Thursday, June 8, 2017

Tim's tips for the easiest things to grow in your vegie patch - get fresh, save money = winning!

Though it was a bit hard to get out of bed this morning (as it was 4 degrees and I forgot to turn my oil heater on!), it was worth it to get out in the garden on a non-rainy day to tidy up the vegie patch.

Unfortunately no pictures of my actual vegie patch (due to it being a bit muddy and an uncharged mobile phone), but my top tips for planting (given that I usually kill anything I do in the garden) are...

1) Mint

Mint is great to grow - it's just about impossible to kill, and great with many of my favourite winter dishes (lamb in particular!). Plus if you like a bit of tea in winter, try adding some crushed mint and sugar - trust me, it's amazing! Picked that one up in Morocco...

2) Rosemary

Rosemary is pretty good I reckon - it's a reasonably decorative plant which is flowering in autumn, very drought resistant, grows anywhere (I've got it growing in builder's mud and it's doing fine!) and just like mint, it's beautiful on lamb dishes. I'm particularly fond of it in a slow roasted lamb shank.

3) Spring Onion

Maybe this should be number 1 - I use it all the time in asian cooking, but you can use this pretty much on any dish calling for it! Go grab a bunch of spring onion from the supermarket or asian shop for $1 or so, chop off the bottom inch with the roots attached, and go stick these roots outside in your vegie patch. It'll take well, and start growing new shoots, which you and chop off and use over and over again! Though I usually rip it out after 6 months as it gets a bit woody. Then you just get some more spring onion, replant and start again!

Verdant Dental are Melbourne's Defence Health Preferred Dentists!

Free dental checkup, clean and fluoride treatments for eligible Defence Health members!

Finally, now that we're in June, I figure I'll put out this bit of public information - for anyone with health insurance and extras with Defence Health (includes Navy, Army, Air Force etc) then your extras benefits expire at the end of June 2017!  If you have Defence Health Extras Premier, Value, Top Extras or ADF Total Package then you should receive your dental checkup clean and fluoride for free if you attend at Verdant Dental!

Most other health fund benefits expire at the end of the calendar year, so we usually are extra busy in December. Defence Health is the one major exception - so call Verdant Dental on 9379 3736 and we can get you seen before your health fund benefits expire!


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A cooking session with Adam Liaw thanks to Metricon!

So last month we managed to grab an invite to see Adam Liaw cooking at the Metricon display home in Burwood East.

Must admit - we've both got a massive crush on Adam Liaw, who won Aussie Masterchef back in 2010. He's had an amazing career since then, and if you haven't seen his cooking shows on SBS (Destination Flavour: Japan is our favourite!) then do yourself a favour and go stream it now!

The demonstration was mostly about Chinese New Year, so I got to make a few dumplings (poorly) with Adam. We also got to have a good look around the display home, which in typical Metricon style was fully maxxed out with amazing features.

In retrospect, would've been nice to have a butler's kitchen in our house... as well as a butler to cook for us! With the long hours we're spending at Verdant Dental Niddrie, we're usually back home late eating reheated frozen food, which is a long way short of a Masterchef meal!

And of course I'm obliged to finish this post with some good news and an offer for everyone out there - if you have private health insurance (with extras) from HCF or Defence Health, you're probably eligible for a FREE dental checkup/exam, clean at Verdant Dental Niddrie! In particular, HCF members who are eligible also get free dental xrays and a free fluoride treatment, as well as a free mouthguard every year at Verdant Dental Niddrie!

To make an appointment at the best dentists in Melbourne (Verdant Dental, obviously!), give us a call on 03 9379 3736!

Tim & Tina

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Bye Bye Hannah - and up to $1000 in free dental care for your children!

A little while ago we said goodbye to the dearest member of our family, Hannah.

We got Hannah from when we bought our first house in Mitcham - the owners had two Jack Russells and were downsizing, so we bought the house on condition we got to keep Hannah. She's a Jack Russell/Mini Foxy cross, full of energy, a little bit cheeky and loved to cuddle up to us.

So we've been driving around looking for another little pup to adopt - there's a great shelter called Pet's Haven Animal Shelter out in Woodend who we've donated to, so if you're looking for a pet for your place - please don't buy one from a pet shop! Rescue and adopt a shelter pet instead, and they'll love you forever.

Up To $1000 Free Dental Care for your kids in Victoria! 

From little dogs to little adults now - did you know that your kids might be eligible for up to $1000 in free dental care at Verdant Dental - Suite 1, Level 1, 326 Keilor Road Niddrie Victoria?

