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December 2011 - Issue 6

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MONTHLY FISHING UPDATE We are well and truly into the Silly Season, can anyone tell me what happened to 2011, it only seems like yesterday I was unwrapping my Daiwa reel and rod outfit, plus some other goodies. My wife has a heart attack every year when I stick my Christmas list on the fridge, well why settle for a Jarvis Walker when you can score a Shimano or a Daiwa “Eh”. November was an absolutely fantastic month, calm seas most of the time, with lots of boats getting out there, some good reports of Spanish Mackerel still around but very patchy. If you ventured out to the outer reefs you would have been rewarded with some nice Red Emperor, plenty of Sweetlip, Coral Trout and also good size Parrot. There has been some catches of schoolie Mackerel around the two mile but you will have to work for them. Hope you all remembered that the reef fishing was closed from November 22 to 26? Fair dinkum, does this Craig Wallace know “anything” about fishing? Oh and also, you no longer have to cut the pectoral fins off Mackerel and reef fish as from November 11. I ask you, what next? Keith Iseppi and his son Brock ventured out to the Altheas Wreck the other Saturday, did an overnighter and pulled in Snapper, Red Emperor, Moses Perch and Spangled Emperor (see picture below) for the



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less adventurous try the Two Mile, Five Mile, 15 Mile, the Five and 30 Degree patches. The estuaries have been and still will fire up, throughout December, with Flathead going off, some absolute snodgers have been landed. The best fishing was in the run up to the high tides on the full moon, as I predicted in last month’s column. December should be no different with the full moon again being the 11th, try from the 8th with high tide of 2.9 metres at 7am up to 15th with high tide of 2.9 metres at 11.30am. Remember Barra are off limits until February 1, 2012, if you catch one get it back in ASAP the fines are huge. Mud crabs are on the move and in the later part of November some good catches where reported mostly in the deeper water. In the impoundments, Bass are firing up, especially Lake Gregory. Lake Monduran is still a bit slow on the Barra, most are below 70cm, as with all freshwater fishing dawn and dusk are the go. I had a couple of good sessions at the Baffle, I fished over the weed beds opposite the sailing club using 2.5 inch Berkley Frenzies in silver shining/ Rainbow Trout lures with double trailing hooks, the action was explosive. By lunchtime on both days I had landed up to 30 Flathead each day, kept two around 70cm for a feed and was ready to take a rest and go chasing Whiting, which I found just outside the mouth some up to 35cm, all taken on fresh yabbies. To cap it off I landed a nice Mangrove Jack at 43cm, it was yummy! Until next time, have a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year. The next weigh-in of the Bundaberg Sports Fishing Club, and Christmas party, will be at 3pm on December 4, at Burnett Heads Community Hall, Zunker Street.


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The Team at Tradies and Ladies would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for their support for our first six issues and look forward to working with you all in the New Year. We would also like to take this moment to wish one and all a very safe Christmas and a very prosperous New Year. Make sure you enter our great Christmas giveaway on page 19. One lucky reader could win Christmas goodies, valued at $300. We are looking forward to a small break over the Christmas period and we will be back stronger and bigger in 2012. If you have any queries over the Christmas period you may still contact us via email: or mobile on 0448 214 428 Until 2012, stay safe and well and we look forward to hearing from you soon. Kerry Davis Editor Locals Looking after Locals


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LOCAL NEWS Bundy Supa-Roo expands its service out west Got something you want us to cover? Ph: 4151 1129

With its mission to provide a better service for Bundaberg, Bundy Supa-Roo Express is constantly expanding and has now extended its service to really cover Queensland, by going out west. The new west run covers Biggenden, Gayndah, Mundubberra, Eidsvold and Monto five days a week, from Tuesday to Saturday. By operating on these days, freight is able to be delivered in a timely manner. If you need something delivered on a week day, it will be there. Especially by operating on a Saturday as freight will be delivered early for any orders needed by the Monday. With cut off time of 4pm, to call in your

freight or drop off, Bundy Supa-Roo will do its utmost to get your freight to its destination the next day. Bundy Supa-Roo Express is open Monday to Friday for drop-offs and pickups, from 5.30am to 4pm, with the depot open for pickups on Saturdays from 9.30am to 11am. For your next time critical freight delivery, whether it is up north, down south or out west, give the guys a call at Bundy SupaRoo Express, agents for Followmont Transport, a call on 4151 7787 or email: or call in and see the team at 35-37 Production Street.

