Oct 052016

Eltham Farmers’ Market on 9th October: a special market

face-paintingThe 9th October market will be a special market to officially launch the videos of our local farmers and their stories. It will include:

  • A free competition where you have the opportunity to win a shopping bag of market produce of your choice. Vicky Ward MP will draw the winner from a hat (or equivalent).
  • Free face painting for the children.
  • Emelia Jackson, third in MasterChef in 2014, demonstrating how to cook with some of the produce from the market.

You can view all the videos of our local farmers on our website.

The last video stars competition

isabellaThe farmer starring in this week's video is Isabella Amouzandeh from Sugarloaf Produce. Click here to watch the video and enter the competition. This is the last of the video competitions so, if you have not previous entered one and you want a free hessian bag (every correct entry gets one), enter now!

The winner of the fourth week’s competition (Arthurs Creek Garlic) has now been selected (by random draw). Congratulations, Sarah Rattray.

Community gardens in Nillumbik and Banyule (and elsewhere)

One of my little projects has been to try and get all the local community gardens to give me some words and photos for the website. The latest response is for the Thrive community garden in Diamond Creek. There are now pages for 8 of the gardens:

Because it has taken longer than expected to get the Nillumbik and Banyule data, I have not proactively pursued further afield. But I would be more than happy to include any community gardens from anywhere in North East Melbourne. Just email me with some words and photos. In the meantime, here are some links which list some of the community gardens in the wider area:

Mac’s tip of the week

Have you got aphids on your new spring growth? I have seen them thick on some roses and on the odd fruit tree. Step one is to simply rub them off with your fingers or squirt them off with the hose – as most don’t yet have wings, this it may do the trick. Check again in a week and then maybe apply a soapy water / neam oil / or pyrethrum spray if they are back. However, always hold off nuking them with stronger insecticides as before you know it the weather will change and populations will subside anyway. Also, lady bugs and lacewings eat aphids, so make sure none are in sight as pyrethrum is a contact (low impact) insecticide that will kill them too! Until next time, remember: dirty hand are good hands.

Macleod’s upcoming auction in the news

macleodRobin Gale-Baker and Chris Newman in the 28th September edition of the Leader. The event is on 15th October.

Parsley and pecan pesto

Do you, like me, currently have lots of parsley that you don’t know what to do with? If so, have a look at the new recipe from Pam Jenkins: parsley and pecan pesto. As I can personally attest, it tastes yummy. And, as Pam says, “it uses quite a lot of parsley to make quite a small amount of pesto”, which means the same as “making a reasonable amount of pesto will use up a huge amount of parsley”.

On the subject of cooking meals: as part of a project to eat my way through the Local Food Directory, I recently ordered a vegetarian shepherd’s pie from a local, online delivery organisation. Alongside the picture of the shepherd’s pie were the words “comes with potatoes, onions, garlic, lentils, mushrooms, celery, carrots, cashews & tomato paste”. It arrived this week and it comprised … some potatoes, some onions, some garlic, etc. That’s right: what they sent me was the ingredients for a shepherd’s pie, not the pie itself! Plus a printed recipe. Not quite the ‘ready meal’ I was expecting!

International food days

I got two emails this week about international food days, one about the lack of local events celebrating International Coffee Day (1st October) and the other about an upcoming event celebrating World Vegan Day (23rd October). That got me thinking: what other ‘official food days’ are there?

I soon discovered National Chocolate Day (7th July), where I sadly missed all the events that happened in the CBD in 2016. I then discovered that, although World Vegan Day is on 23rd October this year in Melbourne, it is usually on the last Sunday of October and, in the rest of the world (including Adelaide), it is on 1st November (apparently to coincide with the Day of the Dead).

In any event (sic), to make sure that you can plan your celebratory events for next year, here are some of the ‘official food days’ that have at least some profile in Australia:

  • hummusMarch 22nd: World Water Day.
  • 47 days before Easter: Pancake Day.
  • May 13th: International Hummus Day.
  • June 1st: World Milk Day.
  • June 18th: International Sushi Day.
  • May 6th: International No Diet Day.
  • May 28th: National Hunger Day.
  • May 28th: National Burger Day.
  • May (3rd Sunday): World Baking Day.
  • July 7th: World Chocolate Day.
  • July 21st: International Lamington Day.
  • August (1st Friday): International Beer Day.
  • October 1st: International Coffee Day.
  • October 1st: World Vegetarian Day.
  • October 2nd: World Farm Animals Day.
  • omeletteOctober 16th: World Food Day.
  • October 25th: World Pasta Day.
  • October (2nd Friday): World Egg Day.
  • November 1st: World Vegan Day (but see the discussion above).

