Food Safari Earth

January 2018

Season 1 Episode 13

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Maeve O'Meara celebrates the surprisingly abundant produce of winter across the most heart-warming recipes from around the world. She explores a spicy Singaporean white carrot cake made from daikon radish, known as Chai Tow Kway. Kale is hailed as a superfood, but the Portuguese have been eating it for centuries as part of a delicious warm salad using finely sliced kale, toasted cornbread crumbs and pine nuts, a recipe from Jose Silva. Danish chef Bente Grysbaek shares her recipe for spidskal u...
December 2017

Season 1 Episode 12

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This week Maeve delves into the intricate and specialised realm of preserved and fermented vegetables and fruit from around the world. She meets preserving supremo Pietro Demaio on his Mornington Peninsula farm to learn the key rules of preserving eggplant – which is the basis for a fiery Calabrese mix – a magnificent blend of chopped preserved vegetables perfect for bruschetta. Then, it’s a visit to the Blue Mountains where apple cider vinegar is distilled by German-born Claudia Kindler – and ...

Season 1 Episode 11

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Maeve explores the sweet power of onions with Spanish chef, Pablo Tordesillas Garcia and discovers the delights of a Catalonian favourite – char-grilled baby leeks with romesco sauce. Sicilian-Australian chef, Rosa Mitchell recalls a symphony of recipes from her heritage in her Melbourne restaurant, Rosa’s Canteen – and shares her version of caponata – a sweet-sour vegetable dish that epitomises what the Italians refer to as ‘Agrodolce’. Maeve and Israeli born chef, Michael Rantissi make pomeg...

Season 1 Episode 10

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It’s the season of mellow fruitfulness and Maeve is on the road to Victoria’s High Country in search of a wild mushroom bounty. Maeve joins her friend, homecook Franca Norris and her father, Angelo Bonacci, on a mushroom hunt amongst the pine trees before discovering the secrets of perfect gnocchi with mushroom sauce. Preserving guru Pietro Demaio then demonstrates how easy it is to bottle your own olives, while acclaimed chef Peter Conistis makes magnificent olive and tomato keftedes with a gr...

Season 1 Episode 9

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Maeve O'Meara explores the delicious world of tropical fruits and vegetables with recipes from Asia, the Pacific and South America. She explores Australia’s enduring love for Asian flavours with a visit to the respected master of Thai cuisine, David Thompson (Long Chim) who shares his recipe for the most delicious, all-vegetarian pad see ew, using vegetables and silky rice noodles, cooked in minutes in a smoking wok. Then, it’s the fresh crispness and astringent power of unripe, green fruit as ...
November 2017

Season 1 Episode 8

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Maeve O'Meara explores the concept of vegetable parcels – the delights of stuffing wrapping and rolling vegetables for taste, texture and presentation. Exploring the amazing versatility of cuisines, simple ingredients are used to create incredibly delicious results using the technique of stuffing vegetables. The Mexican favourite chiles rellenos - mild fresh poblano chilli stuffed with a melting cheese, fried and added to a delicious tomato based sauce, is a favourite recipe from Mexican food g...

Season 1 Episode 7

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Maeve celebrates the culinary power of flowers across a delicious range of traditional dishes from around the world. She visits pioneering saffron growers in Tasmania, and joins the harvest of the little mauve crocus flower and the careful drying and preserving of saffron. Italian-born chef Alessandro Pavoni (Ormeggio), a master of saffron risotto, shares his secrets. In Darwin she meets Top End food legend, Jimmy Shu (Hanuman Restaurant) who magically unlocks the rich blue hues of the tropical...

Season 1 Episode 6

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Maeve O'Meara explores the marvellous abundance of Summer vegetables and fruits in dishes from around the world. Tomato Day is the most special day in the Italian Food Calendar and Maeve joins three generations of the Baggio Family in suburban Melbourne as they preserve the goodness of summer with a home-made passata. Italian food legend, Guy Grossi (Grossi Florentino) celebrates the seductive power of the vegetables known as nightshades (eggplant, tomatoes) with a delicious Garganelli Alla Nor...

Season 1 Episode 5

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Maeve explores the world of herbs and spices, the plant kingdom's biggest gift to mankind. She spends time in Andrew McConnell's treasured herb garden. He creates roast beetroot salad with pickled rhubarb and nasturtium vinegar. Maeve visits a carefully tended Lebanese home garden where wild thyme known as za'atar is grown, dried and used to make spice mix that is spread on home baked flat bread. Persian chef Sanam Janghorban creates a spectacular flavoursome fresh herb omelette to celebrate th...

Season 1 Episode 4

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Maeve O'Meara pays tribute to the power of pulses and legumes in dishes from around the world. Protein-rich beans have always been the heavy lifters of the vegetable world. Maeve discovers the secrets of a classic falafel with founder of a Middle Eastern food empire Faysal El-Abd (Al Aseel) and tastes a falafel roll made with fresh herbs, pickles and tarator sauce. Chef and culinary teacher Daisy Rajan shares her delicious recipe for Keralan green beans with coconut. Maeve discovers how soy be...