Top food trends at the moment

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Just for a bit of fun, I thought I’d list the top food trends of the moment:

  1. Coconut products – coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut yoghurt. Did you know you could even get coconut vinegar and coconut sugar?
  2. Fermented foods – are sell outs at our local markets, but I’m starting to see it pop up in the popular press with recipes for people to try making them at home.
  3. Bacon wrapped foods – including plaited bacon covering roasts and eggs wrapped in bacon ‘muffins’.
  4. Whole roasted cauliflower
  5. Grass-fed meat – because it is healthier for you and healthier for the animals. It’s starting to appear in the major supermarkets.
  6. Drinking out of glass jars and old-fashioned milk bottles. Now selling in Kmart.
  7. Boutique coffee roasters
  8. Sugar-free diet. Lead by Sarah Wilson and her I Quit Sugar books.
  9. The paleo diet.
  10. Watercress is the new kale. Recently topping a super foods list.

Ghee and lard, intermittent fasting and making your own alternate milks just missed out. I’ve also noticed pineapple motifs are becoming popular.

What food trends have you noticed recently?

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List of Australian Paleo Websites

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Here is a list of some of the Australian based Paleo and primal food bloggers and websites:

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Directory of Paleo and Primal Food in Australia

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Here’s a list of paleo and primal food in Australia. Please leave a comment if you have anything to add. Thanks for all the contributions over at Mark’s Daily Apple.

World wide

Australia wide

  • Organic dates: Coles but not Woolworths
  • Coconut milk and cream with no additives/emulsifiers etc: Ayam-brand coconut milk in the Asian section. There is also an organic line. – Woolworths.
  • Organic shredded coconut, Macro-brand: Woolworths
  • Macro almond butter – Woolworths
  • Grass fed meat – Aldi
  • Lindt 85% chocolate, Green and Blacks 85% chocolate – Woolworths, Coles, IGA
  • Chocolate, coconut sugar etc – Loving Earth
  • Free range chicken – Coles and Woolworths
  • 180 nutrition protein powder
  • Paleo Hero – muesli, bars and supplements
  • Paleo Café – various locations
  • Coconut yoghurt: Coyo
  • Grass fed butter – Mainland Butter and Anchor butter and Westgold
  • beef jerky – Geronimo Jerky
  • Organic coconut oil – http://www.aclarahealth.com.au/products.htm
  • Nuilife coconut oil
  • Spiral Foods coconut oil
  • Various – Honest to Goodness

Adelaide and South Australia

  • Meat – organic/grass-fed etc: P&O organic butchers, located in the city in the David Jones basement in Food Glorious Food, and also on Magill Road. The Magill Road one is far more useful if you are looking for the more ‘uncommon’ parts of meat.
  • Coconut Oil – available in several places in and around the Central Market, but for the best value/selection I go to Goodies and Grains in the Central Markets (Gouger St side).
  • Coconut Flour – order it through the health food store in Burnside Village.
  • Spices/nuts/dutch pressed cocoa/agave nectar – Goodies and Grains in Central Market

Brisbane and Queensland

  • Grass fed beef: Super Butchers have a wide selection of grass-fed beef.
  • Grass fed meat: Meatcart – Online butchers
  • Grass fed beef and lamb delivered throughout Queensland – Mitchell Grass Meats
  • Queensland Natural Beef at Toogoolawah have grass fed beef, lamb and pork
  • Gympie St Terrace Butchery is the place to go. You can even order nitrate free bacon before hand. It’s all grass fed and local meats.
  • My Butcher in Duke St also stock some pretty darned nice beef
  • Eumundi has an organic butcher as well

Canberra and Australian Capital Territory

  • Coconut flour: Healthy life, Woden Westfield. IGA Deakin
  • Griffith shops has an organic butcher
  • Mountain Creek Whole Foods
  • Nut Shoppe at the Fyshwick markets good for coconut flour and oils and nuts

Melbourne and Victoria

  • Supplements and stock Wicked Whey (choc) and Naked Whey (unflavoured), which are good, clean, locally-made, grass-fed whey protein products – Great Earth
  • Kefir – Polish deli at Vic Market
  • Rendina’s Butchery in Balwyn sell a huge range of organic, bd and free range meats, including home made smallgoods (and are lovely people).
  • The Vic Market is great with loads of super fresh organic veggies, nuts and spices, and the Chicken Pantry in the shop section sells free range and some organic poultry and game. McIntosh’s sell organic coffee beans.
  • Cherry Tree Organics in Beaconsfield are butchers selling their own organic/bd lamb and beef as well as pork, chicken and smallgoods. They also have vegies and some fruit and order bath milk for anyone who likes to take milk baths. They also stock True Organic butter and cheeses.
  • I get coconut flour, flakes, and a couple of different brands of oil from Go Vita Berwick

