bio: Nourish the body,
Nourish the mind, and you'll see
The spirit follows.
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Teacher, foodie, foraging, out n about.
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Oh no! #junfail #mould
Some moulds are good, eg, on camembert, brie and blue vein cheese. But sadly, these blobs on my jun kombucha SCOBY are not they, and can only be deemed fit for my worm farm... The result of being too lazy to sterilise my jars. :/ How to sterilise glass canning/fermenting jars:
Wash in warm H2O. Rinse.
Sit in 110°C oven for 10-15 mins or till hot.
Place on tea towels (not cold bench top, they might crack) to cool. Done.
#fermenting #fermentation #lactofermentation #kombuchatea #kombucha #junkombucha #scoby #guthealth #probiotics
Delicious artworks on a plate at @eatatemersons, Hunter Valley.
Emerson’s Café & Restaurant is committed to producing elegant dishes using locally sourced, fresh, seasonal produce.
The chef takes great pride in respecting his ingredients and keeping the trip between paddock and plate very short.
We ate (clockwise from top left): slow cooked duck supreme, duck hash, carrot puree, split peas, crisp barley and orange glaze
mix vegetable patch, pea puree, dehydrated olives and crisp wild rice
terrine of quail, pickled nulkaba quail eggs, polenta crouton, grape salad and pistachio
braised beef, potato galette, beetroot, new season asparagus and reduced braising liquid
ras el hanout spiced seared scallops, pumpkin cream, crisp prosciutto and dill dressing
#HunterValley #visitnsw #emersons #polkolbin #adinavineyard #foodporn
Fun way No. 2 to eat the beautiful raw, unfiltered honey (chunks of wax n all) that you extracted from the comb yourself by hand last night: drizzled on @kristenallancheese
handmade buttermilk ricotta with my activated walnuts and cinnamon on @bourkestreetbakery
organic sourdough. OMG, amazeballs. #theurbanbeehive #honey #cornersmith
Fun way No. 1 to eat the beautiful raw, unfiltered honey (chunks of wax n all) that you extracted from the comb yourself by hand last night: drizzled on triple cream brie with freshly picked herbs and apple slices (pear spices also good). #theurbanbeehive #honey #cornersmith
Another awesome @cornersmith Producers' Night: "The Bees Knees". Wow, I have newfound respect for the incredible creatures that make our honey! Loads more pics on my Facebook page now. My notes:
The Urban Beehive: committed to bringing the food we eat closer to us. Often city life means we're disconnected from our food sources. Rooftop beehives are one way around this. The 4 beehives on Cornersmith's rooftop produce 100L of honey per year.
Vicky- 1/2 of @TheUrbanBeehive. Cornersmith was one of their first customers. They have over 100 beehives across Sydney: Manly, Inner West, Bondi. Trying to move them closer to avoid travel. Vicky worked on Kangaroo Island where there's a quarantine bee sanctuary for 3 years.
@cornersmith: you can bring in your surplus foods and trade them for other goods like their pickles. And see your produce sold here too.
Really fascinating Bush Tucker Workshop in preparation for an annual indigenous day I run at school, by Narelle Happ at Sydney Wildflower Nursery, Heathcoate. Find Narelle at www.facebook.com/agardenforlife
More pics on my fb pg. My notes:
We are on D'harawal country (Illawarra, South Coast) and acknowledge the traditional owners.
When potting anything, use best quality potting mix, mulch top, not supermarket mix, it's mostly sawdust, potting mix always needs replacing every two years as it's depleted. Cow manure good for natives. Worm juice too. Mushroom compost can change pH of soil (high in phosphorous), don't overuse. Always use diversity of soil, compost, manure to ensure maximum nutrients.
Dianella caerulea (blue flax lily): eat the brought purple berries and used for dying.
Acacia sophorea (coast wattle) seed: use in baking, infuse seeds for tea. Grind into powder, earthy flavour.
