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

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DIY Knitted Headband – in 2 days!

For my 2nd attempt at knitting, this worked out really well! I finally got some knitting needles from the op shop the other day, and some yarn. I googled ‘how to knit’, and used some simple instructions to learn the basic technique (i.e. my 1st serious attempt at knitting). Something I’d been wanting for a while was a thick headband to slip over my head and keep my hair out of my face. This does an awesome job.

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A Late Oktoberfest

This weekend was the last weekend of October, and as such we thought we should fit in a late Oktoberfest-style feast over the weekend. We must have been busy mid September, because we completely forgot about it!

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Portabello Mushroom, Bacon and Sage Omelette Recipe

We made this scrumptious omlette today for a late lunch / early dinner. We used 4-5 medium to large luscious homegrown portabello mushrooms, and the flavour that these emparted into the eggs was amazing.

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DIY Homemade Butter Technique

As you have probably noticed, I’ve been chanelling my inner dairy farmer over the past couple of months. It started with Easiyo. Then today my Cheeselinks yoghurt culture arrived in the mail (hope the 30C weather didn’t affect it during transit). And the other day we made butter.

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Easiyo Yoghurt Maker

We bought an Easiyo yoghurt maker today. Cost around $20 from Coles, plus $3-4 for the powder sachet.

Will post an update tomorrow when we see the result of the first batch.

Yummy Sunday Malt Bread Recipe

When I got home from work yesterday, the aroma of freshly baked bread greeted me at the door. This loaf was slightly sweet in flavour and quite moist. It toasts up well. The addition of malt gives it a really nice flavour. Worth a try if you’re feeling like something more than your everyday loaf of bread.

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Lemon and Herb Corned Beef Recipe -AND- The Easiest Homemade Mayonnaise!

This lemon and herb corned beef was really good served with salad, a tablespoon or so of mustard pickles, and a generous dollop of homemade mayonnaise.

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Hamburg Steak: The Original Hamburger – Recipe

Despite being a common take-away food, hamburgers have a long and interesting history. Although we now mainly associate them with America, the hamburger, like it’s fast-food cousin the hot dog, is actually of German origin. It is said that in the late 1800s, German immigrants brought their Hamburg Steak recipes with them to America. These were made with a mixture of ground meat and onions. Over time, this simple combination of a ground meat patty and a bread bun became the major product of a billion takeaway shops the world over. Okay, maybe that’s being a bit hyperbolic… but there are LOTS!

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Wildschwein’s Apfelkuchen (Spiced Apple Cake) Recipe


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.

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