In order to check, just give us a call on (03) 9379 3736 from 9-12, or 1:30-4:30 Monday to Friday! Ask Tanina at the reception desk to check if your kids are eligible - all you need to do is tell us your Medicare number, give us a contact number and we'll call you back once we've checked for you.

We bulk bill 100% all checkups, cleans, dental sealants, fillings, fluoride etc to eligible children!

We've got some wonderful dentists who are the best dentists in Melbourne for working with kids including Dr Alpa Lodhiya and Dr Sonia Sumer, and of course you're welcome to ask for me as well - Dr Tim Wenas!.

Verdant Dental bulks bills eligible children who have access to the Child Dental Benefits Scheme!

Please note not all families are eligible as it depends on Medicare - plus the Government is attempting to wipe out dental benefits for your kids and are planning to do so by the end of 2016! If you do happen to be eligible, we'd recommend having your treatment done ASAP because after the Government scraps the scheme, it is not possible to backdate any treatment.

Verdant Dental is at Suite 1, Level 1, 326 Keilor Road, Niddrie. Close to Essendon North, Strathmore, Moonee Ponds, Airport West, Tullamarine, Keilor and Maribyrnong - we accept all patients from everywhere!

Plus we accept all Private Health Funds with extras cover through our HICAPS machine. Looking for the best dentists in Melbourne - here we are!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Verdant Dental - Suite 1, Level 1, 326 Keilor Road Niddrie

Hey everyone!

I can't believe how long it's been since I even remembered having this blog. I do recall being totally building-obsessed when we first started this journey back in... 2009?

Clearly the results of that obsession have been well documented here on this blog. Daily drive-bys, and in-depth focus on the details that makes a house a home. We've had hundreds of comments and we hope our replies have helped you on your home building journey!

But this post marks a bit of a milestone... Tina and I have been massively busy obsessing about another project for the last few months, and this post is the reveal!

Verdant Dental, Suite 1 Level 1 326 Keilor Road Niddrie

Telephone: (03) 9379 3736

I've been working with Dr Joseph Versace for 12 years, and for the last 8 years at our current location at Suite 1, Level 1, 326 Keilor Road, Niddrie VIC 3042. We've had an amazingly loyal patient base, and we perform general, family, cosmetic and emergency dentistry to the inner west area. 

Mostly our patients come to us from Essendon, Aberfeldie, Moonee Ponds, Strathmore, Niddrie, Keilor, Greenvale, Airport West etc, but some of our clients are so loyal they fly in from interstate to see us!

We also do a lot of teaching of postgraduate dental students for The University of Melbourne Dental School. Dr Versace has decided to do more teaching and to step back from private practice, so we (Tim & Tina) have decided to take on the privilege and responsibility of operating the practice - now known as Verdant Dental.

We have a fantastic team around us including dentists Dr Christina Romanella, Dr Alpa Lodhiya and dental prosthetist Mr Jeremy Kearns. All the team are personal friends of mine, and I can vouch for their kindness, care and honest nature.

Some of you have been following this blog for years (or years ago) - and I hope that you've benefited from the effort and dedication we've put into this blog. We've put even more effort into Verdant Dental, to make sure it upholds the ethics, honesty and genuine relationships that have been a tradition since Dr Versace commenced the practice back in the 1980s.

Should you be in the area, or have friends or family nearby, we welcome you to Verdant Dental and promise that you'll have the best experience ever! You can ask us any questions you want, and you'll get an expert, honest and open answer.

Please visit our website at, or you can email us to make an appointment enquiry at, or even the traditional way of calling us at (03) 9379 3736!

And you never know - I might even keep updating this blog for home building related stuff too!

Signing off for now....

Dr Tim Wenas
Verdant Dental

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Winter update

As usual, life gets in the way of updating blog stuff.

What's been happening around the house? Not a great deal, really. We had a little alcove built in behind the bed in our bedroom which has been fairly empty for a while. I was wanting to put in a fancy fully built out set of shelves, hangers etc, but ended up putting in a basic wardrobe unit the other week.

Why? Well, it was inexpensive, easy and quick to install, plus we have a lot of wire basket shelves that match it that sit underneath. Also added a laminate shelf. Final results looks great and is very practical, but didn't get any final photos. If we ever do end up putting in a custom wardrobe here, it's easy to disassemble it and put it in storage or re-install it in another room.

Also... eventually.... going to plant some of my fruit trees in the ground now that they're dormant. Been saying that for a year or so, so it probably won't happen in a hurry. Should actually get around to doing some front landscaping, but I've been saying that for even longer. Been occupied lately fixing up my track car and there's always something breaking that I get to fix! That's probably one regret I have about our house... didn't put in a 10 car garage with a hoist. Guess if we had that, there would be no room for the house itself!



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