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The Gaza Kitchen – An Intimate View of Dinnertime in Gaza

21/04/2017 | By

The Gaza Kitchen is a cookbook that looks at how thousands of Gazan housewives rise to a challenge that might seem overwhelming to the rest of us.

 

the gaza kitchen

The next time you happily are whipping up a gourmet treat for the family in your modern, well appointed kitchen, or are feeling annoyed because you can’t find a particular ingredient you want in the local store, spare a thought for those trying to put a meal on the table in the Gaza kitchen.

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In My Kitchen – April 2017

01/04/2017 | By

A clever idea to support native Australian bees, a wonderful warm memoir, some more food mags & some boozy holiday purchases – all In My Kitchen this month.

In My Kitchen April 2017 - Weleda bee hotel

Welcome to the April 2017 In My Kitchen roundup. This monthly peek into the kitchen of bloggers from all around the world is hosted by Liz over at Bizzy Lizzy’s Good Things. For the complete list of participants and links to all the other kitchens head over there.

 Frustratingly, my new kitchen is still not quite up and running. In fact, it only became functional yesterday. I’m resisting showing any images of the work so far, until it is all finished.

 In my kitchen this month is this very clever bee hotel, a home for our solitary native bees and a gift from Weleda Australia. Founded by Rudolph Steiner, the father of biodynamic farming and anthroposophical medicine, Weleda produce an extensive range of quality organic and biodynamic skin and personal care products.

They have extended their commitment to wellness with the Bee B&B Hotel program, launching it in more than 70 Australian schools so far. Native bees play an important role in the pollination of our food plants. The project gives schools an opportunity to turn their kitchen garden into a place for these native solitary bees to take shelter and rear their young. The ‘bed’ is the bee hotel and the ‘breakfast’ is the school garden. You can find out all about this important initiative on the Bee Hotel website.

in my kitchen april 2017 - the barber of budapest book

 Another delightful gift I received recently was from the In My Kitchen host, and my friend, Liz Posmyk. Last year Liz successfully published her first book, The Barber of Budapest, a charming and heartfelt tribute to her Hungarian immigrant parents.

 In her memoir, Liz shares with us her family history and deeply personal memories of her much-loved parents, her upbringing and just some of the food with which her treasured mother kept their Hungarian legacy alive. It’s an absolute delight to read and her inclusion of a packet of Hungarian sweet paprika in the parcel was a thoughtful way to encourage me to try some of the delicious recipes she includes in the book. Do try to get your hands on a copy – contact Liz via her blog for details.

in my kitchen april 2017 - NZ food magazines

 The Bloke and I are only just returned from a brief walking trip in the spectacular Abel Tasman National Park, in the south island of New Zealand. I’ll be sharing some of my photos from that excursion in weeks to come, but I’ve got these fine New Zealand food magazines in my kitchen to remind me of the exceptional food culture they enjoy over there. I’m looking forward to playing in the new kitchen and trying some of these delicious recipes out.

 Shopping wasn’t a priority while hiking through the New Zealand bush, but I couldn’t resist an indulgent purchase in the duty free store on the way out of the country. I’m not a big liqueur drinker and don’t keep many in my kitchen, but am very fond of glugging orange flavoured booze into some of my baking and desserts. This blood orange Cointreau is richer in colour, tang and depth of flavour than usual and will be fun to play with.

In My Kitchen April 2017 - new liqueurs

The Chambord is a drink I’ve never tried, but a splash of raspberry flavoured liqueur in a glass of bubbly, or a white wine spritzer is a very appealing notion and something I’m sure I could get used to. And it came in such a pretty bottle.

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OzHarvest CookUp 500

24/02/2017 | By

Fun and fundraising – CookUp 500, a great evening where Adelaide’s finest chefs and food personalities got together to support OzHarvest.

OzHarvest founder Ronni Kahn at cookup 500

OzHarvest founder Ronni Kahn at Adelaide’s CookUp 500

Last week I took part in CookUp 500, a major fundraiser for OzHarvest here in Adelaide – the most successful food rescue organisation in South Australia. 

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The 2016 Symposium of Australian Gastronomy

16/12/2016 | By

The Symposium of Australian Gastronomy was first held in Adelaide in 1984. This year I attended as it came of age in Melbourne.

Symposium of Australian Gastronomy - madeleines & lamingtons for morning tea

What do Australian food thinkers have for morning tea? Madeleines & lamingtons, of course! (See Proust.)

On the first weekend in December this year I beetled over to Melbourne to attend a feast for both my brain and belly –  the 21st Symposium of Australian Gastronomy

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The Bee Friendly Garden – You Can Help Bees Thrive

16/09/2016 | By

Not all of us can keep bees, but “The Bee Friendly Garden” by Doug Purdie shows us how we can all help our most important pollinators to thrive.

Doug Purdie's "The Bee Friendly Garden"

Earlier this year a friend of mine wandered out into her large garden and was met by a horrifying sight.

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Kickstart for Kids Breakfast Program

09/09/2016 | By

Kickstart for Kids provides breakfast & lunch for the 1,000’s of disadvantaged small Australian children who go to school hungry. YOU can make a difference in their day.

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Before I sat down to write this post today I made sure my brain was switched on and fueled up by having breakfast – nothing flash, just some Weetbix with skim milk and a couple of cups of tea. 

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