Four Photos from Fyn

Fyn is the area of Denmark where my husband comes from. It’s a lovely area, a small island, with rich history and scenery that inspired Hans Christian Andersen to write. Here are four photos that I took recently while we were clearing out my mother-in-law’s house, who recently passed away. If wishes were houses, this…

Words That Cook

GREEN HEAVEN She stirs warm green pashminas of sun-drenched basil, into misty verde days, snowy Parmesan drifts into pasta. Heaven can’t wait! BABY CARROTS Baby carrots dressed in orange sweeter than candy orangier than Halloween. Peeled, cut and steamed, slicked light with honey and gleaming Poetic form: Epulaeryu

How to Extend the Life of Cut Flowers

Homemade Cut Flower Extender. This mixture is comparable to the little packets that you get with cut flowers. Works a charm! Ingredients 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon sugar 2 drops bleach Directions Add all ingredients to a vase 3/4 full of cool water. Mix to blend. Add fresh cut flowers to water making…

How To Make Faux Febreze

Make homemade Febreze for a few pennies! I’ve been using this method of refilling my Febreeze spray bottle for about a month now. I don’t like to use scented sprays inside the house, but there are time when something burns in the kitchen, and that’s when I’ll reach for the spray bottle to just quickly…

August and Bite Me Pickles

August was busy. There was a new driveway and garden path made from brick cobbles, there were Mellow Yellow posts (yellow is one of my favourite colours!), there were scones and a possible problem with using sugar-free fizzy drinks in this recipe because of chemical changes under high heat. I don’t think I’ll try using…

The Best Ever Garden Gloves

Truly, they are. The best ever! Well, not if you’re mucking about with thorny plants, but if it’s general gardening like tidying-up, deadheading and weeding, plain old disposable latex gloves are just the best ever for the job. You can feel what you’re gripping no matter how tiny the plant, and yet your hands stay…

A Few More Hawaii Photos

I’m drip-feeding these holiday photos to you for fear that everyone who stops by for a read will groan and growl … because no one likes looking at other people’s holiday photos .. and I reckon this doubly applies if you don’t know any of the people in the photos, which of course is one…

How to Make Black Pepper Gravy

Authentic black pepper gravy should be peppery hot on the tongue but shy of meaty flavour. It’s also the colour of bed sheets that need a generous dose of bleach and a good boil. Personally, I like gravy to be brown meat colour, not the colour of unbleached linen. Add bouillon and gravy browning until…