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Wild Foods and Gout
Wild Foods and Gout Wild foods and gout is a topic about which I am often asked. This probably reflects the growing incidence of gout which was once only a condition suffered by fat, old, males who ate rich foods including red meats, shellfish, bread and drank copious quantities of red wine and beer. Just [...]
The Greenhouse Effect is Degrading our Food
Maybe we do not need to worry too much about our rising population and that we are now using 1.6 planet's worth of resources every year. Our own folly will sort things out as agricultural crops fail, massive storms wipe out wide areas of housing, industry and farmland (and unfortunately, wild areas as well), we [...]
The Best Diet
The Best Diet Dietary Choices and Choices of Diets We all know that the next diet is probably in preparation as you read this blog and will add to the plethora of diets of the past. These include celebrity diets (who'd listen to an actor for long term nutritional advice); or a particular doctor's diet [...]
A Comment on Changing What We Taste in Food
A Comment on Changing What We Taste in Food This post of mine is a reply to a story about changing the tastes we perceive as we eat and the work being done to see if changing what we taste can lead to healthier food choices. I posted this in the journal's comment section but I tend [...]
An update on Herbal-Active® – a natural preservative
An update on Herbal-Active® - a natural preservative This email is an update on Herbal-Active®, a new natural preservative beginning to replace benzoates and sorbates in a wide range of foodstuffs and cosmetics. Natural preservatives pose a host of challenges in developing their application potential. As with chemical preservatives, the presence or absence of organic [...]
Lifestyle medicine by Dr David Katz
A presentation by Dr David Katz et al I recently attended a terrific series of presentations on Lifestyle Medicine which featured Dr David Katz (President, American Collage of Lifestyle Medicine), Prof Stephen Simpson (Charles Perkins Centre), Prof Garry Egger (Southern Cross Uni), Dr Joanna McMillan (Get Lean) and Anja Taylor (presenter on Catalyst, ABC TV). [...]
Wild Foods, we need more of them
Wild Foods, we need more of them Lots of layers in this topic. There is no doubt that we should be eating more wild foods as they supply an enormous range of components that are being bred out of our conventional produce. Read more about this at the Wild Foods website. But I'd like to [...]
Wild food dinner in the ‘Gong
Wild food dinner in the 'Gong Come along and say Hi .... 5 Course Degustation Menu in the 'Gong I will be in Wollongong Friday night on the 15th April at the City Beach Function Centre, 1 Marine Drive Wollongong. Read more about the event here where you can also make your reservation. It is [...]
How to Start the Year Without a Santa Belly
How to Start a New Year Without a Santa Belly Weight loss is a multi-million dollar business. It is a growing industry (if you'll excuse the pun). As our food quality falls and we breed more produce that's sweeter (from sucrose) or starchier, juicier, lower in fibre, more nutritionally dilute we get more obese and [...]
Does Fructose Make Me Look Fat In This?
Does Fructose Make Me Look Fat In This? Interesting to see the mainstream press slowly cottoning on to the fact that fructose is a bad sugar in the same way as trans-fats and low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol are bad fats. From my own research into sucrose and the deleterious effects of the fructose within [...]
Wild Foods – my newest book is out!
Wild Foods - my newest book is out! Woo-whoo! My new book is out and available in our on-line store. The sub-title to Wild Foods - Looking back 60,000 years for clues to our future survival tells you a little of the range of topics covered by my writings and that of contributors Ian Chivers [...]
LIFE: Anti-ageing and the Fountain of Youth
LIFE: Intelligent Nutrition, Anti-ageing and the Fountain of Youth A Fountain of Youth Ever thought about a Fountain of Youth and if anything we eat or do can be anti-ageing? We only have one life so why not make every day count and look at all possibilities? Each of us has to deal with what [...]
Pick and Pack Production Staffer
Pick and Pack Production Staffer I am looking to replace a valuable staff member who is leaving for personal reasons. This will be a hard position to fill because the nature of our business means I need a Jack (or Jill) of many skills. This is the description I have used in the advertisement: AFI [...]
Defining an Australian Cuisine
Defining an Australian Cuisine Obviously there's not much happening in hospitality at the moment, at least not much to write about. The trade rave, Hospitality Directory, regurgitated a rubbish piece on defining an Australian cuisine and dragged out the usual suspects for their comments. It is as if these chefs define what we cook at [...]
