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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

New Gluten Free Bread at Sharon's place this coming Sunday

My friend Sharon has written to me as follows:

Could you please advertise by word of mouth or sending on this email as a Community Health announcement: Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease. It is a permanent intestinal intolerance to dietary gluten. The will be a free demonstration of a new Gluten Free Bread which is fructose friendly too this coming Sunday at my place.
This picture of gluten
free bread from here.

Now Tucker lovers, I don't want to plaster Sharon's address and phone numbers publicly so...if you want to go to this could you please email me at misseaglesnetwork(at)
gmail(dot)com for the details.


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

True Food Co-op, Reading, England

I bumped into my friend Catherine in the street in Toorak last week and we adjourned to a sit down place so we cold converse more comfortably. Catherine and her husband Brendan are in Melbourne for twelve months. They (and me) are Quakers and Catherine and Brendan are Resident Friends at Friends House in Toorak where they look after the comings and goings of this sort of Quaker HQ in Melbourne. Catherine and Brendan are from Reading in England and Catherine and I discussed food and where to get it. Catherine told me about the True Food Community Co-operative and so I have been having a tour of it courtesy of the intertubes .

As a bread lover and bread baker, I latched on to this story about local loaves for Lammas.  I didn't know about Lammas but soon discovered what it was about - the wheat harvest.  Let me do a little lament here.  I love the old fasts and feast of the Christian tradition.  There is a rhythm of life to them when practised consistently and prayerfully.  However, as an Australian immersed deeply in her country, I am saddened by the fact that all the religious/spiritual practices of the post-1788 settlers come from somewhere else and have never become truly indigenised on this continent and have never become fully responsive to the land, the environment, and its original nations.  This is one of the reasons for our making such a mess of things.  We have thought ourselves superior and having all sorts of knowledge.  A lot of this "knowledge" has salinated our soils, polluted our rivers and streams, given us the dubious record of the greatest extinguishers of species on the planet and we are nearly as good at extinguishing our forests.  I am not suggesting a co-option of Aboriginal spirituality but a listening to it.  What I am suggesting is that our spirituality needs to be embedded in and arise from this land.  Here endeth the sermon!

Back to the bread.  Phillipa's is my joy, luxury and delight.  
One of Melbourne's treasured gifts. 

comes from the Mornington Peninsula town of Flinders.

These breads are part of the mainstream market.  I am thankful for this because, if you chose your supermarket or deli or breadshop carefully you can buy these breads any day of the week across Melbourne. 

The True Food Co-op is part of the campaign for Real Bread.  On the Real Bread site there is a petition that can be signed for transparency in bread labelling.  How I wish!  Anyone for an Australian campaign?

Sign our petition for transparency in bread labelling
Did you know that there are dozens of artificial enzymes 
that can be used in bread production
 and legally not declared on the label? 
To read more and sign our petition to The Federation of Bakers, 
calling for an end to their use and 
labelling transparency in the meantime click here.

But back to the True Food Co-op in Reading, England.  This looks like a highly organised venture - a moveable feast as you will note from the trading days, times and places.  Clearly, well supported or it could not be so organised - but which comes first? The chicken or the egg?

Related reading:


Monday, July 19, 2010

Ethics of Eating Meet Up - Melbourne Writers Festival : Friday 29 August 2010

Good Morning, Tucker Lovers,

I am inviting you to a Meet Up.  The Melbourne Writers Festival starts next month and I thought if any one is interested we could have a Meet Up at one of the programmed events and do coffee somewhere nice afterwards.  What do you thinK?  Interested?  The event I am suggesting is food relevant and, I am sure, will be of great interest.

 60 MINS
What does it mean to eat ethically?
Should we eat locally grown, in season,
GM/chemically free produce,
sold at the local farmer's market?
What is the place of the industrial food complex?
Join gourmet farmer, Matthew Evans
food sociologist, Gyorgy Scrinis
and journalist Margaret Simons to find out.

Friday August 27

ACMI Cinema 2

This is to be advised
Please forward suggestions

There is a cost for this event plus you will need some money for refreshments at a restaurant afterwards.  To purchase tickets for the event - and you should do this soon since some MWF events are already sold out - please follow this link.  Cost for early birds  is $18 full and $16.50 concession.  If you are a lucky one with a pass, you will have to book but you will enter your pass number.  When you have done all that, could you please advise me that you are coming by emailing me at misseaglesnetwork(at)gmail(dot)com.  If you have a food blog, please let me know just in case I haven't discovered you yet. 

Related reading:
The Real Food Companion 

Food, Morals and Meaning: The Pleasure and Anxiety of Eating, Second Edition



Thursday, July 15, 2010

Apologies for comments mix up : Big thank you to Belinda.