The Tradies and Ladies team decided to give it a go and what a difference! We drink a lot of water, filtered if possible to get rid of the chlorine, but we learned that whilst in the shower the pores of the skin open up and absorb the chlorinated water like a sponge. We absorb chlorine faster and more of it through our skin in the shower, than when we drink the same water. After learning this, we thought okay, we filter our drinking water why not filter our shower water too? So we did a bit of hunting and came across the Vitamin Shower.It sounded great, removes the chlorine whilst at the same time providing additional nutrients (Vitamin C) for our skin and hair. The first thing you will notice when you turn the shower on is no chlorine smell. After the first shower we noticed a difference in the skin and hair straight away. The rest of the family noticed a difference as well, even the teenagers. A week later, our skin and hair look and feel healthier. Don’t know why we didn’t think of a shower filter before? We highly recommend the Vitamin Shower to our readers, because we know this is a great product and now we have tried it, we could not be without it!

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Bundy Palms can help you make your own backyard oasis

Since its launch ten years ago Bundaberg Wholesale Palms and Plants has been expanding and is now proud to announce that they are the authorised distributors for Oasis Spas and a range of other leisure products. “The past five years have been crazy,” says Steve Pratt. “We have grown a lot and Bundy Palms now has 16 staff. Initially, we were a nursery, but now we have expanded to offer customers a full range of water features, pots, Bali huts, soil, stone, mulches, logs, sleepers and much more.” Steve explained that when he started the business his long term plan was always to expand as quickly as possible so he could offer residents of Bundaberg somewhere they could go for products and ideas to help them turn their backyard into a private oasis. “People now spend so much more of their time eating and relaxing outdoors and we can offer people many ideas and products to make their homes feel just like a resort,” Steve said. Steve feels that people will move away from spending large amounts of money for short overseas holidays and instead invest the money into making their everyday lives much more enjoyable. “It is really rewarding seeing how much better people’s backyards look after some plants, a garden ornament and a gazebo. Then they can further pamper themselves by installing a spa, swim spa or sauna. “We have been selling spas for a few years now and the popularity has increased a lot. After many months of negotiations we are now proud to announce that we have secured the rights to sell Oasis Spas - a fantastic range of affordable luxury spas from the fastest growing spa supplier in Australia,” Steve added. Steve explained that Oasis spas have many unique


features that make them cheaper to run and easier to maintain while offering a better massage effect. The energy smart circulation pump, solid fibreglass base, 8 layer insulation system and dynamic water management system were just a few features that justified the brand claiming that they offer the best value for money spas on the market. “We have always sold a lot of swim spas but the Oasis Swim spas are unbelievable,” Steve said. The deal with Oasis Leisure, suppliers of Oasis Spas, includes access to a number of other high quality leisure products, including the luxury version of the popular “M Spa”, an affordable, truly portable inflatable spa that suits renters, irregular users, difficult sites and budget spa buyers. “They look awesome, can be used cold in summer, have inbuilt heating and filtration and cost only $1,395,” added Steve. Bundaberg Wholesale Palms and Plants will also be promoting the Oasis range of therapeutic saunas as well as a range of spa and swimming pool heat pumps. Steve explained that the combination of their own in-house service team and the expertise and support from Oasis Leisure, a Queensland company, meant that customers could buy with confidence and with plenty of support if they needed it.

Steve also sells a range of Bali hut kits in any size. These come with engineered drawings for council approval, saving you thousands of dollars. If you build your own, you must get your own engineer drawings done. Bali huts not only look great but they also help to cool your special area down by up to ten degrees. Come and see Steve at Bundaberg Wholesale Palms and Plants, 26 Kleins Road, for hot deals on Bali huts and spas and make your own backyard oasis a reality.

