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Gourmet Farmer | Starts Thurs Aug 1

With his new farm to table restaurant up and running, farmer and chef Matthew Evans is on a mission to improve the quality of his food by first improving the quality of his farm's soil. How hard can it be?

Tassie terrior

This season, Matthew Evans is looking for new ways to make his Tasmanian turf the best from sun to soil.

Matthew Evans dives deep into the question 'what does what I eat, eat?' turning his attention to soil regeneration this season, which starts 8pm Thursday 1 August on SBS.
'The view from the feedlot' is an exclusive edited extract from Matthew Evans' new book, On Eating Meat: The truth about its production and the ethics of eating it.
Want a hands-on chance to learn more about bush food? These Indigenous tour guides have a lot to share.
Jams are pantry staples, and preserves really should be. Matthew Evans, the Gourmet Farmer, gives his tips on how best to make these fruity favourites at home. ...

The secret to good soil

They say the secret to good soil structure is that it can retain water, yet drain. Friable enough so roots don’t rot, but moist enough so plants don’t die of thirst.

Gourmet Farmer recipes

"This soup uses a small amount of bacon for flavour, so make sure you use a well-made bacon with a good smoky flavour from a well-raised pig. I reckon your local...
"I don’t mind stirring risotto after work – it’s a good way to unwind. This recipe is a favourite when the new season peas and asparagus are about. Just get...
"With regard to animal welfare and the environment, kangaroo is one of the best meat options going." Matthew Evans, For the Love of Meat
"The cheese, nuts and eggs in this tart contain all the protein you need for a great meat-free option. Spring garlic is the first garlic of the season, before the...
"Okonomiyaki is a savoury Japanese pancake that’s great for using small amounts of leftover meat. Pork belly is popular, but if you want to adopt a nose-to-tail...
"Tagliata means ‘sliced’ in Italian, and traditionally you would serve this grilled steak with rocket and parmesan. But I find you can make a smaller amount of...
"Keema is a dish from the sub-continent often made with mutton. It can be served on rice, in samosas, and you’ll also find it served in buns on highways in India....
"If you’re going to roast a chicken, try to get at least three meals out of one chook. Serve lots of vegetables with the roast so you’ll have leftover meat to...
"Socca is a flatbread made from chickpea flour. It is traditionally cooked in a wood-fired oven, giving it a charred and smoky flavour. You can almost recreate...
"The hero of this dish is the dahl, made with creamy coconut milk and fresh tomato. The fish plays a supporting role, which makes for an excellent light-on-meat...
"Panch phoran is a Bengali five-spice mix. You can buy it in some spice shops, but it’s easy enough to make your own, and it’s so addictive, I’ve given you a...
"There are quite a few ethical butchers and producers making a decent black pudding these days. If you can’t find it, substitute with a thick-cut, well-raised...