From phenomenal plant to culinary anachronism: Sechium edule in Australia

Many thanks to Dr Alison Vincent for permission to post her fascinating research on chokos, the once ubiquitous vine that adorned outside toilets in many an Australian backyard. Choko pickles became a standard at agricultural shows and on the tables in many an Australian kitchen. Baked chokos sat next to peas, carrots and mash at …

Olives and I

The first olives I cured at home were kalimata that I helped mates harvest from their small grove in Orange.  I had long had a book on curing olives and cooking with them and went to it for a method. Doing the scoring and soaking and so on seemed too much effort so I chose …

The Death of the Democracy Sausage? In November 2018, Bunnings, the Australian hardware retailer issued new guidelines for charities who raise funds from sausage sizzles outside Bunnings’ stores. A sausage sizzle at its simplest is the act of cooking thin beef mince sausages on a barbecue hot plate (never the grill section) and serving it …