$5 Friday: Suitcase potatoes

I arrived back home in Canberra just after a whirlwind tour of Taiwan.  What fun!  I ate and ate and ate some more, and occasionally did a bit of hiking and Youbike cycling and relaxing in the hot springs.  Then I arrived home – to an empty fridge.

A bowl of potatoes and purslane

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$5 Friday: Candied orange peel

Hmmm, the scent of orange peel and its connection with Christmas.  Orange peel is an essential ingredient in many Christmasy things including fruit cake.  And beautiful just by itself. My Nana used to make the best candied orange peel.  I have tried to replicate, and while hers are hard to beat, I think I have done a pretty special job as well.

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$5 Friday: Lemon or Sicilian blood orange cordial

Early spring teased with its promises of warmth, only for me to reach for the heater remote. But warmer weather’s promise is definite, and Canberra is slowly but resolutely waking from its winter hibernation.  What I love about spring and summer in Canberra is how people socialise – there is always a picnic, or a barbecue or a party.  And with that comes the desire to find something to drink. It is like people feel the need to make up for being insular over winter.

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Feeling seedy

My eldest son (aka Big A), is participating in the ACT Carbon Challenge along with others at his school.  And he is totally into the program.  So on the weekend we propagated some seeds so that he could earn 0.44kg worth of emissions saved for the Feeling Seedy challenge.

Big A helping to plant some seeds

Big A helping to plant some seeds

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$5 Friday: Sticky chicken wings

At the height of summer it seems like everyone is trying to give away plums.  Well, not me because my baby plum tree hasn’t reached maturity (yet).  But one of my friends put a call-out for a plum give away, and I quickly put my hand up and headed over with the kids in tow.  They had a great time jumping up and down on my friend’s trampoline while I collected some of the best dark purple plums ever.

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