Airdried fruit is the best

Choc-chilli mango haystacks

Food is not my usual blog topic, but I couldn’t resist sharing these quick healthy treats with you. Today I had to take a dessert a friend’s house for lunch. This was an opportunity to spread the word about the wonderful air dried fruit my brother and his wife produce. For this recipe I used their airdried mango, kiwi fruit and papaya. The health benefit airdried fruit is that they don’t use sulphur dioxide in the drying process.

To the finely chopped dried fruit I also added shredded coconut. This was then mixed into,2 blocks of melted dark chocolate. I then spooned small haystacks onto a lined tray and topped with lime zest, chilli flakes and coarse sea salt before refrigerating for 30 minutes. This made 12 stacks. They transported really well.

I found the recipe in Ellie Bullen’s book The Global Vegan.

After the rain, the first sign of Spring

On our sleety cold dog walk this afternnoon, I turned up this little beauty. A Wurmbea dioica as a treat. They are said said to be an early sign of warmer weather.

Fun fact: Early Nancies are Dioecious, meaning each plant is either male or female (although there are plenty of variations in between, with some plants being hermaphroditic and some sporting a flower or two with both parts).

Trig Bagging – Mt Arawang

IMG_0079Tuesday 7.30 am and the temperature was 10 decrees celsius, with a cool north-westerly wind blowing. A perfect morning for a walk/run on the ridge, work can wait for an hour or so. Mt Arawang at 765 metres is at the southern end of the Coolamon Ridge walk. The access track from the Kambah horse paddocks is steep and a great cardio workout.

Trigs have a cosmic intrigue for me, the symmetry of the structure exposed to the elements. A great space for some meditation and quiet reflection.

 

 

Trig Bagging in Canberra

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Autumn is well and truly here and the cooler morning and afternoons are a perfect snake free time to get out on the trails. I have decided to challenge my self to a winter of trig bagging around Canberra. There are plenty to keep me busy and its a great way to get back on the road to the fitness levels I enjoyed in 2018.

Today I ticked off my first McQuoids Hill, just up the bicentennial Trail from home. Not many birds but some great views across the Tuggeranong Valley.

A most obliging bird

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I adore Tawny Frogmouths. People often think they are an owl but they’re actually a nocturnal bird related to the Nightjar. The way you can tell is you look at their feet. They have dainty feet while owls have big powerful feet for catching prey. When feeling threatened, Tawny Frogmouths have evolved to be world class magicians. They stay perfectly still, close their eyes and take on the shape of a branch; their feathers blend into the tree and… they disappear.