My husband loves another

MR Bean is in love with another. His love affair has been blossoming these past few months. He keeps bringing her into our house but I have finally put my foot down and banned her … her strong scent really gets up my nose. Her name is Rosemary and I hate her. Mr Bean is passionately in love with Rosemary … the herb. It’s all my fault really. I made the mistake of planting a … [Read more...]

How food literate are you?

WE all know that we should eat five serves of fruit and vege every day. You probably know that the bucket of hot chips you're about to gorge aren't great for your cholesterol levels. And there's probably a little voice in your head telling you that your diet lacks fish, fresh fruit and wholegrains. But knowing all this doesn't make you food literate. A Queensland university … [Read more...]

Buy Australian … while you can

A NUMBER of growers in our region will be impacted by Heinz's decision to shut the Brisbane beetroot cannery and take the business overseas to New Zealand. The cannery, by all accounts, is old, outdated and in desperate need of funds. But rather than spend the money foreign-owned Heinz  - which bought the Australian-owned Golden Circle co-op a few years ago - has decided to … [Read more...]

Motherhood 101: the stuff they should tell you

WHEN I first married a vegetable farmer and moved to the country I met a woman who proudly told me she had already cooked that night's dinner. It was 9am. I tried (unsuccessfully) to hide my mirth and thought to myself: 'Lady, get a life'. I was still carrying much of my city slicker baggage. The thought of actually planning dinner a good eight hours before it was to be … [Read more...]

I’m converted to country

I've been born again ... no I haven't found religion, I've discovered country living. Sure, I've been living in a small country town for the past seven years but it's only recently that I've truly appreciated the delights of small town life. Don't get me wrong there's still some things which really irritate me (lack of anonymity, lack of decent Thai/Japanese/Italian dining … [Read more...]