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I am keeping this very brief and oh so simple… if anything here is of further interest please click to look & book! You can find the recipe for the warm apples with maple walnut caramel, seen above, at the bottom of this post. Photo ©HollyDavis

Please join me to celebrate the launch of Jude Blereau’s latest book ‘Wholefood From The Ground Up’ on June 25th Afternoon tea by Jude is well worth getting to, I promise and there will be signed copies available, it’s a seminal work and her best yet look&book

You may have seen my recipe testing images on instagram. All things fermented and oh so many loaves, cakes and cultures fill my home just now. My next book deadline is nigh and so, I have been head down, with very little time for anything much else. I will however, be teaching the classes mentioned below later this month; alongside my dear friend and colleague the wonderful Jude Blereau.

Jude is here from WA to launch Wholefood From The Ground Up and to teach, with me. We bring a vast body of our shared knowledge and experience to classes and aim to provide the nuances of our differing specific interests. Mine for where ferments fit our daily lives and Jude’s in the area of  wholesome sweetness and baking.  We are teaching three classes together, in Leichhardt at Wild Kombucha by Ballsey’s fabulous Collabratory Kitchen, Thursday 23rd has sold out but there are spaces in Wednesday  22nd’s ‘Meals for everyday and surviving the busy days’ evening class and in our ‘Low slow and at a simmer’ class on Sunday 26th which explores easy ways to slow cook delicious meals to suit the colder weather finally upon us look&book 

This warm and wintery recipe for the ‘apples with maple walnut caramel’ can be found here , it would make a lovely addition to a long weekend; in celebration of the queen’s birthday.


Breathing in spring in Japan – eating celeriac in Sydney

16928107658_c9635c5e2e_cThirty four years ago I spent nine months living in Tokyo. I consider that this has had the greatest and most lasting influence on my life, how I cook and how I treat food. I studied macrobiotic cooking in Tokyo and revelled in all aspects of their exquisite culture. Tomorrow I shall return to Japan, just in time to celebrate with millions, the first day of spring and the start of the cherry blossom season. Whilst I will be essentially on ‘holiday’ no chef is ever truly at rest; with every bite I eat, every ingredient I glimpse and each waft of a scent that wanders my way  I will be looking for, what is ancient and what breaks new ground; to inspire who knows what creations to come? I have a very special interest in Japan’s many ways with fermentation and I will returning with whatever I can, to put to good use in the book I am writing on this topic.

Fair warning my Instagram followers, bountiful blossoms and drunken daikon in barrels a plenty, will be coming your way.

When I return I will be head down and into the book, except for a quick trip to teach in Perth in early May. Inspired, as I expect to be, I have included a workshop for making ferments that fit everyday life and of course, a couple of Japanese cooking classes, I am also running a two day workshop for how to cook for the intolerant at your table, this is sadly become the norm at so many tables. I have just added the details of these classes to the online booking page here. These are classes hosted by my compatriot and dear friend, Jude Blereau of Wholefood Cooking and all bookings can be made through her.

I will keep a diary whilst I travel and make note of anything I think you might just love, I hope to see you here or there anon.

I’m rushing but before I go, here is a very quick pickle recipe, that if you don’t already know, you might just love? It is celeriac season in Sydney, they are coming in as large as your head. You can cook them in many ways and they are divine but you might try this, peel them carefully (then make a cut, to create a flat area to sit it on its side, so it can’t roll) slice in thin roundish disks, sprinkle with sea salt, a little lemon zest and some pepper, rub those in and leave to sit an hour or a few, use these now flexible, crispy disks, as a wrap or as a platform or vehicle to transport a delicious topping or two.

