RAINY DAY FOOD: The preserving course was such a success, they're doing it all again.
RAINY DAY FOOD: The preserving course was such a success, they're doing it all again. GMVozd

RECIPE: Tasty bean brownie is QCWA approved

GLEN Aplin branch recently held a workshop showing people how to preserve fruit.

This was so popular the participants have all booked to do the workshop on how to make jams and relishes on March 17.

The branch is planning workshops in the future on fermenting and technology.

Now there's two very different topics.

The Country Kitchens team members are busy visiting various parts of the state.

A new cookbook is due for release soon called In My Country Kitchen.

You can pre-order your copy now by emailing country- kitchens@qcwa.org.au.

Members from every branch in Queensland have submitted recipes for this cookbook and a chapter is devoted to recipes from the members of Border Division.

Get in your orders now as the books are being printed only for what is needed.

Meanwhile the ever-popular and surprisingly tasty bean brownie continues to be a winner.

Recipe: Serves 12 | Prep time 5 minutes | Cook time 15-18 minutes.


400g beans (cannellini beans drained, rinsed)

1/3 cup maple syrup or agave

1/2 cup quick oats

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

2 tablespoon cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon Stevia or 1 tablespoon sugar

1 egg

1/4 cup vegetable oil

2 tablespoon chocolate chips


PREHEAT oven to 170ºC. Lightly grease a 20x20 cm slice tin with grease proof paper.

COMBINE beans, maple syrup, quick oats, baking powder, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, Stevia, egg and vegetable oil in food processor. Blend until smooth.

SPOON batter into tin. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top.

BAKE in oven for 15-18minutes, cool before slicing.

SERVE with sliced banana and a dollop of yoghurt. Or just eat on their own.

Recipe courtesy of: Chocolate Covered Katie.


Victoria Hill's annual St Patrick's Day concert and lunch is on Saturday starting at 9.30am.

Wear your green and go along for a morning full of fun and laughter and a touch of Irish.

Emu Vale competition day is on Thursday, March 22, at the Emu Vale Memorial Hall starting at 1pm.

If you are interested in entering cookery, floral art, knitting and crochet or photography, contact Jenny Whitsed on 4664 8083 or jennywhitsed@hotmail.com for information on the competition schedules.


With recent flooding in many areas there will be extra demands on the Public Rural Crisis Fund.

This fund was set up in 1990 to assist women and their families during times of crisis.

This fund not only supports families suffering from flood, drought or fire but is for all families experiencing any type of crisis.

Through this fund QCWA is currently assisting families with household support in every part of Queensland and about $300,000 has been spent each year to show that we care and want to help.

Our support is in the form of grocery vouchers, store credit or being able to pay some overdue accounts e.g. electricity, phone, doctor etc.

Every dollar that is donated to us goes directly to those in need.

To apply for assistance please go to the QCWA web site, qcwa.org.au for an application form or alternatively, please contact QCWA State Office on 0730261220 for further assistance.

To donate to the Public Rural Crisis Fund go to the Donate page and choose a form of payment.

Or contact Jenny for more information.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

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