Lunch with Jackie French – A Greenfoodie’s Eating Adventures

What a fabulous weekend! David is back home after four months overseas and we spent a lovely Sunday lunch in GreenFoodie heaven! The Kitchen Cabinet at Old Parliament House in Canberra runs monthly Sunday lunches to celebrate local produce and producers. This Sunday we enjoyed the company of author and organic gardener Jackie French who spoke about ‘Chooks, Books and Happiness.’ She was such an entertaining and genuine speaker and re-inspired our commitment to living a GreenFoodie lifestyle, slowing down, smelling the roses and enjoying the important things in life… family, friends and food.

We bought a couple of her lovely children’s books, ‘Diary of a Wombat’ and ‘Baby Wombat’s Week’ for William and treated ourselves to ‘Backyard Self-Sufficiency,’ ‘The Chook Book,’ and ‘Jackie French’s Guide to Companion Planting in Australia and New Zealand.’ Jackie’s gardening wisdom and experience will be put to good use when we are planning our permaculture/food forest garden for our Bungendore home.

To top it off the menu was outstanding with entree featuring vegetables from local producers Conrad and Carol Kindrachuk’s Garden at Araluen, Matthew and Grace Reid’s Greendale Garden Farm at Majors Creek. Main course was even better with free range organic duckling filled with Ballalaba spiced pork with Allsun tomato and Araluen peach kasundi as well as a caponata of roman beans, Saint Pierre tomatoes, Wethershield red onions, red and yellow horn peppers and Monaro purple garlic. To top it all off we were treated to a fabulous dessert of Smyrna quince pannacotta, Belle de Boskoop apple cloud and American hawthorn berry sorbet. Totally sumptuous!

We have decided to that we just have to go to all the rest of the Kitchen Cabinet’s monthly luncheons for this year. A lovely monthly date with the most important men in my life, enjoying great food from the region, I can’t think of anything better! In saying that, I’m a bit sad that we won’t be able to attend next month’s lunch. The plus side is that we will be heading back to Mulloon Creek Natural Farms for lunch and a presentation by visiting Canadian organic farmer, educator, photographer, author, and advocate for sustainable agriculture, Michael Ableman, on ‘Feeding Our Future.’

We’ll be sure to keep you updated on our experiences. In the meantime, if you’re in Canberra why not book a place on one of the Kitchen Cabinet‘s monthly lunches, or come and join us at Mulloon Creek? Lastly, keep your eyes on the GreenFoodie calendar for upcoming events that might tempt you.

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  1. […] Every month, the Kitchen Cabinet hosts a Sunday lunch to celebrate the seasonal and local produce from the region surrounding our nation’s capital. I’ve posted about the first lunch that David, William and I attended here. […]



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