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.

Outside my window

These masked lapwings nest in the yard next door every year. Hopefully, their second attempt at parenthood this spring will have a better outcome. The earlier brood fell victim to the neighbor’s cat. Mr. takes parenting seriously starting work on the new family the day after the massacre.

Foxglove and Co

A garden photoshoot

Foxglove and Co is located in the pituresque village Central Tilba, on the far south coast of NSW, just south of Narooma.

Spring was in full swing when I visited, azalias, camilias, bearded irisus and wisteria were all in bloom.  Dozens of Lewins honey eaters perched on the pergolas and drank from the irrigation hoses. This garden has a wimisical old English feel to it, with lots of hidden treasures. The pathways are wheelchair friendly well graded and not too steep. I spent a delightful hour and a half wandering around taking photos and chatting to the owners.

I had last visited this garden about 20 years ago when it was called Foxglove Spires and owned by the Southam family. Now, the cafe and gift shops have been converted into luxury accommodation, a sign of the times I suppose.  Foxglove and Co like many other local businesses, were just getting over the drought, summer bushfires when Covid-19 impacted tourism numbers in the area.