MANAGING GRIEF AT CHRISTMAS Christmas may be a time when you get together with family and friends. Often when you have lost someone you love, you are reminded sometimes by the smallest of things that they are not around. This may be hard and everyone reacts differently to this. It may be that it causes people to react more sensitively to things. Everyone has their own way of coping. It is important that you look after yourself and have your way of getting through the hard bits. Here are some ideas that may help you better manage the Christmas holidays. Allow yourself to be sad Christmas may have been a time you spent with someone you have lost. It is normal to feel sad that they are not with you. It may help to take some time out, to remember the person you love. You may want to:

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Look after yourself Remembering that this may be a tough time for you is important. This may mean that you have to treat yourself with a bit of care. Avoid making major decisions until after Christmas is over. If possible, treat yourself to something you enjoy doing. It may be that you:

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go to the beach, go for a walk, go shopping kick a footy have a massage or spa treatment catch up with friends

Talk to someone Having someone you trust to talk to about how you are feeling may be helpful. This may be a family member, friend or youth worker. If you are finding it hard to cope with day-to-day emotional challenges then it may help to talk to someone like a counsellor.

find a quiet spot to remember all the good things about the Extend a helping hand person Although you may not be suffering grief at this time you may know someone who is. It may be a neighbour or friend. Where go and do something that you used to do together you know there is no close family or friends challenge yourself to write a letter to the person offer a kind helping hand. At the very least drop in or give them revisit that favourite spot you had a phone call and wish them a seasons greeting. To some it could mean a lot for those that may feel the have no one. share some of the memories with someone close to you listen to music, meditate or just have alone time to process your thoughts and memories

Merry Christmas and Thank you To those who have lost loved ones in the last year and have used our services to help create lasting memories, we thank you. From the staff at Rose Chapel Funerals, our family wishes you and your family a safe and enjoyable Christmas and New Year.

It is OK to enjoy yourself It may be hard to celebrate when you are missing someone you love. It is not uncommon to have a whole lot of different feelings such as sadness, guilt, or excitement. Getting together with family and close friends may be a chance to remember the good We would like to also remind everyone that we are available 24 times and it's ok to relax and have a laugh. Having fun is not hours a day, every day throughout Christmas and the New Year necessarily a sign that you miss that person any less. to offer support and guidance.

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Benefits of LED Christmas lights and safety tips Stringing up Christmas lights can be a torturous task. Untangling wires, balancing on a ladder and attaching them to the house are all chores associated with this endeavour, but the biggest problem for many people is finding that mysterious broken bulb. Hours are lost and tempers flare, but this is where LED Christmas lights can show their true benefit. LED Christmas lights use light emitting diodes rather than the traditional miniature incandescent bulbs. LEDs are much like incandescent bulbs except that they do not have a filament inside that can burn out and take the entire string of bulbs with it. Instead, they are illuminated by the movement of electrons in a semi-conductor material. Another benefit of this light source is the absence of excessive heat and wasted electricity. You can find LED Christmas lights in all kinds of shapes and sizes. They can blink just like the regular incandescent varieties and come in a wide range of colours. The end result is a string of lights that use a lot less electricity. They are also encased in thick plastic rather than flimsy glass, so broken bulbs and mistakenly stepping on one won’t result in an accident. As mentioned, the life of LEDs is extremely long. One last benefit is the relative thickness of the wires used for these lights, making wires less likely to get tangled. Caring for LED lights is simple with such a long life and tough casing, you can simply roll them up and store them at the end of the holiday and fully expect to come back next year and find them still functioning.


