Thursday, May 26, 2016

Lake Dryzabone

Although the sky was filled with menacing clouds this morning the weather report tells us that there's not much chance of rain this afternoon.
Today's forecast from
We haven't had rain here at Welwel for many a day. The grass is brown, the eucalypts are shedding leaves and the drought- hardy plants are struggling. The water tanks under our house are empty too.

As I came down our drive this morning I thought of the iconic Australian clothing range Driza-bone (Dry as a bone) because that would be a good name for our dam. As I don't want to breach copyright I am naming our dam Lake Dryzabone. The following snaps will show you why.

I wonder where the frogs and fish have gone
Dry dam bed
Some plants are still green

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Trove Tuesday - Pumpkin Soup

As I sat down with my warm crusty bread and  big bowl of steaming pumpkin soup last night I felt  guilty as my soup was of the lazybones variety. It was store bought. I contemplated pumpkin soup and wondered how long it had been on Aussie menus.

The go-to place for my answer was a no brainer  - Trove of course.

The first recipe I found was in 1843. I thought Pumpkin soup was an Australian dish but it seems to have come from France.

1843 'ENGLISH EXTRACTS.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 12 October, p. 3. , viewed 23 May 2016,
There were no onions in the recipe published in 1865.

1865 'HOUSEHOLD RECEIPTS.', Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918), 18 March, p. 20. , viewed 23 May 2016,
It's interesting to note the lack of precise measurements in this next recipe from 1885. That's how my grandmother cooked, I don't think she owned a set of scales or measuring spoons.

1885 'THE HOUSE.', The Express and Telegraph (Adelaide, SA : 1867 - 1922), 11 March, p. 2. (Afternoon Edition.), viewed 23 May 2016,
One hundred years later in 1985 chef, Stephanie Alexander, discusses pumpkin soup and shares her recipe.

1985 'STEPHANIE'S FOOD', The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995), 29 September, p. 60. (GOOD WEEKEND), viewed 23 May 2016,
Let's also share a thought for Geoff who had the ingredient for a bumper batch of pumpkin soup.

1999 'top grower', Times (Victor Harbor, SA : 1987 - 1999), 8 July, p. 14. , viewed 23 May 2016,

Sunday, May 1, 2016

A Little Tart

We have a mini orchard containing a couple of dozen fruit trees at our house. We have citrus, stone fruit, apples and pears. It's always a battle to get to the fruit before the bats, birds and possums rip them off the trees.
Orchard at Welwel
Mr GeniAus is getting smart in his old age so he now nets a few of the trees before the fruit ripens up. This week he netted a mandarin tree that is an early ripener. He just delivered one of the mandos to my desk, it was juicy with a bright orange skin but it was still a bit tart. It will benefit from more time on the tree.
Not quite sweet yet
I just wandered down to the orchard with my phone and took some snaps of what's in store for us in the next couple of months. Hopefully the local wildlife will leave some for us.

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