 


Everyday fermentation, easy sourdough classes February 28 & a cultured dinner, in Newcastle February 26

FEBRUARY 28TH HOSTED BY REAL FOOD PROJECTS

EVERYDAY FERMENTATION, INFORMATION AND BOOKINGS CLICK HERE

EASY SOURDOUGH, INFORMATION AND BOOKINGS CLICK HERE

The new year has consumed me and my focus is on writing and research, for the book I have been longing to write. This project is well underway now and my love and fascination for all things a bubble continues to grow. My friend and oh so competent creator of all good projects, Kate Walsh of Real Food Projects is hosting a range of fabulous classes, two of which I will be teaching, follow the links above. I hope to see you there and pass along what I know; to make these wonderful foods and easy option for you, everyday

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FEBRUARY 26TH I AM CO HOSTING A LOCAL SEASONAL DINNER, SHOWCASING CULTURED FOODS AND DRINKS WITH IMBIBE WATER KEFIR AND ESTABAR

AT ESTABAR IN NEWCASTLE

FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO BOOK CALL BEC 0412 130 120 or POP INTO ESTABAR

Bec Bowie, who runs Newcastle’s charming and delectable cafe Estabar, Felicity Evans, creator of Imbibe Water Kefir range and I, have hatched a plan for a night of feasting and learning about things that taste delicious and go pop! My menu plays host to a range of delightful ferment as small accents in the meal. We will be sourcing local in season produce for the night and will be able to tell you where your dinner was grown. Felicity has chosen several of her delicious water kefir flavours, to compliment the meal and demonstrate their rightful place for regular sipping, beside the sea, in Newcastle. It promises to be a fun evening. Chat to Bec to reserve your spot, her number is above.


Choose your classes? hands on, seminar or four day workshop

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Click image to download pdf of all on offer or go to book online.

Evening classes on 10th and 11th are fully booked but there are places for all the rest


Jude Blereau is coming to Sydney, to teach with me this November

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Author, wholefood educator, wise woman and dear friend Jude Blereau, of Wholefood Cooking and I share a long wholefood history in Australia. Jude lives and works in Perth WA and whilst, I am often in Perth to teach public classes and The Chefs Training program we run there, Jude is rarely available to come to teach in Sydney. I am thrilled to say though, that in early November we are joining forces here. We are offering a range of delicious, informative, wholesome wholefood classes and what we intend to be, an empowering seminar; to assist you in creating your every day wholefood home. We will be teaching all these ‘know how’ classes and the seminar together. While Jude offers the more nitty gritty details and nutritional science, I aim to connect you with your ‘I can do that’ intuition. We cross over in most areas but have differing passions in the kitchen. Whilst we can both answer your questions, you might go to Jude for all questions sweet and how to cater for intolerances and come to me, with your questions about lacto fermentation, sourdough, meat and fish queries.

Our aim in this program is to share with you our combined experience and nourishing wisdoms, gained over our thirty years pioneering the wholefood industry in Australia. We would like you to leave these events inspired with information and practical tools that will enable you to carve a clear and achievable wholefood path, amidst the current plethora of confusing food and dietary information. Jude and I have walked different paths to arrive at a very similar place, which, we hope gives you the opportunity to get a broader perspective on the topics we have chosen.

We share a vision, to effect change in how we as a society grow, produce, prepare and eat food. As part of this vision we run the Whole and Natural Foods Chef Training Program, a 3 month in depth program that covers, the fundamentals of nourishment, healthy and wholesome eating; including how we grow food and prepare it. The next program will be August 2016. For further details or a prospectus for this exciting program click here.

 


2015 wholefood cooking classes in Sydney, Perth and Brisbane and a catch up

 

Last year was extremely full. The images in this post depict happy moments, spent here in Australia, in the UK, on my first trip to Italy and a speedy visit to Chicago. Above see, ‘Campo Di Fiori’, one of Rome’s fabulous markets which offered an abundance of screamingly fresh produce such as these zucchini flowers, while the real ‘fresh food people’ called loudly; with well earned pride. The Italian Muma on view is in fact me, shot by my sister whilst wandering cobbled paths on a medieval hillside village in Tuscany. The eggs were gathered in Ilford NSW on easter Sunday and the Western Australian sardines express the full force of their proximate sacrifice.

