Murrindindi – keeps ya fulla fa longa!

Without a lot of social, cultural or arts events happening in the sticks of South-West Sydney (i’m sure Mum would disagree but for the purposes of this blog…) we have tended towards making our own fun at home which regularly consists of a shared meal, some funky beats and a tipple from our favourite cask of DeBortoli Cab Merlot, or Ballantine’s Scotch Whisky (care of our very own south Londoner, Tom). Nina even cracked out homemade Pina Colada’s last night, complete with coconut milk and cocktail umbrella! Boy we are getting good at home catering. IMAG0214[1] Over the past year or so, i have been trying to capture the food that we eat, the hard earned stews, a product of laborious chopping and simmering and the miraculous ‘let’s chuck it all together and see what happens’ frittata feasts. The delight of slowly, but surely, cooking with more and more of our home grown vegies is now upon us and what follows is a montage of colourful, decadent and simple delights shared between 4,5,6,7,8…10people! I wanted to share this inspiring montage as I find it pretty incredible that this food seems to magically appear on our table with the help of many hands, ideas and a commitment to feeding ourselves good, wholesome homemade, ‘don’t waste anything, don’t throw that away’ tucker. I have learnt a lot from living with such creative foodies (Chris, Alicia, Nina, Tom, Alex, Greg) all delivering the goods in various ways to make our Murrindindi family full, fat and happy. We may even patent our catchphrase… MURRINDINDI! KEEPS YA FULLA FA LONGA! watch out here we come!

Greg, posing next to the (very clean)stove which is now not so clean
Just moved in! Greg, posing next to the (very clean)stove which is now not so clean
bit'o'everything burrito

bit’o’everything burrito

the fire! we can use it for everything

the fire! we can use it for everything (apologies for the poor photography ;))

some kind of chocolatey delight that Alex & Alicia took the liberty of eating out of the oven!

some kind of chocolatey delight that Alex & Alicia took the liberty of eating out of the oven!

carrot, beetroot, mint, coriander salad with greek yoghurt... deluxe

carrot, beetroot, mint, coriander, lemon juice & honey salad with greek yoghurt… deluxe (thankyou Stephanie Alexander)

'what else can we fit in there?' frittata- a chris special.

‘what else can we fit in there?’ frittata- a chris special.

Mama Stretton's Roast Chicken- another Chris fav

Mama Stretton’s Roast Chicken- another Chris fav

'i've got too many jerusalem artichokes' said Claire... Never fear we'll rub them in home-made confeit (duck fat) from French friends and roast them!

‘i’ve grown too many jerusalem artichokes’ said Claire… Never fear we’ll rub them in home-made duck confit (duck fat) from French friends and roast them!

turning it into a feast - Leon our trusty landlord.

Murrindindi’s founder Leon, turning our harvest into a feast. A glut of cucumbers, beetroot, lettuce & home baked bread

'soon you'll be able to make this with all your own vegies' (Sept 2012) AND NOW WE CAN! eggplant & zucz with shop bought haloumi.

‘soon you’ll be able to make this with all your own vegies’ (Sept 2012) AND NOW WE CAN! eggplant & zucz with shop bought haloumi.

red bean vegie burgers. YUM

red bean vegie burgers. YUM

and then for our next trick... we learnt how to make cheeeeese! Palak Paneer with homegrown Silverbeet and home-made paneer-ish

and for our next trick… we learnt how to make cheeeeese! Palak Paneer with homegrown Silverbeet and home-made paneer-ish, with a side of home grown cauliflower.

did i mention the vegies are as big as my head?

did i mention the vegies are as big as my head?

got any old fruit? i'll make it into the most amazing cake you've ever seen! thanks leasha x

got any old fruit? i’ll make it into the most amazing cake you’ve ever seen! thanks leasha x

even the scraps for the chooks look pretty fantastic

even the scraps for the chooks look pretty fantastic

and here's something we prepared earlier

and here’s something we prepared earlier

so if you’re ever stuck in a rut and don’t know what to cook, move in with 5,6 or 7 friends, get rid of your TV, grow some vegies and see what happens… but don’t forget to say thankyou.

Prayer for the Great Family

Gratitude to Mother Earth, sailing through night and day-

and to her soil: rich, rare, and sweet

in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Plants, the sun-facing light-changing leaf

and fine root-hairs, standing still through wind

and rain; their dance is in the flowing spiral grain

in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Air, bearing the soaring Swift and the silent

Owl at dawn. Breath of our song

clear spirit breeze

in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Wild Beings, our brothers, teaching secrets,

freedoms, and ways; who share with us their milk;

self-complete, brave, and aware

in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Water: clouds, lakes, rivers, glaciers; 

holding or releasing; streaming through all our bodies salty seas

in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to the Sun: blinding pulsing light through

trunks of trees, through mists, warming caves where

bears and snakes sleep- he who wakes us –

in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to the Great Sky

who holds billions of stars – and goes yet beyond that-

beyond all powers, and thoughts

and yet is within us-

Grandfather Space.

The Mind is his Wife.

so be it.

– Gary Snyder, after a Mohawk prayer, in ‘The Sacred Balance’ by David Suzuki & Amanda McConnell.

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