Sensational Sides with Tropical Fruit- Vietnamese Style Jackfruit Salad

Jackfruit is abundant in Darwin, the largest tree fruit on earth and a staple food for so many in the Tropical world. Jackfruit (Atrocarpus heterophyllus) originates from South India. In Moraceae (the mulberry family) The fruit is versatile and can be used in many forms- ripe or unripe. Above the Jackfruit pictured is pretty fully…

Tropical Fruit Chia pudding

Yesterday I ran a workshop, with a focus all about making sensational sides from Tropical fruit that we can grow right in our backyards, with a focus on Mango, Jackfruit and pawpaw, both ripe and unripe and both cooked or raw. We actually made this Chia desert with Jackfruit- chopped up and added into layers,…

Upcoming “TOTE” workshops Late 2017

I have 3 upcoming workshops all about our wonderful seasonal produce; which are delivered in partnership with City of Darwin’s Healthy Darwin program. These workshops hope to connect the Darwin community to our local produce and climate here in the Top End, inspiring attendees to buy from local farmers, grow their own and make local…

Seasonal sides for a Festive Feast

Back by popular demand – Seasonal Sides for a festive feast; plus Gifts from the Garden. Are you sweating it out in the Top End this festive season? Well come along and learn how to make the most out of local produce, growing now in gardens or in Darwin region farms and turn it into…

Pickled fish- Darwin deviants of Namas

So Namas, nummus, or pickled fish is a bit of a Darwin classic and many people have their favourite recipe. In Darwin its origins seem to come from SE Asia or Japan and is another great influence into Darwin cuisine. Well I don’t eat fish too often, and only if it is caught by a…

Wet Season salad mix

So for those of you that thought growing salad mix in the wet season just wasn’t happening, here is some inspiration… (maybe the wet season is what isn’t happening, so I don’t want to be too confusing, but hey you know what I mean, that humid sticky time of year that many plants don’t like,…

Uplifting Tumeric tonic

Wow, it has been so long since I last posted. I am now working with the conservation of our incredible native landscapes and seem to be quite absorbed in it! It is quite the fight in a place where the Government seems to be pushing their own growth agenda, with little community engagement or respect…

12 and a half ways to crack an egg (dish)

I am not sure if this is slightly inspired by Easter and conversations and traditions arising about eggs, but I have had the urge to share the wonderful things you can do with eggs. I personally did not grow up with egg traditions (or religion) at Easter, beyond hunting for chocolate eggs. My interpretation of…

Bush Tucker (Super) smoothies

I recently wrote about the abundant Terminalia ferdinandiana, which is a wonderful commonly occurring tree in our Savanna woodland, that is fruiting right now. It is well known to contain really high amounts of vitamin C.  The Conservation Land Management Students, studying with Yvette at Greening Australia had been collecting the seed to save and propagate…

A Darwin Dog’s Dinner

So to cut along story short, we have a big mob of dogs right now (4), which soon will be three- the ones photographed below. We share the love with our neighbours who are dog free! It’s pretty popular to have a dog in Darwin, in fact there seems to be an overload sometimes, ones…

Eat Local Feed Global- an outdoor delight

As part of our GULP project had a wonderful food share and work shop at the Mulch Pit in Rapid Creek this November for Eat Local, Feed Global Oxfam campaign that highlights the craziness of our food systems and how eating local can help others further away!. The night was a beautiful twighlight evening and raised money  for…