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Festive Prawns

Posted by Simon Bryant

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Some 25 000 tonnes of prawns are caught from Australian waters per year. A great deal of these will end up on our tables on Christmas Day, as our enthusiasm for "chucking a prawn on the BBQ," has become almost ritualistic. So mention the word Christmas to a prawn and...

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getting old

Posted by Simon Bryant

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So you've worked your whole life, paid all that tax and generally contributed positively to society, I think you have the right to eat fresh and well in your twilight years, but it isn'y always the case....some food for thought. As a post script to the article above, it was...

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flour power

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The recent, almost epidemic, amount of dietary gluten related intolerances and allergies may have at first led to a blanket avoidance of wheat products for many, but a secondary effect has been to raise awareness that all flour is not created equally. I’m not touching the coeliac issue with a...

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there's a yabby on my barbie

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Everyone who grew up in Australia seems to have a fond memory of being a kid and catching yabbies....summer, a dam or stream, wet trouser legs, squishy mud between toes and the occasional nip to the finger. That said, yabbies are a little under- represented on restaurant menus, but they...

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rattle some pots and pans

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A few people have asked what I reckon are worthwhile equipment musts for a good cooker, but you might be surprised that there is very little shiny stuff in my kitchen..... Okay forget all the kitchen toyshops and gadgets, grab a wad of cash and buy a top quality 20...

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going native

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There is a little strip of soil in my driveway that I couldn't be bothered with when I started planting fruit and vegetables at home. The soil has never been "improved", it rarely gets watered and it gets absolutely hammered with northern sun, yet it is one of the most...

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cows on grass

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Grain fed beef is one of the most successful marketing stories in the food industry. There is simply not enough space in this article to begin a dissertation on how this happened so put a few keywords in google and get reading; (cheap US corn prices, faster growing cattle, marbled...

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chicken(ing) out

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I like chickens; they're intelligent, curious creatures with a way of going about their day to day business that just makes me smile. It's hard to be sad when you see a happy chicken. Unfortunately 90% of Australia's meat birds are produced under "conventional methods" which is a nice way...

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where the good stuff grows

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I am a mad keen vegie gardener and can vouch that homegrown tastes better, organic home grown better still. There are a few challenges to get a good vegie patch going, the right soil, watering regime, companion planting knowledge, correct planting times and places, harvest timing, maintenance and most of...

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this little piggy

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Okay, this picture of the crispy pig belly looks nice enough but could you eat it while thinking about images of sow stalls, farrowing crates, pigs crammed in sheds? Thankfully the decision by Australian Pork Limited last year to phase out sow stalls voluntarily by 2017 should improve conditions somewhat...

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lamb with a conscience

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There are a growing number of lamb producers who have built a production process around the welfare of their flock. This is one of the happier food industry scenarios whereby the product not only tastes better but these farmers can command a better price for their toil and the sheep...

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no garden? get sprouting

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I am a sprouter, there is always something in a hemp bag hanging in my kitchen, and if it sprouts I will eat it! (Believe me I have tried to sprout the maddest things). My all time favorite sprout is lentils; they have a great earthy flavour and the most...

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