Frank Portegys

Native Foods

On our last general meeting we looked into options to make our garden more drought tolerant. Planting more native species was one of the suggestions. At this stage our garden offers Warrigal Greens and Finger Lime. We asked our members for suggestions and included native plants in the last planning survey. A quarter of our …

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Our garden in viral times

Hello fellow gardeners I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy! This is both – my heartfelt wish and a sentence that gained some gravity in recent days. These are uncertain times and as a community group and garden we need to address some serious questions. I’m sorry that this letter is …

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Chilli Coriander Jam

Here is Susan Hamilton’s recipe for the lovely jam she brought to the open day. Makes approx. 1.5 litres (6 cups) Ingredients: 8 large tomatoes (approx. 2kg), cored 2/3 cup (160ml) olive oil 10 cloves garlic, peeled 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger 10 small fresh red Thai chillis, stems removed 2 tablespoons cumin seeds 2 …

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Pickled Mexican Cucumbers

  Mexican cucumbers are easy to pickle. They stay crunchy, take on the flavours you add to the pickle and turn into bite-size nibbles, ready to go with any cuisine you imagine. Basic pickling recipe Wash the cucumbers. For a litre of pickling brine mix 500 ml white vinegar (or cider vinegar) and 500 ml …

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Rosella Hibiscus Jam

In Autumn our Rosella Hibiscus is producing flowers and, more important, the red fleshy calyxes in abundance. The flowers are attracting pollinating insects to our garden and the calyxes can be turned into yummy treats for us gardeners. Carefully remove the calyxes from the stems, so the plant can produce more of them. The seed …

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Tzaziki

A classic Greek appetizer (meze), a great use of our cucumbers, super simple to make and a beautiful Summer dish! 1 large Lebanese cucumber, unpeeled 500 g plain full-fat Greek yogurt 2 large garlic cloves, finely minced 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil salt and white pepper to taste Grate the cucumber (remove seeds if …

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Panzanella Salad

Summer-time, sweet beautiful tomatoes and the gorgeous scent of basil in our garden. Hot days and looking for something light for tea? The people in Tuscany invented this great way to turn stale bread into a Summer treat. 1 kg mixed tomatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces 750 g stale ciabatta or rustic sourdough bread, cut …

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