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”

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Episode 03 The Real Food Chain — Melinda Blundell interview

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Welcome to episode 3 of The Real Food Chain podcast!

This month our program is based on a fascinating interview The Real Food Chain’s co-host Jon Moore conducted with Melinda Blundell, owner of EMU Wellness, a holistic lifestyle training company based in the Lower Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, Australia. Mel’s a functional nutritionist, presenter and wellness advocate and has spent the last five years teaching people the benefits of wholefoods and balanced gut health after making dietary changes that completely eliminated her own physical and mental symptoms. Continue reading “Episode 03 The Real Food Chain — Melinda Blundell interview”

Support your community while saving on organic food at farmers markets

Farmers marketsWherever you live in Australia, you’re bound to be close to a farmers’ market. These are the vibrant community spaces where everyone from local producers to backyard amateurs get the chance to sell their (mostly) organic produce. There is usually entertainment, events for kids, great coffee, and of course many, many food stalls (depending on the size of the market). It’s an event that brings the community together. Just as importantly though, it’s a great place to save money on organic food. Continue reading “Support your community while saving on organic food at farmers markets”

Sourcing organic food in the country

picklesOne of the benefits of living in my small country town is the local food tradition. Sheep, beef, canola and wheat farms dominate the skyline as you approach and the town has a rich tradition of homegrown and homemade food that comes with a close connection with the land.

While it’s true that the local supermarket does excellent business, it’s not hard to find exceptional organic food from townsfolk if you search carefully. For example, getting a packet of fresh, delicious and very affordable eggs from free range chickens is just a matter of following the signs at the farm or local street, asking a neighbour or (more usually) checking the local social media pages. Backyards are bigger here than those postage stamp-sized versions in the city and the extra space well suited for chickens, ducks and a veggie patch. Continue reading “Sourcing organic food in the country”