Christmas light safety tips: • If you are unsure of what you are doing, don’t do it, contact a licensed electrician. • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when setting up your lights. • Check your lights and equipment before use. Ensure any damaged wiring, lamps or plugs are replaced. • Only use transformers and decorative lights that have Australian Standards approval. • Don’t overload powerboards. • Where required use weather proof, energy efficient transformers that generate low heat. • Attach cords and lighting strings to fixtures with tape, cable ties, clips or clamps. Never use nails etc. • Keep all electrical connections away from areas that may become wet. • If there is no safety switch fitted to your home, use a portable one at the supply for your Christmas lights. • Keep lights away from flammable materials. • Before driving stakes into the ground, check for the location of any underground cables or associated underground services. • Keep tinsel away from powerboards and wall sockets. • For external decoration, use only products specifically designed for outdoor use. • Check that outdoor lights are well away from overhead powerlines leading to your house. • Always turn your Christmas lights off when you go out or go to bed. The staff at Haymans Electrical would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe Christmas and New Year.

HEALTH AND FITNESS Naturopathic Information by Rebecca Lang ND Christmas Party Hints and Tips! With the Christmas period fast approaching, it is important to discuss how to prepare and protect our bodies and mind for possible over indulgence of food and drinks. The Gallbladder Christmas tends to be a time of extra visits to the afterhours doctors or emergency room. An already inflamed or vulnerable gall bladder tends to not be impressed by the Christmas cheer! The gallbladder is located on the right side of the body, directly under the liver. The gall bladder may send referred pain to the chest area, just below the sternum, in between the shoulder blades and even in the big toe! The gallbladder assists the liver with the removal of poisonous substances from the blood, through bile. Gallstones can be an asymptomatic condition, but if a stone is pushed out of the gallbladder and lodges in the bile duct, this can cause nausea, vomiting and pain in the upper right abdominal region. These symptoms often arise after the ingestion of fried or fatty food. If you have a gallbladder attack, drink one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of apple juice. This should relieve the pain, but if it does not subside, medical attention may be required. Herbs for protecting and preventing gallbladder issues include: turmeric, dandelion, barberry root, and parsley. Digestive Enzymes During the Christmas festivities, Digestive Enzymes are highly recommended to assist with digestion of rich foods, and the various food combinations. Digestive Enzymes will assist with bloating, indigestion, reflux, acid, constipation, diahorrea, gout and many other issues. If you know of certain foods that irritate you such as gluten, bread, cream, etc.....but the temptation overtakes you....a couple of digestive enzymes

taken with those foods will assist with reducing your adverse symptoms. Digestive Enzymes purchased from a qualified Naturopath provide the best results. Alcohol and Milk Thistle There are over 30 herbs that claim to help strengthen the liver, but the one that has been researched the most is Milk Thistle. Full of an active compound called silymarin, which is found in the seeds of the plant, Milk Thistle has shown to help make the liver cells less permeable to toxins, preventing damage from occurring. It reduces destruction of glutathione, which helps increase the speed at which the body can reduce toxins – particularly alcohol and pollutants. It is wise to take Milk Thistle if you feel you are suffering from toxin overload. Approximately 200mg dose three times per day is the recommended dose. Otherwise, it‘s best used as a precursor for alcohol. If you know you are going to drink on a particular day, take 300-600mg in the few days before hand. If alcohol overload sneaks up on you, however, make sure you take a 600mg dose when you get home, 300mg the morning after and 300mg in the evening, which will help to eliminate it faster. If you still feel unwell the day after, repeat the dosage. Other Hints A Vitamin B complex will assist with the prevention of ill effects of alcohol. If you drink alcohol regularly ensure that you have a vitamin B complex every morning and an extra one before any over indulging. Ensure that you drink plenty of water, preferably purified, but any water is better than none. Have water in between your drinks and add plenty of ice to your drinks, including wine. Drink low carbohydrate beer. All wine contains sulphites but look for wine that says ‘contains sulphites’

but doesn’t have any numbers listed next to it. Most wine has 220 in it but if you can find wine that doesn’t have 220 listed on the bottle, that particular preservative will not be in there, even though there is still sulphites. This will ensure less damage is done to your body. Some bottle shops may sell a particular mix that allows you to add a few drops to your wine bottle or glass which will remove the preservatives in wine. Menopausal women tend to be extra sensitive to these preservatives. If you drink spirits, lean towards the lightest colour spirits such as vodka rather than the darker spirits. The lighter spirits contain less artificial colourings etc. Mix your drinks with water based mixes such as mineral water and lemon, tonic water, etc. Lastly, ensure you eat before drinking. This does allow a protective lining on your stomach. If you eat a meal with fat, protein and carbohydrates in it, you will absorb alcohol three times more slowly than on an empty stomach. Hopefully, you now have a few hints about protecting your body over the next month. Please consult your GP, Pharmacist or a Qualified Naturopath to check on any possible interactions with herbs and your medication.

