Jan 252017
 

Joke of the week

Someone complained that my jokes were not labelled as jokes (and that sometimes it was hard to tell that they were actually jokes). Now corrected (at least the first part).

Turning vegan is a big missed steak.

A map of Eltham’s cafes

One of my little side projects has been to frequent each of Eltham’s 27(!) cafes (Eltham being the suburb where I live). To mark the project’s completion, I have developed a map of where all the cafes are, their contact details and their menus. It also encompasses the 2 cafes in Research and the 1 cafe in Eltham North. The page includes downloadable menus for all except 3 of the cafes. Click here to view the page.

It is interesting to note how many of the cafes have changed hands recently. Eltham Tea House, Frio Cafe and Restaurant and The Common have all changed hands within the last month or so. Colin’s Place, Second Home and Shillinglaw Cafe & Restaurant have all changed hands in the last year or so. And Health Bar Melbourne, Melbourne Hotdog & Burger House, Old Evropa Bakery and Weidlich Food Store are all new(ish). So, a third of all the cafes can be thought of as new(ish).

If anyone wants to, I’d be happy to work with them to develop a similar map for their suburb. If you give me a comprehensive list of the cafes in your suburb, I’ll create a map of these cafes and put it on the website. As I have discovered, the best starting point for creating your list is Zomato.

In passing, I have found out that just about all cafes will serve my favourite coffee: a long black in a mug with both cold milk and hot water on the side. The milk on the side means that I can limit how much milk is in the coffee and the water on the side means that I can trade off volume against strength to suit my (as opposed to their) tastes.

Vale Locheilan Farmhouse Cheeses

Unfortunately, Locheilan Farmhouse Cheeses will no longer be a stallholder at Eltham Farmers’ Market. As the owners, Sue and Bruce McGorlick, edge towards a well-earned retirement, they have leased their business, and are hoping to sell it. Sue says: “The new people are going to farm ethically, with far fewer stock and leaving the calves with the cows after calving.

Sue and Bruce are precisely the sort of people who make visiting farmers’ markets such a delight. They are true professionals, devoted to their craft of cheese making. They are generous with their free tastings. And they are chatty, happy to discuss any aspects of cheese with anyone at their stall. They will be missed.

More zucchini recipes

Two more zucchini recipes, this time from Duang Tengtrirat: quick pickled zucchini and zucchini ricotta cheese bake.

Click here to view any or all of the 19 zucchini recipes now in our database.

‘Too cute to eat’ snacks

Here’s a video about how to make ‘penguin snacks’ (olives, cream cheese and carrots).

New events

What’s cooking (9 sessions)

What: Go along and explore new foods, share recipes, a laugh and lunch. Activities and guest speakers. Well behaved children welcome.
When: 1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month, from 2nd February to 15th June, all midday-2pm.
Where: Whittlesea Community House.
Cost: gold coin donation.
Enquiries: Whittlesea Community House by phone (9716 3361) or email.
Bookings: their website.
Further information: LFC calendar.

Introduction to worm farming (Carlton)

What: Worm farming is a great way to reduce your household food waste. It is easy to do and creates nutritious plant food for your garden. Join Richard Thomas, Director of Wormlovers, for a talk on worm types, anatomy and behaviour, worms as a waste management process, worm farming as a critical sustainability action, the nutrient cycle and soil, plant and animal health. Richard will demonstrate different types of worm farms, practical worm farm management, and vermiculture outputs including ‘worm juice’ and how to use it. Bookings essential.
When: Saturday, 4th February, 2-3pm.
Where: Carlton Library.
Cost: free.
Bookings: Eventbrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Introductory cooking class (12 sessions)

What: Twelve Wednesday sessions, starting 8th February. This cooking club offers a fun learning opportunity to improve your cooking skills using simple and economic recipes. Participants not only learn to cook a range of yummy meals and snacks but they also get to share the meal they cooked with others in the group and also take home the recipe and another meal for home.
When: each Wednesday, starting 8th February, midday-2pm.
Where: The Bridge, Preston.
Cost: $100.
Enquiries: The Bridge by phone (9484 5806) or email.
Bookings: their website.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Keeping quails with Kat Lavers

What: Keeping quails is a fantastic way to produce eggs in a small garden. They are quieter than chickens and hardy too. In this workshop, Kat will introduce you to her covey of quails and discuss their food and housing needs, including tips and tricks to reduce maintenance. Bookings essential.
When: Saturday, 11th February, 11am-midday.
Where: Collingwood Library.
Cost: free.
Bookings: Eventbrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Plan, buy, cook with Food Know How

What: The average household in Australia throws away $2,000 worth of food every year, and one out of five bags of shopping that is purchased is never eaten. Learn simple ways to reduce food waste and save you time and money with this presentation by Food Know How. Bookings essential.
When: Saturday, 11th February, midday-1pm.
Where: Collingwood Library.
Cost: free.
Bookings: Eventbrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Introduction to worm farming (Collingwood)

