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Earth Hour 2013 – I Will if You Will Pledges


A busy Earth Hour 2013 with lots going on, and many people choosing to practice this idea throughout the year and make pledges too with “I will if you will” campaign.  Check all the latest activity and news about Earth Hour 2013 in Australia .  Earth Hour 2013 also has a Facebook page, so catch up with it there, or on Twitter.  Watch the latest Earth Hour theme video, too.   There are some good pledges being made, small changes add up to big differences!  Happy Earth Hour 2013.

words and image: copyright M. Roleff, 2013


March 23, 2013 at 11:30 am Leave a comment

Backyard Activity – Chicken Coop Tours!

Great short video on some really amazing people in Portland, Oregon

who love chickens so much they organize tours of the neighbourhood

chicken coops!  Jeffry Crinklaw is so into his own coop project that he

inspires other people to try their own.  He also says it’s important to

get a partner involved, as it’s a fun thing to do together.  There

are some great tips and visuals here to ponder on, and proves

chickens are back in the neighbourhood.  Many thanks for this

inspiring story to Cooking Up A Story, where Executive Producer,

Rebecca Gerendasy, brings all the best food news to the world. 

(copyright Monika Roleff 2010.)

(copyright Cooking Up a Story, 201o.  Used with permission.)

May 18, 2010 at 9:02 am 8 comments

Earth Day 2009


Here’s to a great Earth Day, 2009!   Many things

are happening all over the world, and again it’s

an inspiring thing to see just how much is happening

to celebrate the earth and nature.   Even the smallest

gesture is enough to create awareness…

Happy Earth Day!

(copyright Monika Roleff 2009.)

(image – Autumn Rosehips.)

April 22, 2009 at 1:20 am 2 comments

Food Waste – Jonathan Bloom Part One

In the first part of this discussion about food waste, Jonathan Bloom states the waste factor of food worldwide is at a rate of 40%!  When lifestyles were more rural and there were ways to dispose of excess food, waste was not such an issue.  Increasingly urban areas worldwide are tuning into different ways of being more conscious of waste, and many programmes have been started to minimize these issues.

This series of interesting videos is produced by Rebecca Gerendasy from the brilliant CookingUpAStory.

View the next two parts via the links below:

Food Waste – Jonathan Bloom Part Two

Food Waste – Jonathan Bloom Part Three

(copyright Monika Roleff 2009.)

(copyright CookingUpAStory, 2009.)

April 8, 2009 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

Earth Hour 2009

Earth Hour 2009 is happening around the globe this weekend. 

Their target is one billion participants this year,

so let’s see what happens!

Saturday March 28th, 8.30 pm Australians are turning off their

lights for an hour.   Be part of this amazing event where it happens,

around the world!

(copyright Monika Roleff 2009.)

(Earth Hour 2009 clip courtesy You Tube 2009.)

March 23, 2009 at 4:50 am 2 comments

Bee Update

Have been chatting to a long time apiarist in rural regions

and asked about the bee situation, in case it was an

exaggerated thing, but he confirmed that without bees,

humanity would not survive.  He also explained that

bees never swarm at people, they only follow the 

command of the Queen Bee and do her bidding.  This is

why bees appear so “busy” all the time, and make

“beelines” for certain flowers or trees.  They are simply

following the beat of nature, so be kind to bees!

(copyright Monika Roleff 2009.)

March 23, 2009 at 4:05 am 2 comments

Artichoke Heaven

Very nearly tempted the other day to buy a Jerusalem Artichoke plant, but decided against it, thinking it would be too hard to grow.  Michele Knaus, new gardener, but experienced chef, shows how success with these exotic plants can be a reality, and also how to make delicious and versatile Artichoke Pesto.  For anyone has never tried this beautiful vegetable, it’s definitely worth investigating.  The taste is unforgettable.  Thanks to the brilliant filmwork of Rebecca Gerendasy from CookingUpAStory, this is an easy to follow cooking lesson.  For the recipe, read on:


  • 8 oz artichoke hearts – fresh or frozen, but not marinated in oil
  • 3-4 cloves fresh garlic, peeled and choppped
  • ½ cup fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 T. fresh thyme leaves
  • Juice of one lemon, or to taste
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup toasted walnuts
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • Olive oil – as needed (about ¼ cup)


  • In a food processor, chop the artichoke hearts and garlic together using about 6 pulses.
  • Add the fresh herbs, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Pulse until herbs are chopped and mixed into artichokes.
  • Add walnuts and Parmesan cheese, and two tablespoons of olive oil and pulse until mixed.
  • Add additional olive oil until desired pesto consistency is reached – more for a sauce consistency, less for a thicker end result.
  • Taste for seasoning.
    Makes about 2 cups 2-4 people
  • Recipe courtesy Michele Knaus, EatLikeAChef.

    (copyright Monika Roleff 2008.)

    (copyright CookingUpAStory, 2008.)

    November 1, 2008 at 10:37 am 2 comments

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