Recipe for Success

On January 20, 2013, in the nose, by pauline

WEEKEND Australian article by Necia Wilden highlights chef, farmer, culinary activist Michael Stadtlander’s work in Canada. Stadtlander will be appearing at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and speaking at the Theatre of Ideas in Melbourne in March this year.
Stadtlander according to the Earth Day Canada is one of the world’s most accomplished chefs and one of Canada’s most ardent promotors of local, organic food and is actively involved in the Slow Food movement. His passion is to “connect chefs to the land in solidarity with farmers”
After establishing a couple of successful restaurants in Canada he decided to move with his family to a remote spot at the top of Ontarios’s Niagara Escarpment in 1993. Eigensinn Farm was established. The produce that surrounded him, wild mushrooms, apples, maple trees, wild leeks, wild ginger, trout, bees for honey helped shape the menu for his small twelve seater restaurant at the farm. This restaurant made the top ten of the World’s best restaurants and has become one of the world’s great food pilgrimages. Stadtlander does not have a website or own a computer.
Stadtlander was also one of the activist for the food and music event, “Foodstock” being established. This was a community based protest against a quarry being developed in the heart of Ontario’s farmland. This would have made it the second largest quarry in North America. Read about Foodstock
View Stadtlander’s film about his Islands Project which featured seven dinners on four British Colombian islands where he was joined by chefs, artists, farmers, oyster cultivators, environmentalists and loggers during the summer of 2006 and prepared delicious meals in the open, using the local food.
Read the archived article from the New York Times “The chef who got away”

Indigenous farms in Western Australia

On January 16, 2013, in the nose, by pauline

READING the initiative of local Western Australian indigenous families and farming brings to mind Slow Food’s project of 1000 gardens in Africa.
There are 70 indigenous properties throughout Western Australia. Recently in the news is the Mallard family’s Mt. View Station and the Colbung family’s Walitj Mia Mia property.
Mt View Station is situated on the northern part of the wheatbelt and recently harvested their first ever wheat crop (2012)
Walitj Mia Mia property on the south coast of Western Australia is a serious farming enterprise. They achieved 100% lambing rates in 2012. It is not just a successful farming enterprise but for the last 10 years it’s been a focal point of training and work preparation.

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Farming flies

On December 17, 2012, in the nose, by pauline

HARVESTING fly larvae could be an answer to saving twenty seven and half million tons of fish being caught each year for fish meal. Jason Drew was recently interviewed on ABC National Radio about farming fly larvae. One kilo of fly eggs turns into 420kgs of protein in 72 hours, these eggs are mixed with waste from abattoirs and then tons of larvae can be harvested each day, which are then turned into pellets. That means tons of waste from the abattoirs does not go into land fill and saves an enormous amount of fish being caught for fish meal to feed the fish in fish farms.
Jason Drew has written the book “The History of the Fly. Throughout history the fly has been a vital part of our ecosystem, especially useful as they break down and recycle our waste nutrients. Genghis Khan did not go into battle without a cartload of flies, the larvae would disinfect the soldiers wounds and now 1200 years later this practice is being done by the National Health in the United Kingdom. The larvae disinfects the wound, as it can only eat the damaged cells not the whole cells.
Listen to the ABC interview.

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Foraging for edible weeds

On December 16, 2012, in the nose, by pauline

EMERSON said “a weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered” and as the ABC program Off Track interview with Diego Bonetto recently highlighted that many of the weeds he forages for usually end up on his plate. Bonetto is Italian, an artist and known forager. He has often taken foraging tours in Western Sydney, upstream from the Cook River. His philosophy of using the plants and surrounding himself with nature, getting to know the environment around us helps start the stewardship of caring for the land. Listen to the “Off Track” program.
Rachel Lebihan, journalist and editor of the Australian Financial Review and food blogger at “Food Sage” writes of her foraging experience with Bonetto.

