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ME Farm Visit by Staff and Volunteers

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in Administration, MEfarm, Training | Comments Off

ME Farm Visit by Staff and Volunteers

All of of us had been to ME Farm based out of Mount Annan in August to pay a visit to Andrew O’Carrigan, our farm manager. He  was initially busy with another meeting and supervising other volunteers, but our colleague, resident comedian and ME Projects Coordinator Des Dejrangsi was more than happy to give us a  farm tour.

 

Multicultural Enterprises Farm (ME Farm) is a sustainable horticulture farm located at the MacArthur Centre for Sustainable Living in Mt Annan NSW Australia. The main aim of ME Farm is to provide training, work experience and small business incubation for diverse refugee, migrant and socially disadvantaged community groups in the South West Sydney region.

For some of us, it was our first ever visit to the actual site of the farm that we had seen and heard so much about in our little office.  We saw the Eco-POPs system generously donated to us by Michael Mobbs from Sustainablehouse.com.au. It certainly was a unique and cool looking system with bells and whistles attached, and gave us a glimpse of perhaps what can be grown economically and sustainably in restricted urban environments.

Des and Andrew explained to us that in the past rabbits, fox, ducks and even wallabies were getting into the farm plots and eating the veggies before the fence was constructed.

At the end of the day we all got our hands dirty by helping Andrew plant 3 commercial bean seeds into 4 half rows.The color of the bean seeds were so pretty and cute.In a couple of weeks or so these beans will be supplied fresh to the local community and selected restaurants in the South West Sydney region, like our other fruits and vegetables. We feel that each and every day the farm is growing steadily into the vision ME  has of it and Andrew is certainly the dedicated and passionate individual to make this vision happen and we are there to support him whole heartedly.

If you wish to learn more about the farm or if you want to visit it, please feel free to contact us on http://multiculturalenterprises.com.au/

Salad dressings for making yummy and creative Salads

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in Jamie Oliver, Latest News, MEfarm, Training | Comments Off

Salad dressings for making yummy and creative Salads
Salad Dressings

Salad Dressings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The most important part of a salad is the dressing. It’s all very well saying everyone needs to eat more salad, fruit and veggies (it’s true, we do), but it should be a pleasure, not a chore! By dressing a salad you can make it delicious, meaning you want to eat it rather than feel you have to. The other good news is that your body can absorb far more of the nutrients from salads because of the presence of oil and acid in the dressing. So dressings give you the double whammy of being a healthy benefit and also delicious! Don’t drown your salads in dressing, though – remember, a little goes a long way – and always dress them at the last minute before serving.

Approx time: All 4 dressings take about 10 mins to make

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Method

I like to make my dressings in jam jars because it’s so easy to see what’s going on – you can shake them up easily and any leftovers can be kept in the jars in the fridge. With the exception of the yoghurt dressing, they are based on a ratio of 3 parts oil to 1 part acid (vinegar or lemon). Generally, this ratio is a really good benchmark for making any dressing, but it’s always sensible to have a little taste once you’ve shaken it up. If the seasoning is there but you’re finding it a little too acidic, you’ve cracked it, because once the dressing is on the salad leaves it will be perfect.

French dressing:
Peel and finely chop ¼ of a clove of garlic • Put the garlic, 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons of white or red wine vinegar and 6 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil into a jam jar with a pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper • Put the lid on the jar and shake well

Yoghurt dressing: 
Put 1/3 cup of natural yoghurt, 2 tablespoons of white or red wine vinegar and 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil into a jam jar with a pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper • Put the lid on the jar and shake well

Lemon dressing: 
Put 6 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil into a jam jar with a pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper • Squeeze in the juice of 1 lemon • Put the lid on the jar and shake well

Balsamic dressing: 
Put 6 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar into a jam jar with a pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper • Put the lid on the jar and shake well

Ingredients

 

For French Dressing

  • ¼ clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons white or red wine vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup natural yoghurt
  • 2 tablespoons white or red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon, juice of
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper

For Yoghurt Dressing

  • 1/3 cup natural yoghurt
  • 2 tablespoons white or red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper

For Lemon Dressing

  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon, juice of

For Balsamic Dressing

  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper

 

 

 

Low Calorie Salad with Mint Dressing

Low Calorie Salad with Mint Dressing

Please refer to the link for more information about the recipe-

http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/print/288

Chem Free Garlic Leaves Recipe

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Jamie Oliver, Latest News, MEfarm, Training | 3 comments

Chem Free Garlic Leaves Recipe

Spicy eggplants and Garlic Shoots

Serves 4

Ingredients

4-5 small eggplants (or a couple of large ones)

1/2 bunch garlic shoots, sliced into 3cm lengths

150g bean sprouts

1 tablespoon peanut oil

A handful of dried whole chillies

Soy sauce

Instructions
Slice the eggplants into 2-3cm pieces. Steam over a pot of boiling water for approximately 10 minutes, or until they are tender.
Give the garlic shoots and bean sprouts a good rinse, and drain well.
Heat the oil in a hot wok. When the oil is hot, throw in the chillies. They will darken quickly, so watch them! Add the garlic shoots and stir fry for a couple of minutes, until they are tender and start to darken in spots.
Add the bean sprouts and eggplant and swish around for another minute.
Add a splash of soy sauce and mix well to coat the vegetables. Taste – you may want to add more seasoning, but I found that the soy sauce was enough.  Serve with rice.

