Jan 272016

horseradishAnother month, another article from Helen Simpson

Helen’s article for February is on lesser known herbs. She discusses perilla (Perilla frutescens), horseradish (Armoracia rusticana), French tarragon (Artemesia dracunculus) and Moroccan tea mint (Mentha spicata var. crispa). In each case, she covers both how to grow it and how to eat it. Read the full article.

Another week, another (timely) recipe

This week’s recipe is for spicy Indian tomato chutney, courtesy of Felicity Gordon.

Two new food producers in the Local Food Directory

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PoppySmack Sugarloaf Produce

To look at the whole Directory, go to either the tabular list or the category/map interface.

Did you know that the Directory is searchable by township/suburb (or postcode)? For example, here are the results for Warrandyte. In the tabular list, simply click any township. In the category/map interface, type in any township/suburb in the relevant field in the right hand sidebar.

The Little Organic Shop in Hurstbridge is seemingly no more

From their Facebook page: “I am now following my passion and farming in Flowerdale. I now do locally grown, chemical free farmers’ boxes delivered to your home or workplace.” and “The shop is now a produce processing/packing space and office space.

Food poetry

Newsletter reader Pam Jenkins recently retired and now has the time to write ‘food poetry’. For example:

There was a lady who wouldn’t watch telly

Got a rumbling sound in her belly

So she took off her red hat

And her purple cravat

And turned apples and mint into jelly.

My understanding is that Pam really did wear a red hat whilst making her mint jelly.

New events

Italian savoury preserves

What: Italians have perfected the art of the antipasto platter, with delicious savoury pickled vegetables often made with fresh organic veggies from their own gardens. You will use many home-grown vegetables to create lovely preserves done in the Italian style. Then you will make a couple of pasta sauces that can be preserved for future use – fast-food the Italian way! A jar of everything you make is taken home by each student as well as recipes for the techniques that you followed.
When: Wednesday, 24th February, 10am-1pm.
Where: Donvale.
Cost: $55.
Enquiries: Maria Ciavarella by phone (0424 083057) or email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Summary of upcoming events

Over the next week


Over the next month

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