Tisanes for two

October 10, 2008

Another favourite springtime tea for the Mums at playgroup is lemongrass and mint.  Just pick them fresh from the garden (they grow prolifically in our garden during spring, and reasonably well during the rest of the year), pour over boiling water, and Voila!  This is also great poured over ice as a refreshing cold drink. 


Blessings on the Blossom

Blessings on the Fruit

Blessings on the leaves and stems

and Blessings on the roots.

Blessings on your Morning tea.


May Day

May 1, 2008

Having spent a few springtimes in England, I still can’t stop myself braiding something (hair, ribbons, bread etc.) and sneaking out to wash my face in the morning dew, but we are squarely in the deliciously cold tendrils of Autumn, and like to do something more in tune with seasonal harvest and baking. I love the irony that “Here we go gathering Nuts in May” a traditional Mayday song is seasonally inappropriate in the northern hemisphere, as it was probably mistranslated from ‘knots of May’, but is perfect for us!

We baked some fragrant spelt buns with the children’s choice of sultanas, raisins, walnut pieces, macadamias, apple slices, dried pear and cinnamon.  No plaits or braids, but some lovely spiders, snails and ladybirds emerged.  Yum! 



April 24, 2008

ANZAC day is a huge thing for Australians, and with a public holiday and shops shut up, it enters the kids radar from an early age..what is it? I continue to sidestep the issue at the moment because I feel they are too young for the concept of war, and instead focus on the idea that we are celebrating our friendships.  Friendships with those close to home and with others from further afield like those in New Zealand, and that wherever you travel those at home will always be with you, thinking of you, praying for you and awaiting your return, but you will also find good true and close friends from many other places. 

The Anzac biscuit is one that can be sent far and wide, in care packages for family and friends (although you may have to check with customs officers nowdays if you are sending them out of the country).  If slightly undercooked and soft in the middle they last about 5 minutes in our house, but if cooked until hard they keep forever (or at least until an adult boils the kettle and sits down for a cup of tea). 

1 cup rolled oats

1cup dessicated coconut

1 cup plain flour

3/4 cup sugar

125g butter

1 level tablespoon golden syrup

1 level teaspoon bicarb soda

3 tablespoons water

Add oats, coconut flour and sugar together

melt together butter and golden syrup in a small saucepan over low heat, then let cool slightly

mix soda and water together, then add to the butter syrup mixture

pour the now mixed wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, mix well.

put rounded teaspoons of the mixture onto greased baking trays, well spaced as they will spread whilst cooking. 

Bake in a moderately slow oven for about 20 minutes, remove and let cool on trays until they firm up. 

When quite cold store in an airtight container.