I don’t know about you, but one of my favourite things to do at this time of year is a little bit of festive baking.  I know you can buy all sorts of Christmas treats at the supermarket, but you just can’t beat the taste of homemade treats.  This recipe was an experiment and turned out delicious so I thought I would share it.  I have made these gluten free, but if you don’t need to eat a gluten free diet you could easily substitute any sweet biscuit you like.  They also can be dairy free, if you use the…

Here’s a very simple recipe for an old fashioned “cure” for sore throats.  Of course, this information is not meant as medical advice, but simply a nice soothing “add on” to any medical advice you may seek.  Lemon and honey have been used for a very long time as a help for sore throats, and if nothing else this makes for a tasty warm drink.  I generally have some lemon juice in the freezer stored in some ice cube trays, (this is a great way to store your lemon harvest from back yard trees).  So I just pop one “cube”…

Here’s a lovely old fashioned desert which is very easy to do. You can use any fresh fruit like apples, peaches or even mixed berries. But if you are short on time, a can of fruit will do the trick too! I threw this together in less than ten minutes and it is just the thing for a cosy night in.  If you need to make this gluten free, I suggest using the Aldi  brand of gluten free flour, it is an excellent flour, as well as very economical. Ingredients 1 large can peaches (drained) or 2 cups of fruit of…

I recently had a wonderful surprise when I discovered lots of little plums on one of our flowering plum trees.  I decided to pick them and see if I could make some jam.  There was a total of 1.1 kilos of plums which was a great bonus from a tree which isn’t supposed to produce fruit!  I found a great recipe for making plum jam from wild plums here.  This is the recipe I used, just changed it up for the quantity of plums available.  I am sure this recipe would work with shop bought plums too! Ingredients 1 kilo…

I’ve had a great day in the garden today, the weather was just perfect for digging! Homestead hubby dug out some tired plants from the front garden, then dug the soil over. I added some lovely compost from the chicken run, then planted some annual flowers. The front garden needed a bit of a brighten up now that all the French Lavender has been cut back. It flowered beautifully all through spring, but needed a bit of a tidy up ready for summer. I am hoping that a little hard work this week will mean we have lovely flowers over…

This lovely slice makes a wonderful lunch or snack.  It is also a great way to use up an abundant harvest of zucchini and eggs!  Like most of my recipes this one is super thrifty as well, the entire dish would cost under $4 or about half that if you have homegrown zucchini and eggs! Ingredients 4 eggs ½ cup parmesan cheese 1 cup SR flour or SR gluten free flour ¼ tsp salt dash of pepper 1 tsp minced garlic 1 medium onion, finely diced 2 cups finely grated zucchini ( can substitute some carrot if you like) ½…

This year we have had a wonderful harvest of white peaches.  Unfortunately, I didn’t thin them out when they were young, so the result was that the peaches were numerous but small.  However, despite being small they are delicious, fresh and organic!  The harvest was around 6 kilos, plus some that fell off the tree and were fed to the chooks.  I decided to make a large batch of peach jam, which will just about supply us with jam for the year! Making jam is not as hard as it may sound and is worth giving it a go. Ingredients…

Chicken Schnitzel is a favourite in our house, and this gluten free version is so much nicer than anything you can buy.  The combination of parmesan cheese and almond meal makes a really tasty coating and you’d never know you were eating gluten free!  I used chicken tenderloin since I bought a large quantity on sale for $4.99 a kilo recently (yay!), but you can use chicken breast too.  If you use chicken breast, just slice it into pieces about a half inch thick before tenderizing. Ingredients 500 g / 1 lb chicken fillets (I used tenderloins) 2/3 cup almond…

Here is a wonderful slice which is easy to make, thrifty and relatively healthy.  I had some homemade jam left over from last year, which I wanted to use up; as well as quite a supply of whole meal flour, which needed to be used sooner rather than later.  Today I solved both problems and made a double quantity of this lovely slice, and have cut it into pieces to freeze for later use.  I find it is really handy to have some homemade baked goods in the freezer for when you have unexpected visitors or you are running a…

Moussaka is a great family meal.  It is relatively easy to make, healthy, thrifty and the kids will love it.  This recipe is one my mum used to make when we were kids back in the seventies, in our lime green kitchen!  This is the “Australianised” version which uses potatoes rather than egg plant, but you can feel free to use egg plant if that grabs you! Ingredients 6 large potatoes 750 g  minced beef 425 g chopped tomatoes 1 onion chopped 2 tsp mixed herbs 1 tsp minced garlic 1/2 tsp salt White Sauce 120 g butter 4 tbsp…