Monthly Archives: February 2010

Cucumbers and Watermelons

It wasn’t only that the Italian word for watermelon – cocomero – sounds a bit like cucumber that made me wonder about arcane connections between the two. It was also that there they both are, the cucumber and the watermelon, … Continue reading

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Oiling the Wheels of Cuisine

My ancient recipe books are fascinating for many reasons, not least the ingredients required for the dishes. Lard, butter or – perish the thought, margarine – were often the preferred mediums in which to cook meat, chicken and fish; occasionally there … Continue reading

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The Taking of Tea

I have always privately felt that the world could be fairly neatly divided up into tea- drinkers and coffee-drinkers. Of course it is a gross over-simplification and generalisation, subject to overlaps and fashion – and yet, based on my own … Continue reading

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Matt champions native foods

It wasn’t until the late 1970s that the commercial potential for Australian bushfoods began to be explored. And yet for thousands of years indigenous people had been harvesting native flora and fauna, selecting what was available, eating it for nutritional … Continue reading

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