Perth and Western Australia

  • Free range eggs – Wanneroo markets, local IGAs have Kalbarri eggs
  • Pork Crackle- there’s a local brand called Alan’s Pork Crackle, based in Maddington, you have to hunt down which local IGAs or Farmer Jacks stock them!
  • Spices, alternative flours, chia seeds etc – Wanneroo markets,
  • Coconut flour – Health Kick stores have Nui brand, can ask them to order it in
  • Coconut oil – Health Kick stores, and some Friendlies Chemists have them too!
  • Cocoa powder Green and Blacks- Health Kick stores
  • Grass Fed Beef at Subiaco’s farmers markets and frozen raw cows milk

Sydney and New South Wales

  • Grassfed beef: Hudson meats in Surry Hills is almost exclusively grassfed. Additionally, I just asked my local butcher, Michael’s Meats (very well priced, in the Surry Hills shopping village) whether his meat was grassfed and he said that almost all of it is. Additionally, Eveleigh Markets near Sydney Uni on a Saturday has a grassfed beef stall (Greenhill Organic meat).
  • grassfed beef, lamb and goat from farms in Bowral – Sydney Meats, Farm Fresh to your Door
  • Vanilla beans: Organic Vanilla Powder 30-90g – Professional Whey Protein Powder & Sports Supplements at Wholesale Prices
  • FivefingersThe Adventure Megastore – Home of Adventure in Sydney City. They are Australian priced though so cost way more than in the USA. Excellent customer service!
  • Kefir grains, coconut yoghurt and macadamia butter: About Life in Bondi junction, Sydney
  • Enoki mushrooms – paddy’s markets mushroom stand for $1.50 a bunch. Asian Thai-kee IGA above china town paddy’s markets has the same enoki for $1.90
  • Coconut/palm sugar: Thai kee IGA above paddy’s markets in Chinatown. They have all the dried seaweeds (and some fresh (frozen) too.
  • Grass fed beef etc– Slowly Does It http://slowlydoesit.com.au/
  • The Free Range Butcher, Sydney
  • the Grass Fed Butcher, Balmain markets
  • Nitrite free bacon: Sam the Butcher, Bondi Rd, Bondi.
  • Spaghetti squash: Norton St Grocer in Westfield, Bondi Junction
  • Real sauerkraut: the Russkis Deli on Bond Rd, Bondi
  • Adam’s Quality Meats in Gerringong, NSW has only grass-fed beef and lamb.

Tasmania

  • Kelty Farm – supply completely pasture fed beef. I buy mine from Eumurrah shop in Launceston.

The top 49 essential cookbooks as voted for on Food52.com

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Here’s a list of the top 49 essential cookbooks as voted for on Food52.com are as follows in order of most votes:

70 – How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
62 – Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child
41 – Essential New York Times Cookbook by Amanda Hesser
49 – Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan
37 – Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison
37 – Silver Palate Cookbook by Rosso & Lukins
37 – The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters
37 – Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan
32 – Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi
31 – Barefoot Contessa by Ina Garten
29 – The Way to Cook by Julia Child
26 – The Zuni Cafe Cookbook by Judy Rodgers
25 – The Gourmet Cookbook by Ruth Reichl
23 – Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson
23 – Sunday Suppers at Lucques by Suzanne Going
23 – The Fannie Farmer Cookbook by Marion Cunningham
23 – Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan
21 – Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen
21 – The Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum
20 – The Flavor Bible by Page and Dornenburg
20 – Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller
19 – The Italian Baker – Carol Field
19 – Classic Italian Cookbook by Marcella Hazan
18 – Complete Asian Cookbook – Charmaine Solomon
18 – All About Braising by Molly Stevens
17 – Twelve, A Tuscan Cookbook – Tessa Kiros
17 – New York Times Cookbook by Craig Claiborne
17 – Delia Smiths’s Christmas – Delia Smith
17 – Apples for Jam – Tessa Kiros
17 – America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook
16 – Seafood Cookbook – Pierre Franey & Bryan Miller
16 – Saved by Soup – Judith Barrett
16 – Regional Foods of Northern Italy – Marlena de Blasi
16 – Jamie’s 30-minute Meals – Jaime Oliver
16 – Flour by Joanne Chang
16 – Bistro Cooking by Patrica Wells
16 – A Passion for Piedmont – Matt Kramer
15 – Betty Crocker Cookbook– Betty Crocker
14 – Silver Spoon
13 – Tender by Nigel Slater
13 – New Best Recipe by Cook’s Illustrated
13 – Chez Panisse Cafe Cookbook, Alice Waters
12 – Splendid Table’s How to Eat Supper by Kasper and Swift
12 – Ratio by Michael Ruhlman
12 – The New Basics Cookbook by Rosso and Lukins
12 – Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook by Martha Stewart
12 – Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid
12 – The Breakfast Book by Marion Cunningham

What is on your list of essential cookbooks?

