Preserving Summer: The Benefits of Canning and Preserving Produce

FREE chapter of Canal House Cooking, Vol. 4 below!

The bursting flavors of summer fruits and vegetables can be made to last all year by canning and preserving them. Canning can brighten your pantry throughout the year, extending the life of perishable produce and utilizing those fruit and vege ‘gluts’ that can sometimes occur when growing food at home.

Quince Jelly Recipe, Apricot BBQ Sauce Recipe, Mandarin Marmalade Recipe

Continue reading

Advertisements

Thai Chicken, Potato and Loquat Curry Recipe

This afternoon we made a Thai chicken curry for dinner, with potato, zucchini, diced fresh tomatoes, freshly picked silverbeet and spring onions, some homegrown kaffir lime leaves, and homegrown loquats!

Continue reading

Cape Gooseberries

Continue reading

A Fruitful Spring Backyard

Lichen on the plum tree trunk.

Continue reading

Semolina Upside-down Fruit Salad Cake Recipe

There’s nothing worse than wanting cake but having no flour! On this occasion we did however have some semolina in the cupboard and decided to use it as a substitute. The result was great! The semolina gave the cake a slightly grainy texture, but this was in no way a bad thing. The fruit melded with the base to create quite a moist, but not overly sweet, dessert. I’ll be using semolina again in this way! The recipe follows…

Continue reading

The Best Trifle Recipe!

trifle.jpg

Yes, it looks a bit like spew, but it’s in fact a deliciously moist Christmas trifle. This was my first ever attempt at making a trifle and I was happy to find out that they are pretty difficult things to stuff up. I didn’t even follow a recipe per se – I just asked family and friends what their own methods were and compiled them. The following ingredients and method that resulted made us a gigantic 3-4 litre trifle.

Continue reading

In Love with Loquats

Continue reading

Panfried Pork Chops, Apricots, Olives and Sage with Fig Cheddar Pasta Recipes

The other day we picked up two gigantic pork chops for $4. Tonight we needed something quick to have for dinner, so we threw this meal together. The sage was picked fresh from the garden, the apricots were leftover from a tin we opened last night for dessert, and the olives were originally bought to have with cheese and crackers.

Continue reading

Creamy European-style Turkey and Vegetable Curry

We bought some turkey the other day at the supermarket for a reduced price – only $6 for two very large and meaty drumsticks. After boning them out, we decided to make this deliciously mild, European-style curry. If you don’t want to use turkey you could certainly supplement this with other poultry, such as chicken. You could even use pork. The fact we didn’t have any coconut cream in the pantry inspired us to make this a European-style curry (hence the inclusion of apple, celery and carrot). The cream was actually a refreshing change from our norm, and it seemed to enhance the flavour of the spices, lending the dish a richness and complexity that was really enjoyable. This is one-pot cooking at its finest! The recipe follows…

Continue reading

Wildschwein’s Apfelkuchen (Spiced Apple Cake) Recipe

applecake

Mixed bags of apples are always the best kind. They usually contain a couple of minor bruises or imperfections, but we find that these type are often riper than apples lined up neatly on the fruit stands, and they cost far less.

Continue reading