Bush Tucker

//Bush Tucker

Last time I was in Sydney, a woman asked my, “Mr. Harvey, do you ever eat any bush food?” “oh yes” I answered. “And what do you eat?”
“Well ” I said, ” I eat eggs, ducks, goes, oysters, fish, mussels, crab – soon get used to Aboriginal Tucker”. She gasped. ” I thought they only ate witchetty grubs and raw meat ” (Bill Harney’s Cook Book, published 1960)

Bill Harney was a world famous author, broadcaster and friend of the Indigenous Australian’s, and probably the most qualified person to write the first truly Australian cook book.

Indigenous Australians didn’t preserve food (pickle, brine, salt) because they were often on the move. They had fresh food available 12 months of the year. They didn’t have the knowledge nor the equipment to preserve food but they didn’t need to know!

The Colonials had that knowledge and a likening for some form of preservation but didn’t use it in their new home country, because they didn’t need to. This preference for fresh food continued to be a pillar and a uniqueness in the evolution of the Aussie Cuisine. Therefore we could conclude that the Aussie Cuisine is “fresher” (not meaning better) then Mediterranean Cuisine, which as it turns out is one of our foundations.

Native Australian Foods

 Viewpoints from Aussie Cuisine The integration of native ingredients into Modern Australian Cuisine is quite modest compared to the estimated five thousand plant and animal species that were at the disposal of our Indigenous population for over 50,000 years. The white Australian diet not surprisingly was largely British until the Gold Rushes, [...]

By | May 31st, 2017|Bush Tucker|0 Comments

Bruce Pascoe and the Gurandgi Munjie project is trying to rewrite pre-colonial history

 Viewpoints from Aussie Cuisine Mr Bruce Pascoe found a reference in Sir Thomas Mitchell’s Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia where they rode through nine miles of stooped grain that was described as 'an English field of harvest'. 'The First Australians would extract grain from grasses and grind it into flour, [...]

By | May 19th, 2017|Bush Tucker|0 Comments

Ayers Rock Resort launches a comprehensive bush tucker menu

 Viewpoints from Aussie Cuisine Indigenous Australians have developed their ‘bush tucker’ over tens of thousands of years including native herbs, spices, fruits, seeds, insects and wildlife such as kangaroo, birds, geese, oysters, fish and crocodile. Ayers Rock Resort launched a comprehensive bush tucker menu this year. Guests dine under the stars and enjoy a local [...]

By | May 11th, 2017|Bush Tucker|0 Comments