Bring your own icecream!!!!!!....................................

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 20:03
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Despite the drought we are seeing a good season of fruit in our garden. Judicious watering within the regulations and a good supply of rainwater and our garden is doing well. So far we have preserved peaches and nectarines and grapes.

In times gone by we used to go out collect a couple of buckets of Red Pirckly Pears and make a delicious topping syrup which we affectionately called PP Juice and which was enjoyed by many an ExplorOz traveller who dropped in here in the Flinders Valley. The process of making the topping however is fraught with problems such as getting the hairlike prickles stuck in your fingers.

Now we have resorted to making Read Grape and Black Grape Topping and it is out of this world. It is especially delicious over icecream!

So if you are passing by and want to sample a taste just call and drop in and bring your own icecream!! We will be home until the end of May.


Cheers
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Reply By: Willem - Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 20:04

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 20:04
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Follow Up By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 20:30

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 20:30
Hi Willem

I reckon the Grape Topping must be close to what I would call a Liqueur, sounds good to me.
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Reply By: blue one - Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 20:21

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 20:21
Hey Willie,
Stopped off at a tourist trap called the Cherry Shed in Tassie on the way home.

They have this machine where you chuck in berries cherries or what ever and ice cream.

Girl pushes the button and instant cherry ice cream.

Get one into ya.

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Cram (Newcastle NSW) - Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 20:28

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 20:28
Hey Willem,

Sound delicious....do you have any home made grapa?? :)

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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 20:31

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 20:31
No, but I have been known to possess some fierce imported equivalent. But alas, that cupboard is bare at the moment.
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Follow Up By: Member - Cram (Newcastle NSW) - Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 20:32

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 20:32
No worries, I can bring that for you.... :)
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Reply By: Saharaman (aka Geepeem) - Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 20:59

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 20:59
Hi Willem,
Looks (and I bet tastes) good.
Nothing like growing your own fresh fruit and veges.
Unfortunately its difficult to grow stone fruits in our part of Queensland due to the fruit fly.
We have to resort to growing bananas, pawpaws and avocados - all in plentiful supply (or soon will be).
Cheers,
GPM
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 08:35

Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 08:35
GPM

We used to grow Paw Paws when we lved in the tropics. Banana's were more difficult to grow but there were local commercial growers in the Top End so they were plentiful and cheap! When travelling along the east coast we often stopped at roadside shops between Brissy and Rocky to buy Avo's at rediculous prices compared to southern climes.

The Sparrows, Ringnecks, Wattlebirds and Blackbirds take about 10% of our garden crop each year. One year I sat on the back verandah and removed a number of sparrows with the air rifle but must have let one mother escape...lol. And then there are the Galahs who congregate in our two Almond trees.......Anyway I have been banned from that practice!!

We have also cultivated a Thornless Black Berry and that is exquisite as well. The birds don't like it at all which good!

Next thing is to figure out how to pick the fruit off the Juniper tree to make Gin...lol. In May we will bottle Olives from our 6 Olive trees

Summer is a busy time in the garden


Cheers


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Reply By: Madfisher - Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 21:31

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 21:31
Gee Willem,
My mouth is watering enough to make a special trip over. LOL]
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 22:44

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 22:44
G'day Pete

Yeah no worries mate....come over.....:-)


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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 01:01

Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 01:01
Gday Willem,
Did Some preserves today myself............
Did one boundry line on foot....... close to doing the next......... and decided to preserve myself and do the rest in the Toyota??

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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 08:24

Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 08:24
Hmmm you must be back at work and back to your old self again......LOL



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