Category Archives: Changing my World

Its 2014 and the Mango tree is thriving.

Mango Tree 2014

Its 2014 and the mango tree is full of bloom Mango Tree 2014

A month later and its loaded with fruit.

Yesterday my friend who we bought the house off visited us.  She loved the garden and the blog.  Most of all she loved the mango tree which had been a gift to see it thriving blessed her immensely. We thought it was a Bowen Mango and Val confirmed this.  Wow I’m really looking forward to seeing the fruit grow and ripen.

It was  wonderful to see her and talk with her again.  For me she was one of those people who as soon as we met we knew and liked one another.  She knew from the moment she met us that her house was right for us.  I always knew I loved her house.  So when it was time for her to leave we bought the house and I just love living here.

New Tomato Bed

I was given a box of Heritage Tomato Seedlings, Black Russian, Black Krim and Rouge de Marmande. What an amazing Blessing.  But I didn’t have garden space, so time to extend the garden bed. I dug holes in the grass, because I wanted to plant the tomatoes deep. They were already quite leggy and I wanted to make sure I gave them the best chance of survival.  Six barrowloads of soil from the back corner of the garden where I’d had multiple compost heaps. And the tomatoes are planted.  Stakes are in ready for the new growth.  All we need to do now is water them.

Lawn that needs to disappear

Lawn that needs to disappear

Tyres down, Wood surround, Holes dug, Garden started.
Tyres down, Wood surround, Holes dug, Garden started.

Black Russian Tomatoes and Black Krim Tomatoes
Black Russian Tomatoes and Black Krim Tomatoes



A Labour of Love.

The moment of meltdown. Everything is prepared, the fish has 10 mins left in the oven. The scallops are about to join the chorizo, the clams are ready to go in the wine. The last couple of hours have all been working to this point and suddenly everyone is asking me questions. Where is this? What about that? I don’t have the best focus in the world, all I want to do is  finish my symphony it is at its penultimate moment 10 busy focused minutes and suddenly everyone is clamoring for my attention!!!

Moments later, they have all disappeared and my sister who has seen it all and knows just what is happening walks in laughing and I shrug my shoulders, shake my head and speak…

This is my labour of love, this is for mum.

Mum loves seafood,  she loves prawns, crab, scallops, lobster, oysters, mussels, she loves calamari, ocean trout, salmon, tuna, snapper, and dory.

If it comes from the sea – she loves it.  The best treat you can give my mother is to take her out for a meal, the best meal is a seafood meal. Once on holiday she ate so much seafood she had gout!!!

But she has one challenge, she lives in a small country town in Western NSW where the only seafood that is very occasionally available has traveled hours to get there.  It’s ok but it’s not like walking into Charis seafoods on New Years Eve where the smorgasbord of food from the water is piled on mountains of ice. In Charis bros Fish Market Mum is like a kid in a lolly shop she wants to buy everything.

She only visits us here on the Gold Coast every 12 to 18 months so every visit especially if she is here for New Years Eve has to have a trip to Charis Bros Fish Market and a Seafood dinner. This year is no different, we have bought Snapper (oops forgot to ask for cleaning and scaling). It’s going to be cooked whole in banana leaves, but hang on there hasn’t been a lot of communication here and Mum who is a whiz at cleaning fish has chopped off its head before I notice.  Good job I saw what was happening before she started filleting.

We also bought scallops, to cook with chorizo and brandy. Clams to go in garlic, white wine and lemon juice. Prawns already cooked and a crab that for a little while got lost in the fridge.

I don’t really know how to cook seafood. Out of four in my family two are not very keen, One outright hates (the beautiful daughter had a meat pie for dinner). So it is a challenge, cooking three unfamiliar recipes with 8 people for dinner on New Years Eve.

But I have made a plan,  I’m working to it and it’s all happening!

When my sister laughs, I speak in mock frustration “this is my labour of love”  I realize it’s true. I do this  simply because my mother loves it, she enjoys it so much and is so delighted that I will join her in this wonderful adventure.

Suddenly it’s all worth it.

This amazing mother of mine has had a health scare recently. This fast moving bundle of energy who is so involved with her church, and  community, who gardens, bakes bread, makes cakes and loves having dinner parties. Plays scrabble, reads to the elderly, edits two newsletters and has a myriad of friends.

This woman loves people and always knows what is happening with them,  she is interested in everything and everyone. A few years ago she was awarded Gilgandra senior citizen of the year.

My mum has recently had some health issues, but now she is well. We have had a lovely day, a simple day of shopping, buying beautiful seafood from the Fish Market, fresh vegetables from the produce market, eating Fish and Chips for lunch whilst watching the holiday activity on the broadwater. Following by cooking all this lovely food.

