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The Source Bulk Foods

The Source  is a nationwide bulk food business specialising in grains, flours, nuts, dried fruits, pulses, superfoods, honey, confectionery and personal and household cleaning liquids.  Flour milling and nut butter extraction are also available. Don’t expect the grungy, university wholefoods look, there’s not a wooden fruit box in sight.  The stores follow the now ubiquitous…

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fabada-morcilla bean stew

Fabada with Morcilla

Fabada is a Spanish bean stew made with pork meat or smokey bacon and sausages, typically morcilla (blood sausage) and chorizo. My version was something I made up one night when I thought morcilla would work well in a bean stew not knowing at the time that this was a classic Spanish dish. My version…

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brassica combo

Brassica Combo

My brassica combo is such a simple to make, stand out dish it is a shame we don’t highlight vegetables more in our meals. The average meat-eater either ignores them entirely or treats them as an add-on to a meat dish, usually for colour or in a token adherence to the notion of a balanced…

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fresh borlotti beans

Borlotti Beans

Borlotti beans are available at markets and green grocers now ($10/ kg) and perfect for soups and stews. They have a great flavour, far superior to tinned and dried versions of these beans.  They are perfect for pasta e fagoli, minestrone or you can add them to a veal stew or osso bucco as a…

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pasta e fagoli soup

Pasta e Fagoli

Pasta e fagoli is a lovely rustic Italian soup based on pasta and fresh borlotti beans, which are available at markets and green grocers in the cooler months. Parboiling the beans for 15 minutes and then removing the cooking water rids the beans of the sugars that can cause flatulence, so don’t hesitate to prepare…

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