 

I spent spring and summer in the UK and was very fortunate to attend a short course ‘Exploring the Microcosmos’ at Schumacher College; part of The Dartington Hall Estate in the Transition Town of Totnes  in Devon. The course was led by ecologists and scientists Dr’s Stephen Harding and Phillip Frances with Eva Bakkeslett and Sandor Katz providing the artistic and practical components of the week exploring all aspects of fermentation. After over 30 years of my own exploration of lacto fermentation, I deepened my love and understanding of beneficial bacterium and was invigorated by the many collaborations. Eva utilises fermentation through her art works and installations and encouraged us all to do the same. I ‘painted’ using an alive sourdough starter! Schumacher college is unlike anywhere I have been, it runs as a cooperative with everyone contributing to all facets of the colleges day to day running. After a few simple rituals and a thorough induction, I found myself a part of a very beautiful and harmonious whole. Everything got done, fun was had, friends were made and I felt reluctant to leave. The kitchen produces fabulous vegetarian meals to look forward to and recreate. We ere formed into small teams, with names reflecting the course topic, this was charming and very amusing when the team ‘E coli’ was put in charge of the clean up! After attending a short course, anyone is eligible to apply as a longer term volunteer; something I would leap at on my next trip to the UK. There were 1000 origami birds hanging in the great hall where everyone on campus gathers each morning, these were an installation as part of someones thesis. Some of us took the opportunity to go to one of the very few remaining authentic cider houses, where you will not find beer. “Ye Old Cider House” is in  Newton Abbott in South Devon and well worth travelling to; to sample a wide range of naturally fermented ciders and fortified wines. This was somewhat of a highlight and though I drank in sips alone, my voice was raised and my legs were as jelly upon leaving.

Jude Blereau’s Whole and Natural Foods Chefs Training Program runs yearly in Perth WA. Details and applications for 2015 are available through Jude’s site, in the link above. This is a selection of images taken during our visit to Balingup last year; where we take students to meet biodynamic and organic producers on working farms. We are hosted by Katrina Lane from Taste of Balingup. The 2014 students were incredibly fortunate to participate in an event Katrina organised with Simon Bryant and Sam Ward. Both chefs generously imparted their expertise and provided extraordinary feedback to and about these women.

I continue to teach the lacto fermentation, sourdough baking, meat, fish and poultry sections of the program. I am extremely grateful to Jude for the continued opportunity to work with her in co creating a program to inspire and educate the next generation of wholefood chefs and related entrepreneurs.

The 2014 cohort were a very special group of women, committed, cohesive and hungry for everything they could learn, they will go far, look out for them. An internship is part of the WNFCTP, Buena Vista Farm in the Southern Highlands took another of our students, one is soon to spend four weeks at Matt Wilkinson’s restaurant ‘Pope Joan’ in Melbourne and a student who came to the course a primary school teacher, after her internship, is employed at The Mary Street Bakery in Highgate Perth, learning the art of commercial sourdough baking.

 

I will be back in Perth and in Balingup next month and I return to Mondo Organics in Brisbane, to teach two weekend workshops in May. You will find the details and booking information on my class program here.  

If you or someone you know, is interested in hosting a wholefood cooking class or course at home, please check the information here

 

 


Your invitation to an imminent course of four wholefood cooking classes

Autumn

Begins Tuesday 10th February in fabulous location over Palm Beach NSW

Details about this course can be found on my classes page here be quick if you are keen.

Newsletter and new blog post coming soon….


Spring and early summer teaching, in Perth WA

Sprouted Walnut and Citrus Rye Berry Salad

I am about to head off to Perth, where I will be rejoining Jude Blereau and Jean Martinez for this years Whole and Natural Foods Chefs Training Program (WNFCTP) hosted by Jude and her company Wholefood Cooking. Whilst I am there, I will also be teaching a variety of Wholefood Cooking Classes beginning with a three day course Wholefoods Everyday of Your Busy Life, this course provides a solid foundation for living a wholefood life this Spring and Summer in Perth. The image above ©Sam Mackie, is a sprouted walnut and citrus rye berry salad, which featured as part of a long table lunch in Sydney, it may well make a reappearance in Perth, using Peach and Co’s wonderful sprouted grains. There are places in several of my classes, if you or someone you know in Perth might be interested, please direct them here to download a pdf of the full class program, there are also a few public events where our WNFCTP students showcase their skills and provide you a delicious wholefood breakfast or dinner.

