Fresh Coconut Cream Curry

I have learnt the art of making fresh coconut cream and my goodness it tastes absolutely scrumptious!
Have you ever had it from anything but a can?
It’s abit of simple labour but definitely worth it.

For those of you who can get brown coconuts give it a go! you may just want to add the cream to your cuppa, cereal, cooking or guzzle it pure!
The rest of you… Well enjoy in theory!

Find a nice brown coconut or two full of water…


To break it in half over a bowl neatly, whack it around its belly with the back of a heavy knife or machete til it cracks and spills.
Now put the juice aside and grate the flesh with a coconut grater into another bowl
See the round pointed blade attached to a board you sit on below…



Return some liquid to the grated coconut, perhaps strain it. Stir through, it will go white and milky. Magic! Taste it with a mouthful of the flesh, mmm
Set aside again…


Now prepare your curry…
I used local onion and garlic and a friends grown ginger, chopped with my 18th birthday chefs knife (from my family in monogrammed leather sheath…)
Softened in My own made ghee! ( clarified butter)
Stirred with a locally made spoon and in the magic black pot

Measure out ones spices, I used coriander, cumin and turmeric into another locally made spoon…

I aromatise the ginger onion garlic mix for several minutes with the spices then add diced tofu

Turn off the heat and have some muslin or net curtain or some such at hand to squeeze your nut milk through into the pot… Can be messy but fun or make more dishes and squeeze into another bowl first, let your child help!


Looking good yet?
Add chopped veg of choice and adjust liquid and seasoning

Simmer til tender
Serve up with rice and yoghurt, chutneys etc…

I’m sure you already know about making curry but I did enjoy describing the photos…
I’ve been thinking a lot about my Swiss grandmas banana chicken curry which I haven’t had since childhood. I thought it was a peculiar mix then, but now I’d like to try it again!

This magnificent coconut tree keeps on astounding me with the diversity of its uses and by products.
Green nuts with their incredible water, sometimes fizzy like lemonade!
The soft jelly like immature flesh varying through stages to firm oily thick white grate able meat.
Coconut milk, cream and oil
Oil for fuel also
Coconut shell for utensils and vessels
Fronds for shelter, roofing, walls, shade
Leaves for weaving, vessels, mats, hats
Bowls, baskets, toys, decorations,
Etc etc etc
Ever wondered why traditional island dwellers where strong and glowing?

In celebration of plant to plate, slow food, free food, foraging, local made, wholefoods, homemade and happiness!
Peace be with you and your belly

A Daintree week

Last week we camped at Noah Beach np, a favorite simple beachside stay in the World heritage Daintree National Park. Beautiful to say the least.
The forest really does tumble right into the turquoise sea…
Happy children on sand
Lily’s beloved elephant posed happily with her

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We had a lot of coconuts traveling with us! Yippee! Good soft jellied flesh in some of them and great water…









On our way back down to the ferry we stopped at Hutchinson cr which was a refreshing clear water swim, lush green eyeball fillup, ochre stone grinding play and sour sop eating stopover.








It’s only a five minute trip over the Daintree river and we all love sailing our bus on water. But it does always make me a little nervous…
That was my last visit up there for this year and I truly soaked up the majesty of this unique and precious landscape,
diverse and sacred.


It’s the end of another day! Phew
I enjoy my quiet dark sanctuary…
And time for mama fun on the bloggle…
We have had a couple of really tricky days! High emotions, illness, injury, tiredness, sadness, awful campsites, interests in opposite directions etc…
And here we are in the less than ideal roadside creek side grassed picnic area which clearly two signs indicating
No Camping.
Umm well we had to suddenly abandon camp choice one as neighbor brought out 12 volt tv and played tv shows loudly to hum of generator! Why do some people go camping?
So here we are and I needed to remember gratitude and humor
I am grateful I took the camera on our mama children walk to the creek at mt Molloy today
I am grateful for…
luminous blue hued sky after an overcast week
Creek side peace and the hypnotizing affect the water has on children
Jesse cooking a scrumptious dinner for us
We are warm and dry and together
At bedtime Cedar gigglingly pulled me to look under his quilt at…
Every small toy he could find tucked into bed. I am loving the two year old humor and games
Grateful he willingly packed them all away again…
I was grateful to my warm hearted friend who suggested the app SkyWalk for my phone so I could identify mars and Saturn in the sky by the moon tonight and talk planetary wonder with family
Grateful the moon was playing peepo in the clouds to help C relax into bedtime, he watched her sky games for a good ten minutes

That photo may just look like licorice… One day I will get a great telephoto lens…
Grateful for the room to stretch on the floor and the person who showed me how two tennis balls rolled about under your shoulders,back and butt can release a lot of tension and imitate some deep pressure massage
Grateful my legs are so sore because it means I really did go horse riding in the bush for two hours on a giant thoroughbred on Tuesday and run/walk four km
Grateful for the potential of a good nights sleep…
Much more but sleep is knocking…

Some days flow and some days don’t
And that’s ok because tomorrow is a new day…

A hobby giveaway…

Well Rae you guessed it! Yes it’s running! Each morning I don those great white clod hoppers and head into the dawn!
I will send you this beautiful bowl!

Thank you to everyone for playing. I also have tried slack lineing Bry but Lily is the master of that one.


