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Christmas 2015

03 November 2015


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A feast to make you smile

03 November 2015 | Brendon D'Souza

Over the last two years, Brendon D'Souza, aka The Smiling Chef, has been providing Australian Catholics readers with tasty recipes to share with the family. In this special foodie edition of the magazine, we asked him to describe what made him want to become a food blogger and chef. 


Cooking for community

03 November 2015 | Michael McVeigh

Julie Goodwin first came to Australia's attention when she emerged as the winner in the first season of Masterchef in 2009. Since then she's appeared on a weekly cooking segment on the Today program, and as a contestant on I'm a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here. Interestingly, however, she started her career as a youth worker, running retreats at Catholic schools and working at a juvenile prison. We decided to ask the Catholic mother-of-three how she combines her passion for cooking with her passion for helping others.


Home truths: Yummy Mummy

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03 November 2015 | Kate Moriarty

Our new columnist wonders if she can ever become one of those women on the cover of a recipe book.


The icing on the Christmas cake? Helping the poor

03 November 2015 | Clare Deignan

The kitchen in the Madeleine Centre at Genazzano FCJ College in Melbourne is all a-bustle. Students are cracking eggs, sifting flour, creaming butter and sugar, marinating fruit and pouring batter in tins, as cakes are rising in the oven while some cool on racks. It’s the annual Friends of Romania and the Philippines: Great Cake Bake. 


A cabbage patch for kids

03 November 2015 | Clare Deignan

A school in Western Australia is changing the way kids think about food. There, teachers and parents aren’t wagging their fingers, reminding kids to eat their fruits and veggies. They don’t have to. The students at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, Kununurra have learned how to make their own nutritious meals using fruits and veggies grown in their own schoolyard. 


Where would Jesus eat at Christmas?

03 November 2015 | Michael Walter

Where would Jesus be most likely to celebrate Christmas? Father Terry Kean has a pretty good idea.  


A Christmas feast: Celebrating in different cultures

03 November 2015 | Francine Crimmins

How do people from various cultural backgrounds celebrate Christmas? What foods do they have on the table? What traditions shape their Christmas meals? We asked one of our young writers to do some exploring. 


Feeding the world

03 November 2015 | Claudia Appaduray

There is enough food in the world to support everyone living on it. However, the fact that we can have everything we want to eat while others around the world are struggling to survive shows that something has gone wrong in the way we manage our food resources. Caritas is working to address this issue in a variety of ways – from helping promote sustainable farming practices overseas, to encouraging Australians to do more to help. 


Explorations: Gluttony vs temperance

03 November 2015 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Our relationship with food is complicated. We need sustenance to survive, and we also use meals as a place of sharing and building relationships. But when we focus too much on food, other issues can arise. In this Explorations, we examine the relationship between gluttony and temperance. 


Behind the prayer: Grace before meals

03 November 2015 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ


We take a look at the story behind another popular form of prayer in the Catholic tradition. 


Wining and dining with Jesus

03 November 2015 | Peter Fleming

So many of our Gospel stories are centered around food. When Hollywood’s master of suspense, director Alfred Hitchcock, wanted to disorientate his friends by playing a practical joke on them, he would invite them to dinner, then serve a meal in which every item of food on their plates was blue. Later, when asked why he had dyed the food blue, he replied, 'Because blue is the one colour food is not.'


Editorial: Food, glorious food

03 November 2015 | Michael McVeigh

In this Christmas edition of Australian Catholics we explore the connection between food and faith. 


A letter to...Colonel Sanders

03 November 2015 | Michael McGirr

Dear Colonel Sanders,

I hope I am not being rude but I was surprised to read that you lived to 90 years of age. Even though you started KFC, you must have eaten at other places as well. It is curious that a person who was famous for his neat beard and immaculate white suit should choose to create an empire out of greasy chicken. You must have had a good dry-cleaner.


Unguarded moments: Inequality hard to stomach

03 November 2015 | Ann Rennie


Spare a thought this Christmas for those who can't sit down to a feast with their family. 


Playlist: Cooking shows

03 November 2015 | Nicola Nemaric

Which of the many cooking shows on offer these days will leave you feeling most fulfilled?  


Recipe: Fruity ‘margherita’ pizza

03 November 2015 | Brendon D’Souza

This fruity twist on a classic margherita pizza is a great way to keep the kids cool and occupied this summer.


AC Classroom: A stranger from Nazareth

03 November 2015 | Anna Watt

The air is crisp, but the sandy road still radiates the warm breath of the day on our walk to dinner. A gentle crimson light enfolds the olive grove and falls softly on our bodies, and the powdered track dusts our sandals and slips in between our toes. 


Four ways to eat healthy and save the environment 

03 November 2015 | Sinead Goodfellow

Inspired by Pope Francis's environmental encyclical and want to be healthy as well? Here are some things you can do this Christmas. 


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