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We first discovered the delightful Julia Busuttil when she generously contributed the most delectable Hummingbird cake for our epic cake table at the Rooftop Cinema screening we hosted recently.  Julia’s cake was the first to go – this lady can BAKE!  An Italian teacher by day, self taught culinary whizz by night, Julia has the most brilliant food blog called OSTRO which you should most definitely check out.  We are so chuffed to be sharing four of Julia’s most amazing home made cakes with you each Tuesday in May.

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Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden in Lavendar Bay, Sydney

Today Georgina Reid of The Planthunter introduces an iconic Sydney garden which should need no introduction.  This incredible space is the creation of Wendy Whiteley, artist and wife to the late Brett Whiteley.

Once a disused railway dump out the front of her Lavender Bay home, this plot of land, owned by the NSW State Government, has been transformed by Wendy and her two gardeners over the past 20+ years.

Up until recently, the garden’s long term future was uncertain, but just this month, the NSW State Government granted the North Sydney Council a 30 year lease for the garden (with an option of a second 30-year period).  A huge win for Sydney residents, visitors and garden lovers alike!

Forget Pie! Here are 5 Unique Ways to Enjoy Pumpkin

FOODForget Pie! Here are 5 Unique Ways to Enjoy Pumpkin

Forget Pie! Here are 5 Unique Ways to Enjoy Pumpkin

Skip the pie – consider cooking something unique with pumpkin this fall.

You may have had your share of pumpkin pie this last weekend, but don’t write pumpkin off just yet. Loaded with vitamin A (it contains 245 percent of our daily recommended intake), vitamin C, dietary fibre, and potassium, pumpkin is a delicious and wholesome addition to a variety of dishes

Pumpkin is most famous for its star role in pumpkin pie; however, in the culinary world this gourd-like squash is prized for its versatility, adding flavour to both sweet and savoury dishes. For example, pumpkin can be a welcome, yet unexpected, addition to hearty stews and stir-fries, or a delicious purée alongside a well-seasoned lean protein, such as turkey or chicken breast.

So next time you see a crate of pumpkins sitting outside the grocery store, consider taking one home to cook with—because some pumpkins have bigger dreams that becoming pie filling.

Chili
This is the perfect quick and easy post-Thanksgiving meal, using leftover shredded turkey (or ground turkey any time of the year) and canned chickpeas and pinto beans. Pumpkin adds a mild sweetness, which pairs well with the spiciness of the dish.    

Pancakes
Adding pumpkin purée and cinnamon to pancakes gives it a seasonal flavour, plus it ups the nutritional content (remember all the vitamin A?).

Soup
We see a lot of butternut squash soup during fall, but pumpkin soup is a nice alternative. This recipe uses Cinderella pumpkin, which is a bright orange heirloom variety available at many farmers’ markets. Don’t worry though if you can’t find one, regular pie pumpkins will work just fine.

Hummus
Pumpkin adds a rustic twist to this classic Middle Eastern condiment. Serve it as you would regular hummus, with crackers, pita wedges, raw or blanched veggies, or spread on a grainy baguette with thinly sliced veggies.

Custard
Serve this rich pumpkin custard when guests come over for a fall-inspired dinner party. It has the essence of pumpkin pie, but with a crème brûlée twist.

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