MY YEAR WITHOUT MEAT BOOK REVIEW NEW MUP MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY PUBLISHING website
I bet you all tried it once in a while or many times before - to live without meat. For some of us it was way too easy and natural but for some this transformation did not come as straightforward. For some people meat eating is like smoking - it is an addiction. In the old times men would not have meat on a daily basis. In the country for example the villagers eat chicken once in two weeks only, lamb - rarely, pig - in cold winters to warm up and cow meat - only occasionally and it is divided between the many villagers. Nowadays meat is easy to get: we pop into the market and help ourselves once a day at least. Richard Cornish is a food journalist. He writes about his complications and his "addiction" to meat. His challenge was to stop eating meat in order to understand his own patterns. Richard's book is not only about meat though, it is generally about philosophy of food consuming; respect to your food and our connection and relationship with food. On the pages of My Year Without Meat Richard talks with leading Australian chefs, farmers ad local growers in order to understand these relationship. Richard writes what he felt and experienced while being on the 12 months journey without meat. I have noticed that if I do not eat with everyone at the restaurant people start hating me; if I do not drink alcohol with everyone at the table people hate me. "It is a horrible thing that people can do to others – identify them as the outsider. You’re not us – you can bugger off" People would not like vegetarians either. vegetarians just would not fit into the society where everyone should behave the certain way. I believe it might be a fear of unknown also - we usually do not like what we do not know. Well some people are open minded and they want to try something different but generally the reaction is the same: you get opposed if you behave differently. Apparently we should all be the same. My personal experience with meat was more complicated. I went to do 3, 7, 10 14, 20, 21 22, 24, 28 an 33 and 40 days of fasting (no food just water )many times. I think my friends who saw e doing that were of course trying to convince e to come back to "normal" eating . When I was doing vegetarian food only many times for 8 or for less months in a row they weer just happy that I was eating at all. No one can teach you how to go vegetarian, no one can teach you how to fast as well as no one can teach you how not t consume alcohol - there are no rules, everything s learnt on your own experience which is unique. Each experience is like an entity - it haunts you, it either stays with you or it betrays you. It is complicated. This only works if you have changed your food consumption habits once. Then you know. If you go on vegetarian twice, the second time will be not the same as your first one. Richard's book contains recipes how to cook vegetarian so you enjoy it the most. There is one sentence in the book that strikes : "If meat is cheap, there's a reason, and it's not a good one. Richard gives a balanced view of the many issues with meat and dairy production and explains why it is the way it is now. Richard's journey without meat finishes in Spain, the country that can not be imagined without certain types (and best in the world for that reason) meats. His temptation is beyond his will power but possibly it is just the time to finish the experiment. I think the book is simply the work of art: it is written by the person who understands food more than we understand anything on this planet. He lives the topic who talks about. Food is his life and his passion. You will have some wonderful time on this journey though the book together with Richard. There are corners that you have never been to in your life: the corners of taste and aroma. For me not a big lover of meat the book was a reflection and a new and very exciting discovery all at the same time. The book is not about "without" it is more about "within and 'with" - a simple bliss, not an author but an expert! You will love it! ...and next time you have cravings for meat - eat THIS book!
"The fat seemed to draw the heat from my tongue, like a tablet of excellent chocolate. The aroma was subtle yet complex, like perfume applied in the morning worn well into the afternoon. Faded roses, forest floor, champignons, a punch of pork, aged pork and oak, something decayed but in the best possible way. This was held together by a backbone of salt, a clean lactic tang, and round and lingering savouriness. It was possibly the best piece of flesh I had ever eaten. In a rapid piece of self-reconciliation I knew that my time of penance and reflection was over. That jamon was a work of art. I had crossed a threshold and there was no going back. My Year Without Meat closed with a single loncha of jamon iberico de bellota."
Karma Repair Kit: Items 1-4 by Richard Brautigan 1. Get enough food to eat, and eat it.2. Find a place to sleep where it is quiet, and sleep there. 3. Reduce intellectual and emotional noise until you arrive at the silence of yourself, and listen to it. 4.
"California Native Flowers" by Richard Brautigan In this spring of 1968 with the last third of the Twentieth Century traveling like a dream toward its end, it is the time to plant books, to pass them into the ground, so that flowers and vegetables may grow from these pages.
"Shasta Daisy" by Richard Brautigan I pray that in thirty-two years passing that flowers and vegetables will water the Twenty-First Cent- ury with their voices telling that they were once a book turned by loving hands into life.
"Lettuce" by Richard Brautigan The only hope we have is our children and the seeds we give them and the gardens we plant together.
