Bunya Nut & Sandalwood Pesto

100g Bunya Nuts, de-shelled
50gm Roasted Sandalwood Nuts
1 bunch Basil
75g Parmesan Cheese
1 clove garlic – finely chopped
300ml Macadamia Nut Oil
2 tspns ground Pepperberry

Gently heat the Pepperberry in 100ml of the Macadamia Oil. Finely chop Bunya Nuts and Sandalwood nuts and mix with the garlic and 150ml of the Macadamia Nut Oil. Roughly chop Basil in a food processor or blender with 50ml Macadamia Nut Oil. Process for one minute, and then add the Bunya Nut mix and the Pepperberry mix. This works best if the oils are poured in a steady stream. Do not over-process. This should keep in the refrigerator for a week – if it lasts that long!

BUSH FOOD INGREDIENTS: Bunya Nuts, Roasted Sandalwood Nuts, Pepperberry
SUPERMARKET INGREDIENTS: Fresh Basil, Parmesan Cheese, Macadamia Oil



Bush Flavoured Roasted Spring Lamb

20151017_185415-1Spring lamb with Pepperberry and Native Thyme, Bush Tomato and olives, Cinnamon Myrtle Cauliflower Mash, Mountain Pepper and Saltbush Roasted Potato

Roughly chop 3 carrots, 2 onions, 300gm celery, place in a deep oven dish along with a bulb of unpeeled garlic, 4 bay leaves, Tbspn whole Pepperberry, half sprig rosemary, 1 tspn dried Native Thyme. Place a 1kg boneless lamb shoulder on top and with 3 Tbspns duck fat.

Place in a 160C oven for 1.5 hours.

Cut 4 potatoes into equal shapes, place in oven dish with Tbspn duck fat and seasoned with a tspn each of dried Mountain Pepperleaf and dried Saltbush. Into a 160C oven 30 to 40 minutes.

Finely chop 1 cauliflower and 2 shallots. Saute some of the shallots in a little butter and chopped garlic then add the cauliflower. Cover with 500ml cream and cook until cauli is tender. Puree with a tspn Cinnamon Myrtle and salt to taste.

Sweat 2 diced shallots and a minced garlic clove in a little butter, then add 1 tspn crushed Bush Tomato, a punnet of tom thumb tomatoes and 40gm black olives.

BUSH FOOD INGREDIENTS: (all in stock at www.bushfoodshop.com.au)
Pepperberry, Native Thyme, Bush Tomato, Mountain Pepperleaf, Saltbush, Cinnamon Myrtle

Supermarket ingredients: Boneless lamb shoulder, bay leaves, rosemary, potatoes, black olives, cherry tomatoes, cauliflower, cream, shallots, duck fat, garlic, celery, carrot, onion, butter




Discover Australia through her food

The island continent of Australia is a long way from anywhere which is why it was colonised by the British in the first place. Finding peaceful co-existence for both the migrants and the residents is ongoing even after over 200 years of the situation being forced upon all parties.

Most of those who were sent to Australia to atone their sins had no desire to be here and those who already lived here didn’t want them here either. However I was born and bred here so this is my home and after travelling to other parts of the world all I want is peace and happiness, the opportunity to learn from the old people and I will continue to fight to make Australia a better place for all.

Like many lands Australia is a multi-cultural society and we are able to enjoy food from varying cultures but unfortunately until recent times our very own naturally occurring foods have been overlooked. Although much of this continent looks barren and infertile, there is an abundance of food and my aim is to bring the food to our attention and to our tables.