Small white scale insects on a gum leaf

Tree scale, it’s just like cornflakes

Insects may have only recently made their way into convenience foods, but they’ve been part of traditional meals in Central Australia for tens of thousands of years. And some insects taste good, even sweet. River red gum tree scale was my insect food of choice on a recent trip to Central Australia. It’s sweet, and…

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Boab Nuts

Boab nuts grow in the top end, and you can eat them. I’m just not sure that you’d want to. They taste, as my travelling companion put it, “like lemony talcom powder”. In the dry season, when the bottle-shaped boab trees have lost their leaves, the nuts remain hanging. If you break them open they…

Standard Recipes for Fifty

I recently had the pleasure of leafing through a book called Standard Recipes for Fifty. I hadn’t really felt the urge to become a cookbook collector until I came across this volume. Now I can understand the cookbook obsession. I’d just love to get my hands on a copy of this book. The Australian Government…

Bushwalking food – the plan

My dad was once horrified to hear me say that the two best things about bushwalking are the food and the company. I think he has a stronger appreciation for the adventurous aspect of it than I do. I do enjoy the scenery and the wildlife and that’s why I go walking in the first…