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1/2 butternut pumpkin, diced
1 red onion, cut into 8 wedges
4 whole garlic cloves
3 tablespoons cumin
2 tablespoons smoked paprika
2 cups moghrabieh
15 green beans, sliced lengthways
100g pecans, chopped
4 basil leaves, torn
Half punnet cherry tomatoes, halved
4 tablespoons sherry vinegar
200g Danish feta
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Vincent Van Gogh's "Haystacks in Provence" at Otterlo's Kroller-
Muller Museum, or Aurora?
CONTRIBUTED BY SR LOUISE GANNON rsj
GANDHI AND A LIFE OF PRAYER
I am neither a man of letters nor of science but I humbly
claim to be a man of prayer. It is prayer that has saved
my life. Without prayer I would have lost my reason a long
ROAST PUMPKIN AND
FETA MOGHRABIEH SALAD
Chef Bart's culinary gifts can be enjoyed
at The Cathedral Café, 843 Hunter
St Newcastle West, 8.30am-2.00pm,
Monday-Friday. P 4961 0546.
This salad is filling and delicious and so easy to throw together. It's also really ver satile -- you can use whatever ingredients you love;
think classic Italian or Middle Easter n dishes. Moghrabieh is a giant couscous originating from Lebanon. It's cooked and used in a similar
way to pasta, maintains a chewy consistency and absorbs a lot of flavour from the accompanying ingredients. Try to buy a good quality
moghrabieh from a delicatessen or specialty cooking store. This salad is tasty ser ved with Moroccan-inspired chicken: simply coat chicken
thighs with a Moroccan seasoning and barbecue.METHOD
Preheat oven to 200°C.
In a bowl, combine pumpkin cubes, onion wedges, garlic
cumin and paprika and coat with olive oil. Season with
salt and pepper.
Spread ingredients onto a baking tray and bake for
approximately 20 minutes. Remove from oven and
allow to cool.
Cook moghr abieh as per packet instructions (usually in
boiling water for 18 minutes).
Blanch green beans in boiling water for 1 minute and
then refr esh in cold water to stop the cooking process.
Combine all ingredients in a large salad bowl. Drizzle
with a little olive oil, splash over sher r y vinegar and top
with cr umbled feta. Ser ve at room temper ature.
BY MICHAEL O'CONNOR
If you feel negatively towards 'boat
people', and want to stay that way, do
not read this book.
This anthology of memoir, fiction, poetry
and essay originated as an invitation to
many of Austr alia's most admired and
distinguished writer s. Despite a topic "so
fr aught" the majority responded "with
enthusiasm and modesty".
The editor s were seeking contributions
of "truthfulness and gr ace" to the asylum
debate, an antidote to the "stor m of
venom and cliché" surrounding "one
of the centr al mor al issues of our time"
concerning "the most marginalised
people on ear th".
Pope Francis' words at Lampedusa ,
regarding the "disgr ace" of the asylum
boat tragedies there, accord with the
From the 27 writer s, I chose to read first
the familiar : Les Mur ray, Judith Wright,
Tom Keneally, Dorothy Hewett. Shor t
introductions to the contributor s put
some flesh on the others .
According to her daughter, Judith
Wright took to her gr ave a "haunting
mor al failure" from which she would
wish to save us. She failed to facilitate
the passage of a Hungarian Jew from
engulfing Na zism to the "far off heaven
of freedom" called Austr alia. She meant
no harm, but did not act, and found her
unintentional sin more bitter than those
intended. This lamentation in beautiful
prose is drawn from her autobiogr aphy.
Keneally would welcome a
compa ssionate ark builder to dispense
with the leaky boats that hazard the
journey to our shores. Such noble
compassion existed post-World War
II when Australia welcomed hordes of
displaced 'for eigners' -- and benefited
immensely from the gesture.
Ruminating on the compassion involved
in imagining the suffering of another,
Anna Funder questions the implications
when we deliberately stop imagining.
She sums up the book so well. "This
anthology of writing is an act of imagining
the lives of other s, and as such an act
of compassion as holy as any...an act
designed to make sure that we do not
stop there : that we do something."
A caveat: some will find Tsiolkas' gay
fiction offensive. Hopefully all find
offensive the behaviour s and propaganda
this anthology tries to counter.
Don't buy a copy of this book. Buy two.
Send one to a federal politician.
A Country Too
Keneally & Rosie
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