Monthly Archives: June 2010

Hot Chilli Peppers

I knew that someone had been growing them up in Maleny and supplying them to restaurants – but suddenly there they were facing me at the Byron Farmers Market. Padron peppers – or pimientos de Padron – are small green roundish … Continue reading

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Nuts fit for Gods

There was something missing from our backyard when I last made one of my too-rare visits home: the walnut tree had gone. Chopped down, my mother told me briskly, without sentiment – but to me it felt like the uprooting and the … Continue reading

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Beefing it up

Out at the Barcoo outlet Dan Hill and I are discussing the vicissitudes of fashion, especially with regard to eating meat. Whereas at least a couple of decades ago it was deemed almost unsophisticated if you did so – a … Continue reading

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Happy Unbirthday Baking

They were referred to in our family as Happy Unbirthday presents (borrowing from A A Milne), those gifts gratuitously bequeathed, out of the blue, for no particular reason. Now it is winter and mostly very much indoors weather, the quite … Continue reading

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Salt of the Sea

First of all it was the black salt I bought from an Indian grocery on the Gold Coast. Not black at all but a soft pinkish colour, it intrigued me so much I had to snap it up then, back … Continue reading

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