From plot to plate, from terrace to table

24 03 2013

On Thursday 14th March 2013 I went with one of my best friends to a conference held at the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne. The event was called “From plot to plate, from terrace to table”.

Indira Naidoo

The Edible Balcony

An amazing discussion with some great and well-known food writers! The TV presenter, journalist and food writer Indira Naidoo moderated the talk with Stephanie Alexander, Rohan Anderson and Max Allen.

Indira Naidoo’s book “The Edible Balcony” gives valuable advice on how to grow herbs, vegetables and fruits on your balcony. She claims that you don’t need to have a big garden to have your own fresh organic produce.

Stephanie Alexander

Kitchen Garden Cooking with Kids

Stephanie Alexander is known for the remarkable work that she undertakes with kids at the “Kitchen Garden Foundation”. She explained how rewarding it is to teach kids where vegies and fruits come from, to teach them how to plant and grow delicious tomatoes. She said that some parents say: “My son doesn’t eat vegetables”. But then when they actually grow their own vegetable and taste it they appreciate it and completely change their food habits. I think that it must be very exciting for a child to say: “Mum I grew this zucchini”! I remember myself when I was kid and we had to grow a bean by putting it in wet cotton. I remember that I was really excited when I first saw the little green plant growing from these beans!

Rohan Aderson Whole Larder Love

Whole Larder Love

Rohan Anderson is the author of the book “The Whole Larder Love”. He is a controversial food writer who lives in Ballarat and basically eats what he has in his garden. And when he wants some meat, he takes his gun and shoots a rabbit in the bush. He shared with us his experience and explained that before he used to eat a lot of fast food, and what made him change his food habits so drastically. His book looks amazing! It gives great recipes and tips on fresh organic country produce and skills for the simpler life.

Max Allen The history of Australian Wine

The History of Australian Wine

Max Allen writes about wine in Australia. He is the wine columnist for “The Weekend Australian Magazine” and G (Australia’s first ‘green lifestyle’ magazine) but also wine editor for Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine. During the talk he criticized the alcohol lobbying and compared it to the cigarette lobbying few years ago. I have heard that some people are trying to introduce unbranded packaging with pictures of car crashes on alcohol bottles the same way as we now have pictures of people dying from cancer on the cigarettes packs.

Personally I think that this is quite hypocritical, people get used to seeing those pictures and are not buying less cigarettes because of it. I think that people in Australia are buying fewer cigarettes because it’s very expensive and also some people are becoming more conscious of the bad effects of it. However I know a lot of people who are still smoking for pleasure and just got used to those horrible pictures on the packaging.

To summarise, the discussion was really interesting, lively and all the speakers were remarkably inspiring! I absolutely enjoyed being part of the audience. And at the end I got to talk to some of them and congratulate them on their wonderful work.

If you want to know more about the speakers here are the links to their blogs:

Growing lemons leaves

10 03 2013

Growing lemons leaves

Valentines Day Inspiration

7 02 2013

Valentines day is coming and we are getting inspired by magazines, Tv, Internet, social media and look what I found online! How cool is that?!

Playing with Valentines Day

Playing with Valentines Day

Grow your own avocado plant

7 02 2013

Did you know that you can use the seed from an avocado to grow your own avocado tree? Check this out!

  1. Wash your avocado seed.
  2. Secure toothpicks into the seed so that they sit out horizontally.
  3. Suspend the seed with the heavy side down over a glass of water. About 3cm of the seed should be sitting in water.
  4. Place the seed out of direct sunlight and top up the water as needed.
  5. In 2-6 weeks, roots and stem should start to sprout.
  6. When the stem is 15 to 18cm long, cut it back to about 8cm in length.
  7. When the stem has grown leaves again and the roots are thick, plant it in a pot with half the seed exposed
  8. Water the plant lightly and frequently, with an occasional deep soak. The soil should be moist but not saturated.
  9. Make sure it’s getting plenty of sunlight.
  10. When the stem is 30cm long, cut it back to 15cm. This will encourage new shoots.
  11. Enjoy your own avocado tree!

