Not gluten free

When I opened the bread box this morning…

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(which is a another beautiful old piece which mama has carefully paint stripped and restored)
I found the last chapter of Lily’s muffin story…

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Lovingly designed for her nana who returns today and is a coeliac!

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Have a great day!
That’s certainly cheered me up!
I feel Abit better already…
Mm might go lay down again…

Waking up to

Yesterday i was Waking up to…
Surprise Lily muffins
Well Lily is sure feeling better!
My rest was interrupted by a few
“mama where is flour, do we have chocolate and more…”
secretive business from my girl who’s barely spoken for four days with a sore throat.
When I got up at a request to light the oven…
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Look what I found going on in nannas kitchen!
” I just mashed bananas with a little cream then stirred in flour, baking powder and just a tiny bit of sugar!”
Sometimes I’m just heart swellingly pleased with this child’s confidence and imagination!

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I am so delighted that she feels confident to make up her own recipe, knows the key ingredients to muffins and method by memory and observation and the savvy to rummage my mamas kitchen for things she needed unsupervised and knows how to be safe about it too.
Enjoying a good mama moment, pleased that I have modeled and encouraged Lily to be comfortable in the kitchen realms. And tidy too! Surprise !
And the big reward my daughter has made me muffins! Yes it’s all about me me me. no really! I am just so touched by her actions and glad she is feeling better , well I am just giving myself a tiny pay on the back for all the kitchen time I’ve cherished with her…
I hope I can swallow at least a little muffin …
It’s been a variety of soups and lemon, honey, ginger and sage teas to fortify us with our sore throats for days now.
Boo hoo miserable painful end to holiday…

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Mm they are delicious is the verdict!
And I managed to squeeze one down the hatch.
There’s nothing like being really ill to bring gratitude for simple, special things into my life again:)
I apologize for any nonsensical or silly bits!
to excuse myself I am still suffering momentary delirium….

Waking up to

I know I Know,
I said I wouldn’t be a breakfast blogger, but how could I resist when I realized this morning it was all from the farm around me!
Golden egg omelette with new potatoes I dug with Cedar, greens we picked a minute before they hit the pan, mums pickled peppers from last harvest and Keith’s sri lankan tomato relish… Yum.

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I hope you’ve had a good breakfast!
It makes me want my own farmyard.
You too?

Bliss Balls

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delicious and easy to make, bliss balls in all their variations are a yummy snack, and have some nutrition in the coconut and tahini especially which is always a bonus when making family treats! and no added sugar…

here is one of my simplest versions…

enjoy

and if you try it out or discover or have another great recipe, send it to me as a comment on my recipes page and share with us all!

in healthy happiness!

ingredients

flesh from one brown coconut (thick white harder flesh)

grate or pulse to fine consistency in food processor

1/2 c almond meal or other nut meal, cashew is good

3 tbsp hulled tahini

250g pitted dates

rehydrate with 1/4 c hot water and mash to paste

1/2 c mixed sunflower seeds and pepitas

optional tspn cinnamon powder or cacao powder

mix til smooth and good consistency to roll into small balls (i vary from marble to lime sized)

roll in dessicated coconut and keep refridgerated when not being munched!!

easy

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enjoy

in-joy!

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see fresh coconut cream curry for tips on how to handle brown coconuts including easy opening method

it helps if you have a child in the background weaving…

and gobbling them as fast as you can roll…Image

Waking up to…

Regal bamboo dancing
in a beautific sky

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Our last family Sunday pancakes for a while as I fly to western Australia tomorrow with the children for a family visit

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How about lilyS inventiveness with a pancake boat held with apple slices and filled with maple cream… Mmmm

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Off to port Douglas markets
and a busy day enjoying my favorite tropical pasttimes

Blessings to you and yours

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…


Yum!
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!

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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

And then Cedar was two!

good morning my beautiful son

Lily crowns you and bethrones you in bed and brings you your few gifts to help you open…

you are quietly pleased

breakfast is simply porridge but accompanied by some new play things. thankyou family, well chosen compact quality toys…

Lily adores you and invents funny games to make us all laugh

later in the day after the markets, we drive to a beautiful creek and meet friends

it is oh so peaceful by the fire and the water

you are contented to play on your own and I watch you in your own amusement and watch your big eight year old sister teach our friend to knitwe eat simply but happilythe nature at the beautiful Shannonvale creek has me breathless

reflections on cool water like an impressionist painting

an endless meditation to watch the rippling mirror

before bed we light your candles and sing our birthday medley of songs

you look so pleased in a happy quiet way

you have had your first haircut ever today!