Closing the Gap? Dumb answers to Complex Questions
Closing the Gap? Dumb answers to Complex Questions Another insightful, poignant, reflective dispatch from a mate, Frank Barda who has lived in a remote Aboriginal community on the edge of the Tanami Desert for what must be over 45 years now. He provides some unique insights into the 'management and administration' of Aboriginal people all [...]
Aboriginal Science – an interesting perspective
Aboriginal Science - an interesting perspective Interesting article below. It really does illustrate the power of paradigms. Compare this to the modern reductionist paradigm in health and nutrition where Governments are spending huge sums on genetic research thinking that we will be able to fix disease states by tweaking a few genes here and there. [...]
Not a mention of Australian cuisine in popular World food trends
Not a mention of Australian cuisine in popular World food trends A recent research report on the food trends in the USA listed the usual suspects including Italian, Mexican and Chinese as the ‘Big 3’. Lower on the list were French, Spanish and Greek before Japanese, Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Caribbean, Peruvian and Cuban food. [...]
Putting Australia on the Menu
Putting Australia on the Menu I’d like to start out by saying I am really thrilled that we are seeing Australian wild foods on such high profile menus as in the topic of this blog. I am grateful for the time and commitment each chef using any wild food ingredient has invested in discovering, understanding [...]
Nearly half of the food we grow is wasted
Nearly half of the food we grow is wasted Lots of interest in Fresher4Longer natural food rinse™ (and Herbal-Active®, our industrial name for the same product) since we won the Australian Food Industry Innovations Award for 2013. I have a few links to articles on the topic of food waste in the UK listed below. [...]
An Invitation to Guest bloggers
An Invitation to Guest bloggers Judging from the short survey completed by visitors to my website who subscribe to my newsletter, my audience is pretty wide. It includes: consumers who love to cook with wild foods and others who came looking for gifts for their friends and family; there are chefs who are discovering our [...]
Danish Chef leads Australians by example
Danish Chef leads Australians by example Great article recently about wild food Chef Rene Redzepi from Denmark in the SMH. Here’s a young chef who has embraced his regions wild foods and incorporated them using skill, flare and commitment to win the accolades of being the best of the top 50 restaurants in the world. [...]
Breeding the Nutrition out of our Food
Breeding the Nutrition out of our Food Here is more grist for the mill on claims as to the falling nutritional value of our foods. Our food supply is being bred for the convenience of the distribution chains, that is, fruits that don’t bruise and can be picked green to ripen in transit or after [...]
Herbal-Active® wins Australian Food Industry Innovation Award
Herbal-Active® wins Australian Food Industry Innovation Award I am really pleased to have received the Australian Food Industry Innovation Award 2013 for my natural antimicrobial, Herbal-Active®. I have a lot of information on my site about Herbal-Active® and the retail/food service packed pouches we market as Fresher4Longer natural food rinse™. That link is the search [...]
What’s the perfect diet and why are we getting fat?
What’s the perfect diet and why are we getting fat? Why are we getting fat? It’s pretty clear that as a population, we in the developed world are losing the Battle of the Bulge. Despite promotion of whole foods, organics or healthy food choices; the marketing of food pyramids; go, grow, glow food charts; 2 [...]
Do Prehistoric Taste Drives Still Rule our Lives?
Do Prehistoric Taste Drives Still Rule our Lives? I have often spoken about our instinctive taste drives but recently, while looking for a reference on this topic, I realized that I had not written about it. It appears that we have at least 4 biological taste drives that regulated how we survived in ancient times [...]
The 12 Tastes in Food
The 12 Tastes in Food – Create appealing dishes from the ground up So many chefs still seem to ignore the basic building blocks of food – the 12 basic tastes and taste-smells. French traditions are built on empirical trial and error and apprentice chefs are shown the way it’s always been done. Rarely is [...]
Can’t lose weight? Here’s Why…
Can’t lose weight? Here’s Why… If you’ve tried but can't lose weight it is probably not your fault. The quality of our foods and the way your metabolism reacts are probably the causes. There are so many rubbish diets and food plans, detox programs and celebrity systems that are more designed to sell magazines and [...]
