So, I was listening to ABC AM radio Friday morning and they were interviewing Richard Di Natale. I was quite surprised to hear him singing the praises of dairy farmers, basically putting his full support behind them. I found the transcript online, and here’s the quote:
“On the dairy industry, for example, we’ve got a range of policies that would look after farmers rather than at the moment you’ve got the old parties and the National party who I keep hearing from people right around the country, are just deserting farmers and not representing their interests.
They’re more interested in supporting the fossil fuel industry, the mining industry. You’ve got that revolving door between the National party politicians and the coal seam gas industry.
People are fed up with it. They want a group who is going to represent their interests and they’re seeing that in the Greens.”
Basically, he’s looking for the dairy farmer’s vote in this election.
If you’re a bit of a food obsessed individual, like myself, you maybe find yourself sitting in front of your computer at odd hours reading Wikipedia articles on obscure food related topics, and developing a working knowledge of things that might seem interesting only to yourself (a basic history of the ‘base sauces’ recognized by French cuisine, maybe?). Sometimes it may seem there are certain food traditions that are simply out of reach to vegans while still remaining within the realm of practicality. It’s always a pleasant surprise when you are proven to be wrong, and I was recently with a visit to Ginza Miyako on North Terrace.
Cutting carbs has once again become the flavour of the month in dieting. My hypothesis is that, at least in part, much of the success people have removing foods like bread, pasta, rice and potatoes from their diet comes more from an overall reduction in calories consumed than it does with some evil imbalance of macronutrients. For those of us who can’t bear the thought of having stir-fry without the rice or veggie-mince without a steaming side of mashed potato, maybe our good friend the cauliflower can help us out…