By Nicholas Acquroff
Rohan Anderson, the man behind popular blog Whole Larder Love, is spreading his back-to-basics food philosophy in person over weekend workshops at his home in Springmount.
According to Rohan Anderson, people from the city are so used to trusting food from the supermarket that on his weekend workshops in the country – where students gut and skin rabbits, pick wild mushrooms and smoke trout – the consumption of wild food feels counterintuitive.
“We eat so much food from the supermarket that is treated with the worst shit you can think of – fungicides, pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers – that people have this freak out when they pick something from the forest that is absolutely wild, with no chemical impurities,” says Anderson, sitting behind the wheel of a truck on the freeway towards Melbourne. “But it is really safe to eat, because it is picked and eaten within an hour,” he continues. “This is a big part of the weekend. It’s not just ‘This is the right or wrong kind of mushroom to eat’, it’s about changing our views on food.”