What: Worm farming is a great way to reduce your household food waste. It is easy to do and creates nutritious plant food for your garden. Join Richard Thomas, Director of Wormlovers, for a talk on worm types, anatomy and behaviour, worms as a waste management process, worm farming as a critical sustainability action, the nutrient cycle and soil, plant and animal health. Richard will demonstrate different types of worm farms, practical worm farm management, and vermiculture outputs including ‘worm juice’ and how to use it. Bookings essential.
When: Saturday, 11th February, 1-2pm.
Where: Collingwood Library.
Cost: free.
Bookings: Eventbrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Cake art – fun with fondant (4 sessions)

What: Join them as they turn ordinary into extraordinary! Turn pipe dreams into piping dreams!
When: each Friday for 4 weeks, starting 17th February, all 1-3pm.
Where: Whittlesea Community House.
Cost: $60.
Enquiries: Johanna at Whittlesea Community House by phone (9716 3361) or email.
Bookings: their website.
Further information: LFC calendar.

Summer planting workshop for children

What: This workshop is being organised by a partnership of Yarra Libraries, Richmond Community Learning Centre and Lynette from The Cubby House. Kids will get to pot up their own plant to take home. All materials provided. Age 3+. Bookings essential.
When: Thursday, 23rd February, 11.30am-12.30pm.
Where: Richmond Library.
Cost: free.
Bookings: Eventbrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

FareShare kitchen garden

What: FareShare kitchen garden was created in 2016 on a strip of wasteland between Victoria Park railway station and Victoria Park oval to grow vegetables for FareShare – Australia’s largest charity kitchen. There are 70 beds created by volunteers. Visitors can tour the garden which is currently producing eggplant, zucchini, carrots, silverbeet, Jerusalem artichoke and a trial crop of sweet potato varieties. The Backyard Honey beekeeper will also be in the garden to remind us all about the important role healthy local bees play in supporting our productive edible garden.
When: Friday, 24th February, 12.30-3.30pm.
Where: Fareshare garden, Abbotsford.
Cost: free.
Enquiries: FareShare by phone (9428 0044) or email.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Farmer Incubator’s 2017 garlic fiesta

What: Do you want to support local agriculture? Do you want to meet the young people who are helping grow your food? Do you want to get your hands on your 2017 supply of garlic? And do you like to boogie?! There will be live music, a dance floor to carve up, delicious food and drink, and of course lots and lots of organically and locally grown garlic for sale, so come along and support our young farmers.
When: Friday, 24th February, 6-11pm.
Where: SEEDs Communal Garden, Brunswick.
Cost: $27.
Bookings: Eventbrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Chicken chatter

What: Learn about starting your own pen and basic care of chickens with Maria McCarter from Sunset Valley Chicks. Maria will show some of her own chickens on the day and will offer advice on the benefits of sustainable living and also chickens being wonderful pets.
When: Tuesday, 21st March, 11.30am-12.30pm.
Where: Diamond Valley Library, Greensborough.
Cost: free.
Enquiries: Dione Fisher by phone (9434 3809) or email.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

The herb and chilli festival

What: A two-day festival celebrating all things related to herbs and chillis. The festival brings together a variety of cuisines and cultural elements from around Melbourne and beyond. Visitors to the festival will see, smell, taste and imbibe food and wine in a multitude of forms. They will meet and talk with passionate producers who will teach them about their cuisine. There will be demonstrations, talks, tastings, music, dance and even competitions to enter. Activities for all ages. They will have 40+ varieties of chillies and a large range of herbs for sale. Free entry for children under 14.
When: Saturday, 18th March and Sunday, 19th March, both 10am-5pm.
Where: Wandin North.
Cost: $24 (children free).
Enquiries: Clive Larkman by phone (9735 2962) or email.
Bookings: TryBooking.
Further information: their website.

Healthy productive compost and worms

What: What you will learn: the importance of compost for soil health; how to fix common composting problems; and setting up and looking after a worm farm. Presented by Maria Ciavarella. Learn how to make great compost, the essential ingredient for a thriving and healthy garden. You will also look at worm farms and Bokashi as other options. You will also be shown how to make a DIY worm farm using recycled products.
When: Thursday, 23rd March, 6.30-9pm.
Where: Bulleen Art & Garden Nursery.
Cost: $45.
Enquiries: BAAG by phone (8850 3030).
Bookings / Further information: WeTeachMe.

Planning your Winter veggie garden

What: Learn how to grow a bumper winter veggie crop. Includes a presentation, Q&A session and a walk around the Balwyn Community Garden.
When: Saturday, 25th March, 2-4pm.
Where: Balwyn Community Centre.
Cost: free.
Enquiries: Diana Vidovic from Boroondara Council by phone (9278 4347) or email.
Bookings: Eventbrite.
Further information: LFC calendar.

Summary of upcoming events

Over the next week

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Over the next month

Click here for the complete calendar of upcoming events. Click here for help in how to view the calendar selectively (e.g. search for events in a given suburb).

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