Walnuts And Dates Meringue Slice

  • 200g walnuts – cut in smaller chunks
  • 300g dates – cut in smaller chunks
  • 6 egg whites
  • 300g raw sugar

Preheat oven to 220C. Roast the walnuts for about 5 minutes.  Keep an eye on it as they burn easily! Move them onto a cold tray to cool down quicker.

Lower the oven temperature to 160C.

Line a baking tray with a baking paper.

Whisk the egg whites to soft peek, then add the sugar slowly and whisk until the meringue is creamy, thick and stiff.

Add the dates and walnuts into the meringue and fold in gently. Move into the cake tin and bake for about 40-45 minutes.

Tips:

  • add some other dry fruits like cranberries, raisins or others for some delicious twist
  • replace dates with dry figs for a change
  • make sure the mixing bowl is absolutely dry before mixing the egg whites, otherwise the meringue won’t get stiff
  • Serve the slice with some vanilla ice cream on top 🙂

Let’s Talk Vegetables

Story and Photo by Ewa Bekiesch, Certified Permaculture Designer and Educator, QLD Pacific Haven

(This is the article I wrote for our local monthly magazine The Beacon, Issue 2, 2018)

Let’s Talk Vegetables
Based on the new report from the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare, all Australians (99%) aged 2–18, and 9 in 10 adults aged 19 and over do not eat the recommended number of daily serves of vegetables.
The food we eat plays an important role in our health and well-being. Good nutrition contributes to quality of life, helps maintain healthy body weight, protects against infection, and reduces the risk of chronic conditions and premature death. Chronic conditions—often linked with a poor diet—are the major cause of ill health in Australia (Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare).
We are so fortunate to have this great climate on the Fraser Coast that growing own vegetables is not a big challenge. Some basic understanding about gardening is enough to have healthy greens and vegetables all year round. It is very rewarding, always fresh, the taste is amazing and… you know what you eat!
All kind of heirloom and organic seeds can be found on the internet or at our local swap group. The local markets are great place to find all sorts of vegetables seedlings and organic fertilizers like mushroom or chicken manure which are essential if you want to grow your own food.
And what to do with the surplus? It can be shared with friends and family or swapped at the local Garden Food Swap in Howard. You can swap all sorts of home grown or home made food, seedlings, seeds and have a good time with like minded. More info on Facebook at: Garden Food Swap Howard And Surrounds.
Edible of the month to plant now: Tomato. Loves half shade and protection from the midday and afternoon sun. It needs a good amount of organic fertilizer like blood and bone, fermented or aged animal manure (fresh one won’t work that well) and some wood ash would be great. It will also be happy about some mulch on top. You can harvest your first tomato in about 6 weeks from when you see the fist flower. Tomatoes are self-pollinating which means that they don’t need bees for pollination and so you can easily protect them with a fine net from the fruit flies and the sun.
Edible of the month ready for harvest now: Cucumbers. Low in calories but high in water and several important vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C, K, Potassium, Magnesium and Fiber. Eating cucumbers with the peel provides the maximum amount of nutrients. Can be eaten fresh, naturally fermented or pickled.
Some other of the many edibles you can plant right now: beans, beetroot, capsicum, carrot, celery, chili, cucumber, eggplant, ginger, luffa, pumpkin, rockmelon, rosella, squash, sweet corn, watermelon, zucchini
Tip for beginners: start with perennial edibles. There is not much you can do wrong and you can harvest your first greens nearly straight away!

We have changed our pages name :)

Thank you for your inquiries 🙂 Yes, we have changed our youtube and instagram page name from FoodForestCookery into PermacultureHaven as it reflects much better what we do. It is not all about cooking only here at our small permaculture hobby farm 😀 You will find more content and news on our new website and blog here soon. 

Yogurt Pancakes Super Quick Easy Delicious


Yogurt Pancakes Super Quick Easy Delicious

  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoon natural Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoon wholemeal
  • little dash of salt
  • good dash of baking soda
Combine all ingredients with a whisk or fork. Fry in some olive oil on medium heat for a couple of minutes on both sides until gold.

Enjoy with marmalade, icing sugar or maple syrup on top 🙂

Christmas Stollen Quick And Easy

Crumbly, moist and delicious. Exactly as it should be. There are many recipes for the traditional German Christmas stollen depends on the region it comes from and some of them require you to store the stollen for many weeks before you can try it. This recipe is for impatient people like me with little time for baking. Try it and you will love it! 

Christmas Stollen Quick And Easy

Set the oven on 250°C on upper and lower heat.

Ingredients:

  • 500g wholemeal
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1tsp rum flavor
  • 1/2 (half)tsp almond flavor
  • 1 fresh and clean lime or lemon cut into smallest pieces including skin!
  • 2 eggs
  • 150g whole almond meal (fresh grind are the best)
  • 175g raw sugar
  • 175g warm (soft) butter
  • 1 dash nutmeg
  • 1/2 (half) tsp vanilla flavor
  • 250g quark (I always take cottage cheese and blend it smooth)
  • 250g raisins or sultanas
  • 1tsp orange zest
Combine all ingredients into nice and smooth dough. Cut in half and form two nice loafs. Please on a baking paper on baking tray or into two baking forms. Turn the oven temperature down to 170°C and bake for about 60 minutes. Take out of the oven when ready, coat immediately with 50g melted butter and thick layer of pure icing sugar on top. Leave on the kitchen bench until cold, then wrap in an aluminum foil and leave over night. Enjoy!

Growing Armenian Cucumber And How They Taste

Also known as ‘Yard Long Cucumber’.  Light-green, ribbed, cylindrical fruit 20-60cm.  Thin, soft skin, so no need for peeling.  Best results when grown on trellis. Armenian cucumber plants prefer to grow in full sun for most of the day. The fruit is most flavorful when it is 12 to 15 inches (30 to 38 cm) long. Grows quickly.  This cucumber is actually a melon, but is grown & eaten like a cucumber.
It is the very first time for me to grow and taste the Armenian Cucumber. I am very amazed with this plant and I will add it to my list of regularly grown annuals in our food forest.