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Hassleback Potatoes chopstick tip

A great tip for cutting hassleback potatoes

I have been cutting my potatoes on and of for 30 years like this, I didnt know they had a name until today LOL. These are a great way to show off if your having guests for dinner

Steps – choose long shaped potatoes for best results, peel your potatoes and cut in half longways

  1. grab a cutting board
  2. and a potato
  3. put a chop stick either side of the potato
  4. and carefully cut slices through
  5. when your knife hits the chopsticks, stop and repeat the next slice


put some baking paper in a baking pan, rub a small amount of oil, I use grapeseed or coconut oil because it takes the high heat and they are both on the Good Oils List
sprinkle some celtic or himalayan pink salt on and bake until golden brown and crispy. Every oven varies so just watch them and serve with greens and an orange colour vegetable for a very sexy plate indeed! For a variation try sprinkling some crushed walnuts over the top before you bake them, they are delicious!

hassleback potatoes how to cut

Home Grown Tomatoes

Theres nothing like a home grown fresh vine ripened tomato!

The magic thing about these tomatoes are; this is my first ever successful vine that actually grew (without dying) and grew through Winter! I never new it was possible to grow tomatoes through the winter months?
These two little beauties popped up in the chicken coop, at the beginning of winter they looked so healthy and strong I thought I would move them just to see what happened

What a nice surprise, they just kept on growing and growing and were so strong, green and lush. You can imagine my surprise when they started to flower and then fruit, they took ages to ripen but they eventually did right at the end of winter. heres a picture of some of the tomatoes we are now getting and there are heaps more to come.

We did cover the vines at night with some shade cloth, and I think being near the brick wall helped them stay warm for a bit

now all I have to do is get cooking and preserve some for later. P.S I have a green thumb after all mum!


truss tomatoes homegrown
truss Tomatoes homegrown through winter












Homegrown Tomatoes through Winter
Homegrown through Winter Tomato Vines














Tomato Vines covered for protection
Tomato Vines covered for protection


















Super tatsey homegrown tomatoes
Super tasty homegrown tomatoes

Carrot and Ginger Soup

Delicious and different Carrot and Ginger Soup

Don’t be fooled by the colour? the only reason I made this soup is because I had way too many carrots! and day in day out we were getting tired of steamed and baked carrots; so I was thinking…
what about a soup, but this is not your normal carrot soup it doesn’t look orange?  the reason is because I used both orange and purple carrots, don’t be put off by the colour it tastes really good and of course good for you; full of antioxidants and vitamin A

carrot and ginger soup with a twist


What do custard apples taste like?

What do custard apples taste like? My mum gave me two custard apples the other day that she picked up from the Coffs Harbour markets. I couldn’t wait for them to get ripe so I could rip into them! they are so different to any other fruit, they are silky and soft to eat and the taste is well…I can’t explain the taste I just like them! so for the taste you will have to get one and try it for yourself, you got to go get one, to know!   what do custard apples taste like? How to select a Custard Apple  Choose a custard apple that is firm, this way you can get it home without bruising Choose a custard apple that is soft and ready to eat, be sure to ask the shop assistant not to drop your fruit in the bags while packing Ripen your custard apple at room temperature When ripe, the fruit is soft a bit like a ripe avocado to touch How to store a Custard Apple 

  • To fast track the ripening,  grab a banana and place it in a brown paper bag with the custard apple and leave overnight and check until ripe
  • Custard apple shelf life is short, I picked up a firm one and was advised that it would not be ripe for a week, but it ripened in 4 days
  • Do not put the custard apple into the refrigerator until it is ripe for keeping, fruit will not ripen below 14 degrees
  • Once you have cut the fruit it will keep well in a sealed container in the refrigerator

How to eat a Custard Apple  Eat custard apple like you would any fresh fruit, I cut them in half and just squeeze the fruit which pulls the fruit away from the skin easily, so good ala natural Try adding the flesh to your next Indian korma curry Heat the juices of lime and ginger with a touch of maple syrup, add custard apple flesh and simmer until it becomes syrup-like. Place the filling in thin low fat crepes and garnish with blueberries For a smoothie, blend custard apple flesh with papaw, mulberries,  rice or your favourite nut milk Mash custard apple for young children, you can add a banana for a delicious and healthy snack Good news! Custard Apples have a low Glycemic Index  Custard apples are a low GI fruit, low Glycemic Index trickle glucose into the bloodstream, which helps to manage type 2 diabetes and obesity Custard apples are low in fat, contain protein, fibre, minerals and vitamins which equals energy. They are also an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, magnesium, and potassium with some B2 and complex carbohydrates

custard apples low glycemic index  

custard apple nutrition facts
Custard Apple Nutrition Facts 100 g


Leek and Potato Soup

My friends Helen and Wayne have given me some home grown produce this week

even thou it is summer I have put them to good use, a hot soup still hit the spot

I have used both coriander and cumin in this recipe, and thought you would appreciate some information about the

Medicinal uses of cumin   

Cumin has been used therapeutically for thousands of years and it has a number of healing and curative properties that are listed below. Researchers today are now beginning to look at the components of cumin and study the beneficial effects that cumin has on the body.

Although cumin has long been known for its digestive properties, there are also many other ways in which cumin is said to keep the body healthy and heal the unhealthy body.

  • Cumin is a very good source of iron, which is needed to transport oxygen to all the cells within the body.
  • Cumin helps the body to absorb nutrients efficiently.
  • It is said to be a good general tonic and stimulant for the body.
  • It has been used to treat chest and lung disorders such as pneumonia and coughs.
  • Researchers are studying the anti-carcinogenic properties of cumin. It is found to prevent liver and stomach tumours forming in animals.
  • A paste made from cumin seeds and peppermint oil placed on the abdomen is said to relieve abdominal pains and liver disorders.
  • Cumin relieves flatulence, bloating, gas and other related stomach ailments.
  • Cumin is a diuretic.
  • It can relax muscles and prevent muscle cramps.
  • Cumin is said to help mothers produce more milk to feed their newborn babies.
  • Cumin is sometimes used as an antiseptic and also has antibacterial properties.
  • Cumin can reduce nausea and sickness, even during pregnancy.

information about the cumin from Help with Cooking