Category: fruit

Star fruit upside down cake

Star fruit upside down cake

Looking for the perfect treat for your guests next time you invite them over for morning tea? Try serving up a star fruit upside down cake.

At least a couple of times a week, I try to go for a walk in the afternoons. Partly because I need the exercise, and partly because I live near a river and it’s relaxing to walk along the bank and enjoy the view.

I usually take my two English staffies with me (they enjoy getting out of the backyard), and occasionally my teenage kids join us.

I follow a footpath which runs along its eastern bank, flanked by houses, then under a bridge and up alongside the town’s high school. The high school hasn’t always been a high school though.

For a long time, it was a TAFE College where adults could study a variety of courses designed to help them find a job, change their job, or start their own business.

I was a teenager myself when it first kicked off and it was a roaring success. It had all sorts of subjects on offer and in its heyday, had a lot of really cool infrastructure in place.

One of these was an orchard.

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Orange cordial

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Making cordials at home is almost a lost art but creating your own refreshing blend is surprisingly easy.

It’s certainly the time of year for citrus here in the Wet Tropics and I think everyone would agree it has been a bumper crop.

Every tree I see, whether it be orange, mandarin, lemon, lime, grapefruit or lemonade, is dripping with fruit.

With such a bounty, it’s hard to ensure as little as possible goes to waste. . .

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Mandarin and chicken salad

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North Queenslanders love their mandarins and this delicious citrus fruit is one of the most popular backyard trees grown up this way. While they are usually just peeled and eaten as a snack, adding them to an Asian-style salad is a great way to bring some zing to your dinner table . . .

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5 easy ways to use up excess lemons!

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Every backyard in the tropics should have a lemon tree.

They are just so versatile and nothing beats having a ready supply of them. Sometimes though, you have so many that you have to come up with some creative ways to make sure they aren’t wasted.

Here are 5 easy ideas I have been trying lately . . .

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