Margaret’s Easy Peasy Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Nothing beats the warmth and taste of a wonderful pumpkin soup. But the preparation can be fiddly, particularly time taken over the peeling of the pumpkin. Not a problem says guest author Margaret Paton — freelance writer, teacher and organic gardener, who gives us a few ideas on how to cook this wonderful recipe easily and quickly, with definitely no compromise on flavour, and with a few time-saving tips thrown in!

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Season 1 Episode 2 — Susan Goodwin interview

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Welcome to Episode 2 of Season 1 on Fermenting Foods. This show we talk to fermenting food advocate and health food adept Susan Goodwin and ask her about her experience starting off with making kefir and the change in attitude to probiotics in the North Coast of NSW over the past few decades.

Susan gives some great advice for families looking to introduce a better gut health diet, talks about the health benefits of probiotics and the change a small amount of kefir has done to her grandson’s health. Continue reading “Season 1 Episode 2 — Susan Goodwin interview”

Jerusalem artichokes for chips like you’ve never tasted them before

Margaret’s JA chips

Ever thought of cooking with Jerusalem artichokes? Guest author Margaret Paton — freelance writer, teacher and organic gardener — discusses the taste sensation of chips made from this relative of the sunflower and how easy and healthy it is to cook yourself up a batch. Continue reading “Jerusalem artichokes for chips like you’ve never tasted them before”

Episode 1.1 — The Real Food Chain — Fermented Foods Intro

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Welcome to Season 1 Episode 1 of The Real Food Chain!

In this episode your co-host Rich Bowden talks about the majesty and tradition of fermented foods, through the eloquent words of author Jennifer McGruther (The Nourished Kitchen) and activist, author and fermentation revivalist Sandor Katz (Wild Fermentation and The Art of Fermentation).

That the essence of fermentation is transformation is a theme constantly explored by these advocates in their work and their words reflect the link that fermentation gives us to our forebears and their food culture. However far more than a convenient method of preserving the harvest, fermentation encourages the growth of probiotics which have such an important role to play in our gut health and overall wellbeing.

Episode 1.1 marks the start of our new way of categorising “seasons” for you our listeners. Over the course of a month we’ll bring you episodes on a particular with a wrap up with your co-hosts Jon and Rich at the end. This first season is on fermenting foods, its uses in the home and the way you can easily make fermented foods to enhance your diet. Continue reading “Episode 1.1 — The Real Food Chain — Fermented Foods Intro”

A tour of Margaret Paton’s permaculture inspired garden

An invitation to Margaret Paton’s garden in Blayney, in the Central West of NSW, is to witness what can be achieved with a bit of work, a touch of vision and a love of organic gardening. It is also a chance to wander through a cornucopia of produce and a perfect example of how even small yards can go a long way to providing the chemical-free veggies of a small family.

A freelance writer and teacher, Margaret took us on a tour of her front and back yard which was still producing fruit and veggies, even as the cold frosts of autumn began.

As we walked through the head high Jerusalem artichokes — in true permaculture tradition Margaret uses this in a number of ways — as a food, shelter and display crop, she gave some idea of which authors and thinkers first inspired her to get into permaculture and organic gardening. Continue reading “A tour of Margaret Paton’s permaculture inspired garden”