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Food sovereignty in Palestine

On December 15, 2012, in the nose, by pauline

LIZ Brennan, Slow Food Perth member and delegate to the Slow Food International Congress in Turin this year recently sent me news from Aisha Mansour who she met at Terra Made. Aisha works for Sharaka in Palestine to preserve the Palestinian agricultural heritage and reconnect Palestinians with their local small scale producers. Sharaka has three programs, school gardens, farm to table where they organise visits to farms and a seasonal restaurant where they cook local seasonal food and invite people to join them for a good meal. More information can be found at Sharaka on Facebook at “Sharaka – community supported agriculture and Defy Free Trade, and Eat Palestinian, Where does our food come from.

Sustainable fishing worldwide

On November 13, 2012, in the nose, by pauline

AUSTRALIA’S largest prawn fishery, Northern Prawn Fishery, gains Marine Stewardship Council Certification. as a sustainable and well-managed fishery on November 7th 2012.
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bout-us/vision-mission”>Marine Stewardship Council works globally and runs an exciting and ambitious program, working with partners to transform the world’s seafood markets and promote sustainable fishing practices.Their mission is to use their ecolable and fishery certification programme to contribute to the health of the worlds oceans by recognising and rewarding sustainable fishing practices influencing the choices people make when buying seafood.
Recently in the Guardian, George Monbiot wrote in his blog, “The Guardian’s great fish hypocrisy”, he says the paper along with the Observer, claims to encourage ethical choices on which fish to eat, but you wouldn’t know it from Slater, Ottolenghi and Hartnetts’ recipes, read further.
Watch the Marine Stewardship Council “Story” on Youtube

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Peoples Food Plan versus the National Food Plan

On November 4, 2012, in the nose, by pauline

THE Peoples Food Plan is the people of Australia’s alternative to the Federal Government National Food Plan. It is being driven by the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance and developed through peoples input from the kitchen table to forums around

ABC’s Bush Telegraph interviews Nick Rose, National Coordinator of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance. He presents a clear view of what the issues are between the two groups.
Find out more about the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance
Here is the link to all the submissions to the National Food plan.

Slow Food long table lunch

On November 2, 2012, in the nose, by pauline

SLOWFOOD’s long table lunch in conjunction with Subiaco Farmers’ Market is selling fast, if you have not bought your tickets already do not be disappointed and book through Katie Mathieson on 0404 874

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This fantastic event will take place at Subiaco Primary School on Saturday 24th November in conjunction with the normal Subiaco Farmers Market, the Slow Food Market will start at 8am until midday and at 2pm will be the commencement of the long table lunch.
Simon Bryant from ABC’s The Cook & The Chef will be joining us and talking about interesting food issues at the event. The event is being catered for by some of Perth’s top chefs, Sophie Budd and Conor Keating along with Jude Blereau, the wholefood genius. Larry Cherubino is donating his wines and all produce used is sourced from Western Australia.

Whadjuk (Noongar) Seasons

On October 29, 2012, in the nose, by pauline

THE Western Australian South West Indigenous Noongars divide their seasons into six groups of two months. Recently there has been wide interest into the celebration of the Kamba

rang (October & November) season.
Perth City Farm held an event on the 20th October, with food and music. Sophie Budd planned the bush food menu, which included such foods as Emu burgers with Muntries Chutney; Roo Skewers; Native Thyme Pasta, Buffalo Stew and finally Wattle Seed & Macadamia Icecream. Sophie was helped by some of the home economic teachers from Cyril Jackson and Governor Stirling High Schools. Sophie cooked with the students from the schools a few days before and was supported by some of them at the Perth City Farm event.
Curtin University is holding a Kambarang Day on November 7th.

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Alarming Farming

On October 16, 2012, in the nose, by pauline

ALARMING Farming Facebook site has been created MARY Nenke of Cambinata Yabbies to highlight some of the crucial issues around farming

especially why we need all Australians to Champion Farming. In Mary’s words ‘farming is an essential service, without it we die. We need to raise awareness of the huge challenges farmers are facing’. The Alarming Farming Facebook page allows you to join discussion groups and be informed on many of the issues.
Mary Nenke will be speaking at the Slow Food Market which is being arranged with the Subiaco Farmers Market at Subiaco Primary School on Saturday 24th November. Further details of the long table lunch that will follow the Slow Food Market will be released shortly.
Read Fleur McDonalds article on the Nenke Family

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