Sometimes it is the little frugal things you do that add up without you realising it. So it was that I was having a long overdue catch-up BYO lunch with my friend Evangeline from Nilbarcodfood. And while lunch she spotted something in what I thought was a dismally frugal lunchbox that she thought was of interest.
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.
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.
It is hard sometimes to find healthy lunchbox snacks that your kids will eat and that which don’t contain nuts. And ideally something that isn’t processed (I hate giving them things that contain corn syrup – you would be surprised how common that is).
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.
Simple things can become extraordinary in the hands of a good cook. So I was excited when my friend Kirsten, a talented cook and even more talented photographer, shared her recipe for Moroccan carrot soup.
Do you have a breadmaker sitting in the back of your cupboard gathering dust? If so, my challenge for you this winter is to get it out and use it. You will save money, and more than that, you will save your family’s sanity.