Merry Christmas!!

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With Christmas and the New Year just about upon us, we would like to remind you of the check points we have given you over the last couple of months. • Always obey the Queensland road rules. • Your Safety as well as others is very important. • Be mindful of Motor vehicles when travelling on the road, as they have the right of way on the roads. • Scooters and Power chair riders are advised to use the footpath or if the footpath is unsuitable the nature strip. • Make sure the safety flag is visible and you are wearing brightly coloured clothing. • Your scooter/power chair is your means of getting around, so make sure it is serviced every 6 months. • Charge your batteries regularly for a maximum of 12 Hours. • By keeping your mobility product clean, you will help prevent dust, dirt and grit from getting into moving parts, therefore prolonging the life of these parts.

Warning Be wary of ordering mobility products online. If they break the parts are not easy to get hold of and they can take a long time to get fixed. If the product is still under warranty this can still cost you shipping and handling to where the product originally came from. Bundaberg Mobility Centre is the authorised dealer for Australia’s top brand mobility products and WE SERVICE WHAT WE SELL! If you have any questions about mobility aids, please email them to: so we can endeavour to answer them (Please include your name and phone number).

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Tech Talk & Tips Well here we are a few weeks away from Christmas, whatever happened to 2011? It seems only yesterday I was into a few rum and cokes with beer chasers and stuffing down turkey, chicken and Christmas pud, along with a few Ho,Ho, Hos. It’s around this time of the year I am constantly asked what sort or make of computer should I buy? So here are a few tips. First, find a reputable computer store such as AMS Computers, explain to them exactly what you want to use it for and AMS Computers will design and build you a computer to suit your needs, not only that but they will allow for your new computer to be upgraded over the next few years. AMS Computers only use quality new parts, they do not have a second-hand dealer’s license, they explain everything to you in language you can understand and, when the computer is opened, they will have set the whole system up, so that it is ready to plug in and play, even the internet. AMS Computers are very, very competitive on prices for any similar system, laptop or parts. Sure you can buy cheaper, but here’s the catch, most name brand computers are built on a conveyor belt and you are the first to open them and you will be spending half of your Christmas setting your computer up with installations, doing first runs then registering them, burning recovery discs (some have up to six discs), do all the windows updates, then find and set up an email account, all this after you have removed a mass of temporary files that has been placed on your new computer to tempt you to buy and if you are not computer literate you can get yourself into all sorts of strife.

Most times AMS tells me that customers come back to them and get them to set their system up out of sheer frustration. Costs then sometimes are greater than if they had got AMS to do the whole thing, plus they are left with an inferior product. When you consider it, it takes a qualified technician about one-and-a-half hours to set up a new system; so you will understand what you are up against. AMS Computers also gives a limited big five years warranty and they stand behind their product, now that’s quality assurance. Better be quick, time is running out! Remember if you are buying for a school child you can still claim a tax refund on any new computer. Before Christmas you will notice laptops advertised at prices from as little as $350 and full sytem desktops at Silly Season prices. Don’t be fooled by these cheap and nasty products, remember, you only get what you pay for! As for the so called “green” computers, there is no such thing. If you want to go green, buy a laptop, they are 40% more carbon efficient and four times more powerful. Paul Otway posed the question that his printer just would not allow him to print direct off the internet. Well Paul, your printer is an Epsom 630 and to go into the faults here would fill a page, unfortunately a technician needs to look at your printer and its software to see, and be certain, why this is happening. It’s obvious that something is set up wrong and without seeing the printer I can only guess. Drop into AMS Computers and they tell me they will fix it for you. This time of year nieces, nephews,

