Recession era eating on Bush Telegraph

Radio National’s Bush Telegraph has a “Food on Friday” segment which I adore. In fact I love the whole show and even the bits before it where host Michael Mackenzie flirts archly with Ramona Koval as she’s finishing up The Book Show.

In the segment, Mackenzie often talks to producers and other food industry people, but the program also looks at how communities, schools and other organisations are involved with food.

Today’s “Food on Friday”was on the subject of thrifty eating, and featured Stephanie Alexander who discussed her Kitchen Garden Foundation project, what she fed her kids and the many benefits of eating from large shared dishes at the table. The other interviewee was Pam Batten, President of the Country Women’s Association in WA. Her organisation’s cookbook, The CWA Cookery Book and Household Hints, has been in print since 1936.

The two previous programs – on farming rabbits (wild and farmed, breeding to size for restaurants, recipes from Sydney’s Bécasse) and heirloom beetroots can still be downloaded.

The image is from the Old Parliament House site via Philanthroparty – I struggled to find any more information about it. And as I’m mentioning OPH, do yourself a favour and check out Canberra House, an absolutely brilliant site on modernist architecture here in Canberra written by Martin Miles who looks after the OPH site.


#1 Penthe on 15.11.08 at 8:48 pm

I love the CWA Cookbook. Also the Emily McPherson cookbook from the 1950s or 1960s, although to be frank it’s only ever the biscuits and cakes I have cooked from them.

#2 Zoe on 16.11.08 at 8:14 pm

I think that dainty things are what they’re best for Penthe, and jams and marmalades and things like icing.

Never been tempted by the curry with sultanas and apple or mock anything.

#3 Dr Sista Outlaw on 17.11.08 at 12:53 pm

I agree, mock things are terrible. Old soup recipes are pretty good though.

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