When it comes to food tours, I've done my share - or more than my share I reckon, in Melbourne at least. There've been walking tours of Melbourne's top food spots and spicier Indian food tours. There've been food tours on two wheels (a fab cycling tour of the City of Port Phillip's top restaurants, markets, community gardens, etc) and a chauffeur driven one of the Mornington Peninsula - all in the name of material for food stories and my ever curious palate.
It's been fun. Today, though, it was a food tour of the most local kind - a tour of my kitchen, namely the fridge, freezer and pantry. The tour, which took a good chunk of the afternoon, was packed with interesting discoveries, long-forgotten ingredients, and ideas for new recipes.
It's always exciting to dig deep into the depths of your packed, er... 1500 litre fridge, which technically only feeds two, but two with a pretty wide food repertoire. I found not one jar of open jam, but several, all jammed last summer: fig jam, apricot, plum and blackberry, all local except for the blackberries, which we picked (still pretty locally) in Wantirna. Of course, the specific location isn't for sharing. I love sharing - but I'm not stupid.
While we're lucky to have access to so much good food in Australia, it's easy to take for granted what we have in our own back yard - or kitchen. Have your dug deep into yours lately? If so, found anything interesting?
As for the image, of course, it's not my fridge. For a start, it's too small, too clean and too tidy. Everything's all exposed, the banana's will go black, the tomato will lose its flavour - and the garlic looks imported!
Say hi if you like, let me know who are you and maybe share anything about food or garden or even what the high point in your day was today.
Here’s to feel-good food and simply feeling good!
(Julia Hebaiter in Another Life)FoodLit Writer, Feel-Good Food Lover & Storyteller
Because Food Sans Story is Bland