you look different my son

your face makes new expressions

my how you have grown little one

you love the moment, as we all do, gathered around you singing in the candlelight

Lily helps you blow them out as you cannot yet

you love it so much we have to do it again, and again

we all love it and you too
we have our yummy birthday celebration the next day in the park at Port Douglas

As its your birthday Cedar i let you eat the pancakes straight from the pan

you go so fast i have to get a second pan out so I can make a stack for us to share!

finally you are full and we have a feast prepared

this is black sapote (chocolate fruit) mixed with fresh grated coconut and fresh squeezed coconut cream YUM!mmm you are a watchful child… i read so much in your facewe sing and celebrate you Cedarand a second later…look at this boy! mmm the creativity of toppings is endless…oh yes we love our pancakes instead of cakes for birthdays!!

thankyou beautiful Cedar for gracing my life with your calm souland unmatched pancake appetite!!

may we share many more…

Davies creek week

Last week
Mondayitis hit us bad
A terrible day ending with a sparking argument
Arriving late in the darkness to our camp for the week
Anticipated place of peace
How remarkable these explosions are!
How normally articulate beings can be reduced to one syllable expletives!
Pent up frustrations, the intensity of living all the time with each other in a tiny space. Little privacy or time in solitude. Literally bumping into one another. Every emotional change in the weather can influence us all. Moving frequently ( imagine moving house every week), being in public alot, Trying to move as a unit constantly. Simply tired and driving late after an unfulfilling day.
Morning came again and i felt some release and forgiveness creep in
Remarkable how we can repair and reconnect and re open to one another again and again over the years.

We had found mould in the bus since our wet daintree week so a cleaning out task was set.
out came everything!

Umm what exactly is all that stuff?

all essential i’m sure!

Mould in our relationship also needed a clean out!
It was therapeutic to have the physical task of washing and repacking the bus and also sharing, listening, exploring,challenging and bantering.
I love these moments of vulnerable communication even as it scares the pants off me, it brings a needed authenticity to our time together.

Our Setting was Dinden national park which Is quite open dry woodland range.
Winter gold of wattle flowers have subtle perfume for dawn walkers. Rustling dry grass and balga trees present the spiky blanket of hills.
Spacious blue glimpsed through eaucalypt lace.

Camping beside the chilly ever flowing Davies creek is a joy of refreshment and constant humming flow of sound.
We collect our cooking and washing water from this pure waterway and dunk ourselves every day.

our week witnessed so much…
Watching lily start to disappear into chapter books in quiet moments
Cedar happily trucking, shoveling, swinging and digging
Watching little birds visit camp and large flicks squawk overhead
Stars and stars and stars
Toasting haloumi instead of marshmallows on sticks in the coals
Cinnamon damper on the coals
Dozing off by the fire
We drank a lot of coconuts
We became perfumed with woodsmoke
We slowly unwound
Watched birds
Lily made a fairy village in tree roots and harvested blood wood sap
Cedar trucked sand and delivered sticks for the fire
We stayed in one place
We didn’t drive anywhere for four nights
We mapped a lot of the bus( found permanent homes for things and repacked)

We where joined for a night by the lovely Paul and Merivale and 4 boys
The shorter kids Slippery dipped down watery rocks and the bigger ones flipped off the high rocks


There was a little music
A little weaving
A little silk dyeing
A little solitude
A whole lot of fun

Whats happening at your place this week?
Are you inside or outside more?

what helps you and your partner reconnect?

Peace
Roselinde

 

a glimpse of our week…

Lily loves to wander the bush finding bush food and medicines which she bundles up in these paperbark pouches for her dilly bag, each one with special knots to identify the contents at a glance

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You all know I’m a basket case don’t you!!

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This beauty from our dear friend Mike at wind willow basketry in NZ found a valid purpose!
How did they all sneak in? i was sure I limited myself to three this trip!
And here I go weaving more from coconut fronds…

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Casting on fit the first time this trip. A bit of nude knitting is the way to relax!!

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This is how the others relaxed…

There’s my new billy.. and authentic hand lathed scottish style porridge shpongle thingy!

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We also baked make n bake food for Lilys hungry sylvanian family..

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Mm what’s cooking there Rosirose…

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A tease for my next post!!
Phew lots of photos to upload! Have fun lookin’

Waking up to

Lily has made us pancakes this morning!! Yummy yummy yum
What a big girl, encouraging me to stay in bed ( Jesse was having dawn hot spring soaking)
” no no I know how to do it”
Being patient and helpful of Cedar
Thank you big sissi

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With grated coconut and tropical fruits, yoghurt and maple syrup.
We’ve been missing Sunday pancakes as we are always having an early start to markets on Sundays.