Food travel companies in Australia

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Here are some of the food and culinary travel companies based in Australia:

Top Chocolatiers of the World

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Here’s a list of some of the most famous producers of the world’s finest chocolate. MC means that they have been given the title master chocolatier.

My favourite chocolate is Camille Bloch. We had little squares of the Swiss chocolate as favours at our wedding.

Who is your favourite chocolate producer?

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Transition tip: Deconstruct your consumption habits

This transition tip idea comes from Mark Boyle in his book called The Moneyless Man – a year of freeconomic living.

As part of living without money for a year, he got a notepad and listed every single thing he consumed

“I called this my ‘breaking-it-down’ list. To structure my thoughts, I categorised my list into food, energy, heating, transport, entertainment, lighting, communications, reading, art and so on. The list eventually took up half the notepad – and that was the list of someone who considers himself quite a moderate consumer….

“It became clear, after just a couple of pages, that most of the stuff would involve me having no more than one degree of separation from what I consumed; either I would make it myself or know the person who produced it.”

“My list-making enabled me to establish my basic level of subsistence, the things I really couldn’t do without, and my priorities for the rest.”

The Moneyless Man
– by Mark Boyle

Getting started in chickens

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I’ve been doing some research on keeping chickens in our backyard. We are allowed six fowls according to the Brisbane City Council:

Household premises with a total area of more than 800 square metres can keep up to 20 fowl, including ducks, geese and peacocks without a permit.

If your residential premises has a total area less than 800 square metres you can keep up to six fowl.

Poultry sheds must be set back at least one metre from a dividing fence.

I’m pretty sure we will just keep chickens as Matt says ducks and geese are really messy. I was expecting to see something in the law about not allowing roosters.

I’m tossing up between Australorps which Jackie French raves about – they are good layers and make good eating. They are docile, great mothers and are good if you have children. Better yet, they are an Australian breed so they are adjusted to our climate. Silkies will leave your vegetable beds alone and make excellent pets for kids. They are placid and tolerate being handled. We eventually decided on three Australorps, so that we’ll have enough eggs for ourselves and some extra to sell or give away.

You’ll need:

  • chook house, which includes weatherproof shelter and a perch
  • nest and laying box
  • dummy egg
  • organic feed, eg from Country Heritage Feeds
  • water
  • shell grit and dirt

Jackie French suggests growing the following plants for chooks:

  • Amaranth
  • Avocado trees
  • Carob
  • Chilacayote melons
  • Fruit trees
  • Grains and maize
  • Nuts
  • Potatoes (cooked)
  • Quinoa
  • Sunflowers
  • Tree lucerne
  • as well as sweet potato, pumpkin, arrowroot, chestnuts, honey locust, taro, yams, kumara, jerusalem artichoke, and chokos.

Others have suggested comfrey and herbs to repel lice and intestinal worms, including feverfew, tansy, rue and wormwood. It’s ideal to plant these around the chook house.

Chickens

Chicken coops

Chicken accessories

Books

  • Backyard Poultry Naturally – Alanna Moore
  • Chook Book – Jackie French (excellent)
  • Healthy Free Range hens – Neil Christensen
  • How to Care for Your Poultry – New Zealand Lifestyle Block
  • Keeping Chickens – An Australian Guide

Resources

List of Transition Town groups and initiatives in Brisbane

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Transition Brisbane aims to support the city transition from oil dependency to local resilience.

It is a Hub of the Transition Network, which is a world wide movement to support community-led responses to peak oil and climate change, while building resilience and happiness.

Here is a list of the Transition groups and initiatives in the greater Brisbane area:

  • Enoggera Transition
  • Samford Green Street
  • Scenic Rim Transition
  • Sandgate Transition Town
  • Sustainable Jamboree – based in the Jamboree Ward of Brisbane and surrounds (all are welcome)
  • Sustainable Redlands
  • St. Johns Wood Sustainability – St John’s Wood
  • Transition Ashgrove
  • Transition Annerley – Annerley, Fairfield, Moorooka, Fairfield, Tarragindi, Yeronga
  • Transition Bardon – The Grove, The Gap, St John’s Wood
  • Transition East – Balmoral, Bulimba, Camp Hill, Cannon Hill, Hawthorne, Morningside, Norman Park, Seven Hills
  • Transition Kurilpa – Highgate Hill, Hill End, South Brisbane, West End
  • Transition The Gap
  • Transition The Grove – Arana Hills, Ferny Hills, Ferny Grove, Grovely, Keperra, Upper Kedron
  • Transition Town Kenmore – The Pullenvale Ward; Anstead, Bellbowrie, Brookfield, Chapel Hill, Kenmore, Moggill, Pullenvale and Upper Brookfield

Please note these groups are run by volunteers and some are still in the start up stage.

Join us online: http://www.brisbanetransitionhub.ning.com/