My travels this month took me to Canberra where I was able to visit one of our very first schools, Majura Primary School. What a pleasure. When I visited in 2008 soon after the school became the Demonstration school for the ACT, the garden was very newly planted. This time the beds were overflowing with produce, including a sensational 7-year-old fig tree. To read more, subscribe to the Cook’s Companion Club. You’ll be sent an immediate email with links to my current and past newsletters.
As part of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation is participating in the Festival River Graze at the Southbank promenade on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th March. We want all strolling foodlovers that weekend to stop and chat with some of our staff, to watch our young volunteers make tomato passata workshops, and to help us raise money to further support our many kitchen garden schools and early learning centres.
My friend Maggie Beer has agreed to come by and both Maggie and I will be on hand for a few hours on each day to enthuse the children and spread the word to the general public of the importance of doing what we can to promote the spread of pleasurable food education in schools and early learning centres to as many Australian children as possible.
On Tuesday March 5 at North Melbourne Primary School the Deputy Leader of the Labor Party and Shadow Education Minister, Tanya Plibersek, and the Shadow Health Minister Catherine King announced that, if elected, the ALP would commit $6 million dollars to restore Federal funding to this inspirational and life-changing program. (Federal funding existed under the Gillard government but was discontinued by the Abbot, Turnbull and Morrison governments.) (more…)
Christmas was fun especially with a three year old in the house for Christmas Eve sleepover. And she did sleep. Her aunt and I were eager to see her reactions to discovering the carrots had disappeared and to see her bulging stocking but she refused to wake up. We finally prodded her awake at 7.45! My memories of my own childhood Christmases were of waking about 4am, hunting through stockings (more often a pillow case) conveniently found at the end of the bed, and dropping back to sleep. But she finally got into it and loved the unwrapping as much as the gifts.
For the last two months I have been dividing my time between touring the country promoting my latest book The Cook’s Apprentice, and whenever I was back in Melbourne, being the Founder of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.
I was thrilled to have the following comment posted on Instagram by Yotam Ottolenghi
‘Love lemons on book covers, you may have noticed. But forget the lemon, Stephanie has written another classic, the ultimate teaching book for young cooks.’