by Georgina Adamson

My approach to making marmalade is fairly basic, probably because I often had buckets of fruit to deal with. Arm yourself with a board, a large bowl for cut-up fruit and a smaller one for seeds and pith, and a good sharp knife. A towel for under the board is handy as this job will get messy.

Prepare fruit: cut into small pieces with not too much pith, it’s really the skin you need. If I am juicing fruit regularly, I save the skins, put them in the freezer and take them out when I’m making marmalade. Save … Read more »

Cajun spice mix

by Alfred Solti


1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 teaspoons white pepper
2 teaspoons black pepper
1½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons dried thyme
½ teaspoon dried oregano


Mix spices together and store in an airtight jar.

Confit of Garlic

Dawn Hollins and Carole Broadhead

(This is one of those Basta/Enough recipes beloved of Italian grandmothers!)

Put peeled garlic cloves into a small saucepan and just cover with olive oil. Heat slowly and gently until the garlic softens – do not boil. Place into jars and cover with olive oil, adding herbs such as thyme or oregano if desired. Keep refrigerated. Use as a spread or an ingredient.

Beetroot Chutney

by Lena Kuppens

2 kg beetroot, peeled and finely grated
1 cup raw sugar
500 ml red wine vinegar
1 tbsp mustard seeds
1 tbsp ground ginger
2 bay leave
pinch chilli flakes
pinch salt
fresh black pepper
Sterilise jars and lids.

Chuck everything into a nice big pan and heat gently till the sugar has completely dissolved. Cook for 25–30 minutes, or until the mixture is thick, glossy and … Read more »

Jim’s Aunt Myrtle’s Cucumber Relish


1 kg cucumber or zucchini
3 onions
1 red capsicum
1 cup vinegar
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon celery seed
2 tablespoons plain flour
optional: red chilli


Using a food processor, dice the cucumber, onion and capsicum then sprinkle them with about 1 tablespoon salt and stand for three hours. Drain and then squeeze excess liquid out. Mix the remaining ingredients in a saucepan and simmer … Read more »

Tomato Chutney

Linda Sang

A recipe I’ve used for years made more delicious if one is fortunate enough to harvest one’s own tomatoes or buy somebody’s hard work. Or even buy them from a supermarket – it’s all happening right now with tomatoes. This chutney is great with anything – tasty and zingy.

5 kg ripe tomatoes, peeled, deseeded
and drained the night before 
(method below)
7 diced onions – chopped … Read more »