Looking at this list, December is currently a gap and I have decided to appropriate December 1st for a new National Cheese and Onion Omelette Day. Start organising your events for that day now!

Salvador Dali’s cookbook is being re-printed

daliLes Diners de Gala is exactly the sort of thing one might imagine Dali producing. See the reviews at Colossal and Brain Pickings. Buy the book.

New events

Melbourne Salami Festa

What: Activities will include: salami tasting with some of Australia’s best artisan brands displaying and selling their product; a few of Melbourne’s top restaurants will also have mini pop up versions of themselves; various demonstrations that cover breaking down the pig, to making salami and mortadella; the makers who have entered the competition, where you will have the chance to meet the families competing, taste their wares and learn their secrets; and live music.
When: Saturday, 8th October, 10am-10pm and Sunday, 9th October, 10am-6pm.
Where: Northcote Town Hall.
Cost: $10-15 (workshops and demonstrations are extra).
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: their website.

Casserole Club: it’s great to share a plate

What: Do you love cooking and want to make a positive impact in your community? The Casserole Club, in conjunction with Ceres Tamil Feasts, will present an eggplant curry cooking demonstration where you will hear about how you can share a home-cooked meal with an older person in your neighbourhood. The Casserole Club connects people who love to cook with older residents who enjoy a home cooked meal.
When: Thursday, 13th October, 7-8pm.
Where: Coburg Library.
Cost: free.
Enquiries: Moreland Council by phone (9353 4000) or email.
Bookings: Eventbrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Become a junior chocolatier

What: In a 45 minute ‘parent-free zone’, children aged 6–12 years can learn from their chocolatiers how to make their very own chocolate creations. Includes personalised badge, chef’s hat and apron, graduation certificate plus take home three chocolate creations to enjoy.
When: Saturday 15th October at 9am, Saturday 22nd October at 10am, Saturday 29th October at 10am and Saturday 26th November at 10am, all for 45 minutes.
Where: Yarra Glen.
Cost: $40.
Enquiries: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery by phone (9730 2777) or email.
Bookings: their website.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Introduction to natural beekeeping (two day)

What: Suitable for beginners, and ideal for the backyarder, this two-day event will cover such subjects as: equipment, legislation, choosing the location, ongoing maintenance and harvesting. The event is being run by the Natural Beekeeping Group of Permaculture Victoria.
When: Saturday 15th October and Sunday, 16th October, both 10am-4pm.
Where: Mitcham.
Cost: $200 for members of Permaculture Victoria; $250 for non-members.
Enquiries/Bookings: Claire Smith by email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

World Vegan Day Melbourne

What: This event offers a broad and exciting range of examples of what it means to live vegan. Whether you are passionate about health and wellbeing, fitness, cooking, beauty and body care, fashion, kids and family activities, politics, business, animal rights, sustainability, self-sufficiency, music, creativity, or just love devouring delicious food and drinks – World Vegan Day has something for everyone. Regardless of whether you are already vegan or simply curious to find out more about the lifestyle, this event is an opportunity to explore what is on offer in this ever-more accessible lifestyle. The main attractions include: hundreds of exhibitor stalls; local, interstate and international speakers; food and drink vendors; cooking demo stage; and ancestral eating and gardening area.
When: Sunday, 23rd October, 10am-8pm.
Where: Royal Melbourne Show Grounds, Ascot Vale.
Cost: No entrance fee is mentioned.
Further information: their website.

Backyard irrigation workshop

What: Learn how to save water and water more effectively in this workshop on dripline irrigation for backyard gardens. The workshop will cover basic theory, installation, and maintenance of your irrigation system. Facilitated by Angelo Eliades from Deep Green Permaculture. Hosted by Earth Co-op and Murundaka Cohousing Community.
When: Sunday, 23rd October, 2.30-5pm.
Where: Murundaka Cohousing Community, Heidelberg Heights.
Cost: $6.
Bookings: Eventbrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Summary of upcoming events

Over the next week
Over the next month

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

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