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Lucky Canberrans must support our country producers within an arc from Yass to Collector to Braidwood. Bellchambers Produce in Fyshwick, established in 1948, is a place for the home gardener to browse. There are paper bags of chicken mash for your organic poultry, bins of black sunflower seeds and dog food. A bloke in a ute parked next to me had the tray filled with pea straw and six bags of Martin’s Premium Potting Mix. I purchased some of the latter – Martin’s Fertilizers are based in Yass. Hessian sacks of seed potatoes had lured me to Bellchambers. Six years ago I was given a seed potato (which had been “chitted” or allowed to develop one large eye) at an Italian cafe in Cronulla. My single spud, which the cafe people said was bintje, produced 14 new potatoes 10 weeks later (Kitchen Garden, February 11, 2015). This time I have planted the Dutch cream variety atop a 15cm layer of potting mix with a top layer of Who Flung Dung mulch and more potting mix. My potato looked like David Pope’s Canberra Times cartoon (September 17) of a Federal Minister’s head. If planting in the ground Bellchambers recommends a trench 20cm deep and when the potatoes have flowered you can bandicoot some baby new potatoes. They store better with a bit of dirt on them. The Heritage Nursery at Yarralumla has a printed sheet called Growing Potatoes in Canberra which includes tips such as “growing potatoes is a great way to break up heavy soils in new gardens”. They had bags with nine certified seed potatoes in three varieties but, as the nurseryman said a week ago, “sold out, COVID”. Tatey growing bags have an easy-to-harvest hatch if you are short of space. On September 20 clouds cleared to a blue sky and a group gathered in the stone walled garden at Helen Stephens Gallery in Collector for drinks and nibbles at the opening of “Insectarium”. The guest of honour was possibly Seamus, the wool-curled sheep over the wall who welcomed some nose stroking. The jewel-like art works of bees with honeycomb, beetles, bogong moths and butterflies will be on exhibition until October 25 (Fridays to Sundays 11am-4pm). Try Some Cafe just up the road for a bite to eat (check their opening times). Enjoy a tasting at Collector Wines where the spring pink 2019 Shoreline rose has “mandarin, cherry, rosewater and spice aromas”. We came away with six bottles. Outside, there are benches and tables beside raised beds of plants and rows of crab apples in pink and white bloom. The village creek is full and Lake George is blue with water. Cathy and Jenny, producers from Garlicious Grown in Braidwood, launched their black garlic in 2014 and it is used by leading chefs and shortlisted in the Food and Beverage Industry Awards this spring. They have shared a special recipe with us. The current season has been tough in

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Laura Anderson looks chic as she heads for dinner in Covent Garden

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She recently announced her shock split from boyfriend Tom Brazier.

But Laura Anderson showed she could more than hold her own going solo, as she stepped out for dinner at popular celebrity eatery The Ivy in London’s Covent Garden on Saturday. 

Having travelled back down from Scotland for the night, the 2018 Love Island star, 31, looked effortlessly chic in a pale violet trench coat.

a woman standing in front of a building: Dazzling: Laura Anderson showed she could more than hold her own going solo, as she stepped out for dinner at The Ivy in London's Covent Garden on Saturday

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Dazzling: Laura Anderson showed she could more than hold her own going solo, as she stepped out for dinner at The Ivy in London’s Covent Garden on Saturday

Always one with an eye for an ensemble, Laura matched her coat with an oversized cream cricket jumper with an orange and burgundy trim. 

She marched along the pavement in heeled cream boots, while her loose caramel tresses flowed along in the breeze.  

The reality star accessorised with an elegant gold chain, while she kept her makeup to a minimum with just a slick of gloss and a dash of bronzer to highlight her summer glow.   

Laura’s latest elegant appearance comes just a couple of weeks after her split from her fitness coach boyfriend Tom, which happened soon after she moved back to Scotland.

The split appears to have been sudden, as Laura last posted a picture with the trainer just days before she announced they had separated.

Stirling born Laura, 31, told fans on an Instagram story: ”Unfortunately it hasn’t worked out between us. In respect of Tom’s privacy I won’t be discussing this further. All my love to him and you all for continued support.’

Although the pair never revealed exactly when they met, the couple went public with their romance in May and spent lockdown together at Laura’s London flat.

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Back again: Laura was snapped in London as she enjoyed a night out in the capital shortly after moving back home to Glasgow

The two even went on holiday to Dubai together and hit the headlines when they were mugged in Barcelona, before Laura also introduced Tom to her family in Scotland. 

Back in April, Laura revealed she would be moving back to Scotland permanently after lockdown is over, due to feeling lonely in the English capital. 

Speaking to Vas J Morgan for his I AM ENOUGH podcast in August, Laura said

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This Japanese Vegetable Grater Is My Quickest Route to Dinner

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When I first moved out of my parent’s home and into my own apartment, it was easy to remember to buy a rice cooker and a chef’s knife. But when I tried to make the Japanese dishes I grew up eating, I began to realize all the small but essential tools that were missing in my new kitchen: bamboo cooking chopsticks, a rice paddle, and, of course, a grater.

