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M-power your team with our 'Seasonal Greetings' M-power campaign!


'Seasonal Greetings' is our latest M-power campaign* that focuses on buying and eating local and seasonal food. 
 
MasterChef joins SRN meeting  
What a great meeting! Monday 12 October saw The Staff Cafe teaming with SRN members for the launch of our 'Seasonal Greetings' campaign. We heard from Jamie Fleming from MasterChef 2014, who praised the benefits of eating seasonal and local, and inspired us all with his ideas for growing and using asparagus and fennel. Executive Chef, Peter Brewty, introduced the delicious seasonal recipes he developed for our current Spring - Summer season, before it was completely devoured by satisfied staff! 


Do try this at home
No MasterChef? Us either! Lara Hardy, SRN rep over at the Centre for Open Education, gave the Ocean Trout and Zucchini Salad recipes a test drive over the weekend. We are very impressed with her results (see photo on right), with Chef complimenting her plating skills. "Thank you for the recipes and inspiration in the last meeting", says Lara. "I am a bit of a reluctant cook so it is great to have the motivation to engage in more of an enjoyable experience in the sourcing produce/preparing/cooking elements - especially in collecting the herbs directly from the garden." Looks pretty expert to us, Lara!

 
Staff Picks
Stevie from Student Connect champions the sweet strawberry

Not sure what's in season? Check out the Sydney Seasonal Food Guide. Local and seasonal food is readily available from farmers markets throughout Sydney. See localharvest.org.au. You can also source seasonal produce right here on campus by
visiting the Harvest Hub weekly market stall on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays (11am-2pm, The Locavores Store next to MacShop) and Saturdays (9am-4pm, Sports & Aquatic Centre). Harvest Hub is run with the help of volunteers from the student group, the Locavores.

You can also join one of the Harvest Hubs on campus and order a seasonal bag of fresh fruit and vegetables online, which is delivered to campus for your convenience.

Gumnut Cottage pumps up the jam  
On Tuesday 27 October, Gumnut Cottage hosted a breakfast as a fundraiser for the Money for Jam project. The project supports the Vella's, local Peat's Ridge farmers who did it tough this year due to an unusually wet winter season. Visit goto.mq.edu.au/money-for-jam to see the video about the project, and to find out how to order. You can also buy the jam in the Locavores store (next to Mac Shop) from Tuesday - Thursday, and students can try it for free at the Student Kitchen free breakfast on Thursday mornings.


Local food sovereignty
Check out this video filmed right here on campus for World Environment Day this year, by the wonderful Jayne Travers from Harvest Hub:

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