replies: 12
Views: 13292

Re: Baked beans

Yep ,I do and found it lurking on another site ,so here 'tis ,copied and pasted . I've never processed baked beans 'cos I love (shock,horror!) IGA home brand baked beans in a can.Don't know who makes them but I love them in jaffles and fry-ups and can eat them cold for lunch if fishing or camping.. ...
by Huxter
Mon Mar 02, 2009 5:25 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: The New Garden
Replies: 48
Views: 16716

Re: The New Garden

Rain ---rain ???? --what's that ?? Our last rain event was really a hail event and was Dec 17 last year ---sounds ages ago, doesn't it ? I can't wait for a true autumn rain so I can get ready for planting again .No use even digging in compost at the moment as I can't keep moisture up to the garden ....
by Huxter
Mon Mar 02, 2009 5:15 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: 60 kgs of Tomatoes preserved
Replies: 7
Views: 3253

Re: 60 kgs of Tomatoes preserved

I did the same Kathleen with my new nectarines ,peaches and plums .The apples that went in this year didn't fruit and the new Stella cherry had two fruit that a bird ate ! And my trees look bigger and healthier than my S-I-L's and F-I-L's ,purchased from the same supplier on the same day and planted...
by Huxter
Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:37 pm
Forum: Library
Topic: Essentials of Cooking
Replies: 1
Views: 9849

Essentials of Cooking

"Essentials of Cooking " by James Peterson ---Konneman Books 1999 ISBN 3-8290-6081-5 -----"Learn not just the how but the why by mastering the indispensableskills that spell the difference between merely cooking and knowing how to cook " -----"meticulously formulated and car...
by Huxter
Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:20 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Newbie from Newcastle area
Replies: 5
Views: 4034

Re: Newbie from Newcastle area

Hi and welcome Annie

We all started slowly ,probably with less info then , there is about now --the internet has become the focus for more sustainable lifestylers to learn and pass on info .

Some very good minds to pick from here, and good souls to boot !!

Enjoy your stay

Cheers

Paul
by Huxter
Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:17 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: 60 kgs of Tomatoes preserved
Replies: 7
Views: 3253

Re: 60 kgs of Tomatoes preserved

All finished and if I could find the misplaced upload cord for the camera I could share the photos with you .It is probably sitting in a bag at Latrobe Uni where my step son is now living !! As it stands we have 25 beer bottles each of good pasatta , several jars of the chutney and about 2lts of spi...
by Huxter
Sat Feb 28, 2009 11:45 am
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: List I've preserved
Replies: 27
Views: 10156

Re: List I've preserved

Not having a pressure canner ,I mostly stick with sauces ,chutneys ,pickles etc ,and I'm not a good list maker ! And as for preserving spuds ,I've never tried but with a pressure canner I suppose potato and leek soup would be option . I have blanched and par deep fried chips then kept them in the fr...
by Huxter
Sat Feb 28, 2009 11:36 am
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: thinking of buying a pressure canner
Replies: 25
Views: 16401

Re: thinking of buying a pressure canner

Just a thought -- if you know anyone in the States that could buy a pressure canner for you and Fed-Ex it to you ,you will be miles in front .During the Walmart sales ,Presto canners can be had for as low as US$65 .Check out their website .I asked my sister to get one for me but on her last trip she...
by Huxter
Sat Feb 28, 2009 11:26 am
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: 60 kgs of Tomatoes preserved
Replies: 7
Views: 3253

60 kgs of Tomatoes preserved

My neighbour and good friend who retired last year has become a bit obsessed since I encouraged him to plan a food garden and get some chooks .He now has 30 various chooks ,6 ducks and two geese ,all laying and breeding madly . His garden has come a long way too .But his interest in preserving has g...
by Huxter
Fri Feb 06, 2009 11:04 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Gardening - Plan Now, Save Money Later
Replies: 18
Views: 8121

Re: Gardening - Plan Now, Save Money Later

Well done Kathleen ,you know my feelings on this subject .If we can lessen our dependence on the supermarket culture ,we will live a healthier and more sustainable life . And a far more morally responsible life too .I think if Kevin Rudd and his cabinet along with Barak Obama and his team ,had to ga...
by Huxter
Wed Feb 04, 2009 9:13 pm
Forum: Library
Topic: Soil and Health Online Free Library
Replies: 2
Views: 5947

Re: Soil and Health Online Free Library

What a great service --love it so I'll be busy reading for a while !

