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Chips deconstructed

1 Nov

The internet is a wondrous place. You can go off on a serendipitous journey and learn yet another new thing. Take the Aussie restaurant Jimmy Grants. It takes its name from a cockney-fied version of ‘immigrants’ and covers the Greeks, Italians and Middle Eastern families that emigrated to Australia decades ago. Jimmy Grants picks up on this history and (Greek) culture and conveys these through its menu, decor and website.

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deconstructed pommes frites

The restaurant is one of a series owned by chef George Calombaris (yeah, the family name is a give-away). To mix the old with the new, Jimmy Grants recently did a knolling shoot (have to parade this new word I found yesterday) of six special menu items.

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deconstructed salad with pulses and cereal grains

The menu item bonegilla is a chicken & lamb combo with onions, parsley & condiments, as you can see deconstructed below. EatMelbourne explains that it’s named after the Bonegilla camp near Wodonga, Victoria, which temporarily housed refugees and assisted European immigrants after World War 2. It aimed to teach the ‘jimmy-grants’ to speak English and help them learn about the way of life Down Under.

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The homer: falafel (pulses again, jolly good show!), greek yoghurt and hellenic slaw – sounds most mediterranean.

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And picking up on more immigrant lore, the patris: a souvlaki (or souva, as its more commonly referred to over there) with skewer-grilled prawns, cucumber, honey, mayonnaise, mint and coriander. The menu item name is given by the ship that carried migrants to Australia, broadsheet tells us. Lookee here, it used to carry to Cape Town too!

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Elders with amazing life experience

11 Feb

logo-377d2eb5ea499d85ec40523fa2684d27This blog has maintained that your granny knows more about sustainability than you do. Now there is a platform to connect you with grannies and gramps who know more than you do about other things too. London’s Sidekick Studios launched The Amazings, a marketplace for retired people to sell their skills. Those include Foraging for a Wild Food Event with Terry, French Cooking or Bread-Making with JP and Champagne & Fine Wine Tasting with Maria.What would you like to learn from an amazing elder?

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Eat nose to tail

29 Dec

If I am around at the right time of year I like to buy the special end-of-year edition of the Mail & Guardian, a good weekly South African newspaper. It’s the edition that gives cabinet report cards: a team of journos assigns grades to politicians, from the president to all ministers, and it always makes for an interesting read. In the weekend & entertainment section I was drawn – of course – to interviews with a couple of famous South African foodies. I was especially delighted to discover Thuli Gogela and her blog Mzansi Style Cuisine (pronounced m-zun-zee, a popular local word for South Africa). Thuli mentioned the nose-to-tail food trend and reminded us that South Africans have been doing it for ages, as the recipes and entries on her blog will attest to.

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I do enjoy all these catchy food philosophy phrases, such as farm-to-fork, farm-to-table, farm-to-school, stable-to-table, cow-to-cone (a lovely line I found at Kate’s Cape Town ice-cream business The Creamery) and the nose-to-tail. The last of these was given a trotter up by chef Fergus Henderson of the London restaurant St John. He brought out a cookbook called The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating presenting rural tradition in the form of delicious thrift, which is what German Ganztierverwertung is all about (sadly, Leo.dict has no translation but nose-to-tail is a good version). Indeed, you will find this tradition in most countries, if you look for it, as well as some blogs such as Nose To Tail At Home or Eating Nose to Tail.

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Chew on this a little

19 Dec

“When individuals slip into poverty it is not simply because they have run out of money – it is also because their community has failed.”

T. Dessewfy and F. Hammer (no date) Poverty in Hungary. Critical Choices for Hungary. cited by Prof. emeritus George Kent, University of Hawai’i in his article entitled Community-Based Nutrition Security (Draft 15th Dec. 2012)