Keeping it fresh and tasty
My entire childhood had a strong connection to fresh produce, particularly when it came to my gorgeous Nonna.
No, I’m not Italian, but my Nonna preferred the term and she may as well have been one with her incredible cookery skills. She always had a vegetable garden and many different fruit trees. My Pa would peruse the many rows of corn and I would watch him maintain the golden vegetable from their dining room as his Akubra hat bobbed through the top of the lush crop.
I remember chowing into my Nonna’s ‘fruit leather’ — one of my favourite childhood treats — which was simply a delicious concoction of dehydrated fruits.
Every time I stayed at their house I was treated to beautiful fresh tomato on my toast or dried bickies or a scrumptious apple-themed desert, made with the spoils off their tree.
My mother also loves to grow vegies and many of my weeknight meals were packed with fresh snowpeas and asparagus and were completed with a handful of tart raspberries from her canes.
Now in my own home, I’m slowly building up my collection of plants, boasting an extensive pot of chives and raspberry canes, lovingly donated by Mum.
So when I found out about Bourchier St Primary School’s Paddock to Plate initiative I was excited to hear the students had been learning about the importance of fresh produce.
Sustainability is something that schools have been focusing on more and more in recent years and I think it has been an incredible turnaround in the curriculum.
We also touched base with Kaiela Arts this week after the opening of its Design Roots exhibition.
The works, including two screen-printed wall hangings, are incredible and well worth taking a look at before the gallery closes up on December 21 for the year.