Illawarra Plum: Jam, plum sauce.
Alpinea arundelliana (native ginger root): Use as you would regular ginger.
Rhagodia spinescens (saltbush): smoking fish, meat rub, berry is sour but edible. Grind for bread, dukka, salad dressing, etc.
Prostanthera incisa (mint bush): native to south NSW coast line. Infuse for tea. Substitute for thyme.
Macadamia nuts: a well known native Australian nut.
Tetragonia tetragonioides (Warrigal greens): native spinach. Grows by waterways. Easy to propagate from dried seeds or a cutting. Doesn't need attention. Always blanch to reduce oxalic acid content. Use as you would spinach. Good for macadamia pesto (wg, maca's, garlic, oil, parmesan). Araucaria bidwilli (Bunya Pine): the pine cones are as big as footballs. Spiky leaves, plant away from well used areas to avoid spiking! Split like chestnuts when oven roasting it, they can explode.
Linospadix monostachya (Walking Stick Palm): trunk becomes brittle with age, used as walking stick. Droop of red berries is edible. Likes shade and indoors. Rubbery leaves.
Davidson Plum: several varieties. Shade lover. Can be kept as a shrub.
Ficus coronata (Sand paper fig): Beautiful figs, edible, sour. Rough leaves, hence the name. Can prune for smaller shrub. Popular in Byron Bay to make ice cream.
The other day I posted about Leather Jacket on my Facebook page, one of Australia's cheapest, most sustainable, local, wild caught fish, which was on sale at Woolworths for $5.99/kg (usually $10.99). My favourite way to eat this fish is to poach it in some onion, garlic, ginger and beautiful home made passata, which a friend makes me, and serve it with organic potatoes thinly sliced using a mandolin and cooked in ghee.
I've also stir fried some bitter melon and organic kale with more onion, garlic and ginger in coconut aminos and ghee as a side.
Absolutely delicious, just make sure you lift the bones out. Perfect with a nice glass of vino. :)
Where has the year gone? I must've blinked and it was suddenly November! These little love letters make the urge to check myself into the mental asylum on a daily basis totally worth it. :) #theysayittoeveryteacher #loveletter #teacherlife #forlovenotmoney
Our school is set to significantly increase its refugee intake next year, vis a vis the Australian government's response to the Syrian refugee crisis. These beautiful students in my class all come from #refugee experiences, both first and second hand, and are really proud of our class poster from @peterdrewarts. "Ohhhhhh! Miss said if she's takes our photo she'll send it to Peter Drew, the artist! Maaaaad!" :) #realaustralianssaywelcome #refugees #teacherlife #peterdrewarts
Grow you good thing, grow!
#happinessis homegrown tomatoes. :) Love the real smell, which you don't get at the supermarket. Every tomato I've ever grown has popped up from fruit I've thrown out to my guinea pigs. So easy, you don't even have to think about it.
#homegrown #tomato #vegepatch #organic #sprayfree
Sometimes I walk past a cafe and think, hmmm, should I eat brunch out today? I scrutinise the menu and often come to the conclusion that I could probably just save my pennies and recreate that egg dish at home.
So today I did. This is my take on the Spanish baked eggs that I spied people eating whilst walking home from yoga this morning. And because the weather in Sydney today is mostly gloom n doom, I'm picnicking indoors. ;) I've basically used whatever I had in the fridge/freezer to make this. It's a mixture of bolognese and steak n kidney pie filling with roast pumpkin, peas, mushrooms, paprika and 4 eggs cracked on top (can you see another double yolker there in the middle?!) Then baked/grilled, depending on how your oven works, until egg whites are cooked through. You could just stick with plain sugo, good quality chorizo and potatoes though if you are a traditionalist.
Served with a big ass salad, my homemade wild fennel labne dip and, like the raging Italian descendant that I am, some lovely, freshly baked crusty bread (organic, sourdough, thickly buttered of course) and a robust glass of red. I like to grate fresh garlic onto the buttered bread for that instant garlic bread factor. Tip: leave butter at room temp to make it spreadable.
