Hope for new longer flowering chamomile varieties

Chamomile is a medicinal plant used mainly in the treatment of stomach and intestinal diseases, including the field of veterinary medicine. Agricultural scientist Bettina Fähnrich from the Institute of Animal Nutrition and Functional Plant Compounds has been focusing on the genetics of chamomile (Matricaria recutita). She has been looking for chamomile varieties with a triploid […]

Homemade Health – Anke Bialas

Herb lover Anke Bialas has added a new title to the expanding Herbology At Home Series.  The new book, Homemade Health is all about home remedies your grandmother knew.  If she didn’t tell you then Ms Bialas will. The first section details eight common culinary herbs and their uses.  The next section details over 160 […]

Pumpkin, coconut and vegetable soup

It’s still cool enough for soups and I still have a couple of pumpkin vines producing small fruit.  Try this quick and easy recipe: Coconut vegetable soup 2 cups barley 2 onions or leeks or shallots (whatever you prefer) 1 can coconut cream Bok choy or any green vegetable such as silverbeet 2 cups Bean […]

Vietnamese Eggplant in Clay Pot

Delicious eggplant casserole with tomato, lemon grass and chilli. Ingredients; 2 tsp peanut oil 1 clove garlic – finely chopped 2 tomatoes, quartered. Remove seeds and pulp 1 lemongrass finely chopped (keep stalk) 1 Spring onion cut into 3 cm pieces 2 Eggplants (long and thin) cut into 4cm and long x 1cm wide pieces […]

Could rosemary scent boost brain performance?

Hailed since ancient times for its medicinal properties, we still have a lot to learn about the effects of rosemary. Now researchers writing in Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology, published by SAGE, have shown for the first time that blood levels of a rosemary oil component correlate with improved cognitive performance. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is one […]

Exotic herbs to counter ageing

Swinburne PhD candidate Matthew Pase is looking for healthy volunteers aged 60-75 to participate in a study as to whether dietary supplements can help counter the slowing of brain function with age. The growing size of the ageing population has serious implications for the number of people with age-associated cognitive impairment or dementia, and strategies […]

Vietnamese Cooking School

We are part of a large crowd in a noisy wet market in Hoi An, Vietnam looking at rows and rows of food vendors with screaming meat — the epitome of fresh food. We watch as a an old, old man, with no dental plan, and his young woman offsider prep their frogs for sale. […]

Vietnamese cooking

Bill and Sue, are Asian friends of ours, who run the Golden Sun Restaurant at Capalaba. I wrote a review for the Best Restaurants website you can read it here. If you’re in the area call in and have lunch or dinner and give them my love. Co-owner Sue is Vietnamese and makes the best […]