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Celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, Thanksgiving is one of the quintessentially American holidays. It is an example of a harvest festival, and was originally a day of religious observance. Before what we typically think of as the first Thanksgiving in 1621, several other celebratory feasts for giving thanks to God occurred among European settlers in North America.
The below, is a personal account from Cyprus, one of our current interns from the USA about the Thanksgiving she has memories of growing up with and one, that this year, she will miss out on thanks to her internship.
Whether you call it jam, jelly or preserve – this delicious treat is another traditional method of larder preservation. From the very proper English scones with jam and cream to your humble jam on toast, this old favourite is enjoyed worldwide by people from all walks of life.
In honour of the 100 years since Armistice Day, this week we are taking a look at the history of the poppy, which is well-known for its significance as a flower of remembrance. Poppies also have an extensive history across cultures as a symbolic, medicinal, and culinary plant, and have played an important role in the economies of many countries for thousands of years.
Truth, Love, & Clean Cutlery: A Guide to the Truly Good Restaurants and Food Experiences of Australia is part of a world first guide series to ethical and sustainable restaurants. Edited by renowned Australian food writer Jill Dupleix, each experience within promises to be not only delicious - but good for the conscience.
Billions of households across the world are abuzz with activity and excitement. Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is just around the corner. And so are the elaborate preparations: shopping for new clothes, preparing sweets and savouries for family and friends, spring cleaning the house, and planning for all the fun and frolic this festival entails. But how can we celebrate more sustainably? Read on to find out.
To continue celebrating El Día de los Muertos, or ‘Days of the Dead’, this week we’re taking a look at marigolds. Marigolds are an important plant in not just this yearly festival, but across many other cultures now and throughout history, and did you know that they are edible too?
This week, one of our wonderful interns who is visiting from America, Madalena Tran, has gone on a journey of discovery whilst with FoodFaith, investigating people’s food preferences and how their cultures have impacted on this - something integral to FoodFaith.
The modern fridge may have spelt doom for the traditional kitchen larder for countless decades, but many of us now find ourselves seeking out the simple creative food legacies of the old-fashioned larder. In our series on Larder Love we hope you discover along your own journey.
Following on from our article on the Ancient Art of Pickling we brought you last month, we thought we’d step back in time to the historical food preservation method of dehydration.
With Spanish National Day today, we’re taking a look at Spanish Olives. Typically pictured as large olives stuffed with peppers, Spanish olives vary in colour from green to black and by region, but did you know that Spanish olives only differ from other olives by their preparation?
On Tuesday October 9th, from 12 - 2pm, FoodFaith was proud to host Breaking bread - The Panel with the help of Good Food Month at Hyde Park Palms in Sydney’s Hyde Park.
The discussion, featuring a diverse panel of experts and a special video message from Indigenous historian Professor Bruce Pascoe, was an interesting and incredibly important discourse on bread, one of our first staple foods.
Next week, FoodFaith will host Breaking Bread - The Panel. In case you haven’t had a chance to read all about it, click here, but for some extra info (and a sneaky discount code), take a look below at some of the topics we’ll be discussing and some profiles of our moderator and speakers.
As one of the 150 documented species of native grasses in Australia, kangaroo grass has been a key crop for Indigenous and broader Australian agriculture for thousands of years and is one of the most widely distributed grasses in the country!
In today’s increasingly savvy society, consumers are becoming more aware that the products we purchase not only contribute to the wellbeing of us as individuals but to the wellbeing of the wider community and to the global environment. To get on board with the myriad of product labels out there, let’s take a closer look at some certifications you will come across in the Australian retail landscape.
Bread, as a symbol of community, sharing and connection to land, is the focus of a Sydney Friends of Good Food Month and FoodFaith event in Hyde Park in October. FoodFaith has been working with Good Food Month, the City of Sydney and UTS for this event which showcases the many cultural, spiritual and environmental connections bread has.
With Breaking Bread - The Panel, FoodFaith’s discussion on the history, culture and sustainable future of bread on October 9th as part of the Sydney friends of Good Food Month, today, we’re taking a look at yeast. One of the key components in baking for thousands of years, but did you know that yeast isn't actually a plant?
Last month we started looking at the notion of larder love and what we can all learn from the old-school larder’s traditional techniques. Here we continue the series by exploring the ancient art of pickling.