Almost every Japanese household has a vegetable grater. This is because Japanese cooking often uses oroshi-mono, which directly translates to “something grated.” Raw grated ginger is often served on the side of grilled vegetables or tempura, and raw grated daikon commonly tops wafū burgers or fried fish. Both are also served as a side to soba noodles or udon noodles, as they are the perfect way to add spice and to freshen up something a bit salty or fatty: Daikon is high in vitamin C and helps metabolize fats, and ginger is anti-inflammatory, making heavier foods much less stressful on our stomachs.

The best vegetable graters look a bit different from those used for cheese. They should lie flat, so you can grate perpendicular to the table with stability, and they should have a container on the bottom to capture the vegetable and easily transfer it to dishes.

Raw grated vegetables add an additional layer of texture like a condiment or sauce would, allowing me to incorporate the fresh flavor of whole foods without the space and clean-up that a food processor requires, or time and skill of slicing and chopping with a knife. If I find that I have some extra daikon or nagaimo yam in my fridge, I just grate them and serve it on the side of whatever I’m cooking that night. If I have some carrots or tomatoes close to spoiling, I grate them and toss them into a stew or curry to add a natural sweetness and thickness. Although it doesn’t take up counter space like a rice cooker or knife’s block, this small and simple tool is one I can’t imagine my kitchen without.

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How to Battle Kitchen Burnout (And Still Get Dinner on the Table)

I’m staring into my freezer at eight a.m., pawing through vacuum-packed lumps of chicken and bags of frozen bananas to find anything that might easily turn into dinner. I know I need to use the greens I got last weekend. I dream of someone else fitting all the pieces together.

I’m not cooking tonight, I say to my husband, who is lost in his screen, trying to fit in a few early hours of work before he wakes our daughter. He nods absently.

I start to put away a cookbook that’s sitting out, but stop and scan the photos, picturing how I used to love shutting myself in the kitchen, rolling a tray of herb-dotted meatballs to simmer all afternoon. Spaghetti. There’s a jar of sauce on the shelf. Just make spaghetti.

That night, I go through the motions again.

“Burnout is not the same as stress,” psychotherapist Anna Lindberg Cedar explains to me on the phone. “We experience stress with the adjustment to any life change, positive or negative. Getting married causes stress. Job promotions. But with burnout, you stop functioning. You stop doing the things that you typically care about, or you do them, but not very well, or without much feeling. You begin to lose touch with who you are.”

“The most painful part,” she notes, is that burnout “attacks things that we typically love so much, the activities that used to bring us joy and pleasure.”

I’ll stop here to recognize: It’s a huge privilege to have a fridge with fresh food in it, a cupboard stocked with boxes of pasta. So many families right now are struggling with food insecurity, on top of the pandemic and all of its attendant crises. But whatever you’re facing right now—whether you’re in isolation on your own, or out advocating for racial justice; whether you’re facing a terrifying work situation or smoky orange skies, or juggling childcare and remote learning and all the rest—it’s likely your surge capacity is depleted. And if, like me, cooking was one of your outlets in the past, it’s possible, after all these months of meals, you’ve lost your kitchen mojo, too.

On Instagram, my friend Rachel Khong captioned a recent photo of a home cooked-meal: “Can you believe we have to eat every day?” To many of us, meals—and the decisions required to make them—feel like waves folding one after another onto the shore. It’s relentless. And while a few of my friends still seem to be enjoying their pandemic cooking (and baking) projects, as things unravel, I’m seeing more notes about burnout on my Instagram feed. We are all struggling to feel any spark.

I ask Cedar what we can do. “You do need to give yourself some form of pleasure and rest, even when you’re in a crisis,” she explains. “Giving yourself the time to have access to another sensation”—a moment of pleasure—”is going to be really important for your sustainability.”

And that means, she says, acting against what burnout

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Man Tries to Swat Fly During Dinner, Blows Up Kitchen

A man accidentally caused an explosion in his home as he was trying to kill a fly with an electric rackuet in Southwestern France.

The incident, which happened on Friday according to local news website Sud-Ouest, occurred at around 7:45 p.m. just as the 80-year-old resident would be having dinner.

He then heard the fly and picked up an electric rackuet designed to kill flying bugs, and began swatting at the pest.

The man did not realise, while he was aiming for the fly, that his gas cylinder was leaking and a reaction occurred as his electric swats came in contact with the spilling gas.

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As a result, there was an explosion in his home, located in the mountainous village of Parcoul-Chenaud, in the Dordogne commune of Southern France.

His kitchen was blown up, and the roof of his home was also reported to have partially collapsed, rendering the 80-year-old house’s inhabitable for now.

The man suffered a slight burn to his hands in his attempt to kill the fly and was transported to a local hospital in the commune of Libourne, some 27 miles from his home.

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Unable to go back to his usual residence, reports say that the man’s family has checked him into a campsite as his home is repaired.

On the other side of France, another man found himself at odds with a pest. Paul Genet, from Saint-Nicolas de Port, in northeastern France, dodged the amputation of his arm after being bitten by a spider in his sleep.

Genet woke up in early June with a prick on his hand, which within days had swollen and left him in a lot of pain. He had to be transported to two different hospitals before finding a doctor who could operate his hand.

When he arrived at a suitable clinic, he was told that he had 48 hours before his arm would have to be amputated.

The 60-year-old was successfully operated on and had a skin transplant from his own stomach to repair the damage caused by the spider, but still has several weeks of treatment ahead of him.

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