Radio National’s First Bite was today’s backdrop to the washing up.  One of the segments on the show was about Assoc Prof Eva Kemps’ research on food cravings. Food cravings are strongly associated with sensory experiences tucked away in our brains.   These experiences could be associated with images or smells, for example.  During a craving, these […]

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Protein – Baked Ricotta

Have you ever eaten something that tasted like dead ants?  Well, that’s not quite the way to describe it.  Dead ants have a particular smell and sometimes food tastes like that smell.  This was the hallmark of my first encounter with baked ricotta.  It was very disconcerting for the hostess to have her food associated […]

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Protein – Milk

Milking sheds of all shapes and sizes, and sometimes not at all – my Dad tells the story of milking cows in the paddock.  He was 15.  Out in the open, one must hope for a stationary cow and no flies in order to get the job done without fuss. Mum recalled a kindly cow […]

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Fish from the farmers’ market

. We waited up at night for the men to come home from their camping trip.  They often didn’t get back until quite late and those of us in the next generation old enough to stay awake did so.  There was the excitement of that “Dad’s home” moment plus our fascination with the damp hessian […]

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Protein – Got to eat more of it

The two wafer-thin slices supposedly contained essential tissue building and repairing goodness.  However, the sliced roast beef looked like it couldn’t build or repair anything.  Was it a waste of money putting such minimal slices of protein on my sandwich? In this year’s search for efficient eating, I started with questioning how well I was […]

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I believe in exploring

I believe in exploring. I can’t imagine what it must be like to not want to explore.

I was very fortunate to grow up on a farm where there was space and opportunity to indulge childhood fearlessness in adventure. Once we were old enough, my siblings and I spent much of our play time unsupervised. There were five of us and only two adults. I suspect our parents realised quite early that we had some practical common sense about us, and they did teach us the basic rules of life – that actions have consequences and that some things are out-of-bounds for very good reasons. Well, actually it was my uncle who probably taught those lessons best when …

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