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Stale Bread to the rescue! 5 great Recipes

March 2, 2015 | Food, Food & Fermentation | 2 comments | Author:

Bread doesn’t often get the opportunity to go stale in this household, but when it does? Well, I’m actually a little pleased. It gives me the opportunity to make a handful of tasty old bread kind of dishes that I … Continued


Storing the Season: Drying Summer Medicinal Herbs

February 19, 2015 | Cook It, Food, Food & Fermentation, Gardening, Preserving | 5 comments | Author:

You know how it is – in the middle of Summer, both culinary + medicinal herbs are everywhere – there’s so many that you forget to see them. And then, before I know it, it’s Autumn, with the cold weather … Continued


This is What Gratitude Looks Like

December 18, 2014 | Food, Food & Fermentation, Gardening, Preserving | 13 comments | Author:

The act of preserving fruit, like gardening, is a hopeful act. It’s a gesture of goodwill to future meals that you plan to have, incorporating a since-past season’s bounty. It’s also darn repetitive (though some would call it calming, I suppose), all … Continued


Foraging: Beaded Samphire (Glasswort)

December 11, 2014 | Food, Food & Fermentation, Foraging, Gardening | 7 comments | Author:

Discovering new edible plants in unexpected places is fast becoming one of my favourite pastimes. This week, we’ve been scouting our local ‘hood for beaded samphire. Beaded samphire (Sarcocornia quinqueflora) is also known as sea asparagus or beaded glasswort. It’s an edge … Continued


Making Water Kefir (how to get your household hooked on probiotic soda)

April 28, 2014 | Cook It, Fermenting, Food, Food & Fermentation, Preserving | 35 comments | Author:

We’re loving learning the techniques of getting living foods into our diet, and one of the easiest to master is the fast-turnaround ferment of water kefir (also known as tibicos). This yummo probiotic soda requires very little effort, minimal waiting time, … Continued


Spencer Cocoa: Chocolate with an ethical Center (and a giveaway)

April 8, 2014 | Food, Food & Fermentation, Profiles | 12 comments | Author:

It’s nearly chocolate season, my friends. But what constitutes ethical chocolate these days? It’s pretty hard to tell. Take a peek at this incredible family of chocolateers, doing it right. In a backyard shed set in a lush vegetable garden in Mudgee is … Continued


Country wine, veggies everywhere and tempeh Sandor…

February 11, 2014 | Courses + Workshops, Food, Food & Fermentation, Gardening, Kitchen Garden | 6 comments | Author:

So this week has been a little crazy. There’s been farm vegetable harvests, amazing fermentation action, backyard veggies learning and a tempeh version of Sandor Katz’s head to deal with…


Who’s coming Fermenting with Sandor Katz?

December 2, 2013 | Courses + Workshops, Fermenting, Food, Food & Fermentation | 3 comments | Author:

Yes that’s right, we’re all going fermenting with Sandor Katz next February. Join us for a rare chance to marinate in the stories, techniques and know-how of everything from kraut to kefirs to kombucha and back again, with the one … Continued


So long, Rose, and thanks for all the labneh…

May 1, 2013 | Farming, Food | 28 comments | Author:

Two good years. Two full Spring to Autumn seasons stacked with sourdough, rabbit ravioli and crazy beautiful desserts. And a quietly grounding presence for our entire farm crew, and for every student lucky enough to share a taste. Tragic (no, … Continued


To town, with a suitcase full of carrots…

April 18, 2013 | Farming, Food, Gardening, Grow It, Market Garden | 12 comments | Author:

[wpvideo 6ErAIIU2] Yesterday’s dawn saw me waiting by the road with a large suitcase of heirloom rainbow carrots. I don’t normally take the train to Sydney with this kind of load under my arm, but I’m happy to report that … Continued


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