April 8

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If I were an investor at the moment I think I’d invest in vinegar! We’ve gone through large bottles of it for cleaning away mould, and today I used it to tackle rust. Many of our garden tools have gone rusty in this wet season, so today I soaked them in a vinegar bath and found it quite surprising to see how the rust just fell away. As soon as I finish polishing them up, I’ll also oil them, and take much better care to stop them rusting again.

PLANT-BASED EATING – Homemade baked beans

In response to another bleak night we turned to one of our favourite comfort foods for dinner – homemade baked beans on sourdough bread. Yesterday we put a pot of dried cannellini beans on the wood stove and it slowly cooked all day. It required almost no effort to whip up this favourite dish tonight, and we now have containers frozen for future easy meals.


Home made baked beans

Servings 8


  • 6 cups cooked cannellini or Navy beans (2 cups dried or 3 cans)
  • 2 cups veggie stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 6 tbsp ketchp or tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder or 1 chopped onion
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt

Sauce thickening

  • 8 tsp cornflour or cornstarch
  • ¼ cup water


  • Place all Baked Beans ingredients in a pot (except beans) and stir, then add beans.
  • Bring to a simmer, then lower heat to medium low and simmer for 20 minutes, without the lid. Stir every now and then so the beans don't catch on the bottom of the pot.
  • To thicken sauce: Mix cornflour with water. Pour into pot while stirring, then cook for 2 minutes until sauce thickens – it will thicken quickly
  • Check for salt: taste and add more salt if needed.
  • Serve it the traditional way – piled over hot buttered toast. Or ladle into bowls, eat with a spoon and dunk in hot crusty bread! 

I love the bitter taste of Radicchio. It’s a type of chicory, like endive (not a salad or a cabbage) … so tonight I planted the seeds of one of my favourite types, Treviso.



We understand the need for extensive and extended action to restore planetary health. After our massive effort yesterday to record over 365 new actions – our goal for demonstrating how we can mobilise communities to create the urgent action of a year in a day – we continue with the dream of one day attracting the action of a whole year EVERY day.

Today the Timor Learning Centre shared photos of the many actions that 120 of them took in Timor to help restore planetary health on World Health Day!

Today Anna reported that she doesn’t drink milk so often but she had a lot of milk left over from guests. She’s making a simple cheese with it by heating the milk to 190 degrees then adding lemon juice with lemons from her trees. 

And today Carla ordered mushroom spawn so she can start growing mushrooms again.

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