Nana’s Muesli

Nana’s Muesli
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: Geoff
Prep time:
Cook time:
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Serves: 8
This is the original recipe of Nana, Lorna Thomas.
  • 3 Cups Oatmeal – flaked and uncooked
  • 1 cup Wheatgerm
  • 1/4 cup Coconut
  • 1/2 cup Sesame seeds
  • 1 cup Safflower oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup chopped slivered almonds
  • 1 cup raisins (add after cooking)
  1. Heat oven to 250°F (120°C)
  2. Mix dry ingredients
  3. Mix oil, honey, vanilla
  4. Pour over and spread in tin 16″x10″x1″.
  5. Toast, stirring every 15 minutes for 1 hour.
  6. Bon Appetite.


Welcome Mieke McMaster Adams…

While you were tucked up in bed, Mieke slid into the world.

Go and say hello.

Born in the wrong decade…

It appears I was simply born at the wrong time, sandwiched between the Baby Boomers and Generation Y.

I’ll have to find another way to take over the world. Time for Gen X’s to go underground and topple the younger mob.

Gen Y @ 30: charmed, tech savvy and ready to take over
GENERATION Y finally means business. They are far better educated and more globally aware and technologically savvy than any generation before them, and they are about to turn 30 this year. The oldest members of this privileged generation are poised to grab the management reins and revolutionise the workplace to suit themselves…

…The baby boomers love them – after all, they were the doting parents that raised them. And as the boomers’ extended reign in the workplace draws to an end, social and economic forecasters predict they are more likely to anoint gen Yers as their chosen successors over the unfortunate generation Xers who have been politely waiting their turn.


Here at the Art of Email Archiving Institute (AEA), we try hard every day to help others that have became laden with an overflowing Inbox. Every now and then, we receive feedback from those that have managed to climb out the other side after a life changing moment.
Here is a recent communiqué that arrived in our Inbox:

Hi Geoff,
Just like you to know, that it has taken two weeks of almost daily sessions, but my gmail inbox is now officially empty and aorting is occuring daily as the mail arrives. Life is generally now better overall thanks to the Adams’ AEA101 (Art of Email Archiving).

Thankyou Z, for the wonderful feedback. If you wish to discover the Art of Email Archiving, simply drop us a line and let us show you how to climb out of the overflowing Inbox.

Time to get out into ‘the wild’ once more…

Anson Cameron considers the fall out of Victorian Minister for Water, Tim Holding, getting lost in the Victorian Alps:

To couch potatoes all over: get lost

It’s sad to live in a time when a man is slated for walking alone on a mountain. A cowardly age where the supine pontificate through a spray of Cheezels crumbs.…

How to bake bread and whip cream without beaters

Cross posted on the Camp Cooinda Facebook page

I was reminiscing recently about time spent away from what many would call, “life’s modern conveniences”, in a land far far away – at least a tiny low lying island in East Gippsland. The special place that is Cooinda Island.

I remembered all the things I learnt on that place both as a camper and leader, some of which I still use today – also, some that strangely do not come up during day to day activities.

How to make bread and skin an eel

My first memory of the Isle, is what I think was my first summer as a camper. Dave and Al were the charismatic island directors and provided so much of what I feel Cooinda ‘is’. Dave is the author of the ‘Dave’s piece of piss bread’ recipe, the handwritten recording of which still in the Island cookbook today (I think?) – also attached at the bottom of this post.

Also on that impressionable summer, I learnt how to skin and smoke an eel, who ‘CondoMan‘ is and most importantly, learnt the ‘Noddy Joke’

I have never eaten eel again, mainly because I doubt I could ever manage to achieve the same amazing flavours again. I did however, twenty years later, make a CondoMan t-shirt which I still wear today.

The bread has been cooked by island directors every year since and, is something I continue to whip up – using a black garbage bag (to help with the proving) and imprecise measurements – at home from time to time.

Bake a cake in the sun and whip cream with two butter knives

My first cake produced in the solar oven was a piece of mastery, the discovery that so little can produce a little something wonderful, was amazing.

Scones, jam and cream was called for next. But the cream needs whipping.

No problem, we’ll grab the beaters…rusted solid… No drama, apparently the desired result can be achieved using a couple of butter knives. I have no idea how I discovered this, I imagine from whoever was on the island of knowledge at the time. So, two butter knives and about half an hour of frantic beating later, whipped cream!

All life long knowledge and skills that I suspect I would struggle to acquire anywhere else.

What has Cooinda Island taught you?

good photo-journalism is hard to find these days…

I am amazed at the hype and stamina surrounding the US elections. Given all of that, here is some wonderful journalism…

Callie Shell followed Barack Obama for much of the last two years, and captured some excellent photos (and micro stories to go along with them). Keep clicking ‘Show More Images’ at the bottom to see them all.


spotted – public thoughts #1

On the wall of Country Road at the corner of Faraday and Lygon Streets, Carlton. Some food for thought:

The best things in life
are not the things…

It’s okay if you don’t know everything

The more you know you know you don’t know shit…
So why you gotta act like you know when you don’t know?
It’s okay if you don’t know everything.
(ben folds 2005)

Geoff’s Scroggin

Recipe: Geoff’s Scroggin

Summary: Ahh yes, that famous energy giver on just about every outdoor excursion. A good serve of scroggin can almost make or break the journey. Ok, I may be overdoing it a little, however, this combination proved to be a winner. Scroggin is a very personal thing, I think. So this is purely a guide, I wouldlove to hear of any other popular variations. Quantities, need to be carefuly measured in handfuls to taste. Generally though, more nuts and sultanas. The more you make, the more variety you can achieve.


  • nuts (peanuts are cheapest, cashews are nicest)
  • sultanas (any sort will do)
  • jelly beans or snakes/rasberries/etc.
  • bananas (of the lollie variety, some people prefer banana chips)
  • m&m’s plain (melt in your mouth, not in your hands!)
  • choc mix (this included a variety of milk bar type choc goodies)
  • dried apricots


  1. Mix together in a big bowl.
  2. Split into separate snap lock bags for each person, that way there are no arguments as to who has eaten more!

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4