Avocado 1


Avocado 2


Avocado 3


avocado plant




Easy herbs and olive oil

7 01 2013

I found this picture on Facebook and I think that’s a great idea to preserve herbs and use in your pasta dishes. It is also healthy; there are no preservatives or anything artificial. It’s just some herbs and olive oil! So easy to use, how lovely is that?!

Freeze & Preserve Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil

Happy New Year!!!

1 01 2013

I wish you all a wonderful, environmentally friendly new year and hope that 2013 will be greener than 2012 😉

Happy Green Year!

Happy Green Year


Homemade Exfoliation

24 11 2012

For a smooth and healthy skin

Exfoliation is essential to get rid of dead skin and to maintain healthy and glowing skin. Exfoliation also improves the absorption of any cream or lotion that you apply to your skin.Natural Beauty Tips

If you have never exfoliated before, be sure to give this a try! You will be amazed at the improvements it makes in your skin. If you have been exfoliating using one of the usual chemical products available on the market, give your skin a break before trying any of these natural recipes. Your skin will look gorgeous and you will save yourself some money 😉

There are many natural exfoliation recipes that you can easily make up at home. Here are some recipes that I recommend:

Face Exfoliation #1

Ingredients: lemon juice, brown sugar and cotton pads.

Mix the lemon juice and the brown sugar in a bowl; making sure the sugar completely dissolves. Then apply the mixture to your face with a cotton ball, and leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing it off.

The lemon juice acts as both an AHA (Alpha hydroxy acid ) and a BHA (beta hydroxy acid). The brown sugar contains glycolic acid. The sugar is also a humectant and draws moisture to the skin.

After exfoliating with lemon juice, you should avoid the sun. At least make sure you use a good sunblock on your skin, as the lemon juice might cause photosensitivity to the sun and you wouldn’t want to get sunburn. A good sunblock should be a daily part of your skincare anyway!

Face Exfoliation #2

Ingredients: Sugar cane, Lemon juice, apple juice, grape juice.

Mix ¼ cup each of lemon juice, apple juice, grape juice and cane sugar in a glass jar, making sure the sugar completely dissolves. Then apply the mixture to your face with a cotton ball, and leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing it off.

Body Exfoliation #1

Ingredients: 2 cups of coarsely ground coffee, 1 cup of sea salt and a few tablespoons of milk, buttermilk, massage oil or olive oil.

Mix 2 cups of coarsely ground coffee with a cup of sea salt and a few tablespoons of milk, buttermilk, massage oil or olive oil. First step is to prepare the mixture. Then have your shower as usual and while your skin is still wet, use the scrub making circular movements to improve your blood circulation.

Rinse it with water and pat dry with a towel afterwards. Your skin will be very smooth like baby.

Body Exfoliation #2

Ingredients: 8 cups of brown or white sugar, 2 cups of avocado and 1 cup of apricot, 1 tea bag of green tea, essential oil.

Combine 8 cups of raw sugar, 2 cups of avocado and 1 cup of apricot oil into a mixing bowl.

Stir all ingredients together until the mixture forms into a thick, smooth paste. Add more sugar to the mix if the paste is runny.

Open up a tea bag filled with green tea leaves and pour the contents into the mixture. Mash the ground tealeaves into the body scrub with a fork. Add six drops of essential oil to the body scrub and stir well. You can choose your favourite scent.

You can pack the green tea body scrub into a plastic container and seal shut with a lid. So you can use several times.

Tips & Warnings

  • Replace the sugar by salt if desired.
  • Add 1 to 2 tbsp. of honey to the mixture if it’s too dry.
  • Use essential oils that are cosmetic grade soap fragrances. These fragrances are safe for the skin.

Face or Body Exfoliation

Ingredients: brown or white sugar, olive oil, grape seed oil or jojoba oil.

Mix about half cup of brown or white sugar with enough olive oil (grape seed or jojoba oil) to make a paste. Using circular motions gently massage the mixture into your skin and rinse well. This mixture is safe enough to use on both face and body.


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