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Rainbow orange peel Jello shots

How cool are these rainbow, orange slice Jello shots!? The fabulous hostess behind these culinary delights, Lauren, explained how you can do this yourself for your next party.

The Sweetest Vegan’s Memorial Day vegan sweets: red, white, and blue fruit cups

Tasha from The Sweetest Vegan has a little patriotic dessert for your Memorial Day nomming — but unlike the usual holiday fare, it’s vegan, raw, and gluten-free!

A nummy brie and pear grilled cheese sandwich

Here’s the recipe for the sandwich that had me oohing and aahing aloud when I tried it — and wowed the Offbeat Empire at the Offbeat Retreat.

Enjoy these frozen tart cherrytinis

I recently made the Frozen Tart Cherrytini and really enjoyed its tart sweetness. I used raw sugar and skipped the frozen cherry garnish since they didn’t have any available at our local co-op. If you find cosmos too sweet but like them in theory, this is the drink for you!

Water apples in Australia — like tiny watermelons in the trees!

I was delighted to find my favourite fruit in the wild this week. Water apples (also known as bell fruit) are familiar to me from my childhood in West Africa where I called them “pommes d’eau.” Get all the facts on this forage-able fruit within.

How to handle jackfruit — and three recipes to use with it!

Near our house is a botanical garden which includes a small, pathetic tropical fruit orchard. We visit every now and then, usually bringing home a few lemons, but not much else. Most of the things growing there are not super productive, because they aren’t cultivated or cared for, and there is usually only one tree from each species. The trees are also labelled with nothing but a name (and sometimes not even that), so it’s hard to know when things are ready for picking.

A few months ago we grabbed a jackfruit, but when we cut it open it oozed so much latex that we got scared and threw it away. Then we saw Australian celebrity chef Luke Nguyen make a salad with green, unripe jackfruit. He talked briefly about how to cook it. That was enough to inspire us to have another go.

8 ideas for the bounty of mangoes this spring in Australia

As America picks over Thanksgiving leftovers and gears up for Christmas, I’m loving summer here in Australia, because summer = mango season. My partner Andy and I are mango-obsessed, so I was not terribly unhappy to leave the US in the end of October, saying goodbye to its snow. Especially because it meant coming home to a box full of mangoes.

Use leftover fruit peels to make homemade jelly in under an hour

If you’re a baker, you sometimes find yourself with a fresh apple pie and a mound of leftover apple peels. Next time, don’t trash those peels! Make homemade jelly!