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September 29, 2023

A jammy afternoon

Latest News

Feros responds to Expression of Interest announcement

The announcement earlier today that the Minister for Crown Lands, Steve Kamper, started the Expressions of Interest (EOI) process for Feros Village Byron Bay has drawn a response from the Feros Care board that still sees the facility in terms of a 'closure'. 

Other News

Urban increase blueprint unveiled for Byron Shire

meeting that, if eventually adopted, could see upscaled urban development across the Shire via ‘infill, new release, existing zoned vacant land and living differently’.

Review on remote Indigenous Australians sheds light on the Voice to Parliament

As a white man living on Bundjalung Country, I acknowledge that it is not easy to make the cross-cultural shift from a Western paradigm lens to comprehend and appreciate the rich diversity and complexity of 65,000 years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ sociocultural and spiritual history.

State government approves 60-day cap on short-term holiday letting in Byron

The state government has approved a new 60-day cap on non-hosted short term rental accommodation (STRA) for large parts of the Byron Shire. Most of NSW has no cap.

How do you rate the media rating system?

Parents are being asked to have a say on whether Australia’s media classification system is effective in informing decisions around age-appropriate films and video games for children.

Don ya boxes, it’s a Shand memorial cricket match!

The strange urge to play cricket has a rich history in our local area.

Mandy Nolans Soapbox: Unbranded

I’ll admit it. I was a Russell Brand fan. I thought he was funny. I thought the sexually rampaging lothario image was just a clever comedic persona. I thought he satirised the privilege and legacy of rock stars.

Story and photos: Vivienne Pearson

I don’t usually eat jam while typing, but I’m happy to run the risk of a stuck key in order to immerse myself in the subject matter for this story. The pear and cinnamon jam in question is the sugared fruit of my labour from a jam-making class I enjoyed on the weekend.

The workshop was the first in a series run at Harvest Café (in Newrybar) by Kate Walsh. More about Kate later – I want to stay immersed in the jam for a while longer.

A group of ten, all suitably aproned, listened to Kate’s jam-making wisdom before diving in to prepare the fruit and mix it with sugar and lemon as well as a few surprising ingredients, such as the cinnamon and chamomile tea. My last jam-making experience, as a child, saw the whole family spend one day picking fruit, then another consumed by stirring huge pots. Kate encourages us to take it a little easier than this. ‘You can make jam using just two punnets of strawberries and one cup of sugar,’ she says. ‘You can do kilograms of fruit to have it last for the whole year, but as we no longer have to do this style of preserving for necessity, a small batch is fine.’

Kate, a self-taught cook and ex-staffer at Slow Food USA, is an advocate of from-scratch, wholesome fare, but she is not a purist. For example, she introduces us to a commercial jam-setting product. ‘It’s totally fine to cheat at first then move onto more purist ways,’ she notes. She encourages experimentation and is not afraid to share her own cooking disaster stories.

Future classes will focus on less sticky subjects such as pickling, stocks, barbecue cooking, sausages, cocktails and all things dairy.

Now, please excuse me while I clean my computer keyboard (and maybe indulge in another piece of bread and jam)…

Info and bookings: realfoodprojects.com
Instagram: @katewalsh_realfood

Kate Walsh at work preparing quinces for jam

Kate Walsh

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Weed exit and smiley koalas get support

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Another wallaby death on beach prompts calls on dog owners 

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A win for Feros Village Byron Bay residents

A whole community can expel a sigh of relief at the breaking news that months of distress and sadness can now become part of history – this morning the Minister for Crown Lands, Steve Kamper, has announced that services providers for aged care are advised that Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open for Feros Village Byron Bay.

How do you rate the media rating system?

Parents are being asked to have a say on whether Australia’s media classification system is effective in informing decisions around age-appropriate films and video games for children.