Browsing All posts tagged under »Fruit«

Picking mandarins at Wisemans Ferry

August 4, 2014 by


Picking your own fruit is one of life’s great pleasures, but up until now I didn’t know you could do it in winter. I thought the season ended in April when the frost starts and the last apples at Bilpin are picked. Happily you can pick fruit later in the year because winter is citrus […]

Fruit picking at Bilpin – apples and plums

March 16, 2013 by


Crisp, sweet baby apples are one of autumn’s greatest pleasures. And they’re even fresher if you pick them yourself. We’ve picked apples in Bilpin before, at Bilpin Springs Orchard. This time we tried Pine Crest Orchard across the road. Both orchards are frequented by families and the occasional tourist bus. The competition between them doesn’t […]

Boab Nuts

January 22, 2012 by


Boab nuts grow in the top end, and you can eat them. I’m just not sure that you’d want to. They taste, as my travelling companion put it, “like lemony talcom powder”. In the dry season, when the bottle-shaped boab trees have lost their leaves, the nuts remain hanging. If you break them open they […]

Coconut Water Smoothie

December 3, 2011 by


Coconut water sounds romantically tropical if you’re from a temperate climate. And promisingly refreshing as we come into summer. Coconut water is good at quenching thirst, partly because it’s high in electrolytes including potassium. This makes it similar to a sportsdrink. I recently received a tetra-pak of C Coconut Water to trial, and I wanted […]

Kitchen Gadget Envy

September 11, 2011 by


Kitchen Gadget Envy – you know it don’t you? That feeling when you see a gadget that makes that annoying job just so much easier. ‘Why don’t I have one of those?’ you ask yourself. Suddenly it seems unthinkable to live without one. That envious feeling swept over me as I watched my mother squeezing […]

Stewed Quince

May 14, 2011 by


Armidale, a town in northern NSW, gets a little chilly in autumn, but that gives it the perfect climate for growing quinces. I was staying in Armidale recently when a very excited young physicist came rushing into my cabin bearing two fruit. She didn’t know what they were, but she’d found a tree full of […]

Apple Fritters

August 18, 2010 by


I have a situation at the moment, regarding fruit. Specifically, an excess of it. My fellow domestics are no longer domestic but are instead holidaying in Western Australia, and they have left me with large amounts of fruit. There is too much for any one person to eat fresh by a long way, so my […]


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