The meltdown only lasted a couple of minutes because this meal with its challenge and celebration was all about Mum and every time she visits we will continue to enjoy this adventure together.

A beautiful labour of love was fulfilled, a very happy content Mother has just gone to bed and what joy it was to cook all that lovely seafood.

Happy New Year everyone. Lots of blessings RosieG.

Tidying up

Spending the next little while tidying up my blog. Adding recipes and links.

I will be adding some favourite christmas recipes to go with the vanilla kipferl and hints about my one of my favourite things to do at Christmas – flaming the christmas pudding.

My plan then is to add monthly gardening pages and as always more of my favourite recipes.

Final day of 6 month challenge

It was actually yesterday but we left for Brisbane straight after work.  But the last day of the 6 months I had to have something yummy. We had a birthday lunch  at work so I made a beautiful salad straight from the garden and full of flowers.

I have learned so much, the biggest thing is I am not stopping.  The garden is almost ready for lots of planting. There are new seeds waiting to be sown. But most of all I love eating fresh greens from the garden they have so much flavor.

So here is to a happy Jeremiah life planting gardens and eating what they produce. Thank you for visiting RosieG

Kisir – A Turkish salad, involving children in the kitchen.

 KISIR The photo does not do the dish justice.  My sister lived in Turkey for a couple of years and this is one of the recipes she brought home. Similar to Tabouli but with less parsley and tomato paste.  It tastes delicious.

Making Kisir

Soak cracked wheat in boiling water for 10mins. Rinse, drain and dry.

Toss through finely chopped spring onion or purple onion  and parsley.

Add finely diced tomato and cucumber.

Stir through a couple of tablespoons of tomato paste and hot paprika. Serve with Lettuce.

Quick, easy, healthy and delicious.

 and for our leafy greens tonight Darko my lovely young man cooked dinner and made a Turkish style potato salad using fresh herbs from the garden lots of mint and garlic chives.

 The 2nd lot of buckwheat greens are growing madly in the lid of a shoebox. Sitting in the top of a small trolley. They are prolific.  They are great in salad with a mild flavor, a perfect micro green for young children to grow.

I love it when my children cook. I know they will be fine as adults and will be able to look after themselves properly.  Because for years they have been involved in preparing food and shopping for food.

The best way to involve children is to have them preparing food alongside you. Give them jobs to do and make them fun and interesting.  Don’t worry about mess to much. (although make sure they know to clean up after themself)  Tee-Jay has had the run of the kitchen since she was 12 and often has a better idea of what is in the cupboard than I do.  We could do this  because we know she works carefully and cleans everything up after herself.

You could almost guarantee that if a child grew some sprouts, and put them on bread with a little mayonnaise everyone of  those sprouts would be eaten with true enjoyment, with this would come a sense of accomplishment the satisfaction of achievement, and a child that ate their vegies.

these are the ways we build strength and character into children, giving them skills, helping them to become capable and responsible adults who in turn will do the same way with their families.

My dream is to build an inheritance for my children, and I know that the ability to live life, well is the best inheritance I can give them.

Thank you for visiting remember to share your life with children you have so much to offer. Blessings RosieG


Plant gardens and eat the food they produce. Jeremiahs wise advice

Being in the garden, planting, pulling out weeds, separating seeds from chaff, feeding and watering, growing cooking and eating what you have grown is so good for the soul.  When Jeremiah wrote to the Israelites in Captivity and said to them “build homes and plan to stay, plant gardens and eat the food they produce”  he gave them hope. They had lost everything, their dreams were shattered, their country gone and he said to them “build homes and plan to stay, plant gardens and eat the food they produce”  He gave them a way to live and overcome their broken dreams. Because when you are in the garden you are in a microcosm of life, when you are building and planing your soul is soothed you recognise the cycles of life, you sow and you reap and hope grows in your heart.

Six years ago I had breast cancer and went through the whole surgery (lumpectomy) chemo and radiation saga.  When I was diagnosed I was already in the middle of probably (I hope so anyway) the most difficult and horrible time in my life.  Everything broke, house, car, health, jobs.  We just kept going putting one foot in front of the other, believing that things would work out and get better.

Two years ago I was still struggling and frustrated my dreams in shatters. Like the Israelites I felt in captivity.  Then we bought this house and this garden that I love and slowly as I started learning to garden, my love for food was revitalised I began to cook again. I remembered I had so much to be grateful for and hope once more  rose in my heart.

