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Issue 17

Bushfood Herbs & Spices -Recipes to give your cuisine an individual flare!

Kay Joyce

Bunya Forest Gallery

14 Bunya Ave

Bunya Mountains

07 4668 3020

$12.50 + P&H


'Bunya Nuts - recipes to take advantage of this most nu�tritious and precious Aus�tralian Bushfood!'

$12.50 + P&H

Kay Joyce is one of those rare combinations - a meticulous re�searcher and presenter who also has considerable creative flare. Both of these recipe books are so beautifully presented you'll want to buy two - one for your�self and one as a gift. Each book is handmade on home-made pa�per and, in the case of the 'herbs and spices' book, has a real leaf permanently attached to the cover.

Perhaps more importantly (for someone like me), the recipes seem to be almost foolproof. They are simple but very imagi�native in both their scope and their melding of bushfood fla�vours with some traditional sweets and dishes.

The 'Herbs & Spices' book, as the name implies, introduces a range of native species into such favorites as shortbread, pavlova, scones and cakes. My favorite (possibly because I have so much wattleseed at the mo�ment), was Wattleseed Pavlova.

Here's Kay's recipe:

4 egg whites

1 cup caster sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 teaspoons vinegar

1 tablespoon cornflour 500 ml milk

2 tablespoons cornflour 1/2 cup brown sugar

2 egg yolks

1/2 cup cream (whipped) 2 tablespoons (roasted) wattleseed

The second book - 'Bunya Nuts' is something near to my heart -watching literally tonnes of Bunyas go to waste on the ground each year, I would like everyone to have one of these! Once again, the recipes are vari�ations on tried and true old favorites and they make the best of the Bunya's special proper�ties. I liked these recipes so much I've used them on the Recipe Page (39). If you have ac�cess to Bunyas, do yourself a fa‑

The Editor

vour and buy this book!

You'll find such dishes as Bunya Banana Cake, Bunya Salmon

Quiche, Sherry Bunya Beef, Bunya Pizza, Bunya Chicken

Parcels and many more.

I enjoyed both of these books at

first read and am enjoying them even more as I put them to use

in my kitchen.

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Instructions Shell:

preheat oven to 180 de�grees Celsius

Whip egg whites until the mixture forms stiff peaks Gradually beat in caster sugar

Beat in cornflour, vanilla and vinegar


Prepare wattleseed by placing in a saucepan with 200 ml wa�ter, bring to the boil and reduce by half. Strain and reserve liquid and half the grains

Place the beaten egg yolks, sugar and cornflour in a sauce�pan. Gradually stir in the milk and wattleseed. Stir over low heat until custard mixture thickens. Cool. Fold in the whipped cream.


Issue 17, Autumn 2001

Book Reviews

Native Bees of the Sydney Region - A Field Guide


72 pages of text and black and white illustrations.

Eight pages of colour plates $15.00 + 2.50 P&H

Australia's first and only field guide to native bees is now avail�able. This practical colour guide will help bushfood growers identify these important flower visitors.

`Native bees are a valuable natu�ral pollination resource. This guide passes on valuable knowl-


�about these amazing bees,' said Bruce White, NSW Agri�culture.

Native Bees of the Sydney Re�gion - A Field Guide describes 31 of the most easily recognised native bee species found in Syd�ney, over 20 of which are also found in Queensland and Victo�ria. The foreword is by environ�mentalist Eric Rolls.

Each bee has been given a com�mon name, such as the Harle�quin Bee, the Tiger Nomia and the Peacock Carpenter Bee. There is also a full description and colour photograph of every bee as well as details of their flower preferences and known nestinc, habits.


`This guide explains how to en�courage native bees in your gar�den. There are artificial nests which you can build and lists of plants loved by native bees,' said Dr Anne Dollin of the Austral�ian Native Bee Research Centre.

`There are also tips on watch�ing native bees in the bush,' she said.

About the authors: Dr Anne Dollin, Australian Native Bee Research Centre, bee re�searcher for 20 years, author of the Native Bees of Aus�tralia Series booklets and edi�tor of Aussie Bee bulletin

Dr Michael Batley, former Macquarie University lecturer with a keen interest in natu�ral history and Australian bees, currently cataloguing the bee collection of the Austral�ian Museum.

Martyn Robinson, Australian Museum, author and illustrator of many scientific papers, arti�cles and books on Australian wildlife, including the Whitely Award winner, A Field Guide to


A home for native bees - the hardwood blocks can be used singly or mounted in a frame, Like an apartment building (left). Or you may like to design a fancy derivation of your own like the one on the right.

Frogs. Dr Brian Faulkner, free�lance journalist in horticulture and entomology with major ar�ticles published in Australian horticulture.

For further information contact: Dr Anne Dollin,

Manager, Australian Native Bee Research Centre

Phone: 024576 1485

Fax: 024576 1197

Email: anbrc@zeta.org.au

Copies are available from the Australian Native Bee Research Centre, PO Box 74-GI, North Richmond NSW 2754 for $15.00 plus $2.50 postage and handling.

They may also be ordered from the Aussie Bee website at: http:/ /www.zeta.org.au/�anbrc.

The Australian Native Bee Re- search Centre is the publisher of Aussie Bee' magazine.