 

Spicy Eggplants with Garlic Leaves

Spicy Eggplants with Garlic Leaves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prawn and Garlic shoots stir fry

Serves 2

Ingredients

220g raw prawns peeled, deveined and butter flied

2 tsp Shaoxing rice wine

Sprinkle of white pepper

1/2 tsp sugar

1 tsp light soy

3 Tbs vegetable or peanut oil

2 tsp fish sauce

1 bunch garlic shoots, cut into 3cm batons

Sesame oil

Salt to taste

 Instructions

Marinate prawns with Shaoxing rice wine, pepper, sugar and light soy.

 

Heat oil in a wok on high heat. Add garlic shoots and toss to coat shoots in oil. Add prawns and stir fry until translucent.

 

Add a couple of drops of sesame oil, then add fish sauce and stir fry until prawns are perfectly cooked and garlic shoots tender – about 30 seconds. Serve immediately with steamed jasmine rice.

 

 

Prawn and Garlic leaves Stir Fry

Scrambled Eggs with Garlic Leaves

2 servings

Ingredients

4 eggs

10-15 garlic leaves (about 10 inches each)

Salt to taste

2-3 teaspoons of Olive oil (or vegetable oil)

Instructions

Rinse then chop garlic leaves into pieces of about 1/2 inch. Lightly fry them with a bit of oil for about 5-7 minutes. Add eggs and salt to taste, scramble for 3-4 more minutes. Serve hot with a side of pita bread and tomatoes/mint

 

Scrambled Eggs with Garlic Leaves

Scrambled Eggs with Garlic Leaves

 

 

Fairfield No Interest Loan Scheme

Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in Training, Uncategorized | Comments Off

Fairfield No Interest Loan Scheme

Information session 12 September 2013 – 10.30 am to 1.30 pm

Fairfield RSL – 14 Anzac Avenue, Fairfield (50 metres from the train station)

Brochure

link to NSW Fairfield No Interest Loan Schema web page

nils1

12 Sep 2013

An extract from the NISL……..

The NILS model aimed to:

  • Make cash available as a loan not as charity.
  • Show respect for clients by entering into a professional business relationship – a formal loan agreement.
  • Educate clients to negotiate a loan and, importantly, create a system that would make it easy to pay it back.
  • Charge no interest and encourage people to return the money so that their friends and neighbours may also benefit.

It was not an easy start. There were those who were against the idea, arguing that such a scheme would never work and the money would just disappear.

 

Don’t forget to send your RSVP  via email by no later than 23rd of August 2013 for Fairfield NILS Building Local Strength & Connection Brunch.

*Note: If you have any dietary requirements, please provide this information with your response to

 

Karmen Silva

NILS Worker|Fairfield No Interest Loan Scheme| Phone: 02 9609 7400 ext 105 Fax: 02 9757 1094

Working With Cultural Diversity To Create Financial Harmony

www.parkscommunity.org.au

FECAP’s Employment Expo 2013

Posted by on Jun 30, 2013 in Latest News, Training | 1 comment

FECAP’s Employment Expo 2013

A very successful year for local Fairfield residents. FECAP’s Employment Expo was an initiative of Fairfield Emerging Communities Action Partnership committee to help disadvantage and unemployed residents to become self sufficient in looking and finding jobs. Many Government Agencies and Non Government Organisations contributed to help and support the local resident and school students. The event is getting better every year. Multicultural Enterprises Australia has spoken and giving out brochures to over 200 participants on the day. FECAP’s committee estimated that this year event attracted over 900 people.

Read article from Fairfield Champion

Information desk at the Employment Expo

2013 Fairfield Job Expo

 

Centrelink Information session

 

 

See you again next year…

 

 

Beyond Zero Emissions Info session

Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Latest News, Training | Comments Off

Beyond Zero Emissions Info session

Beyond Zero Emissions Inc. (BZE) is a not-for-profit research and education organisation developing blueprints for the implementation of climate change solutions. Our goal is to transform Australia from a 19th century fossil fuel based economy to a 21st century renewable powered clean tech economy. Through the Zero Carbon Australia research project BZE is encouraging climate change policy that is in line with the science. By sharing this research with thousands of Australians via the Repower Australia talks program, BZE is engaging, educating and inspiring the community with real and positive solutions to climate change.

In partnership with the University of Melbourne Energy Research Institute we are undertaking the award-winning Zero Carbon Australia 2020 Project, which is putting together fully costed transition plans for getting Australia to zero emissions in ten years using commercially available technology. The ZCA project covers the 6 sectors of energy, buildings, transport, land use, industrial processes and coal exports. However the presentation will focus on the energy one, showcasing a Concentrated Solar Thermal Energy Plant.

Please visits website  bze.org.au for more information or call

Andres Arbelaez   NSW Office Manager, Beyond Zero Emissions   Mondays-Tuesdays  Mob: 0413 328 463

 

Beyond Zero Emissions information session

 

 

Have your say….

If you think this information would effect the way you or your organisation would plan for the future please leave comment below. Multicultural Enterprises Australia would be interested in setting up an information session with BZE on this topic at Cabramatta Community Center.

 

We do have an open mind and we are interested in your thought.