EAT: House of the Rising Bun

“Perceive that which cannot be seen with the eye” Miyamoto Musashi

I’m a menu reader. It’s just what I do. Some find it irritating, others will never notice.
If you ever have the pleasure of dining out with me you may notice that I read each and every item on the menu. It’s not just a skim or glance, I read the full description. This not only gives me a pretty good indication of the level of dedication, creativity and culinary prowess of the kitchen (hopefully), but it gives me an idea of how many ingredients they’ve got going on, the different methods of cooking, how much effort and forethought goes into creating the dishes, and most importantly it means that I can make an educated choice on what I would like to order. It can also often be outrageously funny when eating food from non-English speaking cultures!  Continue reading

THINK: Food Marketing and YOU

This is an eye-opener and a half! Just imagine what we could change if people better understood the power they hold in their wallets everyday. If people took the time to learn about where their food comes from and who and what they are supporting every time they spend their hard earned money.

We as consumers make choices everyday that either support these operations to continue or that will ultimately force them to change their practices or become redundant. Every transaction is an opportunity to change the world around you, to vote where corporations feel it most, and to have your say on practices that are unsustainable, inhumane, illegal and unfair.

Now that is real power.
The question is, will you make the most of your opportunity?

LEARN: Water Water everywhere but not a drop to drink…

So I’ve been reading a bit about water lately, our voracious appetite for it, the nonchalance with which we waste it, and the devastating over-consumption that is already starting to crack the land and our lives beneath us.

But I just turn on the tap and it’s always there… but it seems like it rains pretty often… There’s no water restrictions at the moment so it can’t be that bad…

One of the critical elements that the average urban dweller tends to forget/neglect/hasn’t realised yet is that most of the fresh water on Earth is used in food production. About 70% actually is used for irrigation purposes, 20% for Continue reading

THINK: Left-Over Love

This wonderful video follows the Food Recovery Network and documents their innovative certification program which is encouraging restaurants, cafeterias and caterers to donate their unused and left-over food rather than throwing it in the bin.

Sheer brilliance! With population numbers continuing to rise at a greater rate than food production levels, it is so important, now more than ever, that we make full use of what we have and work to reduce the massive wastage that has become an all too common occurrence in our throwaway society.

TRAVEL: Back to March 2012!!

I have just found this post sitting in my drafts after a loooong hiatus from writing. Would seem a shame to waste the words, it was, and it is reading it back, full of beautiful memories! So enjoy…. from way back in March 9 2012.


So after flying from the sunny, humid, tropical paradise of Cairns, (via Brisbane, Melbourne, and Hong Kong, with an unexpected 5hours on the tarmac in Brussels!!) my 40+ hour adventure brought me to Continue reading

THINK: The insanity of our times

I would like to take a moment to share with you the absurdity with which our world leaders are addressing the world food crisis. Or as they would like us to think, what food crisis?

Following the meeting of G8 (Group of Eight) nations  in July 2008, over an 18-course banquet prepared by 60 chefs the following declaration was made,

“We are deeply concerned that the steep rise in global food prices coupled with availability problems in a number of developing countries is threatening global food security. The negative impacts of this recent trend could push millions more back into poverty.”

Deeply concerned? Continue reading

GIVE BACK: Water with thanks.

I’m not generally a fan of bottled water. I find it terribly wasteful, particularly in a country with an abundance of safe water coming straight out of the tap! I personally filter mine first, (and am secretly in love with my sisters PiMag filter unit) and with such a large range of home and personal filtration units available, as well as reusable bottles made from materials such as stainless steel, glass, BPA free plastics, bamboo and others I just don’t understand this insatiable need for bottled water!

That said, I found myself travelling for work this week and without my trusty bottle. Oops. Desperately seeking hydration on the streets of Sydney Continue reading

JUICE: A Bitter Side of Sleep…

So this mornings faux pas was an instantly learnt lesson…

My morning routine is evolving (isn’t it always), and lately I’ve been going to bed later, which is unfortuantely leading to a higher than average “SNOOZE” ratio!

I rolled out of bed, narrowly missed hitting the floor, shuffled to the bathroom, smeared on the clay masque I’ve started using in the mornings, and stumbled out to the kitchen. First order of the day, juice! Without taking too much notice I pulled Continue reading