YOKOZUNA ramen and sushi plate at Yokozuna Chadstone
Evolve Fair Food Store cafe is located in Belgrave, Victoria, Australia and on better sunny days is a marvelous place to sit on the outside veranda with your friends (2- and 4- legged of course) to sip some nice drinks (the place has 500+ teas to choose from!!!) and to have a healthy breakfast or lunch. yellow coffee, soy latter, chai with honey and cappuccino plus some salads - all are organic and very fresh. the drinks come with a message each that is placed under the cup. if it was not for such cold weather we would be there for hours! add to this nice company of very spiritual people (a perfect couple imho anyway) who are so tuned in they understand us in half-a-word-pronounced - at some stage we simply decide to sit in silence as there is nothing to say anymore - just to listen to the sound of the unseen-unknown-unsaid, tranquil spot indeed and very warm service - and you are almost in heaven plus... seems that Sasha, Dasha and Tosha are liking it too (also silently)... next time we will also order a much warmer day...
wishing Ned Vorkapic to have a good trip to Maloolabah Beach with coffees and hot chocolate last night ... ( really a joke as this place does not know how to make coffees big time!!! :) hot chocolate was at least hot (temperature-wise that is!!!) and good though as per our friend's h.o. - cocktails go there like hot cakes too... but we do not drink - what a boring-pity-bunch-of-people for such place surrounded by best wines in the world!!! ) bring us good#QueensandWeather Mr Spinach! #MelbourneWeatherSucks
ENTERTAINMENT BOOK SPECIAL: BOHEME CAFE
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FORTNUMS RESTAURANT SASSAFRAS
Fortnums Restaurant and Reception Venue in Sassafras, Victoria, Australiais one of those special places where after a long walk in the national forest in Olinda and multiple encounters with local birds you rush in every year to check in for the devonshire tea exceptional with jam and scones, good warm coffee, full body wedges, immaculate service and (that should have been first on my list) light, friendly and peaceful atmosphere. Here we go (we did it again!):
MOVENPICK DELICIOUSLY EVIL
ENTERTAINMENT BOOK SPECIAL: THE DANDENONG CLUB
We have two more Entertainment Books to sell to reach our annual goal. To help us do this Entertainment Book Melbourne still offers FREE POSTAGE and HANDLING when you buy online plus they throw in 4 bowling club tickets (worth $160 all together) (You can get the bowling vouchers from us.) - that means you will gain even more from purchasing. The page:https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/182v887 and thank you very much in advance for getting the book through our organisation to support and keep us running for many years. From our side we will be coming up with new ideas and gifts for our readers. We are featuring today The Dandenong Club , an absolute hidden gem that we discovered recently. I feel sorry now that we neglected these dining vouchers in the past. Their seafood platters are must to try but please come in hungry as they are quite big. Fresh from the deep seas seafood, crispy and naturally from the best Australian pastures potatoes and harvested young from the secret gardens of unknown growers - first of all it is a symphony for your eyes and your nose and only after that - for your stomach. Cost - only $25 each, you deprive yourself of nothing and the pleasure is priceless of course.
we like to discover new places even if it is by accident... yesterday morning - with Masha and Glen at the Tomboy - just exactly like on the google photos: trashy look and that special atmosphere we all like, lots of young local couples having their free from work morning breakfasts, lots of laptop gurus who were swimming (I mean doing laps) and diving inside their computers and sipping coffees... (I counted 5 laptops in the area (or perhaps I am exaggerating) - it is almost quiet in the morning, it smells nice inside on very good coffee which is very important and the service is excellent - the three thoughts are not connected anyhow. I asked Masha and Glen why do they like this place - they said: exactly as I wrote above - plus it has a good food (their chicken paninis are the ultimate choice). They also added: we should come over here for dinner.
MY HUNKY DORY celebrating two Mishas' birthdays last Saturday at the Hunky Dory became a family tradition for years now and why would you change the place if everyone likes fish and salads and we could not find anything better?.. I also show the miniature watercolor drawing that younger Misha got from Masha; not many faces today as I have been strictly warned last year - food only! - and it is the best-est seafood and fish and the friendliest service in town when the cafe staff goes out of their way to accommodate our gathering - thumbs up to them! it is also always the busiest place I have ever seen... no wonder! it's#myhunkydory
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESTAURANT review by Jennifer Zaman and Ashish Hussain
The General Assembly Located at the beautiful south-wharf, the last restaurant at the end of a long queue of most tantalising places to dine in seems to take one’s breath away merely by the scenic beauty it offers. The ambience inside, however, is quite simple and gives a sense of a country bar. This does not baffle me since this place is known for brewing and crafting its own beer. I could not tell much about the drinks they offer as we did not taste any. Being only occasional drinkers, we settled for Sparkling wine for the night. It was evening and the chilly Melbourne wind cut through us on our way to the General Assembly. We were happy to be there regardless of the weather outside. In order to warm ourselves up, we decided to go for a little starter to begin with before digging into the mains.For starters, we ordered a small share of Eggplant chips served with burnt honey, blue cheese sauce and Char-grilled quail served with skordalia, freekeh, smoked almonds and cress. The food was finger-licking good. We wanted to order some more, but, we needed some space left for the mains too. So, we contained ourselves at that. We wanted a little gap between the starters and the mains, which the staff happily obliged. The place seemed a lot warmer with the dim kind of lights merging well with the industrial interior.
For mains, we had Crisp-skin salmon served with smashed peas, freekeh, radish & charred leek salad and Char-grilled half chicken with roasted carrots, cumin & chickpea puree. We relished the food to our heart’s content even though we were more than full.
It was one satisfactory meal served with love and care.
Looking forward to re- visiting this place during warm summer days and dine outside by the picturesque dock and glittering water.
Highly recommended for food lovers who care more for the food than rich ambience!
Shall we cheesecake and tea today? Looking for the bestest cake in Melbourne for a special occasion or just for the cozy evening time with your cuppa? - Only in European Bazaar Shop 535 North Rd Ormond will you find what you are looking for: quality- , price- , sweet- and service-wise! I shall!