“Global food price shocks have demonstrated the urgent need to effectively address food insecurity in Southeast Asia – both at the national and regional level”

This think-piece goes beyond issues of supply and demand of food, and provides greater insight to the role of Human Security in understanding the issue of food security in a holistic manner. Click here to read the article.

 

Photo by George Reyes @ Flickr.

When I saw this video (below), I was like “Dayummmmm..” I mean what’s a party without a bowl of Doritos? That convenient [read: LAZY] option to just grab from the store to entertain guests or bring to a pot luck gathering.

The solution: Just gotta be a bit more creative and try healthier options then… like good ol’ carrot and celery sticks and dips. Or altenative corn chips that don’t have a bad rep (but probably cost a little more).

It’s funny how many of us would say we’re environmentally-conscious, but as we dig deeper and deeper, we realise that there’s a lot more to be done. Our consumption patterns more than we think.

It sure isn’t going happen over night. Doritos will still be a permanent feature in many parties. But with greater awareness, people can make better choices, inshaAllah. In any case, for me personally, its just another reason for me to stop eating junk.

To sign the petition against Doritos’ parent company PepsiCo from destroying the planet, click here.

If you want change, you have to be the change. Do it.

Fruits are for all occasions.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s (from bottom left clockwise) part of breakfast in a bowl of oats or as a prezzie for new neighbours in a basket, or in a fruit salad for some pals. It’s all good, healthy and yummy.

And did I mention the colours?? A real feast for the eyes that help whet your appetite.

So be a freak. A Fruity freak.

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Met up with Robert from ANU’s School of Art for a chat, and what did I get? A loaf of home-made zucchini bread! Yay! Thanks Robert!

Whipped up a quick and easy-peasy lunch with a couple of slices of bread, egg omelette and a side of broccoli and tomatoes tossed in olive oil, salt and pepper.

Nomnomnom….

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Nothing better than a lovely bowl of soup to warm the soul on a chilly evening.

This was yet another culinary experiment. With a bit of help from google on how to make a soup out of my family’s standard dhal recipe, it was easy-peasy. Think of a cross between dhal and vegetable soup.

And best part, the four “guinea- pigs” who had the dhal soup for dinner, said it was tasty! Yay!

I’m definitely making this one more often. 😉

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A couple of weeks ago I moved out of my on-campus studio room and in with my office-mate, Ayu, from Indonesia. *Damn yearly contracts!*

Ayu’s 80-something year old dad has been visiting Canberra for the past month. Ever so often Eyang (“Grandpa” in Javanese) would have a look of disbelief when he sees me having oats and fruit in the morning and other veggie stuff for dinner. “Is that enough? Are you sure you are not hungry???”

There’s also a look of curiosity when I’m cooking, and I’ve always been more than happy to serve some of my flexitarian meals to Eyang… All very new and “strange” to his tastebuds.

He seemed to really like my vegetarian Chinese style crispy noodles (first time I cooked it for at least 3 people!) and had seconds.

Today, he seemed enthralled with the aroma of dhal that I was cooking — i.e. the smell of dried chilli, garlic and bit of butter tossed in a pan before adding it to the boiling lentils.

I think I’m getting better at this. Definitely upping those domestic skills. And if I don’t survive PhD, at least I know I’ve earned brownie points on the marriage meter! Haha!

The power of the pot will prevail.

Anyway, here’s wishing one and all a prosperous Year of the Snake.
GONG XI FA CAI!!

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It’s a super sunny day today in the kampung kapital (i.e. Canberra), and what better way to start the day with a bright chirpy-looking bowl of goodness!

Oats with blueberries, a nectarine and kiwi. Sweetened with a couple of dates.

Have a great Friday, everyone 🙂