Paul
by Huxter
Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:06 am
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: One magic Square Foot
Replies: 31
Views: 10376

Re: One magic Square Foot

Hi all ---check my other post about the heat here and you'll understand why I haven't started my square foot garden ---too damn hot !! ---but still interested when it cools down .

Paul
by Huxter
Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:47 pm
Forum: Sustainable 'Green' Living working to self-sufficiency
Topic: American homewares etc
Replies: 3
Views: 2640

Re: American homewares etc

Yes Vicki --I have made tomato paste which is only passata cooked down for 2-3 hours .And the only way to do it successfully is to remove the seeds and skin with a tomato press .You've got to watch it like a hawk or it can catch towards the end of cooking , and I find a non-stick wok the easiest coo...
by Huxter
Sun Jan 25, 2009 12:02 pm
Forum: Sustainable 'Green' Living working to self-sufficiency
Topic: American homewares etc
Replies: 3
Views: 2640

American homewares etc

In my wanderings around the ether ,trying to locate a new tomato press (broke the trusty 25 year old inherited version ) ,I came across this site .They have some interesting stuff ,some I could make myself ,but good ideas for preserving ,gardening ,cooking with woodstoves etc . US-based but designed...
by Huxter
Wed Jan 21, 2009 4:31 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: One magic Square Foot
Replies: 31
Views: 10376

Re: One magic Square Foot

I've been too busy with social activities of all sorts to get anything started .And Catherine is still on holidays so we fill our days with stuff for her --back to work next week though .And its been so hot --39 for 3 days now with a 41 thrown in too --maybe next week if its cooler I'll get a start ...
by Huxter
Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:01 pm
Forum: Recipe sharing at the Kitchen Bench
Topic: GREAT-GRANDMA'S MANGO CHUTNEY
Replies: 2
Views: 3089

Re: GREAT-GRANDMA'S MANGO CHUTNEY

Have found a source of green mangoes down here in Vic ,so as we will be in Melbourne for the weekend ,I'll get a box and make some chutney .These mangoes are at a large Vietnamese market in Footscray so I bet I find some other weird and wonderful goodies too ! Apparently a stallholder there supplies...
by Huxter
Thu Jan 08, 2009 1:51 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Lets Spotlight Comfrey
Replies: 5
Views: 3236

Re: Lets Spotlight Comfrey

I've found mine collapses when heat or water stressed but that's my fault .It soon springs back with new growth .It certainly is a plant we all should have growing ,especially around food crops ,for that boost of minerals and for nutritious mulch ! I've said I'll have some root pieces in Autumn ,for...
by Huxter
Thu Jan 08, 2009 11:31 am
Forum: Recipe sharing at the Kitchen Bench
Topic: Mango Desert
Replies: 3
Views: 3325

Re: Mango Desert

We are going down to the beach for a few days to visit Dad ,so we'll stop and get a box of mangoes .This delicious concoction will be on the table Saturday night !! --the pub down there should have creme de cacao ,they have everything else ,it seems Thanks Vicki ---your mango chutney recipe may stay...
by Huxter
Thu Jan 08, 2009 7:22 am
Forum: Recipe sharing at the Kitchen Bench
Topic: Mango chutney recipes ??
Replies: 1
Views: 2432

Mango chutney recipes ??

Now I know some of you Northerners should have a beautiful chutney recipe to use up all those uneaten mangoes ,possibly with some chilli ..---I'm seeing boxes of mangoes at the market for $10 -$12 at market closing time and can't seem to find a recipe in my collection .I seem to remember this being ...

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