Happy Sunday! What are you having for lunch?
#bakedeggs #organic #pasturedeggs #foodporn #instafood #homecooking #nourishing #labne
Home made labne is sooooooo easy. Just pop some good quality organic natural yogurt into a cheesecloth and hang it over a bowl at room temp for 12-24hrs (the longer the firmer) until the whey has completely dripped out.
I'm mixing mine with garlic, wild foraged fennel tips, pink salt and olive oil for a delicious labne dip.
Can also be rolled into balls then coated in dukkah, za'atar, chili flakes or wild pepper, and stored in olive oil.
#wildfood #wildfennel #labne #curdsandwhey #homemade #lebanesefood #cheesemaking #culturedfood @kristenallancheese #whey #yoghurt
When your croissant is this righteous, you just eat the damned croissant, let the bacon dripping roll down your wrists and drool over every god damned bite. Indulgence is all in the quality of ingredients folks!
Croissant made with organic flour and real butter by @bourkestreetbakery (the only type of croissant I buy). Crunchy bacon is pastured by @woottonvalleymeat and fried in leftover lamb fat.
Cheese is biodynamic by #bdfarmpariscreek
I grew the tomato myself.
Avocado, well, it makes everything better!
Oh, and croissant was crisped up in the lamb fat too. Yeyeyeyey!! #croissant #foodporn #bacon #realfat #lifesshorteatthecroissant
BALLS BALLS BALLS!
Bliss balls, fat bombs, guilt free chocolate truffles... Call them what you will but know that they are nutrish, delish and nasties free because you control what goes in. You can add anything you want to them really.
Mine today contain (sorry I didn't measure): 🌰3 parts activated walnuts (soak overnight to activate)
🌰1 part medjool dates (pitted)
🍫Raw cacao powder
🌴A dollop of organic coconut oil
🌻A sprinkling of chia seeds, poppy seeds
Blitz everything. Roll mixture into bite size balls. Coat in coconut, cacao powder or just leave naked. Refrigerate.
A great healthy addition to a birthday party dessert table, which is where mine went today. Or a treat to snack on through the week... Just remember dates are still sugar, but sugar that comes naturally packaged with the fibre and other nutrients that allow it be absorbed and digested properly, the way nature intended.
#blissballs #refinedsugarfree #healthytreat #activatednuts #cacao #healthychocolate #coconut #coconutoil #healthysnack #paleo #instahealth #healthspo
One of the most moving, humbling and triumphant experiences I've ever had as a teacher watching these incredible young people tonight tell, portray, perform their true, personal stories of trauma, torture and the refugee experience through spoken word, movement, light and then this impromptu dance party at the end. We shed tears of laughter and sadness throughout the performance, but their resilience and ultimate drive to contribute to their new Australian society was what shone through.
Congratulations Treehouse Theatre and IEC students, formerly from Iraq, Syria and the Sudan, now from Miller High in Sydney, for bravely sharing these important stories, not only to educate, but to heal and recover. You have so much to celebrate!
#refugees #dramatherapy #asylumseekers #syrianrefugees #iraq #syria #sudan #assyrian #treehousetheatre #castfromthestorm #suitcasestories #seymourcentre #sydney #healing #storytelling #drama #nswpublicschools #teacherlife
Ricotta in the making at @kristenallancheese workshop tonight at @cornersmith.
We also covered yoghurt making and labne.
#cheese #ricotta #cheesemaking #homemade #traditionalfood #italianfood #yoghurt #labne #whey #cornersmith
So I went to a cheesemaking class at @cornersmith with @kristenallancheese tonight. Her @pepesaya buttermilk labne may actually be the best thing I've ever eaten! Ok one of them, anyway.
It was so fun! I'll post some action shots on my Facebook page tomozza. :) #cheese #ricotta #cheesemaking #homemade #traditionalfood #italianfood #yoghurt #labne #whey #cornersmith
Two eggs, four yolks!
