1. Sweet Treats from Ada de la Harpe
Ada was my grandmother and I am chuffed that three of her recipes were selected for inclusion on Sweet Treats from Around the World, K & T Roufs, ABC-Clio, July 2014.Ada de La Harpe's Christmas Cake (Sri Lanka)
(Courtesy of her grandson, Paul van Reyk, from The Recipe Book of Ada de la Harpe, a Sri Lankan Dutch Burgher Woman, 2013. Sydney, Australia: Privately Published, pp. 95-97. Accessed July 27, 2013.
This is an adaptation of the transcription of Ada de La Harpe's Christmas Cake recipe provided by Paul van Reyk. For a beautiful facsimile version of the original from Ada's "Cookery Book" see van Reyk (2013), pp. 95-97.
Ada de La Harpe's "Singapore Pudding," and Sago Pudding (Sri Lanka)
(Courtesy of her grandson, Paul van Reyk, from The Recipe Book of Ada de la Harpe, a Sri Lankan Dutch Burgher Woman, 2013. Sydney, Australia: Privately Published, p. 100. Accessed July 27, 2013.)
Ada de La Harpe's "Sweets" (Sweetened "Cajunuts" [Cashews], Sri Lanka)
(Courtesy of her grandson, Paul van Reyk, from The Recipe Book of Ada de la Harpe, a Sri Lankan Dutch Burgher Woman, 2013. Sydney, Australia: Privately Published, pp. 99-100. Accessed 27 July 2013.)
2. Asian Food Heritage Project
Dear all, I have become involved in this project (ta Jean J )which is only at the inception stage of putting together a proposal for project funding. The basic thrust is to do for Asian and South Asian food material what is being done more thoroughly in recent years for foods of Europe and the Americas. I am looking for any leads any of you have for anyone in academe or otherwise doing research or projects around identifying heritage foods in South Asian and Asian foods and/or preserving/propagating etc. Happy to send more info to those interested though the parameters of the project are still being refined.
But mainly as I am not in academe and so have bugger all wherewithal to do the kinds of searches that might prove fruitful, I am hoping some of you may have 6 or less or even more degrees of separation from people who I might get onto. David Thompson is already in the fold.
3. Are broccoli stalks the next kale?
‘If you're looking for tomorrow's hot ingredients—and today's top values—start with the compost bin. How different foods go from trash to treat to trite.’
Ta to Helen Campbell for finding this article. Most of you know wasting perfectly edible and indeed delicious bits of animals, fruit and veg has been a bugbear of mine for some time so it’s great to see any article that promotes people repurposing pre-compost. One of my treasured gifts is a copy of Tasty Dishes from Waste Items by Argona Reejhsingani published in India in 1973 which often provides inspiration as I stare at the waste on my kitchen table. The things she does with vegetable peels alone are dazzling.
4. Gut reaction Part 1
Thrilling first part of a two part Catalyst program looking at one of my favourite subjects - gut bacteria, and in this program how changing diet changes the gut bacteria profile and may well change your health. Oh, and a lot of it is filmed in my new favouritest Sydney building, the Charles Perkins Centre at Sydney Uni which I have only so far seen from outside but will now hurry and go into and marvel at its interior used to stunning effect as a stand in for the gut itself.
5. Duopoly Money
“No other country in the world has as large a percentage of its dry groceries market controlled by two chains’, says (Nick) Xenophon. “We have been bums to allow that to happen.”
This article by Malcolm Knox in The Monthly August 2014 is an excellent expose of ‘Coles, Woolworths and the price we pay for their domination’. I thought I knew all there was about it but gees I was wrong. I had no idea of the extent to which their ‘vertical’ integration has led to them dominating so many other sectors than food distribution. It not matter to some of you, but I am shocked to know that Wesfarmers which owns Coles also owns Bunnings the mega hardware store that has in the last months become the ONLY hardware option for many of us in the Inner West as our local stores close down. Given Bunnings has a growing garden section I am worried about how long some of the small independent nurseries are going to be able to hold out also.