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I write recipes and information for LJHookers sustainability web site Liveability.com.au this month and for the next few posts there are recipes and information about Wholefood Condiments, starting with the basics of Culturing vegetables at home. If your not yet a home fermenter, I suspect, when you see how simple it is, you soon will be? The satisfying flavour of garlic chive with the crisp crunch of lacto fermented celery and beets, seen above, is enough to warrant learning more. Happy reading, making, eating. I’d love to hear how you go and what combinations you come up with…?

 


On the fermentation frenzy and upcoming classes

Water kefir in the making

Water kefir in the making

I have been back in Australia for three weeks and everywhere I go I see the rising interest in all things fermented. ‘Bacteria’ is ceasing to be a dirty word. I have been asked to write several pieces on the topic and an article I called ‘Boiling not Spoiling’ (Ferment means to boil) has just been published in the first issue of the  magazine ‘Plenty, Biodynamic Living in Australia, from land to table. You could find that in retail outlets around the country, it is an enjoyable and informative read. Plenty is an initiative of Biodynamic Agriculture Australia (BAA), compiled by Editor Rachel Grisewood. I am delighted to contribute to a magazine designed to educate and demystify Biodynamics. It is heartening to see that a subject I have been discussing since 1972 and which has caused many to, perhaps, regard me as a little odd has now come to prominence.

L&F_HollyDavis_Cultures-6749Businesses and being built on the back of this new found ancient practice and restaurants everywhere are embracing ferments in their many and varied, scrumptious forms. I am having many discussions about whether this is a passing fad. I suspect the frenzy will slow but I truly hope that people embrace these foods for the benefits they can bring to the plethora of people suffering from compromised digestive health and immunity.  They are not hard to make and it is great fun to see an ingredient transformed by the action of invisible bacteria and yeasts; better yet to better understand how to make and live with a range of cultured foods, so you can eat and drink a little with every meal; remembering that, more of a good thing is not always better!  Little and often is best.

Teaching in the garden at The Lost and Found Department

Teaching in the garden at The Lost and Found Department

I am teaching another “Capturing Cultures”  workshop, at the wonderful The Lost and Found Department on August 16th, there are a few places if you or someone you know would like to join us. Silvia Noble and her husband Peter have an extraordinary farmlet at Ingleside where they are tending bees, growing and making food and running a diverse range of fascinating workshops.  Silvia also runs a great market stall at the Warriewood Farmers Market, on Fridays. The workshop runs 10.30-3.30 and provides what you will need to go home and start safely producing delicious fermented food and drinks. We also eat a delicious feast of ferments and more at the long table. Check out the details and book here

IMG_2877_2I return to Perth in late September to teach units of Jude Blereau’s in depth Whole and Natural Chefs Training Program (WNCTP). Whilst there I will also teach a range of public classes. The following link will take you to a PDF with details of all those classes and public events associated with the WNCTP, this includes booking information too. Download this Perth Class Program  here

If you think you would like to come to one of these Perth classes or events book as soon as possible as they fill really fast. Thanks for your keen interest and continued bookings Perth siders.

 

 


The Price of Fish. Liveability.com.au Europe in Spring. Events. Classes and Catering

 

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Choosing fish by price, likely means, choosing what is plentiful,  local and a more sustainable option. This makes delicious, nutritious eating, guilt free.

