Local and Wild food workshops hit the lime light at the Tropical Garden Spectacular

An array of local community cooks were hosted by the GULP project to engage Darwin residents in locally grown and wild food workshops at this year’s Tropical Garden Spectacular


The Face of Healthy Darwin

GULP and Healthy Darwin (City of Darwin) have teamed up and launched a competition to create a healthy face using locally grown fresh produce!

The winner will receive a 50 swim swimming pass and also their face of yummy fruit, veggies and greens will become the face of healthy Darwin-


So get creative and email your entries to us or our face-book page or email Healthy Darwin (see flyer below for details!)Face of Healthy Darwin Flyer

Tasty Tastings- this weekend

So, to share a little taste of local produce, wonderful community cooks are creating and donating dishes for tasting platters. These can be purchased at the community cafe at the Tropical Garden Spectacular this weekend. All for a suggested donation, served on a banana leaf on a board.  All recipes accompany the dishes. (Also available online here, really soon)

The community village also has chill out zones, the community cafe, talking circles, gardening workshops- including heaps of bamboo workshops and so much more!platters

Banana trunk and more at My Sister’s Kitchen

The GULP project has been happening, with some great local food shares and workshops, to come up with some lovely local recipes using seasonal produce, from the community, for the community!

We have so far been working in collaboration with various organisations including My Sister’s Kitchen (Darwin Community Arts). My Sister’s kitchen encourages women from all backgrounds in the community, to come together and share art and crafting and cooking on Mondays in Malak. The Malak community centre also has a wonderful garden. If you want to get involved, come along or contact Darwin Community Arts.

Zeba? and Sandar Tun in garden banana trunk

At the end of last year we started running work shops in conjunction with My Sister’s kitchen and the lovely ladies there, to see and share how they cook some of our wonderful local produce.

We have had several workshops there and today we just had another one which came up with some great recipes…


We take lots of fresh local ingredients to the sessions, sourced from gardens or the market and see what everyone would like to cook or learn to cook.

We started off looking at green or slightly ripening pawpaw. We started making raw pawpaw salad with shredded pawpaw, peanuts, lime, palm sugar,chilli, fish sauce and fresh coriander and Rosia and Marcia added their own stance on it, adding grated cucumber, which added a refreshing crunchy twist..

Rosia and MArcia pawpaw

Sandar Win and Maaye, who are from Bhurma and have been cooking with banana parts for a long time, showed us all how to prepare banana trunk and make a great salad..

Banana trunks are cut down after harvesting a bunch of bananas and the heart of this trunk can make wonderful dishes. Sandar Tun says that the sweeter the bananas, the better the trunk for cooking. The trunk we used was from sugar bananas.

The trunk is peeled to get to the middle part and then this is finely sliced.

Sandar Win

The slices are soaked in water and turmeric, so they don’t go black. This is then blanched in hot water and squeezed out.

The photo below shows two ways the banana trunk can look when cut. The lower piece, with more defined markings is the better part or type of trunk for cooking with.

Banana trunk parts

Garlic, mint, coriander, chilli, fish sauce, lime juice and salt are added. Hopefully we didn’t forget to mention anything! The result is really delicious. And the salad is also looks beautiful. It had quite a few chillies in, but these could definitely be changed to taste.

Sandar Tun and banana trunk

Sandar Tun showed us a version of green pawpaw soup. You can pick a really green pawpaw or one on the turn. This one was on the turn (starting to ripen) and cut into thin parts, put in a pan with peanuts, thai coriander, tumeric, salt and chilli.

Pawpaw soup start

It is then boiled with coconut milk. The result is a rich and delicious tasting soup!

Pawpaw soup

All of the wonderful food was shared with some dhal cooked by Jacob and rice together and marked the end of another great session and some new inspiration of how to cook our local produce.

Soon (we promise) written out recipes with quantities will be uploaded to the web!

Eating 2A big thank you to all the ladies for sharing your knowledge and to DCA/ MSK for letting us run the workshops!

ladies group

GULP project released!

Flyer GULP picLike us on our face book page or contact us for more details!We starting spreading the word about the project at the food share for Eat Local, Feed Global, a fundraiser for Oxfam, hosted by the Mulch pit! Photos and more info coming up. So get in touch if you want to share your recipes with this community based local produce knowledge sharing project!

Exciting News- GULP fact sheet Workshops


We  would love tell you about an exciting project put together through Food Care NT, as part of its “Learning resources” to share our enthusiasm and knowledge of local food and collaborate with other organisations.

GULP (Growing and Understanding Local Produce) Recourses is a project proposed through Food Care NT and auspiced by the Environment Centre NT. The project proposes to work collaboratively with different Darwin Community Organisations, to research and develop local food recipes. The project proposed is to produce a resource of garden produce based recipe cards available online and that can then be downloaded or printed- we would like to feature particularly Wet- Tropical ingredients. These recipes will be trialled and tested through workshops open to the community. PArt of the funding to run this project has come from City of Darwin, Community Grants.

Recipes will be contributed from different members of community gardens and community organisations. The recipes will then trialed during workshops, involving a testing committee (consistent) and also open to the wider community (in capped numbers)

So we would like YOUR INPUT.

We would like to know if you are interested in-

-Contributing recipes to go into workshops

-Being on the testing and selecting panel (please be able to commit to attend all workshops)

– Attending workshops

-Hosting Workshops (as a food/ gardening/ community organisation)

-We would like some representatives from different organisations (MSK/ Mulch Pit/Lakeside Drive Community Garden/ School Gardens etc) to be in the tasting panel or hosting workshops

The second stage of this project will be to compile a recipe book, professionally designed, and printed on recycled paper with high quality photographs. The book will be used as a fundraiser for all contributing organisations, and available at a pre-print wholesale price. We hope to raise the printing costs for this book through sponsor ship and crowd funding


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Contact us at foodcaredarwin@gmail.com


Food Care NT

Food Care NT has been established for 4 years and is a community group of backyard gardeners and local food enthusiasts. Food Care NT hosted Darwin’s first permaculture design course and in partnership with CDU student groups instigated the design and community engagement to establish a community garden at Lakeside Drive.

Banana small

Food Care NT now hosts a community of Darwin residents that meets to share growing tips and recipe ideas through informal workshops and food tastings. Workshop and ingredient topics have included- cooking okra, wet season greens, preparing coconuts to make coconut milk and oil, growing Asian wet season beans and crops and cooking cassava roots into sweet and savory dishes. The group aims to connect community through the sharing of culinary and gardening skills and ideas and to connect food to the backgarden or community garden. The group is open to anyone new to Darwin, The Tropics, local food and gardening or those passionate and knowledgeable. These connections to food through community is essential due to the remote location of Darwin and its reliance on trucked in food supplies and creating community is important in a rapidly growing small city.