The colours of autumn in Atherton, north Queensland

I'm told they are good in stir-fries

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  1. Melissa

    Hi there Yvonne, my computer gave up after soooooo many years, the poor thing!! Liam was very happy to go out with my money today and purchase a new one with me. Can’t believe how much you miss a computer when you don’t have one!

    When we were growing up we had Choko vines growing over the shed. Such an old Aussie vege (or fruit). Mum would peel it, cut it into wedges (like potato wedges) then boil or steam it and then put butter over it whilst hot and sprinkle with salt and pepper. We would usually have it with a roast dinner, typically roast chicken!

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  2. You’re near a lot of lovely places, Al. If you like mountains, you’ve got them not too far way, too!

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  3. Al

    Choko’s are a bit of an old fashioned thing these days. My partners granny used them a lot in her day as they were prolific and free cos they grow like weeds. Apparently they take on the flavour of almost anything. She used to slice and shape them like pears…and no-body knew the difference when served with a bit of syrup and custard!

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    • My neighbour has a couple of vines that come creeping into my yard. Boy, once a fruit drops to the ground, it has sprouted in a matter of days, and there are baby vines galore.

      Are you back from the Sunshine coast? I’ll have a look at your blog, and stop being so lazy! Cheers.

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  4. Photo 2 looks like a pear squash. We buy them here in Mexico all the time. Leeme uses them in chicken soup instead of potato.

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    • What we call choko goes by many names, apparently: The chayote[1] (Sechium edule), also known as christophene or christophine,[1] cho-cho,[1] mirliton[2] or merleton (Creole/Cajun), pear squash, vegetable pear,[1] chouchoute, choko. Maybe I should break down and pick one, and see what I can do with it.

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  5. Joanne Hoefer

    I was in your fair town last year in September, stopped for a coffee. Then just drove all around the countyside lovely area

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    • Joanne, if only we’d known of one another’s existence, I could have joined you for that coffee. Did you get to any of the volcanic lakes around here?

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      • Joanne Hoefer

        yes what we like to do is go to a county and stay for a month and explore explore and explore. A couple of years ago we did the east side Adelaide east and last year it was Adelaide west. We spent about week on the coast,you know, dunk isle., carins etc., then flew to AS a few days in area, A Rock etc and then drove to Perth and spent the rest of the time driving up and down and all around west coast. We put close to 7000 miles on the various cars being from California we are all use to lots of driving Now all we have left to hit is Darwin and that corner which I think we will be doing next year when we go to Angor Wat because we have free flights to Singapore and so will do a quick trip from there then on to BangC and Angor Wat and home which should be doable in 3-4 weeks.
        This year I am tied up with the school trip to Italy and I was just hired to take escort another group of parents\students in July for 7 days Venice only. Not looking forward to July I have always only gone in Spring or Fall after the mobs.
        Any tips of cheap and mid priced eats? that can take group of 10-14 at one time?

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        • You travel in just a perfect way! Good on ya.

          I’m not much of a food expert, but one place I always recommend to people is the Ristorante Diana, in Cannaregio. It’s on the Fondamenta della Misericordia, 2519. Tell them I sent you, and say hello to Omar, Habib, Isham, Valentina and Gino! It’s down to earth, good food and friendly faces.

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        • Joanne Hoefer

          thanks

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  6. Michelle

    I’ll be happy when I can turn my heat off. We in the northwest USA are supposed to going into spring but just came out of the fourth wettest March on record. My power bill shows me how cold it remains.
    But I don’t envy your tropical heat in the summer Yvonne.
    I didn’t know that about the leaves. I first had that “fruit” in California when my mexican neighbor gave me a bunch of them from her garden. Now I can’t remember where I found the recipe. In the Caribean they also use them like potatoes.

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  7. A lot of us had our furnaces on last week for a few days while spring decided to take a little break and go south. Now I see fall fruit and colors. What a great world we live in!

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    • Hi, Suzzanna. And, I had an email from a cousin in Manitoba, Canada. She had just come in from mowing her lawn, utterly unheard of in that part of the world at this time of year!

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  8. Same here, Linda, I much prefer cool weather.

    Um, I didn’t make a note of the location! 🙂

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  9. I can’t believe it’s autumn…..geeze spring just started….lol. I’d be happy to be going into autumn. I love the cold weather!

    Lovely photos….but could you give us the exact location?? LOL

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  10. Michelle

    What is that fruit/vegtable in the second picture called there?? In Grenada, WI (for West Indies) it was called “christophene” and yes, it is lovely in stir fries and I found a recipe that stuffed it sort of the way one would stuff a bell pepper. It had sort of a flavor like celery but a texture more like an artichoke heart.

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    • I’ve never had any urge to try this ubiquitous vine growing fruit. (I had to check to see if it is, indeed a fruit!) And, then, I found out more than I wanted to know!

      “Although most people are familiar only with the fruit as being edible, the root, stem, seeds and leaves are as well. The tubers of the plant are eaten like potatoes and other root vegetables, while the shoots and leaves are often consumed in salads and stir fries, especially in Asia”

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