Store a watermelon.

Big watermelons are a challenge.

Where do you keep them? They take a huge amount of fridge space and are heavy.

We lived in Esk a few years ago. A watermelon growing area. I miss buying huge watermelons for $2 at the farm gate.

A farmer told us this. Put the watermelon in a shady spot in the garden, until your ready to eat it.

We did this at Christmas a couple of weeks before we bought the watermelon popped it on some straw in the garden.

We didn’t eat it till about 10 days after Christmas.

The one in the photo I bought 10 days ago. From the back of a farmers ute. Very fresh.

I’m using it tonight for a family dinner.



Finally the Mango’s are starting to ripen

It hasn’t been the hottest summer on record. They have been slow to ripen. Logan food gardeners who are about 30 mins away have their mangos in the freezers already.

However the size and taste is incredible. They are so sweet. This tree is truly my favourite in the garden.



2013/14 mangos.


Finally starting to ripen.

I think they have taken longer in the bags. Though there is no sign of fruit fly. I’m not sure if I would use them again. We have about 30 mangos on the tree still. I’m not sure what kind they are but they are very sweet.

The Ground to Ground Primer – Coffee Grounds for the Garden

Using Coffee grounds in compost

Ground to Ground

coffee logoMaking a difference, one latte at a time

Used Coffee Grounds (UCG) have been used on plants and in compost for hundreds of years.

Somewhere along the way most of us gave it away, stopped growing our own food, and relied on an increasingly effective industrialised effort to provide food to the table.

Most of us are totally dependant on food production systems which exclude us from all but the final step of consumption – We buy and consume only the end products, and if for whatever reason the shelves become empty, the only thing left to do is starve.

I wanted some measure of control over how my food is produced, while appreciating the environmental footprint of doing it.

The first step was to start improving the quality of my soil through compost, fertilizer, and vermicast. This is when I discovered an almost limitless and cost free additive to…

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Looking after your Christmas Ham

Put a cotton pillowcase in a bowl of water with a good splash of vinegar.

Wring out excess water.

Keep ham in this rinsing out bag in vinegar and water every day.

Once it starts to get to the end. Slice up left over put into ziplock bags and freeze small quantities to use in a myriad of meals.

Use the bone to make my Dad’s favourite and mine pea and ham soup.

Fried rice
Macaroni cheese
Omelettes and frittatas
Ham and eggs
Baked potatoes with ham and cheese
Ham cheese toasties

Jamie Oliver’s Jerk Ham

This will be the 3rd Christmas in a row we’ve cooked Jamie’s Christmas recipes. The Jerk ham is my favourite.


I love my Christmas leg of ham. It starts here a full Leg and ends with the bone cooked into pea and ham soup.



My butcher cures their own Hams

Hinterland Choice Meats

Hinterland Choice Meats


8 Cloves Garlic

2 Onions cut into quarters

8 Scotch Bonnet Chillis seeds and all

Bay leaves
2 tbs cinnamon
2 tbs allspice
2tbs Nutmeg
1 tbs whole cloves

1tbs Sea salt
1tbs. Black Pepper

Bunch of thyme

125ml  Malt vinegar

Ham Skin peeled off and ScoredFood process into a paste. Don’t worry if it’s really hot because it’s just on the edges of the ham.

Because the ham is so large, I usually double the mixture. Any left over can be used with fish or chicken.

Peel skin off Ham
Criss cross ham all over

Pour over seasoning

Bake at 180 for 2 h0urs basting every 30 mins

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250ml Rum

Orange marmelade


Mix Marmelade and Rum together. Baste Ham every 5 -6 mins for another 30 mins. Until the coating is crisp and glazed.

Mangos bagged, no nets

This year instead of netting the tree we have placed bags over the fruit.

2 reasons.

The first is bats won’t get caught. We did have one last year that we were able to release. This year there will be nothing to catch them in.

The 2nd is fruit fly. For the first time this year we have had a bit of fruitfly in some of the tomatoes. I want to protect the mangos but I am concerned I’ve left it a bit late. There is nothing to do now, but feed the tree and wait.