grandkids and all the relatives do the rounds and it’s always nice to see them. Sometimes it’s even nicer when they have left, so here’s a couple of tips to save you some money. Number one - the first thing grandkids do is head for your “computer” they get on the internet, download programs saying you need this grandad or venture onto sites that are a no go, teenagers are the worst. You know what they say; a little knowledge is dangerous that’s a teenager! Next thing you have viruses, glitches, blue screens and freeze ups, so here’s what you do, first put on a password something you WILL remember like “peace of mind” or the make of your car etc. then simply say you forgot your password! Next pull out the power cord and say it’s not working, there’s an on/off switch on the back of your tower turn that off, you will be amazed how a game of back yard cricket makes for happy families. Make this Christmas a NO computer Christmas. I will be back in 2012, so send in any questions you might have. I would just like to thank AMS Computer Services for their continued support and sponsorship. Over the years AMS Computers has donated many full computer systems, laptops, commercial printers plus money to lots of non-profit organisations and are the only independent computer store to do this, as they say, they are supporting the community that supports them. AMS Computers and I would like to wish one and all a very Happy Christmas and a healthy Happy New Year. If you have any problems, email: or phone AMS on 4154 2267.

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Isn’t it great to live in Bundaberg where it is perfect for outdoor living and entertainment? Many people are going one step further and setting up their outdoor kitchens, incorporating herbs and edible plants in the area along with the BBQ, pizza oven and prep areas. Such a great idea! Nothing like fresh herbs ready at hand. It is so easy to incorporate edible plants into your design. Pots of all shapes and sizes can be as fun and creative as you like. Many herbs are only shallow rooted and can thrive in small areas. A bowl of parsley, thyme and sage ready for the barbie or a herb trough of oregano, basil and chives ready for any pizza or salad. Just go one step further and why not plant a lemon scented myrtle. A beautiful flowering shrub, also useful as a screen and the leaves are edible, being used for fish or many gourmet recipes. An olive tree, lychee or citrus can all make excellent feature trees. Society garlic often used as a border plant is all edible and lemon grass to fill in a corner. Nasturtiums can also look good spilling over a pot and the flowers are used in salads. Chillies can look really colourful and are easy to grow. Not to forget the many dwarf fruit trees, nectarines and citrus look very classy. A bit of a favourite is the chocolate mint just for something different. When setting up your area take note of how much sun your plants will receive. Most herbs need at least a half a day sun. In the heat of summer, afternoon

shade is good for shallow rooted plants. If your plants are stretched they will need to be moved into more light. Use good organic soil with plenty of fertiliser. Feed your plants so they can feed you. Water well, provided there is good drainage. Make sure the old boot you planted your oregano in has a hole in the bottom. Most importantly select the plants you are likely to use and use them as often as possible. This continuously prunes the plant and keeps you aware of any thing that needs attention. An outdoor kitchen is easy, fun, useful and healthy. Enjoy your Festive Season.

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Hi my name is Greg, I am a five-month-old kelpie cross and looking for a loving home. I am well mannered and love to play, walk and be patted. I would make a great addition to any family. I have called the RSPCA home for a couple of months and would love to become a cherished family member. Please come and see me at the Bundaberg RSPCA, Doblo Street. If I have been fortunate enough to find a home, there are many of my friends who deserve a loving home. We are all desexed, vaccinated and micro-chipped. Remember, a pet becomes a part of your family, we are loving and loyal, so please choose wisely.


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Honey Glazed Ham

7kg leg ham Cloves, to garnish 2/3 cup soft brown sugar 1/4 cup honey 1 tbsp English mustard


1. Preheat the oven to 180C (moderate). Using a sharp knife, cut through the rind 6cm from the shank end. To remove the rind from the ham, run your thumb around the edge, under the rind and carefully pull back. Using a sharp knife, remove and discard some of the excess fat from the ham. 2. Using a sharp knife, score the fat with cuts crossways and then diagonally to form a diamond pattern. Don’t cut all the way through to the ham or the fat will fall off during cooking. Press a clove into the centre of each diamond. 3. To make the glaze, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and spread carefully over the ham with a palette knife or the back of a spoon. 4. Place the ham on a rack in a deep baking dish. Add 2 cups water to the dish. Cover the ham and dish securely with foil, and cook for 45 minutes. 5. Remove the ham from the oven and remove foil. Increase the heat to 210C (hot). Return the ham to the oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until the surface is slightly caramelised. Rest for 15 minutes before carving.


