Category Archives: Discover Australia

Wonderful White Kunzea

White Kunzea (Kunzea ambigua or tick bush) –

a lovely sweet (almost honey like) fragrant tiny leaf with hints of eucalypt and citrus, makes a great tea, and many uses as an infusion

Native to the coastal strip and adjacent plateaus of eastern Australia (New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania), 

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Native Juniper

Boobialla is a native juniper berry and has a distinct flavour

A new publication called Warndu Mai (Good Food)  shows you how to embrace our country’s native ingredients and create truly Australia food and drinks at home.

Rebecca Sullivan and Damien Coulthard combine to bring you information, inspiration and practical ways to start using the foods that have grown in this country for thousands of years.

Boobialla Bitters

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Wait Time: 6 weeks

Ingredients (Makes 250ml)

Method:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a large sterilised jar, seal and shake well.
     
  2. Label and store in a cool, dark place for up to 6 weeks to infuse.
     
  3. Strain into a sterilised jar.
     
  4. Use 1–2 tablespoons in your drink as a bitter flavouring.
     
  5. For a digestif, serve in a small glass or on ice.

Incorporating bush food in your daily life

If native foods are to become mainstream, we need to use them in our home cooking. Many plants are known by their traditional or botanic origins. In some cases it is difficult to understand what they are or what you are supposed to do with them……..grind it and use it as a sauce; cook as a thick spinach; boil and serve as a root vegetable; eat as a fresh fruit or preserve as a jam?

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Sustainable supply of paperbark

Indigenous Australians have used paperbark to provide shelter, in artwork and to cook with for thousands of years but not many know how much and how often you can harvest a tree without killing it.

Up until a couple of years ago there was such a man but ill health forced him to stop and he was not able to persuade his children to take over.

But now an Aboriginal owned and worked property in the far north of Australia has begun to harvest 100 year old trees on the property to supply the market.

It will take 2 years for the thick bark to grow back and be ready again for harvesting.

Taste Australia Bush Food Shop has secured sheets of paperbark to sell and they will be available HERE once they make the long long trip from the remotest corner of the country.

Easy and delicious.

Our Munducklin Curry Powder combines all the ingredients of a great curry with authentic native ingredients for a flavoursome meal.

 

The recipe for 2

  1. Preheat oven 160C
  2. Peel and finely slice 1 large red onion, 2 cloves garlic,  5cm ginger.
  3. Splash of olive oil in a pan. Add Tbspn Munducklin Curry Powder, teaspoon Tropical Pepperberry Sea Salt, half each of a red, green and yellow capsicum sliced.
  4. Cook until soft and golden (about 15 mins).
  1. Transfer to baking dish and add 1 can coconut milk, 1 Tbspn Finger Lime Caviar, 1 Tbspn lime juice.
  2. Mix well and then add 14 prawns (peeled and deveined) and lower 2 Atlantic Salmon fillets into mixture. Ensure all seafood is immersed.
  3. Bake 20 mins.
  4. Serve with steamed rice.

Finger Limes…. are they REALLY a native food?

There is nothing like a Finger Lime!  The casing is just bursting with zesty lime pearls.

Add them to sparkling water, add them to Raita (Natural yoghurt dip), squeeze them over oysters, toss them in a salad.

And yes they are a bush food

 

Wild Lime Syrup

Place a cup of water and 1 1/4 cups sugar into a heavy-based saucepan and heat until the sugar has dissolved.
Add 1/4 cup finger limes and bring to the boil.
Lower heat and simmer gently until the volume is reduced by a third (about an hour).
Remove from the heat and strain through a fine sieve.
Transfer to sterile jars or bottles. It will keep for approx 12 months.

Note: The longer the syrup is reduced, the darker it will become and the flavour will intensify.
Different batches can be reduced to different strengths and are delicious served together.

 

strawberry gum leaf

Sensational Strawberry Gum

Found in secluded pockets along the east coast of Australia
Used to enhance the flavour of cooked fruit dishes, desserts, spiced jams as well as in herbal teas  and syrups

Strawberry Gum Syrup Recipe HERE

Delectable Davidsons Plum

A native fruit that’s intense and packed with anti-oxidants.

While it’s too tart for most of us to eat as a fresh fruit, in cooking it is one of my favourite bush fruits. A little Davidson plum goes a long way to colour and flavour ice cream, mousse and sweet sauces. It makes a sensational fruity savoury sauce and gives kangaroo goulash a rich fruity tang.

