Foraging for ink

I have been foraging, for plants to make inks and prints, and of course edibles too. I love the journey this takes me on, the presence when I am doing this and how I observe my surrounds in a different way. The photos above are taken by the lovely Helen Orr, while we out shooting…

Beautiful Bush Tucker in photos

I am alway fascinated by people’s relationship with plants,  their importance and their place in the native landscape, and yes I am a bit of an unashamed plant geek. The stories of  plants and their place is so important; not just for people, but as they are the basis of so many species’ existence. By…

Colours of Country- mindful journeys

Until I have developed my new website to host my. creative projects as a whole. I am going to use this space to share my botanical based print and ink art projects that I have been working on for several years. Earlier this year I spent 10 weeks in Laos doing a natural dye master…

Bright Brazilian Delight

Red bright and a sweet delight. Cherries and Christmas time for some reason are a pairing, but right up north we certainly don’t grow the more widely known cherries (Prunus cerasus) originally from Europe. We do have our own tropical cherries we can grow. These ones are Brazilian cherries or Eugenia uniflora, known as Pitanga…

Grow your own Laksa Paste

If you live in Darwin, you will know that there is a lot of activity going on at the moment about our iconic dish of Laksa. How did this dish originating in Malaysia and South East Asia become one of the iconic foods of Darwin? So many questions,  many relating to our climate, multicultural population…

Billy Goat Plum Territory Treats

Billy Goat Plums, or more recently “Kakadu Plums” are Terminalia ferdiandiana and have hit the mainstream headlines as a super food. Of course these have always been eaten by the people of northern Australia and fruit around May. I have been lucky enough to be able to collect some (with a permit), and even accompany Larrakia…

Top Twelve Top End Bush Tucker

The following article is based on something I published 4 years ago and it seems the surge in interest for Bush Tucker is growing. This was a “Top Ten” and I have added 2 more and related to the “Top End’ – Darwin, Kakadu and  Katherine region. I would also like to add that I…

Grow your own natives, talk and taste

There is something magical about sharing stories of the edible and useful plants in our native landscapes. It adds a tangible value and engages people that may not instantly be inspired by our beautiful ecosystems. I have had the privilege of being taught about bush tucker and native edibles by indigenous people on country as…

Christmas Kraut

This year I have been making Sauerkraut from green pawpaw with a touch of cabbage and his has been pretty successful. It all started after buying a weekly jar of very yummy Sauerkraut every week all the way from Byron Bay, with a good price tag on. After some research I decided it could not…