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… Read More

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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 250Β°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… Read More

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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.

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