February – Permaculture Sustainable Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia

February – Permaculture Sustainable Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia by Ewa Bekiesch, Permaculture designer, educator, sustainable living consultant and healthy food advocate. February is one of the hottest months in our subtropical parts of Australia. Hot and humid! We are thankful for every single drop of rain and appreciate the food we are harvesting at this time of the year, and there is plenty to harvest! We are not running out of the jobs in the garden, however we are limiting the work to the early morning and very late afternoon hours. Additional to the summer gardening jobs described in my post here, February is the month where I prune… Read More

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Homemade Crunchy Cheese Sticks – Delicious Snacks

Homemade Crunchy Cheese Sticks – Delicious Snacks Very easy to make, crunchy with lots of different flavours according to your liking. They are super fun to make and can be stored in an air tight container for a quite few weeks, if not gone earlier!  For the dough: 120g finely grated cheese like Cheddar,  Colby, Gouda, smoked or other depends what you like 240g whole meal or plain flour 120g semi-warm butter (not fridge cold but also not melted, something in between is best) 1 egg 60g sour cream 1/2 tsp salt pepper and/or any other spices you like For the topic: 1 egg 1 tbsp milk or water sesame… Read More

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January – Permaculture Sustainable Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia

January – Permaculture Sustainable Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia by Ewa Bekiesch, Permaculture sustainable living designer, consultant and healthy food advocate. The summer is here. This is the time where we try to slow down mostly because of the high temperatures during the day. However, there are still some jobs you can do if you love your green space, and if you want to harvest all year round! I have prepared a list for you below and I am aware that this might be just a fraction of what is possible in January in subtropics. I have purposely limited it to the edibles I have in my food forest and… Read More

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Elderberry Liqueur Recipe – Healthy Delicious and Easy to Make

Elderberry Liqueur Recipe – Healthy Delicious and Easy to Make This is a very easy to follow recipe. it is delicious and as an additional bonus, it is full of antioxidants and vitamin C to boost your immune system and helps fight cold and flue. It gives you 2L of liqueur. 750ml elderberry cordial or syrup – you will find the recipe how to make it here natural vanilla extract 250g raw sugar 1L white rum or any other flavourless alcohol at about 42-45% Place elderberry syrup in a larder pot, add sugar and vanilla. Bring to boil while stirring in between. Set aside and cool down. It really need… Read More

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Elderberry Cordial Recipe – Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry Cordial Recipe – Elderberry Syrup This is a very easy to follow recipe. Elderberry – Sambucus nigra, grows very well in most parts of the world. If you are interested in this plant, check my article here for more info about this amazing plant. This is a basic recipe and can be used in different ways: diluted in cold or hot water, as a topic for cake or ice-cream or you can use it to make a delicious liqueur. Per 1.5kg Elderberries, only black ones, cleaned and without green stalks, you need 750g sugar and 1L water Place water, sugar and elderberries in a large pot and bring to… Read More

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Summer – Permaculture Sustainable Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia

Summer – Permaculture Sustainable Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia by Ewa Bekiesch, Permaculture and sustainable living designer and consultant. January, February and March are the hottest months in Australia. Well, this is the summer time so what else should we expect? This is also the time where we slow down with seeding and planting, and enjoy our hardy self-seeding and perennial edibles in our food forest. The garden beds need to be watered every day unless we get some rain, which may come or not, while we still harvest our annual spring vegetables. The gardening hours are limited in this time of the year. The most work is done in… Read More

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Scalded Flour (Yudane method) Sourdough Sandwich Loaf – Well suited to a Qld summer

This recipe has been posted by Jennifer Parry in a sourdough baking group on one of the social media. The bread images she attached were amazing. Jennifer wrote: “I believe I have mastered a sourdough loaf able to be made successfully in Qld heat by using the Japanese Yudane method. The Yudane method makes the bread pillowy soft and fluffy and also keeps the bread from drying out quickly. This is because the heated gelatinised starch in the flour keeps the moisture inside the bread. Yudane is made by mixing bread flour and hot boiling water. Adding hot boiling water gelatinises the starch. The gelatinised starch not only allows the… Read More

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Time to Reflect on 2021…

Time to Reflect on 2021… Hello my lovely friends, What a year this was! We all know that the recent past wasn’t easy for many. The last two years have shown that nothing can be taken for granted and it doesn’t take much to bring uncertainty and anxiety among people. However! There is a Polish saying that “it doesn’t matter how bad things go, they will turn to something good at the end” or “there is no evil that would not turn out to be good” Well… I was reflecting on it and I found one very important positive change: huge number of people have started to grow their own… Read More

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Chocolate Bread

Chocolate bread – loved by friends and family. One of a few Christmas sweets favorites. Very easy to make and super delicious. Who doesn’t like simple recipes? 😀 It comes originally from my lovely German friend from Munich Germany, who I haven’t seen since I moved to Australia. Today, I am sharing it with you and hope that you like it as much as I do!   Chocolate Bread Pre-hit the oven to 170°C  – upper and lower heat setting. Combine: 250g warm butter – room temperature 200g raw sugar 6 eggs 250g almond meal (with or without skin) – fresh ground is best! 100g whole meal Add to the… Read More

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Community Gardens – Sustainable Living in an Urban Environment

Sustainable Living Choices on the Fraser Coast Community Gardens – Sustainable Living in an Urban Environment By Ewa Bekiesch – Permaculture Designer, Educator and Sustainable Living Consultant website: www.permaculturehaven.com email: permaculturehaven@gmail.com Homegrown is best! We all know that. I was talking about the benefits of backyard gardening in the Issue #5. Community gardening is another great way of growing healthy food and connecting with others.Community gardens are public places where people come together to grow food. This is a welcome, but not new, trend within an urban environment. “Community gardens have a long history dating back as far 100BC in the UK and the small Celtic fields of Lands End,… Read More

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