Australia’s very best hams

History tells us that across the length and breadth of the Roman Empire the best hams came from Gaul.   In the centuries that followed that same piece of European real estate grew its culinary skills, repertoire and reputation to become what we now acknowledge as French cuisine. Not surprisingly, in France’s everyday meals, ham or … Continue reading

Repelling the porcine invasion

George Orwell’s Animal Farm inmates mantra: “four legs good two legs bad” has poignant relevance this week. It’s Bacon Week. And it’s all because Aussie pork producers are finding it tough getting their leg in, so to speak, in the domestic ham and bacon stakes. Some 70 per cent of bacon sold in this country … Continue reading

Saving Australia’s bacon

Mentioning Matt Preston and Homer Simpson in the same breath may seem like a bizarre non-sequitur. But having heard Matt pontificate from the semi recumbent couch position on TV’s Good News Week, there’s a delicious porcine thread of brotherhood there. But while Mr Cravat-A-Licious insists that the most essential item in a fridge should be … Continue reading

A Sure Kraft Redemption?

The recent debacle of naming the new Vegemite abomination came back to firmly bite Kraft on its Vegemite factory. iSnack 2.0…give me a break! The twitterverse and blogosphere went ballistic. Even on the face of it, the dozy idea of Vegemite being mixed with cream cheese flies in the face of the half-life of 10,000 … Continue reading

Why don’t we trust Aussie brands?

Cadbury was named the most trusted brand in Australia, while Arnotts was gonged the most iconic Australian brand in a recent Readers Digest list…. and almost at the same time, Vegemite, that evil, black, Aussie staple, has been messed with. There’s a trivia parlour game here. What’s wrong with this picture? Or spot the Aussie. … Continue reading

Australian Rules of Origin?

Australian labeling laws are a minefield.   You’d think three simple words: “Made in Australia” would be self explanatory.  But they aren’t.  According to the Trade Practices Amendment (Country of Origin Representations) Act 1998 “Made in Australia” means a product is substantially transformed in Australia and at least 50 percent of the cost of production has … Continue reading

Yaks Milk Is Pink And Hippos Sweat Blood

I love a good myth or bent fact and the smoke and mirrors that surround food is often pretty bizarre. Let’s stay with the red end of the spectrum – and red food colouring. A recent survey found that 76% of respondents believed that red food colouring made children hyperactive akin to an infuriated Juan … Continue reading

On Grocery Buying

There are a couple of street-wise rules-of-thumb worth considering when it comes to labels on food grocery products. 1. If a product displays an endless list of ingredients or components – don’t eat it. 2. If there are more than three components that contain more than four syllables – don’t eat it. 3. If those … Continue reading