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Go Fish!

Whether wrapped in a banana leaf or smothered in pineapple salsa, these healthy fish recipes will provide you with new, quick ways to dress up fish for dinner.It is easy to understand why more and mor

This Architectural Beach Shack Is The Perfect Coastal Getaway

In the last twelve months, three TDF team members have gone on holiday to Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island) on Quandamooka Country. That’s saying a lot for a team of seven!

But the crystal surf, white sand and slow coastal pace makes Straddie a truly irresistible holiday location, and one that’s relatively unknown to travellers outside of Brisbane.

Originally designed by architect Shane Thompson, this superb coastal retreat on the Northeastern tip of the island is surrounded by native bushland, and unfolds onto the pristine coastal views. Another one for the holiday wishlist!

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Unlike many coastal properties, the brief for this garden on the Mornington Peninsula was to create seclusion and sanctuary, rather than to maximise beach views.

In response to the sprawling site, Ian Barker Gardens designed a varied, six-part layout encompassing outdoor entertaining, a sunset terrace, a pool, fire-pit and luscious flowery plantings. It’s a ‘secret garden’ filled with unexpected delights!

Roasting pumpkin seeds 101

FOODRoasting pumpkin seeds 101

Roasting pumpkin seeds 101

Roasted pumpkins seeds are packed with nutrition; they’re high in protein, full of omega fatty acids, and are an excellent source of zinc and magnesium.

From Obama to the Death Star, pumpkins are taking on more intricate, tongue-in-cheek shapes and designs. In the US 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins are produced each year, the majority of which are sold during Halloween, likely for carving purposes.  That equates to a lot of potential pumpkin waste. However, we can offset a lot of that waste by doing things such as pickling the rinds, puréeing and freezing the carved out flesh, and of course, roasting the seeds for a delicious, crunchy snack.

Pumpkins seeds are packed with nutrition; they’re high in protein, full of omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, and are an excellent source of zinc and magnesium. The health benefits of pumpkin seeds include improved symptoms of benign prostate hyperplasia and improved cholesterol levels.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Add curry powder, cayenne, cinnamon and sugar, Parmesan, or even nutritional yeast to this basic recipe for an extra (though not necessary) flavour boost.

1 cup (250 mL) washed and dried pumpkin seeds
1 tsp (5 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
Salt to taste

Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C).

Toss pumpkin seeds with oil and salt.

Spread seeds out in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake in oven, stirring occasionally, until crisp and golden—about 20 minutes.

Remove from oven, taste, and adjust seasoning if needed. 

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