The post below about the Simon Johnson visit, unbeknowns to me, did not permit comments.  I am indebted to Belinda for emailing me with her recipe suggestion and advising me.   Recently, I updated my four blogs with the new Blogger templates.  Two blogs had comments on and two didn't.  Mystery, that!

So if any of you came and went away disappointed, please accept my apologies and  I hope you will have another go.  I have fixed the situation.  Unfortunately, the fix could only be applied to new posts not to old so I deleted yesterday's SJ post and re-posted it to-.  And here is what Belinda has to say.

hey there,

couldn't see the comment button on the tucker post so figured I would
email you directly

might give you some interesting ideas, not traditional by any means
but fun none the less

One link led to another and if you go here you will see  the one I am going to fiddle with - because I bought some satay sauce you will notice.  The recipe does its own satay thing but I will fiddle with it to include Christine Manfield's spicy sauce.   Stay tuned.


Indulgence at Simon Johnson's Toorak store: spice, pasta, and haricot beans from Spain.

I was in Toorak yesterday and between appointments so what better way to while away some time but a nice browse in Simon Johnson's.  I have been in Melbourne nearly six years and haven't set foot in Simon Johnson's.  Years ago when in lived in Elizabeth Bay, I would visit the Woollahra store.

I loved this window setting.
The large bottle of Olive Oil looked like perfume, don't you think?
It was quite a surprise to find the oil beautifully centred
in the reflection of  two charming old Toorak buildings.

It was a lovely sunny Melbourne morning - for once in July - and I was offered a cafe latte (free).  The two women in the store were friendly and we chatted.  Very pleasant.  A feature of all Simon Johnson's stores is the Fromagerie  And this one was stacked and packed - and the wonderful cheesy aroma.  I stood in there and just inhaled!

I made some simple purchases.  An emblazoned Simon Johnson carry all, a jar of Christine Manfield Satay Spice Paste, a pack of Benedetto Cavalieri's cartwheel pasta, and a jar of  Monjardin organic white haricot beans all the way from Spain
The site of Conservas Artesanas El Navarrico of which Monjardin is a part is delightful..   The trip around the 'net, particularly to Spain, extended my simple and small shopping pleasure.  One request, Tucker lovers: there is scarcely a haricot bean recipe on the site without some animal flesh in it so I would like to take this opportunity to request your best suggestions and recipes for the haricot beans.  And while your at it, vegetarian satay and pasta dishes as well, please.  Let's have a party!  

Related matters:
Lisa Audit Fromagerie 8 x 20 Print

Australian Cheese: A Guide to Cheeses Made in Australia by the Australian Dairy Corporation


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology Convention, Melbourne : 25-27 July 2010.

Now perhaps this might look a bit specialised to you, Tucker-lovers, but I am posting it anyway because I thought it might be of interest.  I am the sort who thinks that an ounce of information is worth a pound of something or other. The story is that the Victorian Branch of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology is having their annual convention in Melbourne this month. You can find all the information you need over here including the downloading of the program.

Now I know that this is at the other end of the scale from those of us who want to sustain ourselves in our own patch and locality but I like to turn attention to what is happening in the mainstream to make good food and nutrition available to our kids and families at an affordable price irrespective on where in the wide brown land they live.  We cannot keep the good stuff accessible only as specialised offerings or things that we have to labour over when that process is not open to all in our society.  

So it is interesting to consider at what point the cross-over is made in the major distribution chains?  At what point is there a turning away from the processed stuff into a more whole and true food concept of what we consume and ingest?  I don't think I'll be going to the AIFST convention this year even if it is in Melbourne.  But if there are any intrepid Oz Tucker readers out there who are going, perhaps you could write a post-sized report for Oz Tucker, please and thank you.


Permaculture Revolution Design Course at Magpie House, Upwey, Victoria


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Fried Bread : French Toast : Eggy Bread

Clockwise from top left: 
Dipping bread in milk & egg mix;
Frying in hot virgin oil oil;
Fried bread on plate;
Cinnamon & sugar mix for sprinkling on fried bread.
Yummy, yummy eating on a winter's morn in Melbourne.

My friend, Belinda, came to visit yesterday bringing with her a gift of Mountain Bread (so appropriate from someone living in the Dandenong Ranges) and home grown eggs.  Belinda could be called an urban homesteader.   To find out what this means in the daily life of a creative person, please go to  Belinda's Place.  Let me tell you this girl is committed, creative, intelligent and methodical.  There is a lot to learn from her.  

Related Reading:
Easy Egg Recipes for Breakfast and Beyond

The Urban Homestead (Expanded & Revised Edition): Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City (Process Self-reliance Series)

Extreme Simplicity: Homesteading in the City

The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!

Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden And Your Neighborhood into a Community