Edition: Christmas 2015 Food Glorious Food

Behind the prayer: Grace before meals

4 November 2015 TH

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

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Unguarded moments: Inequality hard to stomach

4 November 2015 TH

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

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The icing on the Christmas cake? Helping the poor

4 November 2015 TH

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. 

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Wining and dining with Jesus

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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.'

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Cooking for community

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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.

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A letter to...Colonel Sanders

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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.

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Explorations: Gluttony vs temperance

4 November 2015 TH

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. 

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Home truths: Yummy Mummy

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

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A Christmas feast: Celebrating in different cultures

4 November 2015 TH

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. 

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Where would Jesus eat at Christmas?

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

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Four ways to eat healthy and save the environment 

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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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A cabbage patch for kids

4 November 2015 TH

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. 

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