This week seemed to choose its own theme: sustainability. Le Bon Vivant was impressed by the commitment to locally-sourced ingredients at Billy Kwong. And, indeed, impressed by the flavours: those photos certainly make my mouth water! I think I’ll need to make a pilgrimage to Surry Hills even if only to try the pictured wallaby tail!
Sarah Wilson (author of I Quit Sugar) is a spokesperson for the Target 100 program which aims to deliver sustainable beef and lamb farming in Australia by 2020. To her credit Sarah has done her research by visiting an abattoir and has written in straightforward language about the experience. Sarah’s key point: the sustainability buck starts and stops with us, the consumers. I agree, although I think we need to make sure consumers are getting the education they need to make informed choices.
Speaking of education, why not start at the grass roots? Stephanie Alexander’s Kitchen Garden Program is certainly not new, but it has popped up a couple of times in my feeds this week. Getting kids to grow and cook their own food is such a direct and fun way to teach them skills that will serve them well their whole life. Even as an adult it’s more fun to eat food I’ve grown and prepared myself!
I admit I’m a bit of a one-oil-pony sometimes: extra virgin olive oil for everything! I learned the hard way why this is not always the best idea when I made mayonnaise with extra virgin (I love the stuff, but that was too much!). This Lifehacker article actually goes into a bit of depth to explain why different oils suit different recipes. It also references an Oil Comparison Chart from Eating Rules which summarises dozens of oils visually.
All the nice guests who wonder why restaurants overbook and they sometimes have to wait for their res should thank people like those below.
— Red Medicine (@redmedicinela) March 24, 2013
I’m not sure whether to file this one under “Chef Rage” or “Marketing Genius” — I suspect it’s a bit of both. Eater tells of a Los Angeles restaurant that has had its fill of no-shows. Red Medicine have turned to public shaming of flaky customers on Twitter!