Category Archives: Experiments with Food

Festive Season Survival Kit

What a year it’s been! It’s time to celebrate! And here, no matter who your family or friends are, is a festive season survival kit to take with you everywhere and indulge in as needed. It’s easy. Just pack the … Continue reading

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Little Green Cannon Balls

I got a text from my niece recently asking me to help her with her homework: an assignment on migration. It reminded me that I’m a migrant. In fact this year is the 40th anniversary of my family’s arrival in Australia. … Continue reading

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The Courage To Eat Plums

Recently I discovered a secret source of wild berries. Or they discovered me. I was walking innocently along a footpath while on a lunch break when my shoes became stuck in a patch of violet slime. After using the edge of the … Continue reading

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A Christmas Trifle

There’s something about Christmas that brings out the need to prove myself.  Usually in an area that I have absolutely no prior experience in. This year it’s dessert. I’ve volunteered to bring dessert to my partner’s family Christmas lunch which … Continue reading

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Crying in the Cathedral

In Australia, left leaning, liberal thinking, chardonnay sipping, bleeding hearts types are living through hopeless times. It seems there is very little we can do except wait for the next election. At least there is a next election. I was … Continue reading

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The Cunning Peasant Never Reveals His Sources

I’ve done a lot of food foraging in my time but it’s usually of the domestic variety. You know, my mothers’ freezer or pantry. So I was a little surprised to recently find myself bent over double, holding a knife in … Continue reading

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Wild Avocados

Foraging has come back into fashion. People used to do it in wartime, in famine and in the 1980’s. When I was an easily embarrassed teenager, my parents used to forage for rocket in public places. They would keep plastic … Continue reading

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