• Life Day By Day

    Farmers’ Markets

    Yesterday we were at the Farmers’ Markets held in the grounds of the iconic Empire Theatre, Toowoomba. It is held every Thursday from 12 noon to 6pm. It was our first time at this Market. We arrived early and not all the stallholders had set up. This was due to a recent change of the starting time from 3pm to 12noon. It was a beautiful sunny day in Toowoomba, perfect for being outdoors. We enjoyed our walk to the Markets and then having a look at the different stalls. We bought some fresh made pasta from Angelo. We found out that Angelo was the founder of Angelo’s House Restaurant, 210…

  • KJ's Kitchen

    Back in KJ’s kitchen

    It is time to leave the political landscape and the debate about the changes to the age pension and get back into KJ’s Kitchen.  Although there is plenty of fodder around to keep the conversation going about the welfare state for months to come, we need “real” food to keep us going. My kitchen is a better working environment to prepare some great home cooked meals, that is, better than it was 3 months ago. It was in August 2016, when I mentioned that we had made the decision to replace our free-standing cooker. This is the one we inherited when we bought the house earlier in 2016. The cooker…

  • My Garden

    Flower power for seniors

    Many of us who are now seniors may know about or been part of the the ‘flower power’ movement in the 1960’s and 1970’s. It was during the time of the Vietnam War when young people opposed to the war held peaceful demonstrations. They soon became known as the ‘flower children’ because they wore coloured clothing with embroidered flowers and had flowers in their hair. If you were a ‘flower power’ child, then you may find it interesting to learn that there is truth in ‘flower power’. A 2001 Rutgers University study found that flowers may have health benefits for adults aged 55 years and older. In the study those who received…

  • Life Day By Day

    Take a photo…

    It is much easier these days with smart phones to take a photo to tell a story. Everyone it seems can take a great photo simply with your phone. With the arrival of social media everyone can now be a paparazzi even getting great photos of celebrities. There is no longer a reliance on others to develop your photos from a roll of film. We have come a long way since the Kodak “brownie”. Now that I am in the prime of my life (retirement) I have my first digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera. I can take a photo to tell a story and maybe even end up with a…

  • Health Matters,  My Garden

    Rosemary Officinalis

    Rosemary Officinalis (commonly known as ‘Rosemary’) is a fragrant evergreen perennial herb, native to the Mediterranean region. It is related to the mint family. Apart from having wonderful culinary uses Rosemary is an essential oil in perfumes and cosmetics. What’s more it has great medicinal benefits. We have had Rosemary growing in our herb garden for many years. There is nothing better than picking fresh sprigs of Rosemary for cooking. I use it regularly in cooking with lamb, veal or chicken. It can also be used in marinades, sauces and egg dishes. Rosemary is a small shrub which grows to about one metre in height. It can be pruned each…

  • Life Day By Day,  My Garden

    The Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly

    I looked out the window from my home office and saw a colourful butterfly, then two butterflies. They seemed to be engaged in a mating ritual. As I had never seen this phenomenon before I grabbed my camera and went to investigate. An SLR digital camera is just what is needed in such a situation. Today I experienced one of the rewards of retirement and spending time staring out the window. After downloading the photos I went about identifying the species. The male and female have very different colours. The male is black with pale blue and white and the female is brown with orange and blue spots. As I…

  • KJ's Kitchen

    Tomato Passata

    I spent yesterday afternoon in the kitchen making Tomato Passata. The recipe for Passata has its history in Italy even though the ‘tomato’ originated from South America. Botanically the tomato is a ‘fruit’ but the Supreme Court in USA in 1893 ruled that the tomato is a ‘vegetable’ not a ‘fruit’ within the meaning of the Tariff Act of 1883. I do not mind either way all I know is that I love tomatoes. They are a rich source of vitamins A, C and folic acid. Other nutritional benefits of eating tomatoes are that they are full of antioxidants such as folic acid, beta-carotene and lutein. At our place we…