In the garden I have grown in strength, I am dreaming dreams again  But one thing I have learned beyond anything is that the most important place to  have success is with your family and in the way you handle lifes twists and turns.  To create a home that is a place of restoration, a place of safety and a place of love that is the greatest thing to create.  If other dreams come to fruitition then that is a blessing but if not and all I do with my life is make a safe place for my family be a friend and a wife to my husband, a friend and mother to my children. Be one who encourages and builds into the lives of my friends and neighbours.  Be a person who knows how to enjoy life in the midst of all its complexities then I have had a successful life.

And so my Jeremiah life, my life of planting a garden and eating the food it produces has turned out to be a great life.

Thank you for visiting. Enjoy being a blessing love RosieG

Baked potato topped with Buckwheat Sprouts, Yogurt and Cheese.

Tonight was the first Christmas Carols of the year, it was lovely and all of a sudden Christmas seems very close.  Last year we cooked lots of Jamie Olivers Christmas food.  A Jerk Ham, Turkey and Leek Pie, Chocolate Truffles.  Great Food.  My favorite thing to do at Christmas is to flame the Christmas Pudding. I can’t wait.

Life has been so busy lately there has been extra work, which has given me    extra money for the garden and that has been great, and lots of end of year things for school, It has truly been busy busy busy.  Tonight I planned to come home from work, cook dinner relax and blog but no says Talitha we must go to the Carols, and the Carols were worth it.

So dinner was very quick. Potatoes topped with yogurt, cheese and buckwheat sprouts. A simple salad of mizuna leaf, beetroot leaf and baby choy sum leaves, with left over chicken from the other night. Tasty, quick and  we left the cleaning up to the Good Man.

Life is very good, Enjoying the simple things. Watching things grow plants and children.  Eating good food, working in the garden.  Being with friends and family.  We are very blessed.

Thank you for visiting Enjoy life love RosieG.

What a difference a day makes.

Amazing what a difference a day makes in the life of as seedling.  Out of the eight trays I planted five are sprouting.  It’s fascinating to see  how much they have grown in a day. The fenugreek seedlings pushed the soil up with as they grew over a cm. The soil stayed on top of the seedlings, looking like crumbly foam.

Our weather is a bit hot and humid for sprouting, so I decided it would be better to plant the seeds and grow micro greens.  I love the intense flavour of micro greens.  They will stay fresher and keep longer than sprouts which don’t do very well in humidity.

Tonight I picked the last of the kale and choy sum micro greens for the salad. They were lovely, four little leaves tiny stalks lots of flavour.

It is 5 months since I started my eating green and leafy with one month of my challenge to go.  My life has changed,  my garden is established and I have eaten something out of the garden every day, though I think I did miss one.  I am completely hooked on both gardening and blogging with lots of plans for more of both.

Thank you for visiting RosieG

‘N Boer maak ‘n plan

Lots of my friends and colleagues are South African and one of the things I love about them is “they always have a plan”  and they laugh and  say ” ‘n boer maak ‘n plan”  The farmer makes a plan.  The only way I can say this is to think of boerwurst which I love then to say boerwurst and then I can say ‘n boer maak ‘n plan” which causes great hilarity. Although I have been in Australia for 37 years my voice still holds a touch of Yorkshire. So that adds to the fun.

I think this little saying  is one of the reasons so many South Africans  make a success of their lives. They are a people who know how to make a plan.

Well I am not South African but I love to make a plan and I have been scratching my head and looking at the garden and trying to work out what is the best thing to do with it.  My winter beds are all finished. Some beds grew well others not so good. There is a real lack of soil and I discovered the difficulty of digging a few weeks ago when my little afternoon activity became a month long project.  So ‘n Boer maak ‘n plan

So here is “The Plan”  This weekend chop down the Palm tree behind the mango and trim back the shrubs that are going wild. Clear everything out that needs to go to the tip.  The following weekend  hire a ute, go to the tip and pick up organic soil from Prestons.  In the meantime collect horse manure or mushroom compost when possible.

Then the fun begins the soil will go in the middle vegie bed and the bed that had the broad beans and tomatoes in.

On both Weekends plant seeds ready for seedlings to go in the new garden beds.

Here  is a photo of my lovely brugmansia which is also behind the mango but will be kept.  In fact the mango will be trimmed so that it is never to big for the spot.  Because I really love this tree.

After rain this is magnificent full of peach coloured blooms.                                                                                                        Dinner tonight a lovely salad of Mizuna Lettuce, artichoke hearts and walnuts.

I looked this phrase up to check the spelling before and found this picture, its very funny check it out.

Thank you for visiting it’s time for me to go off and dream about my plan RosieG