We stock both frozen fruit and powder.  The powder is an excellent addition to biscuits, muffins and icecream.

Davidsons Plum Freezer Jam (no cooking required)

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De-seed 30 Davidsons Plums and puree. Combine one cup and 1 Tablespoon of sugar plus 4 Tablespoons Balls RealFruit Instant Pectin and stir until blended then add plum puree and stir for 3 minutes.  Ladle jam into plastic freezer jars ensuring you leave a cm head space .  Adjust caps.  Let jams stand for 30 minutes to thicken.  Label.  Freeze or refrigerate up to 3 weeks.

The Curious Cook

What do you give the cook in your life?

Taste Australia Bush Food Shop has 3 different box sets of native food ingredients.

A Cook’s Delight

  • 13 dried and ground leaves
  • Aniseed Myrtle, Australian Holy Basil, Cinnamon Myrtle, Lemon Myrtle, Mountain Pepperleaf, Native Basil, Native Sage, Native Thyme, Peppermint Gum, River Mint, Saltbush, Sea Parsley, Strawberry Gum
  • 9 dried and ground berries, nuts and fruit
  • Davidsons Plum, Finger Lime, Kakadu Plum, Illawarra Plum, Riberry, Sandalwood, Lemon Aspen, Pepperberry, Wattleseed, Desert Lime, Native Blood Lime or Bush Tomato
  • Box set presentation, perfect for the cook in your life!

A Taste of Australia

  • Contains 15 different ground or leaf bush herbs:
  • Aniseed Myrtle, Australian Holy Basil, Cinnamon Myrtle, Mountain Pepperleaf, Lemon Myrtle, Mountain Pepperberry, Native Basil, Native Sage, Native Thyme, Peppermint Gum, River Mint, Saltbush, Sea Parsley, Strawberry Gum, Wattleseed.

Introduction to Australian Native Bush Food

  • 10 different bushfood herbs –
  • Aniseed Myrtle, Mountain Pepperleaf, Lemon Myrtle, Native Basil, Native Thyme, River Mint, Saltbush, Sea Parsley, Strawberry Gum, Wattleseed
  • plus 5 bush food seasonings – Desert Flakes, Munducklin Curry Powder, Bush Tomato Seasoning, Seafood Sprinkle, Swagmans Salt, Pepperberry Salt, or Tanami Fire.

Maggie Beer’s delicious Constitution Cake could be your new New Year tradition

Maggie Beer’s Constitution Cake (photo from her website) is a firm favourite amongst our customers to serve at Christmas and features Quandong, Davidsons Plum, Muntries and Macadamias which are all available in the Taste Australia Bush Food Shop

Ingredients

  1. 150g quandong dried
  2. 1 1/2 cup Verjuice
  3. 50g caster sugar
  4. 120g dried currants
  5. 60g almond whole
  6. 180g unsalted butter chopped
  7. 150g brown sugar
  8. 4 free range eggs
  9. 180g self raising flour
  10. 1/2 tspn cinnamon ground
  11. 1/2 tspn nutmeg ground
  12. 180g davidson’s plums Defrosted, sliced and seed removed
  13. 120g muntries defrosted
  14. 1 lemon zest finely grated
  15. 120g candied mixed peel
  16. 120gm Dry Roasted Macadamias
  17. 100gm icing sugar
  18. 1 egg yolk
  19. 60gm dry roasted almonds

Reconstitute dried quandongs by soaking in 375 millilitres of Maggie Beer’s Verjuice and 50 grams caster sugar for 30 minutes, then boil for 5 minutes. Turn off, add currants, leave to soften for 1 hour. Drain and reserve syrup.

Preheat the oven to 220°C and grease and line a 20 cm round spring-form cake tin with baking paper.

To make the nut paste, blend 120gm roasted macadamias in a food processor, then add 100gm icing sugar and 1 egg yolk and pulse to form a stiff paste. Set aside.

In the cake mixer, cream the brown sugar and butter until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, adding a spoonful of flour if the mixture curdles. Fold in the flour, spices, currants, quandongs, sliced davidson’s plums (seed removed), whole muntries, almonds and candied peel. Stir in the grated lemon zest and the reserved syrup, to give a soft batter.

Spoon half the batter into the prepared tin, then spread the nut paste over the mixture and top it with the remaining batter. Bake for 2.5 hours (or until a fine skewer comes out clean). If the top colours too quickly, cover with foil for the last hour. Leave the cake to cool a little in the tin before turning it out.

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