Environmental disaster in the Kimberley
Environmental disaster in the Kimberley The more I researched the fact of the Australian Government planning to lease land to the Chinese to grow sugar cane in the Kimberly, the more incensed I got. 33,000 ha of the pristine Kimberly coast will be obliterated to grow a single species and far more valuable wild plants, [...]
Sugar in the Kimberley – sweet and sour Chinese anyone?
Sugar in the Kimberley – sweet and sour Chinese anyone? With what I have written about sugar recently, you may understand why this report makes me scratch my head in disbelief: ‘Shanghai Zhongfu Group plans to invest up to A$700m (US$728m) in the next six years in developing land in the far north (of Western [...]
Is an Australian Thanksgiving a Fair Dinkum idea?
Is an Australian Thanksgiving a Fair Dinkum idea? Australians often roll their eyes at the things Americans do. To many of us, their customs can range from kitch to kwaint to kweer. Think of their parades and proms. Their totally unrealistic, puritan expectations of their politicians. Their Christian zeal is often too hypocritical. Their heart-on-the-sleeve [...]
The Secret Australian Product that’s Creating Growth & Prosperity
The Secret Australian Product that's Creating Growth & Prosperity I discovered a long time ago that busting my back in a job for a boss who didn’t appreciate me was never going to give me the lifestyle I wanted. And the stress of working for myself in a traditional business was going to kill me [...]
Sugar and wheat – are these like drugs to us?
Sugar and wheat – are these like drugs to us? This is a newsletter I recently sent to those on my Weightloss with Superfoods news group so if you are a subscriber to this blog you might be getting it again. My apologies if that’s the case. However, it is important information for anyone interested [...]
Where have all the Australian cuisine chefs gone?
Where have all the Australian cuisine chefs gone? My Facebook site is getting plenty of comments about Edna owners getting accolades for ‘inventing Australian food’ and denigrating the efforts of others “there was a small place in Hornsby…”. Lots of chefs have contributed to at least putting Australian cuisine on the culinary map even though [...]
Wild fish (barramundi) with the world’s best garnish
Wild fish (barramundi) with the world's best garnish Barramundi is regarded as one of the world’s best eating fish (and a species that obviously loves life as it puts up a huge fight when caught on a line and thrills fisher-people when they go hunting). It is a shame that most people waste the best [...]
More on sugar: this might explain the term Sickly Sweet.
More on sugar: this might explain the term Sickly Sweet. Professor Jennie Brand Miller is reported here with her comments on our growing obesity epidemic and I couldn’t leave what was reported without comment. Is there something Snow White about this? Let me address some issues here. I’d like to see the statistics of the [...]
Does the food business stack up – An article in today’s Age
Does the food business stack up - An article in today's Age It’s well worth reading as it affects us and our families personally. Click on the image to go to the article. It is deeper and more critical than just the issues that the article presents. There is another consequence to our fruits and [...]
Is table sugar an artificial sweetener?
Is table sugar an artificial sweetener? Interesting discussion on the Sweetener Research Group of LinkedIn. It led me to suggest that perhaps sucrose and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) should be classed as artificial sweeteners too. Research into wild foods in Australia shows that sucrose is rare to absent as a sugar and it appears [...]
Herbal-Active® and Fresher4Longer™ – ingredient sanitizers
Herbal-Active® and Fresher4Longer™ - ingredient sanitizers Using Herbal-Active® or Fresher4Longer™ as a dipping solution is a way to not only improve the food safety of the food dipped but it extends the shelf life dramatically. A recent trial with strawberries got them going 25 days past the control which was a moldy mass by day [...]
Recipes, health and nutritional information – all on wild foods
Recipes, health and nutritional information - all on wild foods My question to you is how can I help more? Are you interested in more recipes using wild foods? Have you seen my Dining Downunder website and TV shows? There are lots of recipes on that site and also on my main site. Are the [...]
Resveratrol – reversing the toll
Resveratrol - reversing the toll Dr Kowalski is the author of the booklet with the same name as the title of this blog and I happened to re-read it the other day. George is also my business partner in Kakadu International Pty Ltd. Re-reading the booklet reminded me how much the science of antioxidants has [...]
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