Useful links

Over the years I’ve discovered, shared and lost many useful links.
Finally, here the best of them are, all in one place.

Find your tribe | As it turned out, following our dream of “living simply and creatively” puts us in the good company of likeminded others.

Degrowthers

Downshifters

Happen Films

Permies | See also my blog post Permaculture . . . a selection of freely shared resources

I’m a member of Permaculture Australia.

RetroSuburbia Case Studies

Slow Movement

Food inspo from friends

Almost Italian | Bread; Cakes, Biscuits and Slices; Camp Cooking; Desserts; Fish and Seafood; Indian; Indonesian; Italian; Sauces, Dips, Preserves and Dressings; Soup; Sides, Vegetarian and egg dishes… vegetarian, vegan or fish/seafood based recipe links.

Ardysez | Bread/Baked Goods and Food recipe links.

Around The Mulberry Tree | Yummy Stuff – Preserving and Recipe links.

Fig Jam and Lime Cordial | Bread, recipes and living well links.

Passion Fruit Garden | Living the dream and recipe links.

Tall Tales from Chiconia | Food and recipe links.

The Kitchen’s Garden and Janie’s Mill | Bread/baked goods recipes and links.

Good stuff: links to online sources

Aspirin and Arnica Analgesic Cream | Made by a local Nambucca Valley compounding pharmacist, we apply it topically for arthritis, joint & muscle aches & injuries.

Artisan Sourdough Made Simple | My go-to sourdough bread book, by Emilie Raffa aka The Clever Carrot.

Bobbie Dogs | A Mid North Coast small business we discovered at local markets. This is where I source Diesel’s favourite dog treats. I love their Wolf Pack loyalty program.

Brayco Stainless Steel Australia | Stainless steel benches, stainless sinks, stainless shelves and stainless cabinets. This is where we sourced our kitchen prep bench, sink and storage shelves.

Daintree Tea | This is where I source our favourite black tea grown in Far North Queensland.

Demeter Farm Mill Organic Wholewheat Bakers Flour | My favourite flour for sourdough bread baking. I buy a 5 kg bag from Organic Feast in East Maitland, NSW when I travel to visit my Dad. For soft white bread I use Demeter Farm Mill Organic Unbleached White Bakers Flour. Demeter flours come from Wholegrain Milling in Gunnedah, NSW. Demeter flour is is available from various retailers and online.

Elektra Magnesium Cream | A family owned Australian company located on the Gold Coast. This is where I source topical elemental magnesium treatment for dry skin, muscle cramps and joint aches. 

FlavourCrusader | Links to producers who support a healthy, fair and delicious food supply.

Ford Street Publishing | This is where I buy book gifts -especially Isobelle Carmody’s Legend of Little Fur series- for young & young-at-heart family and friends. A small independent Australian publisher of books for children and young adults, based in Melbourne Australia.

Grants | This is where I source our Xyitol toothpaste and oral care products. An Australian all natural product from Melbourne.

Greenpatch Organic Seeds & Plants | This is where I source seeds and tubestock plants via their website but also from their small but wonderful plant nursery selling organic seeds and edible, useful & beautiful plants, located less than 1 km on Old Bar Road from the exit at Taree on the M1 Pacific Motorway.

Health Delivery | A New Zealand based website which ships to Australia and worldwide and where I source health and personal care products such as Apicare and Hope’s Relief creams and Sanderson Magnesium supplements.

McConnells This ‘n’ That | This is where I sourced my Sloggers garden shoes. A rural small business in Merriwa NSW.

Nambucca Macnuts | This is where we source our favourite roasted-unsalted macadamia nuts grown locally in the Nambucca Valley.

Nuggetty Creek Olive Oil | This is where I source our favourite olive oil, grown and pressed in the Victorian Goldfields region, in 20 litre drums.

Perry’s Lemon Myrtle | This is where I source our favourite Lemon Myrtle Goat’s Milk soap, produced locally in the Nambucca Valley.

Renovator Store | Bathroom & Kitchen Fixtures, Flooring, Storage & More. This is where we sourced our dual spray kitchen sink tap.

Rover Pet Products | A small business in the Hunter Valley, NSW near where my Dad lives. This is where I sourced Diesel’s dog collar customised with his name and our phone numbers.

Sicilia Coffee | A South Australian family-owned business. This is where I source our favourite Organic Crema coffee beans in 1 kg bags.

SimplyClean | Australian family-owned company in Lismore, Northern Rivers NSW . This is where I source our eco-friendly washing up detergent, washing powder and any other household cleaning products I don’t make for myself.

Simply Sourdough | A small business in Trafalgar, Victoria. This is where I sourced my bread proving basket/banneton and liner.

Sukin | My favourite Super Greens facial moisturiser and Bergamot & Patchouli hydrating body lotion; natural ingredients, cruelty free, Australian made in Melbourne. 

World of Books Australia | Their blurb… “If you’re looking for great value second hand books, then World of Books is the place for you. As you may already know, we aren’t like other online book stores. For starters, we don’t believe that books should only be read once, or have a single owner. Literature should endure and be continually recycled, which is why we help millions of used books find new homes every year. World of Books also buys directly from charities, taking the titles they don’t want or haven’t got space for. So as well as preventing the destruction of perfectly good books, our customers are helping to support good causes too.” They ship free in Australia. There is also a World of Books UK.

