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Newsletter 65 – Wow, so much to share!

SAKGF Coles Initiative Stephanie Alexander and Curtis Stone

I have been very quiet as I have been hugging a couple of exciting things to my chest and was sworn to secrecy until now.

For eighteen years I have been working my hardest to expand the awareness of the power of delicious food for young Australians via my not-for-profit Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. I still believe that the way to convince young people to choose great fresh food is to expand their food experiences and offer an enjoyable educational program that complements their general curriculum. Our mantra has been Growing..Harvesting..Preparing..Sharing.

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Newsletter 64 – Home Sweet Home

Katie with stephanie Alexander

Back home after a challenging Italian adventure, I am settling into that charmed time of the year when the weather warms, the birds build nests, the garden seems to grow as one looks, and around the corner are longer days, time with my girls, a beach holiday and a few new projects.

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Newsletter 63 – Italian Holiday – Rome, Maremma, Naples

1_Stephanie_aperolInspired by the romantic writing and stunning photography of Australian author Emiko Davies in her book Acquacotta, I planned a holiday in the Maremma, otherwise known as the silver coast of Southern Tuscany. I persuaded my friend Frances to accompany me and she suggested adding Naples to our itinerary. The holiday could not have happened without Frances’ fluent Italian, her get-up-and-go and her positivity. No challenge was too great for Frances. I did my best and managed to mostly keep up. I walked more than I have walked in years!

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Newsletter 62 – Out and about

auspostAll Australian foodlovers were saddened to hear of the death of Margaret Fulton, universally revered as a national treasure. Margaret broadened the horizons for at least one generation, probably more than that, with her understanding that there was more to a good dinner than chops and peas – mind you she also knew about chops and peas. We met several times over the years and she was generous in her acknowledgement of my own writing. Margaret had a lovely sense of humour and was never impressed by culinary gymnastics versus sound technique and full flavour. I am sure that her daughter and granddaughters have been comforted by the outpouring of affectionate memories for this diminutive but hugely important friend to many in the kitchen.

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Newsletter 60 – Crisp mornings herald soups and gratins

MajuraPSMy 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.

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