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year starts on September 9 and is to be celebrated until sundown on September 11, this year. An opportunity for good food and fun with family and friends, this festival also is a time for looking inwards -- to reflect upon your actions over the past year and seek tshuva (repentance) and forgiveness for any wrongdoings. Let the noise of the shofar be loud enough to wake you up to a more conscientious and sustainable way of life with our suggestions below.
While ‘an apple a day’ has been keeping doctors away since the origin of the proverb in 1860s Wales, apples have a rich history in culture, medicine, and cooking that spans across the world and over thousands of years. Originating in Kazakhstan, apples now come in over 7,500 varieties, or cultivars, most of which can be traced back to their original parents!
Father’s Day is just around the corner. And if like every year you are going eeny, meeny, miny, mo between wallet, shaving kit, perfume, tie, or “World’s Best Dad” coffee mug as a gift for your dad, do your old man a favour. Stop right there. He might not tell it to your face but all he wants is “not” to get one of those gifts, for a change. Keep reading for some of our top tips and ideas.
The Bahá’í Faith was established in 1863 in Iran by Baháʹuʹlláh (which means Glory of God in Arabic). This religion originates from an earlier, smaller faith called Bábísm. Bábísm was founded by Ali-Muhammed or “Báb”, and foretold of the mission of a prophet who would follow Muhammed - Baháʹuʹlláh proclaimed himself as this prophet and subsequently The Bahá’í Faith was born.
While famous as a briny pickle and soothing eye mask, cucumbers have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years and eaten for just as long. But did you know they are made up of more than 95% water and are actually a fruit? Read on to find out more!
A recent collaboration between Food Faith, Montefiore and UNSW saw students compete to create a winning design for a future community garden in the grounds of Montefiore Randwick.
FoodFaith and The Greenwall Company, supported by Lane Cove Council had a wonderful time building the new greenwall for the Synergy Youth Centre on July 7th, 2018.
In a wonderful show of community support, parents and youth who attend the centre as well as a Lane Cove locals joined forces to be build the wall as part of the Plastic Free July celebrations.
Lately there has emerged a bit of a love affair with the idea of rediscovering our roots and reconnecting with lost traditions. When it comes to the culinary sphere, almost everyone has a story of the foods they grew up eating, of family traditions and of a simpler way of life. All of which ties perfectly into FoodFaith's daily mission not only of environmental sustainability but also social sustainability. Welcome to our new monthly series Larder Love.
This year, the FoodFaith team had the pleasure of participating in the Blacktown City celebrations for Refugee Week. In collaboration with Blacktown City Council, MECA, SydWest Multicultural Services, SSI and many other wonderful organisations the day was a showcase of the wonderful refugee and migrant populations in the local Mt Druitt and Blacktown area.
The wonderful team at In The Cove wrote a great blogpost about FoodFaith's recent event at Synergy, Lane Cove's Youth Centre. You can read the full article here and be sure to keep an eye out for the event wrap up on this page too, coming soon!
FoodFaith featured in a story in the July issue on our Greenwall project at Synergy Youth Centre in Lane Cove. Take a look at the article below and click here to read in full for more details on the greenwall before it came to life.
Celebrated on August 12 every year, the day was designated by the United Nations in 1999 to raise awareness of the hardships facing the young men and women all across the globe and to honour their role as essential partners in change. Since then, a theme is selected every year and the day is marked with celebrations around that theme the world over. This year we profile Anastasia Volkova, a Ukraine-born PhD student at the University of Sydney and CEO of FluroSat. Read on to find out more.
You may have seen our post on Instagram earlier in the week for Swiss National Day. So today, we are delving into the cultural history surrounding the elder (or holder in Switzerland), the Swiss native most commonly known as elderflower or elderberry. This magical plant has an extensive medicinal and superstitious history, and is even the wood that the Elder Wand is made from in the Harry Potter series!
Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment, learning how to pay attention to the now instead of thinking ten steps ahead, behind or to the left at any given point. With history rooted in religious, cultural and secular practice many of us associate it with Hinduism, Buddhism and yoga but it can also be found in Judaism, Christianity and Islam and has now made it's way into our secular daily life. It's a wonderful practice to begin and we literally say practice because not only will it take years to master, there is always room for improvement. To assist you in your ultimate app choice, here we shine a light on our pick of the three best meditation apps.