I'm not superstitious, but wow. I seriously hope this means my luck of late is about to make a big fat turn around (hopefully not a double turn right back to where I started though, lol) :) #doubleyolker #doubledouble #goforyolkbroke #seeingdouble #goodluck #luckycharm #eggs #eattheyolks #yolkporn
Omelette garnished with my 'Weed of the Day' (Onion Weed - species info in previous post) and stuffed with a motley crew of leftovers: spiced potato, steak n kidney pie filling, warrigal greens (Australian native spinach). Eggs are infinitely versatile so just stuff yours with whatever weird n wonderful combinations fancy you.
Served with my homemade kimchi and tomato.
#wildfood #onionweed #urbanforaging #edibleweeds #foraging #omelette #leftovers
W.O.D. ... No, that does not stand for Workout of the Day all you crossfitting freaks. That's Weed of the Day, thank you very much. ;p
What do I like so much about foraging? The thrill of the find, the myriad of creative possibilities, expanding my palette. :) Today's edible weed is another a new one for me, but a familiar sight since childhood - Onion Weed. All parts (root, stem, lead, flower) are edible and have a subtle garlicky flavour. They're in season now and popping up all over lawns. This is Nothoscordum inodorum AKA Allium neapolitanum. Onion weed is a generic name for a variety of plants. This is what we identify as onion weed in Sydney, but down in Melbourne they call onion weed Allium Triquetrum, also edible.
I spied some growing near home yesterday afternoon so I popped out early this morning to gather a little bunch of flower heads to decorate my omelette.
Omelette stuffed with a motley crew of leftovers: spiced potato, steak n kidney pie filling, warrigal greens (Australian native spinach). Eggs are infinitely versatile so just stuff yours with whatever weird n wonderful combinations fancy you.
Served with my homemade kimchi and tomato.
More info by @theweedyone on this species here: http://www.diegobonetto.com/blog/2015/10/27/in-season-now-onion-weed
Isn't it funny that once you become aware of something new you suddenly seem to notice it everywhere you go?
Snacking on these pretties after school - perfect little pick me up after a 24hr fast. I love the crunchy after-texture of the seeds.
Found more of these native eastern Australian #dianella berries growing in abundance all along the train track walking to/from work today. Short season ends in 3-4 weeks peeps. Gotta get 'em quick!
Unfortunately, this species is not listed on the @wildfoodmap app, so I can't upload the location, but do keep your eyes peeled for sightings near you. 👀👀🌿🌿 If you'd like to know more about benefits of #intermittentfasting, inbox my Facebook page.
#wildfood #dianellacaerulea #bushtucker #IF #Australia #visitnsw
Episode two of making #bottarga - Sicilian salt cured fish roe.
They sat in the fridge covered in salt for over a week. This is the hanging and air drying phase. My friend, @elianeskitchen, gave me the tip to hang them in the fridge rather than out in the open in the house, that way you ensure that no bacteria will sneak past that salty guard (and avoid a fishy smell). She does that when making and hanging her basturma (salt and spice cured air dried beef). I've hung mine using kitchen twine and forks sitting on the old school wire racks inside my fridge.
After a few weeks like this, these babies will be ready for the eating. Bottarga is traditionally grated/sliced over fresh pasta, but could be adapted to suit whatever you fancy eating it with. Ideas here: @bottarga_gold
Full recipe and more info here: http://www.sbs.com.au/food/recipes/salted-fish-roe-bottarga
Sicilian #bottarga in the making.
Step 1) Soak fish row sacks in salted water over night. You can buy row sacks when they're in season at good fish mongers. Rich in omega 3 and prized in traditional cultures for pregnant/lactating mums.
Step 2) Pat dry. Cover in salt and refrigerate for one week to remove the moisture. Change paper towel every day until hard and dry.
See next post for what's next...