Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Ever wanted to make your own jam but not sure how? Do you have a glut of zucchinis or beetroot in the garden and would like to make something with them? This hands on workshop will show you the basics of preserving, including preparation, jar sterilisation, setting points and bottling of chutneys and jams.
You'll be involved in making preserves using seasonal fruit and vegetables, and all participants will receive a couple of jars to take home.
Tastings include onion jam, lemon butter, rhubarb jam and tomato kasundi and a yummy devonshire tea for all.
To book go to: http://greenrenters.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=202
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Organising recipes for Saturday's (booked out!) Jam and Preserves workshop
Looking after Mr Pablo, he's been unwell and had an injection of antibiotics at the vet. Here he is enjoying the sun through the office window!
Making double door snakes for our winter warmer packs at the Green Renters shop
Reading crime fiction like this
and watching this at the cinema
Laughing at this video (I'm sure it will amuse food bloggers everywhere) :
Other less pictorial tasks include writing multiple grants, applying for jobs ( I have a interview on skype next week with a company in Israel), working on a vegan lemon butter recipe and getting looking forward to the the comedy fest.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Loving these chairs
Still love the work of Olle Eksell
A lovely idea for upcycling an old atlas
Such a lovely country style kitchen
haha this made me laugh! I'd like to join a book club. I started a crime fiction one last year but got too busy with NEIS and Green Renters to do anything about it.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
I took a seat and looked at the breakfast menu. The menu was nicely laid out attached to a wooden block. Nothing outstanding except perhaps the beetroot relish which I love as I like to make my own. I sat waiting for someone to take my order (there were no signs to suggest otherwise) but despite looking hungry, no one came near me. I popped up to the counter and order. Confusing. Surely an attached menu on each table suggests table service? Having a sugar craving, I opted for french toast, the only way I eat eggs and the kind of food I eat perhaps once every few months and a long black with cold milk. Considering only two other tables were occupied, the coffee took ages. The women behind the counter seemed more interested in adjusting their hair and rattling coffee beans. But the coffee was nice, I had two cups.
The french toast was a bit of a shock. Described as hearty french bread dipped in egg milk and fried until golden with a topping of maple syrup yogurt and apricots I was bemused to receive two very thin fried slices of bread, topped with cold runny unsweetened yogurt with perhaps a half teaspoon of maple syrup and three half canned apricots. Far from great, especially as it didn't appease my sugar craving. Considering I live five minutes away, I could have done better myself! Next time I'll stick to Jellystone Park cafe.
-And in regard to the name of the cafe, I heard the owner telling someone they are planning on running an art space out the back in the future. Hope it goes well.
Brunswick Artists Society
669 Sydney Road
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
A wonderful inspiring campaign definitely worth supporting. Get informed and spread the word.
I must get a couch/chair and do this!
Really liking these recipes for making your own vegan peanut butter and hazlenut spread. Really need to get a new food processor very sooon.
Lovely mountain print
Definitely worth remembering for any self-started initiative
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
You'll learn to make your very own:
- lip balm
- gentle cleansing mask
- cooling hydrating toner/facial scrub
- facial cleanser
All ingredients, containers and instructions are included in the workshop price and you will receive full sized products to take home for personal use, a recipe list and instruction for the products you've made.
First floor meeting room 3, 247 Flinders Lane
Cost: $50/$30 concession
Like this workshop?
You might like our following workshops:
- Make your own bath products
- DIY Natural Cleaning
- Make your own jams and preserves
Planning a Girls Night In or Hen's Night?
We are able to offer this workshop in the comfort for your own home for you and your guests. Contact us for more information and rates.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Such a good way to use up scraps of embroidery thread!
This painting by Sia Joo Hiang reminds me of someone at home....
Yep that's me
Gorgeous selection of bird embroidery and tapestry from here
Last night I made these as a gift for a vegan friend:
We're actually making these with some other goodies at Thursday night's workshop which will be fun, even if it means I've made them twice in a week. I'm also trialing a homemade toothpaste and deodorant to offer at workshops, depending on how they work out. Will get some guys to road test them also.
I'd like to offer the bath and skin care product workshops to 'hen's nights'* and the like, but I'm not quite sure how to promote them. I've contacted several 'green' bridal websites but they only focus on the big day not the preceding events.
Also busy hunting for part time work as Chris has been working full time the last six months and it's his turn to focus on Green Renters a bit more whilst I work (hopefully) to pay off some debts. Applying for jobs is always a bit soul destroying but fingers crossed. I'm also in the process of closing down my Polka Dot Rabbit shop to move the items over to Green Renters as appropriate, as they are all 'upcycled' products. It is too much work trying to promote two shops and the craft scene bubble has definitely burst.
I think this video is great, obviously the name of my blog and business makes it evident I love rabbits and find it quite abhorrent that they are seen merely as food by many rather than the engaging intelligent animals that they are.
*I really loathe the term 'hen's nights' I also dislike 'girls' as in 'girls' night in'. I wish more contemporarty terms were recognised!
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Chris dug up some fresh veggies this afternoon all set for making potato and beetroot mash. I love beetroot! Roast, boiled or eaten raw. Mashed with potato and Nuttlex and served with hot mustard, homemade capsicum and soy sausages, it's a definite treat.
We have loads of herbs in the garden at the moment: rosemary, parsley, basil, vietnamese mint, culinary mint, oregano and thyme. I put bags full out the front with a 'help yourself' sign at regular intervals.
We're also enjoying a bumper crop of strawberries on our breakfast cereal this season. Nothing like homemade produce! We've three Green Renters workshops coming up on making jams and preserves, one of which is booked out already. I'm looking forward to them to demonstrate that preserving is possible even in small spaces without a Fowler kit.
I've also a couple more skincare and bath products workshops coming up. They'll be held at Ross House, in Flinder Lane, Melbourne city and cost $50 full/$30 concession. I've done several practice rounds of each workshop now and tweaked a couple of recipes, bought extra equipment and I feel I've got them nicely polished. All materials and recipes included in each workshop and the ingredients are all vegan.
Here's a cute pic of Chris with Mr Pablo, our 15 year old cat. We adopted him last year and he's surprisingly spritely for an older gentleman!