Go-to recipes: in no particular order

Chocolate Beetroot Cake

Chocolate Glace Icing

Chocolate Ganache

Coconut Flour, Cacao Nib/ Choc Chip Biscuits (gluten free)

Braised Beef Cheeks

Sourdough Crepes

Worcestershire Sauce: made with plums – Sally Wise  or made with plum jam – Passion Fruit Garden

Raspberry and Yoghurt Loaf

Sourdough + Yeast Focaccia – Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

Sourdough hot dog buns

Lemon Syrup Cake Recipe

Ricotta – Ardysez

You can make pesto with just about anything

20 amazing things you can do with aquafaba

Labne (marinated yoghurt cheese balls)

Quick Kimchi

Tomato & chilli jam

Cauliflower Pickles

Baked Beans

Dumplings

Beirut Lamb Pizza with Preserved Lemon Kewpie Mayonnaise
(I simplify this by using pre-made wraps/Lebanese bread/pizza base, minced lamb/beef/pork which I premix with spices, breadcrumbs, eggs and milk in the food processor and store in tubs in the freezer, usually omitting the fries… really, the point of it is the Preserved Lemon Kewpie Mayo.)

Preserved Lemons

10 Foods You Should Be Making Not Buying
(peanut butter, muesli bars, pesto, dips, breadcrumbs, croutons, sauces, stock, vegan chocolate, vegan cheese)

Pickled Chillies

Lentil Dhal

Mushroom and Barley Risotto (I use parsley instead of leek and omit the prosciutto in step 1, and the omit the parsley in step 2)

Microwavable Lemon Curd

Choko Pickle

Zucchini Slice

Pickled Beetroot

Cherry Guava Jam and Jelly

Japanese Pickled Ginger

Zucchini Pickles

Passionfruit Butter

Roasted Pumpkin + Pear + Tomato Soup (topped with crumbled blue cheese or sausage)
Over the years I have cooked many pumpkin soups, my style ever-evolving. My current go-to method is to roast pumpkin halves with seeds removed, scoop cooked flesh away from the skin into a saucepan, add a can of drained and well-rinsed cannellini beans, and 2 – 3 cups of white miso broth… enough to obtain to soup consistency using a stick blender. Sometimes I add a couple of spoonfuls of tahini paste, ground ginger and cumin for more flavour and texture depending on the quality of the pumpkin.

Römertopf sourdough loaf:  Fig Jam and Lime Cordial or The Passion Fruit Garden

Hummus

Yeast Focaccia – Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

Homemade Greek Yoghurt – Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

Chinese Pickled Vegetables – Poh’s Kitchen

Homemade Mustard – David Lebovitz

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Cookies (gluten free)

Crisp Coconut Biscuits (or tart cases)

How To Pickle Vegetables

Fig and Almond Cake (or pear, apple, peach, cherry, etc)

Yoghurt cake with strawberries (or mango, cherries, berries, etc)

Buttermilk substitutes

Easy Banana Cake

Coconut Rice

Steak and Kidney

Steamed Jam Pudding

Custard

Parsnip Puree/Mash

Savoury Impossible Pie
(We call this “fridge pie” and use whatever leftovers/ingredients we have, e.g. cooked pasta/noodles, bread, veges, herbs, tinned fish, cold meat, veges. If we make it without flour it’s call “fridgettata”. There is also a sweet version, swapping out savoury ingredients for sugar, vanilla extract and shredded coconut, berries, cherries, figs, passionfruit, etc.)

Pea and Ham Soup
We save our Christmas and Easter ham bones so we can make 2 batches of this during  winter. This soup is a family tradition that is an olfactory memory from my childhood… and we don’t puree or blend the soup.

Beef and Sweet Potato Soup
I swap out the lamb and pumpkin in the recipe for beef bones and sweet potato because we get free beef bones with our local grass fed beef order, and we always have sweet potatoes in the garden or pantry.

Beef Bone Broth with apple cider vinegar
I absolutely cannot drink this for the health benefits many suggest it confers… but it is the best beef stock.

Salted honey and tahini shortbread
I think the mix is too thick & sticky to easily follow the recipe instructions to use electric beaters, I use a wooden spoon to combine the ingredients.

Note: Some of these recipes get the frankenrecipe treatment when I make them… adapted to suit or combined with another similar, ingredients substituted with I have to hand or omitting those I don’t have or don’t care for. Other things, I have been cooking for so long the recipe has been lost, or there never was one.

Lifelong learning

I studied permaculture via Tafe NSW and National Environment Centre.

I studied horticulture via Tafe NSW.

I studied Drawing Nature, Science and Culture: Natural History Illustration 101 via University of Newcastle – edX MOOC.

Out and about

I review places we visit on Tripadvisor as EllaDee011 and  WikiCamps Australia as Nannavan.

Note: daleleelife101.blog is a personal blog. As per Disclaimer, where I share recipes, links or sources I’m doing so subjectively, rather than as endorsement, and I receive no cash or kind benefits from doing so. Links will open in a new tab, and are working @ September 2020. Please let me know if you encounter a broken link.

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