Posts Tagged ‘bush tucker

Bushies team up with freaks and mongrels

Sep 27, 2012 | Discuss

Bushies team up with freaks and mongrels

The humble cabbage took a bollocking from botanist Peter Latz at the launch of a bush medicines section at Alice Springs’ community garden earlier this month. The Hermannsburg-born author of Bushfires And Bushtucker threw diplomacy to the wind as he compared the traditional plants wild-harvested by the Arrernte with the “freaks and mongrels” they will be growing alongside in Burke Street. His point, perhaps a little overstated for dramatic effect, was that we have bred much of the nutritio...Read more

And now for brunch

Sep 22, 2010 | 1 Comment

And now for brunch

After this year’s Bushfood competition at the Desert Festival,  I’ve commenced a self-managed apprenticeship to the masterful cooks who plied delighted festival-goers with such a plethora of tastes, textures and new ways of thinking about food this year. I began on Sunday night with a slightly bodgied version of Hujjat Nadarajah’s victorious Bushtucka Bademjoon Persian roo and eggplant stew, foregoing the Quangdong Addas Poloh persian lentil quangdong rice Hujjat served it up ...Read more

Aussie food enters wild new terrain

Sep 12, 2010 | Discuss

Aussie food enters wild new terrain

Former Alice Springs chef Miranda Sage was well-known for her culinary achievements when she lived here in years gone by … but in recent years she has gone completely wild. The evidence is her Totally Wild Terrine, Salad and Pickles, which won Miranda equal first prize in the Alice Springs Desert Festival’s Wild Bushfoods Recipe Competition. That made it two years in a row for Miranda, who last year entered an equally beautifully presented Bushman’s Bag and Swag. It’s onl...Read more

A Bush Christmas Cake

Dec 23, 2009 | Discuss

A Bush Christmas Cake

Rayleen Brown, the genius behind Alice Springs catering firm Kungkas Can cook, came up with this magnificent and relatively easy recipe for a Bush Christmas Cake. The fact is it'll be Christmas whenever you cook it. You’ll need dried quandongs, lemon myrtle and wattle seed for the bush part - but Rayleen says it’s OK to cheat a little....Read more

Festive foraging

Dec 21, 2009 | Discuss

Festive foraging

Many of us are closet foragers - or have been foragers as children. Why is it that we have been convinced that the only food worth picking comes off a supermarket shelf. Bush products researcher Ange Vincent likes to forage for her food - and in arid Alice Springs it's amazing what she can find on an early morning stroll around the neighbourhood....Read more

Miranda’s Bush Tucker Bag

Sep 19, 2009 | 1 Comment

Miranda's Bush Tucker Bag

‘What’s that jolly jumbuck you’ve got in your tucker bag?” “Well, actually, officer, it’s not a jumbuck. It’s … well it’s a bit more complicated than that …’’ “Sure, tell that to the judges.’’ There was no need for Miranda Sage to jump in the billabong after she presented her dish at this year’s Bush foods Recipe Competition. In fact, the judges were so impressed by the contents of her tucker bag they gave her first prize for best savoury dish. Miranda de...Read more

Rhodanthe's Ruby Juice

Sep 15, 2009 | Discuss

ou’re never too young to appreciate bush foods – and maybe youth is an advantage when it comes to valuing the treasures that grow all around us. Rhodanthe Collins’ ruby juice was a source of considerable excitement for the under-10s at this year’s Bush Foods Recipe Competition (2009). Ruby is pictured here with Bush Foods co-ordinator Rebecca Goodenham...Read more