Guests at Australia House were treated to an intriguing selection of Australian native food this week, including smoked Kangaroo, Quandong, Strawberry Gum and Emu cabana.
Rebecca Sullivan, a self-taught cook, food curator, sustainable living advocate, author, urban farmer and entrepreneur, (a very impressive CV) hosted an interactive masterclass and Q&A with the South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC).
Among the wonderful plants, seeds, nuts and proteins on show, her beautifully designed books were also displayed. They ethically describe how to create a ‘natural home’, the art of natural cleaning, beauty and herbs for health as well as recipes and ideas for edible flowers. You can now purchase these online and at your local Waterstones bookstore.
The masterclass proved new and informative for both Australians and non-Australians alike. Having the chance to hear about superfoods growing on Australian soil and Rebecca’s take on South Australia’s incredible food scene while sitting in Australia House in London was a truly unique experience.
With her partner Damien, the South Australian couple founded Australian native wellbeing brand Warndu. The brand produces a range of sustainable native products which Rebecca and Damien have developed and now sell. Warndu means ‘good’ in the Adnyamathanha language, namely because the products are designed to make you feel good knowing they are nutritious and a benefit to indigenous communities. By sourcing native ingredients from places like Outback Pride, an organisation that’s developing the native food industry, Warndu also helps provide Indigenous Australians with jobs and training within horticulture and the food industry.
While educating people about native food, Rebecca is also working to protect local culture and traditions. This saw the emergence of the Granny skills movement which inspires men and women to be more in touch with the land and old crafts. It is about protecting heritage, culture, skills, knowledge and the traditions of our elders. Essentially acknowledging that Granny knows best!
Rebecca and Damien, who are of Indigenous Australian descent, have recently purchased a new 36-hectare Clare Valley farm. This will be used to teach masterclasses like the event at Australia House, provide an eco-friendly camping experience, foraging for natural superfoods and plenty other sustainable activities.
If you are ever able to attend one of Rebecca’s masterclasses or find yourself in the Clare Valley once the property is open for business, do not miss the opportunity. You will find yourself chewing on Strawberry Gum and asking where you can purchase your own!
For further information on Rebecca and the wonderful work she is doing head over to her website.