I run
I become the wind
Whirling thermal early morning
sea eagle swirling
I exhale early dew and dissolve into a long tide
What shore is the other side?
A vast silver silk quilt is the ocean
The blooming dawn of marigold fire procures
A liquid wake of gold for each witness
Sun rises with outstretched arms
Amber speckles the mercury bath
Yonder mountains garbed in
pearl mist veils
Tangles of tree tresses into the cool water
I expand into the day
Energized and more self connected
I prowl into unknown places within and without
My will is awakened
I am rhythm and breath
The sky and the days potential and me are stainless
I rapturously absorb this silent solitude
The reverie of dawn
My jaunty joggers my quiet companion
I follow my own footsteps home
Be my own guide




a little felting

a mysterious ball of fluffaround a hollowed giant passionfruit of all things!rubbed with dish detergent and water and patient handsmakes a sweet little nest for a little friend
I love being able to help my children live out their creative inspirations and see what is yielded…

A giveaway

I’ve had a very full week! Lots of wonderful fulfilling time for my own interests! Yay !!
These weeks come sparsely in my mama life and I have cherished it fully and am so grateful to my awesome partner Jesse for holding the children so I could sail free for a little while.
Literally sail actually! A friend took me on a small catamaran out to Low Isles, the cutest picture book tropical island complete with little lighthouse peeping out from the coconut palms. Snorkeling off the beach in turquoise waters in warm sun in solitude ahhh paradise…

Anyway back to the giveaway!
Just for something fun…

I have done a lot of weaving this week and I want to gift you with this calabash style fruit bowl!


To be the happy recipient all you have to do is guess correctly my new hobby!
Its not my usual line of activity…
It doesn’t cost anything…
I could go a long way with it…
Actually I could go anywhere with it!

Oh I’m not so good with clues, I think I ll give it away too easily…
Leave your guess in the comments and I’m sure it will give me and you a giggle and maybe a lovely fruit bowl…
I will let you know next weekend who guessed it!
And if you all do, well…
Have a great week!!
What’s your hobby?

If you could like my post
And maybe share it on Facebook or twitter or your blog
Or start following me I’d be really chuffed too!

welcome home, come inside…

hello, here we are!

it’s taken me a long time for two reasons

I don’t have a wide angle lens for interior photography



my ego.

I have to face it.

I am house proud, and to be so public as to put it on the internet! phew thats been a process!

So I am humbling myself and facing the fear,

and I tidied up and cleared out the boxes of market produce and instruments (see the pile by the door!)

and our warm hearted friend has lent me his fabulous wide angle lens so I can show you the interior of our little home on wheels…

See I couldn’t get out of it…

she is a 1990 Toyota coaster bus, purchased as an ex school bus in 2005, with lots of help we have refitted the entire bus except engine

she came with a reconned 2H, 6 cylinder land cruiser engine, mayte…

we have raised the roof 40cm with an aluminium clad frame and extra windows as we are both tall.

It totally changes the space into a room rather than a den with alot more airflow and light.

we have a 3m awning which extends from the side there, still hanging on with the improvised attatchments Keith helped Jesse put up years ago!

a friend once entered and said something about how bohemian it was in here! I loved that!

we have used as much timber (recycled pine and jarrah) and ply to create a cosy atmosphere

coupled with beautiful woven fabrics and all the colourful acoutrements of our life

here we have home.

sometimes crowded sometimes jumbled sometimes irritating sometimes comforting sometimes tedious sometimes overwhelming sometimes adventurous

we have a luxurious king size eco latex bed with a wool top for total comfort. well really, you need to feel comfy if you happen to be sleeping in a car park!

Cedars’s cot is up on the bed in this pic above and it comes down at night to rest on the wooden chests at night.

The big square of timber at the bed end is a fold up table and also allows access to storage under the bed.

a proper kitchen sink donated by our friends in Fremantle

thats our grey shrouded Waeco 40L fridge on the right, it runs off a massive truck battery which is housed in the ply box underneath.

Here is Miss Lily’s bed, this doubles as our travelling seats with lap belts during travel

I am very proud of her quilt which is my first “proper” quilt I made last year from vintage embroidered linens and japanese floral prints

I entered it in the Bellingen agricultural show and picked up a prize! unashamed brag moment!

Cedar’s car seat is tucked behind the driver…

our newest edition on this trip is the high light coloured shelving along the right hand side and at the front in this shot.

This practical storage has been so appreciated, it’s main purpose was to house all the bulk organic food items I have in big jars in the kitchen.

its pretty full, there’s alot going on in here!

some bits are in eternal chaos and others are neat. Like us I suppose…

most things have a permanent home…

we cook up on the kitchen bench or outside with a small gas cooker. It’s blue, can you see it in this shot below?

the two big bolts in the floor hold up our 100L stainless steel water tank

and here we have

the bus dwellers…

some titles on my bookshelf

The River Cottage family cookbook

The Childrens Year

The fragrant Pharmacy

A guide to child Health

Eco Colour

The Secret Garden

Two Centuries of Australian Poetry

The  Handbook of natural plant dyes

Tantric sex for men

NVC parenting workbook from The Heart Of Parenting

My family and other animals

what are you reading?

thanks for stopping by! it’s a beautiful day

how is your home feeling at the moment?

do you want to invite me over?
ten minutes later….just kidding…

this is the before photos! see, ego slaying…

that’s the thing about such a small home, it’s easily moved into chaos and fullness and lived-in-ness,

and it only takes 20 minutes to bring to show home status!!