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Bush Tucker with Dale

Episode 5

Story: Bush Tucker with Dale
Airdate: Ep 5, 26 May 2019
Presenter: Stuart Laws

You don’t have to travel far in Perth to have an authentic Bush Tucker experience. Just 30 minutes out of the CBD, Stuart gets a glimpse of Noongar culture in the Swan Valley.

  • In Henley Brook, The Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery not only showcases authentic Aboriginal art, but also holds performances, classes and talks about the indigenous history of the South West.
  • Brother and Sister duo Lyall and Dale Tilbrook, descendants of the Wardandi Bibbulman people of the Margaret River and Augusta regions of WA, bring their knowledge and heritage to the public through opening their bush garden and sharing bush tucker recipes with visitors.
  • In Noongar country, there are six seasons. Birak: first summer, the dry and hot burning time. Bunuru: Second summer, the hottest part of the year. Djeran: Autumn, cooler weather begins. Makuru: Winter, coldest and wettest season of the year. Djilba: First spring, a mixture of wet and pleasant warm days. Kambarang: Second spring, longer dry periods.
  • Indiginous people look to the environment to tell them what the season is. Djeran, or Autumn, is the season when Emu’s lay their eggs.
  • Dale & Lyall use their emu eggs not only for food, but for making beautiful art pieces.
  • When cooking emu eggs, Dale recommends making a small hole in the top of the egg and using a thin skewer and scramble the egg inside the shell. Then make a small hole in the other end of the egg and blow the egg through its shell.
  • If you can’t make it to the Swan Valley, Maalinup also have a Bush Food and gift store in Yaagan Square in the Perth CBD. They serve up fresh Bush Tucker Pies, infused with native indigenous herbs and spices.
  • Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery is open 10am-5pm daily.
  • For a bush tucker talk and tasting experience with Dale, bookings are essential and can be made direct!