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February 2013

Right now we are in the middle of the Australian garlic season. Australian garlic is seasonal and available for only a few months of the year, from around November through to the end of May. Outside of those months most shops will only stock imported garlic. What's wrong with imported garlic? Food miles aside, imported garlic is fumigated with the highly toxic chemical methyl bromide on arrival in Australia and is also often bleached. I’d rather go without than resort to buying imported. I treasure foods more when I only eat them in season. That first sweet orange or crunchy... Read more →

Our paddock is full of Scurvy Weed. It popped up after the rain and is thriving. I was pleased to discover its leaves are edible. The terminal buds can be eaten raw or cooked. I felt like I’d discovered a field of spinach and lettuce at my back door. I foraged a bunch and added a couple of handfuls of terminal buds to a frittata. It was delicious. Read more →

Our home has a spare room that sits empty most of the year. We’re not alone. More than 75 percent of Australian homes have one or more spare bedrooms. We decided to earn a little extra cash from our spare room and took in a housemate. In collaborative consumption lingo, we utlised the "idling capacity" of our spare bedroom. Collaborative consumption describes the rapid explosion in sharing, bartering, lending, trading, renting, gifting, and swapping. These traditional actions are far from new, but new online technologies have made them easier. Rachel Botsman, co-author of the book What's Mine Is Yours: The... Read more →

I love travelling with less luggage. I enjoy the freedom of not struggling to carry loads of luggage on and off public transport or worrying about losing a bag. Managing less stuff also frees up more time to enjoy the trip. I’ve spent far too much time on past holidays trying to organise and keep track of my belongings. After years of over packing and lugging around more than I need, I think I've finally nailed travelling light. Here are my favourite tips for travelling light: Read more →