Crunchy Kale, Carrot & Beetroot Salad

by Desley Bailey

Ingredients ½ bunch    kale, washed, dried & ribs removed 1 small      beet, peeled and julienned 1               carrot, peeled & julienned 1               apple, julienned ½ cup        walnuts, toasted & roughly chopped 2 Tbsp       lemon juice 2 tsp           honey ¼ cup  &...

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Smoked veggies anyone?

by Desley Bailey

Unless you have been comatose for the last week, you would have noticed a LOT of smoke throughout the mid-north coast. And we here in Rollands Plains have been at least partly to blame... A fire started in the Bril-Bril forest over the weekend, and made its way over Wallaby Hill to us on Saturday/Sunday. It came through our southern boundary on Sunday, and then slowly made its way into our property against the wind. Forest Corporation workers put a dozer containment line between the...

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Raise Your Hopes & Lower Your Expectations!

by Desley Bailey

This was one of my Mum's favourite sayings to me when I was a nagging kid always wanting something - and of course it was Mum's job to deliver! Mum would just calmly look at me (or not look at me if she was busy) and say "Raise your hopes & lower your expectations". I never fully understood it as a child, but the older (and wiser 😉) I get, the more I 'get it'.  Expectations,  especially of other people, will sooner or later cause us frustration,...

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Kelli Says Hello

by Desley Bailey

Hi Masters Of Fresh Community! It's Desley's sidekick Kelli here writing my very first email to you all! Firstly a bit of background on how I came to be part of this beautiful family. After unexpectedly having to move from the Central Coast - where I'd lived all my life - I ended up in Wauchope not knowing anyone. After connecting with one lovely lady, I was introduced to the amazing Depression & Anxiety Recovery Programme (DARP) which the beautif...

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Broccoli vs DNA Damage

by Desley Bailey

Researchers are continually digging deep to discover the positive effects that plant chemicals have on the mysterious mechanisms deep within our cellular structure, and are often surprised at the power of humble veggies.  We have all heard how free radicals cause oxidative stress attacks on our DNA, and how this contributes to many disease conditions, especially cancer. And we now know that many veggies protect us from this damage, and even help our DNA repair! But hj...

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Minority Groups

by Desley Bailey

Have you ever considered yourself part of a minority group? I don't generally think of myself as belonging to one, except perhaps when I am travelling away from the coastal strip of Australia and looking for good vegetarian, preferably vegan, food to eat!  At these times, I can be tempted to get a little frustrated that my only option is often an anemic salad sandwich, or good old hot potato chips - and we won't talk about the oil they are cooked in - blah.  Recently I h...

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Growing Pains

by Desley Bailey

Do you remember getting growing pains as a child - those cramping, achy muscle pains that some preschoolers and preteens feel, usually in the late afternoon or evenings. Or maybe you remember growing pains because one of your children experienced them - waking you up in the middle of the night. I remember both. But although called 'growing pains', these pains actually have nothing to do with a child's growth, and actual...

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Biosecurity

by Rod Bailey

When just a lad I saw what I believe was the first fruiting Avocado tree in Western Australia. It was on the Backhouse family's farm near Pemberton - the Backhouses went on to help pioneer the Avocado industry in this country - there it is likely you have eaten Avo's from that farm! Years later, working for the WA Agriculture Department as an entomologist's assistant, I visited a neighbouring Avo farm, and experienced biosecurity measures for the first tim...

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Kale Kale Kale AGAIN!

by Desley Bailey

Last week I gave you a challenge to send me your favourite kale recipe. Thanks Nicole from Dolly's Run (Taylor's Arm) for a Kale & Quinoa Salad Recipe. And thanks Melanie & Michelle from Vege Out Cafe (Telegraph Point) for suggesting a Kale Panak Paneer - which I made this morning from curly kale and is pictured above. Rachel also sent a few great suggestions: "When we were travelling Vietnam way back in 2013 we came across ‘morning glory'...

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Kale, Kale, Kale

by Desley Bailey

Tis the season for Kale! We grow kale all year round but now is the 'season' kale loves best. Not too cold, not too hot - just right for kale. Consequently, we have an over abundance of all things kale. I have a huge stack of trays on my dehydrator at the moment, full of kale chips. I have pesto, I have kale powder, I am using it in salads. What else can I do with kale? My challenge for you this week is to send me your favourite recipe or way to use lots of kale. I am looki...

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