Diggings 11 June 2022

As the world heads for apocalyptic hunger as a result of war, climate change and entirely predictable supply chain breakdowns , in Australia it's all about the price of lettuce; a fascinating piece of research into Pacifika women blackbirded/enslaved in Australia in the late 19th century; the usual warning about winter mushroom foraging and on …

Diggings 20 May 2022

Posting this on the eve of the Australian Federal election 2022 so can't resist leading with a cute story about what I consider the great Oz food icon of the 21st century - the Democracy Sausage. Lots of other good diggings in this issue also including the exciting ongoing revelations of Aboriginal foodways 65,000 in …

Diggings 2 May 2002

Discovering Australia's oldest published cookbook, the real origin of grandma's flummery, Indian diner NIMBYism, another scheme to make the arid plains of the north Australia's veg basket and more. The promotion Fern syrup, stewed eel and native currant jam: this 1843 recipe collection may be Australia’s earliest cookbook A chance find in a colonial newspaper from …

Jelly Crystals and Evaporated Milk: On the trail of the ‘Australian flummery’

 It was the kind of observation on Australian history by a new chef that ever-so-slightly irks the food historian in me and sets me sleuthing for the evidence to back up it up. Phil Wood, chef-owner of up-scale restaurant Ursula’s, in Paddington in an April 2022 article by journalist Max Brearley on a revival of …