November 2017

The other day I went to the chemist, while I was there I noticed a bottle of Kruse's fluid magnesia,  I asked about it and one person said why are you taking it you should ask your doctor? Hmm I thought so then another shop assistant came over and a totally different response, she said you will feel great, and that's what I thought. So why not give it a go, I used to  take Magnesium powder and B complex with C every night before bed but stopped don't know why?

It's been a week now and every morning and night (before I go to bed) I take a small glass of milk with 2 teaspoons of the liquid, okay how do I feel the aches in the legs are less frequent, the eczema on my leg has reduced in size and less irritable.

I will keep you updated on how I go!


Kruse's fluid magnesia


Homemade organic facial remedies

Today I have spent cleaning out the kitchen, always a good idea many things you can find! Things you have bought and forgot about, how many of us relate to that.

I have been very disappointed in the makeups and facial cleaners and all other products for our bodies, so I decided get motivated and make my own, as well as cleaning products. Baking soda is great for many things, cleaning, a face mask, clean your teeth and I could go on!

Create an antacid by mixing ½ teaspoon of baking soda with ½ cup of water. To clean a toilet, add ¼ cup baking soda to the bowl, swirl, then scrub. To deodorize a drain, pour about ½ cup baking soda down the drain, followed by ½ cup vinegar. After 15 minutes, pour in boiling water to clean residue.

I found this recipe from Wellness Mama, some handy tips also!

Simple facial sugar scrub

1/2 cup of sugar (white or brown and - organic preferably)

1/2 cup Oil (Extra Virgin Olive Oil, cold pressed which I have in the kitchen always, or coconut oil)

Optional - essential oils

Mix altogether and store in an air tight jar.

Use in the shower 1 tablespoon a day, all over the body and rinse well, leaves the skin silky soft.

I tried this last night and yes its great recomended, my skin felt clean and revived, November 17th 2017

Salvia, yogurt and honey Mask

This one well, salvia from the garden, honey from my bees, yogurt and rosewater from the fridge!

recipe by Organic authority 

6 - 7 fresh salvia flower

2 teaspoons organic rosewater

1 tablespoons organic yogurt

1 teaspoon Manuka honey, I substituted for my own home grown honey!


Crush the salvia in a bowl and add rosewater, yogurt and honey mix well. apply to the skin and leave for 20 minutes. Use two to three times a week to revive the skin. if you wish to store it then make sure you sterilize a jar (boil for 20 minutes) then add your product and keep in the fridge.

Refrigerate for a week use three times a week

Yogurt, salvia and honey mask!


Coffee, rock salt and Olive oil facial scrub


1/2 Cup Ground Organic Coffee 

1/2 Cup Organic Sea salt crystals

1/4 Cup Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil cold pressed


Add to a bowl the coffee and salt then mix together, slowly add the oil, you need a thick consistency.

Ready to use

The recipes here I have used on my skin. I have sensitive skin, rosacea, T-Zone oily with combination skin.
today was my first day in trying this scrub, 19th November 2017, I will keep you posted.
What I love about it I made it, no chemicals!
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Coffee scrub


Swiss chard

Another easy plant to grow, lots of goodness, lots of ways to utilize this vegetable and a great Italian staple, taught to me by my mother and aunties.

Add to your minestrone, sauteed dish accompanying many dishes, meats and fish or just on its own with good bread.

To prepare the swiss chard or silver beet, cut the stalk, wash in cold water, role the leaves and cut into slices. Leave aside for later.

If you grow your own and do not use sprays, organic food comes with many small creatures, this will tell you oh its fresh!

To cook:- Chop one onion finely, 4 cloves of sliced of fresh young garlic, saute with a touch of olive oil, a little salt, water. You probably think why water, I use water a lot for just this process, this doesn't add any fat to your dish, add a little salt and you still can get flavor.

Once the onion and garlic are transparent you can add the finely sliced swiss chard and silver beet, zest of one lemon and cook for 5 to 10 minutes depending on how you like it cooked, adjust the salt if you wish, and serve. 

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Picked fresh from the garden



Rainbow Swiss chard



A little about me......

Hi there my name is Maria and I have been lucky enough to be brought up in a cooking family, with many cafes, and restaurants under our belt. Olimpia Bortolotto, my mother is one of Melbourne's matriarch of Melbourne's hospitality scene for 40 years, our restaurants include Bortolotto's and Cecconi's. So I would like to share my tips, I love good honest food, seasonal produce and simple cooking methods, which enhances the flavor of beautifully freshly picked produce.

At the the farm we are committed to sustainable practices and zero waste. We run a bee hive, a hot house and an acre of fruit trees and vegetable patch, growing seasonally, recycling and caring for our land.

I hope you like it.


So as some simple steps to grow and cook your rhubarb!

It is important which plant you grow if you are looking for natural red color, the Canadian red is vibrant in color and when cooked will remain red.

This is an easy plant to grow in pots or in a small patch in the garden even as flowers, basically set and forget, make sure you feed twice a year for a good growth.

Pick about 10 storks, cut off the leaf as you do not want to eat this, its poisonous.

Wash and cut your storks into small portions, add to a baking dish or fry pan, with:

1 cup of coconut sugar

(add more or reduce depending on how sweet you like it)

1/2 cup of water, 1/2 the juice of a lemon

2 cloves and 1 cinnamon stick

Place on the heat for 10 minutes or until cooked, making sure it does not burn stiring every minute.

Place into a bowl and serve.

Add to your muesli, eat with ice-cream or bake a rhubarb and apple pie!

Canada Red!

Canada Red!