I love food!

Cooking, eating, reading about, and more recently, growing. This site is my 'notebook' on all things food. I hope that others may find the information within these pages useful and in return share their knowledge with me and other readers.

I like cooking old family favourites, dishes that I grew up eating, as well as trying out new recipes and experimenting, creating my own dishes, not always successfully. The recipes listed here are mainly family recipes. Most reflect my 'Fiji-Indian' roots, and you'll find recipes for home style Indian dishes made from ingredients readily available here in Australia.

I want to grow as much of my own food as possible and get the most I can out of my small backyard. I'm trying to learn about what's suited to the Adelaide climate, types of soil and soil health, companion planting, crop rotation, seeds vs seedlings, organic pest control, grafting (can I get two from one?), and much more.

So, let's dig in...

In my garden

  • Curry leaves I use curry leaves in just about every curry i make, so it makes sense to grow my own. I got my first plant about 20 years ago and have ...
    Posted 25 Apr 2019, 03:24 by R. N.
  • An orb in my garden Apparently, the garden orb is a very common species of spider in Australia. Only,  I'd  never come across any. That is, until one night a few weeks back when ...
    Posted 18 May 2016, 04:54 by R. N.
  • Sometimes it's best to let nature take its course Last year, I attempted to grow some peas from seed. I followed the instructions on the back of the seed packet. The seedlings struggled to emerge and then had to ...
    Posted 5 Sep 2015, 22:15 by R. N.
  • My gardening calendar
    Posted 16 Jan 2015, 03:52 by R. N.
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From my kitchen

  • It’s been a while... .. since I last posted a recipe, in fact since I last posted anything to this site. Thought it about time I did. Here is my pumpkin pachadi recipe: https://www ...
    Posted 30 Jun 2018, 05:42 by R. N.
  • Tasty soups without stock I used to think that to make tasty soup, you needed to start with good stock. However, making stock isn't a quick process and I've never been completely ...
    Posted 29 Apr 2017, 17:19 by R. N.
  • How to crack open and grate a husked coconut On more than one occasion, I've seen people on TV cooking shows attempt to crack open a coconut, not very successfully. While the easiest way to crack a coconut ...
    Posted 4 Apr 2015, 16:51 by R. N.
  • Baker's formula for cake I generally prefer to make cakes from scratch. However, when it comes to cupcakes, I always get better results with packet mixes! They are usually much lighter and fluffier and ...
    Posted 8 Dec 2017, 21:47 by R. N.
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