Fourteen Fabulous Fruit from NOT faraway

Today the local food supply situation was brought to my attention once again, by an acquaintance and journalist. I have been pretty busy working in our native bush and my local food fascination sometime slides a little to the sidelines. Today I started making contacts about wanting to re-boost our local food stories and featuring…

Market Tour and Taste

For the last year or so I have run some occasional Market tours through “Healthy Darwin”, which is a City of Darwin, council program that subsidises the tour. We came up with the idea to connect people to their food more, by connecting them to local growers and familiarising them with the sometimes more ‘unusual’…

Botanical Alchemy from Darwin backyard plants

Originally posted on GULP NT:
Plants are amazingly diverse and used by humans in so many ways, not forgetting their intrinsic connection to all other beings. ¬†Here in the Top End we have an abundance of incredible native plants in our landscape and the ability to grow a huge array of Tropical plants for amenity,…

Seasonal Side for a Tropical Christmas

So are you enjoying a sweaty or stormy Christmas in Darwin this year? I hope so.. I love Christmas here, it’s quite and you get to hang out with friends in the yard, in the bush, or the pool with friends, family, cocktails, beer or all of the above. One thing that should be definitely…

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…

Open GArden at Lakeside Drive Community Garden

There are some wonderful community gardens around Darwin where you can meet knowledgeable people who grow veggies during the whole year and value community. This Sunday Lakeside Drive Community Garden is hosting an Open Garden. Anyone is invited to come along and check out the garden, meet members, work for the dole participants and express…

Fair Food the Documentary- Darwin Premiere

Originally posted on GULP NT:
GULP NT have teamed up with the Enviro collective (CDU) and Lakeside Drive Community Garden to Premiere this great doco in the NT. The AUSTRALIAN FOOD SOVEREIGNTY ALLIANCE INC (AFSA) has produced the film which looks at food systems and fair food. The movie will be screened under the stars…

Edible bush flowers- the colourful kapok

I just posted about the wonderful Kapok tree (Cochlospermum fraserii) which is in flower now. When I heard it was edible I put it in a pretty basic salad on a fishing trip. Since then I tried it in a very local salad using Snake beans grown in Humpty Doo (steamed and cooled), just hard…

Beauty and the Bush

At every time of the year our Top End landscapes hold treasures for the senses. At the moment there are some very common plants flowering prolifically and adding a splash of very different colours to the bush, also indicating the time in the year we are at (a mighty fine cool dry time) so can…

Jamaican Roots in Darwin

Our GULP (Growing and Using Local Produce Project showcases local Darwin community members and their local produce recipes, if you have a story to share let us know! Jamaican Roots in Darwin.

Top Ten of The Top End Bush Tuckers (plant based)

Just now it is an amazing time to be out and about in our native landscapes, which I have been doing over the last few weeks, with work and bushwalking. Our native plants are incredible and many are flowering after the last rains. Sadly I did not take my good camera walking, but nearer town…

Our native Grape!

So I am out and about in our beautiful landscapes and often feel lucky to be out surrounded by incredible plants and call it work! There are so many wonderful plants flowering and fruiting right now as the season changes- this includes the native grape- Ampelocissus acetosa. This vine shoots up as the wet season…