Rural NSW

Reflecting on a kinder 2012 and wishes for a happy 2013!

January 1, 2013
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Happy New Year! Wherever you are in the world, I hope you’re celebrating in style! We’re celebrating down the south coast of NSW in Tuross Heads with family, friends and plenty of good food and wine; fishing, foraging, sun and sand. There have been feasts galore and on new year’s eve last night, between mouthfuls […]

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A taste of the NSW South Coast and Southern Highlands

October 5, 2012
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There’s a mantra that’s gaining momentum: local produce is king. It seems to be an all-pervasive mantra and is no longer a niche philosophy reserved for the progressive and early adopters.  It’s one that is being increasingly repeated from market stall to kitchen tables; from small diners to fine dining kitchens where menus proudly tout […]

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Foraging for abalone and a recipe for abalone and chicken congee

October 9, 2011
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Foraging is the new black. No longer solely a pastime of individual or community hippies, herbalists, naturalists or ethnic groups – foraging is going mainstream and from the highly specialised and exclusive kitchens of Noma to local commercial kitchens, foraged food is finding its way onto menus and plates everywhere. It’s encouraging but not entirely […]

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Foraging for sea urchin roe

May 22, 2011
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Or should that be sea urchin gonads? Let’s not beat about the bush here. There’s no “roe” per se, the revered Italian ricci di mare or Japanese uni you find atop sushi is actually one of 5 gonad segments in a sea urchin. Didn’t think you’d ever eat reproductive organs? Sorry to burst that bubble. […]

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My top 10 memorable food holidays

December 25, 2010
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What a whirlwind year! 2010 has zipped past me like the Stig in a speeding Koenigsegg, with only the whispering ghosts of his lingering cologne as a souvenir to remind you that anything ever happened. Whilst we still have days to go till we launch into 2011, it’s not premature of me to call it […]

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SIFF Cabramatta Allsorts Barbeque and all sorts of anniversaries

October 9, 2010
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Last Saturday the vibrant city of Cabramatta in Sydney’s western suburbs hosted a barbeque as part of the CRAVE Sydney International Food Festival (SIFF). The Cabramatta Allsorts Barbeque in Freedom Plaza was covered by Simon Marnie’s 702AM ABC Weekends show and I had the good fortune to be asked to be interviewed on the show […]

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Of genetics, fast cars and good wine

August 14, 2010
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Fancy a tipple? We’ve all heard that drinking in moderation is fine – even good for our health in low enough doses, but what does “moderation” mean for each of us? In Australia, guidelines suggest women drink no more than 2 standard drinks a day, men no more than 4 standard drinks – it doesn’t […]

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Foraging for wild mushrooms in Oberon

April 21, 2010
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Welcome to the first post on my brand spanking new blog! It’s been a phenomenally long hiatus, but coding issues are (mostly) sorted, and I’m leaving my old blog Foraging Otaku behind and starting afresh with a new blog name – The Gourmet Forager. I thought it was only befitting then that my first post […]

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A wintery Christmas in July (or December)

December 2, 2009
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Christmas in July. No that’s not a misprint. I’m a little behind on my posts, and some lovely friends gently reminded me of this a few weekends ago. We settle down with flutes of Veuve Clicquot and nibbles as other guests bustle in, faces flushed from the cold mountain air, armfuls of winter jackets being […]

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Foraging at Orange F.O.O.D week

April 29, 2009

Our good friends DanW and KatieB visited Orange in country NSW many years ago and fell in love with the food culture prevalent in the region and have contemplated leaving the big smoke behind to start up an organic farm there ever since. The same friends were the driving force behind getting us all to […]

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