It is getting harder and harder to feel good about eating much at all and fish eating is rife with concerns. Here are a few simple guides for choosing the freshest fish, to feel happy about eating. When it comes to wholefoods, one of the most oft heard comments I hear is, ‘it costs so much more to eat well’ well it can and perhaps it ought but that is a topic for another day. I made eating well a priority so long ago that it is now second nature for me to buy produce at prices way over the norm. I don’t do so to show off, I do so to put my money where my mouth is and prioritise, for the sake of our future, believing that animal husbandry, ocean management and soil care are vital issues.  I pay more for just about everything but not for fish. When I shop for fish I look for the freshest, locally, wild caught and cheapest options. Small fish are generally plentiful, lower on the food chain and as a result carry less toxic load. Small oily fish like these Yellow Tail, Anchovies, Sardines Mackerel and more offer  greater amounts of beneficial omega 3 oils, they are quick cooking, suited cooking with stronger flavours and are absolutely delicious. For one of my favourite ways to cook these species, see my recipe on Liveability.com.au you will find a new recipe of mine here each month and so much more about living a more sustainable life at home. My most recent Autumn recipe is also well worth a look, especially if you wonder how to cook Golden nugget pumpkins with millet and chestnuts for optimum deliciousness. To find more recipes follow the link on the home page click the Guide, Recipes,DIY tab. Cecille’s blog is an eclectic offering, she describes liveability this way, ‘It’s when health, efficiency, comfort and connection to community come together to create a more liveable home.’

 

 

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I am in England, bound for Devon, the River Cottage Spring Food Fair and a Week ‘Exploring the Microcosmos- New Paradigms from Microbial Communities’ at Schumacher College

Sandor Katz in Brisbane with my Mango young country wine

This weekend is The River Cottage Food fair and Sandor Katz is presenting before he spends next week teaching with fellow fermentation revivalist and artist Eva Bakkeslett, ecologist and scientist Phillip Frans and Steven Harding. Exploring the microcosmos takes place at Scumacher College in the Transition town of Totnes. Above is a photo of Sandor in Brisbane holding my Mango young country wine, a heady brew, unlike my usual range of lacto ferments. He was on the Milkwood Permaculture Sandor Katz Australian Tour, earlier this year. I was fortunate to make many of the samples required for the Sydney leg. The tour was a resounding success and provided a massive injection of fermentation revival for Australia’s East coast.

By my great good fortune and rather a lot of cooking I find myself back in the UK and off to attend these exciting events. It is springtime and rather beautiful here. The sun and rain combine to make green unlike anything we see in Sydney. Returning to the land I grew up in for the first time since my mothers death last year, is bitter sweet and heart opening. Again I experience the nostalgia of youth and the longing for the place I have come to know as home. I expect any  dual citizen will relate. It is delightful to be back and working for the wonderful folk who took me in last year. I have completed another course of evening classes in Notting Hill, I have returned to work with Elisabeth who has happily transformed from her unwell state to radiance. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than seeing what love, friendship and dedication to holistic healing, can do to the state of a human being in crisis. I am returned too, to the most exquisite home in Chelsea where I am cooking twice a week.

 

IMG_2877_2I will be catering and teaching in the UK in July. July 9th I will be teaching a ‘Capturing Cultures’ hands on class at Rochelle Canteen  in Arnold Circus E2. This is an excellent place to eat delicious unfussy food made from the best Britain has to offer. Margo Henderson and Mel Arnold Arnold and Henderson catering company too. If you are in need of an exciting event catered, these are your folk. I predict this to be an extremely fun evening with a delicious supper to follow the chopping and jarring of Kim Chi.

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I have just a few dates available if anyone you know might like them for a class, catering or an in house chef? My UK contact number is 07437348900 This was me catering Lizzie and Marks divine wedding in February on Pittwater. 18kilos of prime Glenburnie Black Angus, free range, grass fed and grass finished beef, supplied by  Grant and Laura of Feather and Bone, purveyors of truly sustainable meat. It was a pleasure to cook and by the comments and guests returning for third, a pleasure to eat too! I roasted it at 70˚C for 7 hours and here I am finishing it off on the air conditioned barbecue.

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I will return to Sydney to teach sweet and savoury sourdough baking classes at The Lost and Found Department July 26 & 27 and  Brisbane at Mondo Organics August 2nd & 3rd.

A bright and cosy Autumn/Winter to you in Aus, from a damp, windy, rainy, sunny, or whatever the day brings UK Spring/Summer