cucumber pickles, Flossie Magazine is ready & ramblings of a new school mum

cucumber pickles, Flossie Magazine is ready & ramblings of a new school mum

Flossie Magazine was published in newsstand this morning.  Download it hereit’s cool, we’ll wait.

It’s a massive relief that it’s finally available.  Earlier this week, I was in a right pickle.  The only way Apple would let me give away the first two editions was as part of a year’s subscription, which would have seen anyone who downloaded Flossie automatically charged the annual subscription in a few months time – sneaky.

I wanted to give it away as promised – no strings attached.  So I threw my developer a curve ball, he pulled a couple of late nights and we found a way to give away the first two editions – Dec/Jan and Feb/March will be free.  So Flossie is late and a little flawed, but I figure a late, flawed first edition is better than no magazine at all.

The other reason that I’m relieved to have Flossie bedded down, is because the Big Sister has a big week ahead – filled with kindy Christmas concerts, a big school orientation and some aptitude testing.  I had a little moment when I ordered her stationery on the weekend.  I simply cannot fathom that I’m old enough to have a kid with a book list – surely I should be the one with the shiny new pencils and six (6!) glue sticks.

cucumber pickles and Christmas ham

While I’m not ready to have a school-aged kid, I am ready for Christmas ham.  I can take or leave the baked ham on Christmas Day, but I can’t wait for leftover ham sandwiches on fresh bread with cucumber pickles.

cucumber pickles

4 cucumbers (about 1.2kgs)
2 brown onions, thinly sliced
6 cloves garlic, crushed
2 small red chills, finely chopped
2 tbs salt
2 cups white wine vinegar
350g sugar
2 tsp ground turmeric


Slice unpeeled cucumbers thinly – I used a mandolin slicer, which made the process especially speedy.  In a large non-metallic bowl combine the sliced cucumbers and finely sliced onions.  Sprinkle with the salt and cover with water.  Leave to stand for 2 – 3 hours, then drain well.

Combine the rest of the ingredients in a large pan, bring to the boil then remove from heat and allow to stand for five minutes.  Return to the heat, bring back to the boil, then add the drained cucumber mix and stir gently.  Cover and cook gently for five minutes.

Leave the mixture to cool until tepid, then bottle.

 If you make them now and keep them in a cool, dry place, they’ll be packing a flavoursome punch by Boxing Day. fb profile pic

how are the last few weeks of school shaping up for you?

any advice for a new school Mum?

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  1. OMG! So excited for you! Flossie looks amazing, the recipes are mouthwatering & the pics are just beautiful!!! Well done to you & I hope the next week goes well for Big Sister – they grow up so fast!! 6 glue sticks, really?!? xx

    • Six! I suspect the school is running some child labour wallpaper factory and I’m funding the paste operation! :)

      Thanks for the comment, I’m relived you liked the first issue. After all, you were there when the idea was conceived! x

  2. I adore cucumber pickles and I’m with you about the sandwich. Went to the Kidspot thing last night, got home at 10ish and made myself pickles on toast! I have to have the baked ham at Christmas though…. So glad Flossie is now up and ready – proud of you for getting it sorted, you’re amazing. Respect. I know what you mean about the kids, although I’m a little further on. Elly has 3 more weeks left of primary school and I get teary every time I think about it – high school! How did that happen? Have a lovely weekend xo

    • I’m totally jealous that you went to Voices last night. I was living vicariously through Instagram. Would have loved to catch you.

      Three weeks left of primary school? Oh dear, this motherhood is a marathon isn’t it?
      Have a great weekend too. x

  3. Virtual high five, hon! The first issue of Flossie is fab, the recipes are great and the pics so good that I’m now craving oysters… and I haven’t had brekky yet! Congrats and good luck to the the Big Sister next week! Such a special/nerve-wracking time. x

  4. Hi Amanda
    I just downloaded it. Easy to do.

    Firstly I was touched to read about your brother and so sorry that you lost him. You never know a person’s back story until they tell you. It was something that moved me and must continue to be a great source of sorrow for you and your family.

    As for the apertser recipes, they look great and I will be returning for those and many of the great recipes you have shared in you mag. Thanks, the prawns look particularly fab.

    When I went into the apple store, it said I had ‘purchased’ the download. I would be happy to pay, but just thought you would like to know that.

    Congrats on a lovely production. You are so brave and very inspiring.

    • Hi Carolyn,
      Thanks for you comment and for downloading the mag. Losing David was a very difficult time for all of us.
      Using the word “purchased” is something we built into the app for future paid editions – don’t worry, you won’t have been charged. (The Feb/March issue will be free too.)
      Thanks again for reading it. It’s been a very steep learning curve, but I’m pleased I did it.
      Have a great weekend,

  5. As a former Prep Teacher I can confirm that 6 glue sticks are necessary for an entire school year…4 for actual gluing and 2 for licking/eating. Totally joking. Its more like 1.5 for eating x

  6. Amanda-just checked out Flossie and its AMAZING. The recipes are fantastic, and I can’t wait to try the Maureeni. Congratulations. More please!! X

  7. Huge congratulations Amanda!! Can’t wait to read Flossie, you should be so proud. xx

  8. As we ‘speak’ my iPad is downloading FLOSSIE!! Sorry for being off the boil and being so late but life UBER busy but I can’t wait to read your magazine in bed tonight with a big fat glass of wine! And you are right, it’s better to have a few flaws than not out at all xxxx

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