Pavlova 8 egg whites (room temperature) 2 cups caster sugar 1 1/2 tsp vinegar 1 1/2 tsp vanilla essence 450ml thickened cream (whipped) 1kg fresh cherries (stones removed)

Cherry Pavlova

Cherry Syrup 250g fresh cherries (stones removed) 1/3 cup of sugar 1/4 cup of cold water


1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees celcius (normal not fan oven), line baking tray with baking paper and mark 24cm circle. 2. Use an electric mixer to beat egg whites until firm (A pinch of salt will help). Add sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, beating constantly, until thick and glossy. Fold in vinegar and vanilla essence. Spoon large dollops of meringue inside circle on baking tray. Smooth into shape of pavlova with spatula. Mark decorative grooves around side and indent top to accommodate filling. 3. Reduce oven temperature to 150 degrees celcius. Bake pavlova for 1 1/2 hrs. If pavlova browns too quickly, reduce heat. (Avoid opening door and losing heat as it will cause the oven element to turn on and risks browning the pavlova). Turn off oven and leave pavlova to cool in oven with door slightly ajar. 4. For the cherry syrup cook cherries with sugar and water on a medium heat for 5 mins until cherries are soft. Puree in a blender, rub through a sieve. Return to a saucepan and cook on a high heat for another 5 mins, until thick and syrupy. 5. Place pavlova on serving plate and cover with whipped cream. 6. Decorate with whole cherries and cherry syrup OR your favourite fruit in season drizzled with passionfruit pulp.

If you have a special recipe that has become a family favourite why not share it? Email them to: or post to: Recipes of the Month, PO Box 6353, Bundaberg East, 4670


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Do you have a puppy or an older dog that could do with some basic obedience training, free of charge? Competent obedience trainer, with many years’ experience, offers you the opportunity to learn basic obedience with your pet. Experience the pleasure of having a well-mannered dog. Start your puppy early to provide valuable socialisation as well as training. For more information, phone 4154 1109.

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Members of the public are INVITED to attend FREE information and educational sessions on dementia, held at Cafe 1928, Botanic Gardens, Bundaberg North on the second Wednesday of each month, Apple Tree Creek markets from 9.30am to 12noon. Come and grab a bargain at the Apple Tree Creek Markets, Saturday, 10 December, 7am to Persons with dementia, carers, 12 noon at the Apple Tree Creek Sports Ground, family and friends, as well as Bruce Highway, Apple Tree Creek. Great country local professionals and business atmosphere with a good variety of stalls with persons are all welcome. something for everyone. Jumping castle, pony

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What’s on for the month of December 2011

1st-23rd: Mayor’s Christmas Appeal

3rd: Young Mums’ Group, Mira’s Café, Bargara 3rd: Coral Coast Community Carols - Coral Coast Church Centre, from 4.30pm 4th: Bundaberg Orpheus Singers Christmas Concert - Holy Rosary Church, 7.30pm 6th: Bundaberg Drag Racing Club Meeting - Tattersall Hotel, 7pm 9th: Carols by Candlight - Bundaberg Showgrounds, 5pm 11th: PCYC Marekts - Bundaberg PCYC, Maryborough St, 8am - 12pm 14th, 28th: Carers Support Group Meetings - CWA Hall, 10am - 12pm 14th: Dementia Cafe - Cafe 1928, Botanic Gardens, 9.30am 15th: Volunteer Day Celebrations, Bundaberg Civic Centre, 9.30. Gin RSL, 12pm. Childers Cultural Centre, 2pm. 22nd: Woodgate Carols by Candlelight - Woodgate Community Hall 26th-31st: Australian Jazz Convention - For program visit:



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