Street Food

Burritos and bunny chow, amagwinya or hot dogs? No. I mean the free food growing in the cracks in our pavements, along the verges outside suburban homes, on street corners and unkempt edges in parking lots. Once you start looking, it’s astonishing how much nutrient-dense food is available all around us. I get terribly excited…

Wild Harvesting Wild Seed

I have long been an admirer of Vandana Shiva. Her work seeks to restore connections, tell the stories of the seeds, and, in the process of saving seeds, save humanity – and much other biodiversity – is inspiring. Vandana Shiva is the keynote speaker at this year’s Slow Seed Summit, sponsored by Slow Food USA….

An Accidental Ode to Potatoes

It’s potato season in the KZN Midlands. It’s also the time of year when Terra Madre Day is celebrated. This annual Slow Food event held on 10 December, is a favourite of mine. I love the idea that we are connecting with thousands of people across the globe celebrating good, clean, fair food and diverse…

Food for Change

Food is both cause and victim of climate change, but also a possible solution. Our food choices have a direct impact on the planet. This is recognised by the Slow Food movement.   I have just participated in the Slow Food – Food for Change Challenge – going meat free, creating zero food waste and eating…

All Local Long Table

Terra Madre is one of my favourite celebrations.  This year, I invited inspiring women who grow food, cook food, barter food and eat food, particularly local, unpackaged, slow food, to join me at a long table on the veranda. Terra Madre Day highlights the relationship between food and climate change as part of the Menu…

Eat Local Challenge – Week Three

Mostly, we do eat local food. So do our dogs. This challenge has, however, focused my attention on what is really local (how far can you go?). The official challenge was within 200 miles – 350 km.  That is pretty far, but meant that I could include tropical fruit and flour.  I think local is…

Eat Local Challenge – Week Two

The more I do it, the easier it is getting, to eat only local. Who would have thought? I don’t even miss couscous!  So, we launch into week two of voting with my fork. Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini, “On the one hand there are a small few, with an enormous amount of money, and…

Eat Local Challenge – Week One

  I like to think I am a locavore. It’s quite a trendy thing to be right now, but makes complete sense to me. It’s the reason I started the Dargle Local Market and then, when that took on an unlocal look, got Dargle Trade and Howick Exchange ticking along.  The Midlands Barter Markets are…

Vegetarian? Absolutely.

When I met Erica for tea last Sunday morning, she told me she had been up since dawn making saffron, turmeric and coconut ice cream. “It is such a gorgeous golden colour, and I know it will taste delicious too” she grins. While she has grown the turmeric herself, coconuts are a bit of a challenge…

Gregg the Chef

Gregg Oosthuizen’s food journey has been a long and winding affair.  Beginning with a stint washing dishes for world renowned Anton Mosiman in Knightsbridge, London and detouring through cafes, clubs and restaurants around the world. “Everything leads here,” he says philosophically, “Life is a giant tapestry, with many detours and false starts. People I have…