Diggings 28 March 2018

Getting creative with less. Recipe lessons from the Australian Women’s Weekly during wartime Major supermarket chains Coles and Woolworths have introduced restrictions on the purchase of these staple ingredients. Coles has also introduced “rationing” of minced meats. While this is not a genuine food crisis, these limitations will lead Australians to ponder the culinary possibilities of their pantries. Looking …

Diggings 3 March 2020

An ode to bánh mi In the west, we’re most familiar with bánh mì thịt nguội or bánh mì thịt (pork roll). Textural and full of punchy tastes, each bite is crunchy, meaty, tangy and fresh. The sambo starts with crusty baguette made of flour and, traditionally, a touch of rice flour. Next, the bun is moistened with mayonnaise, …

Prunings and pickings from the 13th New Zealand Symposium of Gastronomy and Food History, Hamilton Gardens 1 – 2 February 2020

This was my first New Zealand Symposium, and an enjoyable, stimulating and illuminating gathering it was. The theme was gardens, and the venue, appropriately, was the Hamilton Gardens with its Te Parapara Maaori garden and its kitchen, herb, and sustainable 'enclosed gardens'. Below are sketches of some of the highlights for me. The proceedings will …