How to feed 3 adults for 20 dollars and help local farms

It’s a sunny mild morning in Sydney, a perfect day for a leisurely stroll to the local farmer’s market. While waiting for our free-range eggs and bacon to be lovingly prepared, I took a walk around the Taylor Square markets to chat with local sellers, and I came upon this emerging gem.

Rebecca Morgan, creator of Gourmand du Morgan
Rebecca Morgan, creator of Gourmand du Morgan

Rebecca Morgan is the “hands and heart” behind Courmand du Morgan, a company that prepares gourmet locally-sourced meals and delivers them to your door step. What a fantastic alternative to take-out!

Below are my top 5 reasons why you should think of Rebecca for your next take-out meal:

1. Save money.

Rebecca charges $10 for individual heat-and-eat casserole, or $20 for a large one that will feed approximately 3 adults. This week’s menu is “Spicy beef casserole with olives and sun dried tomatoes”, along with “Parsnip and carrot soup”. Yum!

This week's meals
This week's meals

2. Support local economy

By investing in local seasonal produce you are enabling local farmers to continue their beautiful occupation. Why should you care? Because this food did not guzzle gallons of oil to get to your plate. It was not harvested by machines, but picked lovingly by people who take pride in their work. Successful relationship between people and land is the way to ensure healthy lives for us and green pastures for our children.

3. Eat healthy

Both “local” and “home-made” imply a whole load of nutritional value packed into your meal. Local products did not shake for days in the back of a delivery truck, leaching away their vitamins and minerals. The time between harvest and consumption is not measured in weeks, but days. And home-made means prepared with care and attention to every ingredient, as opposed to mass-produced meals, where “cheap” is often the currency of virtue.

4. Eat deliciously

Rebecca is “a qualified chef with a wealth of knowledge and experience including a London boutique gourmet food deli and more recently Belinda Frank Catering, Gastronomy, Pearl Catering and Simone Logue”. I think that says it all :). And yet there is more! Let me once again emphasise local and fresh. It’s nutritious AND it’s delicious, for the same reasons.

Come and taste free samples
Come and taste free samples

5. Promote innovative new business

For now Rebecca is a one-woman operation, covering the area of Surry Hills and Darlinghurst, but she hopes to expand her business. It may sound contradictory, but in order to preserve our local plants and animals we need to eat them. By choosing fresh seasonal products we are creating a direct connection between city people and rural farmers through people like Rebecca. She has great energy and courage to start so let’s help her continue with success!

Rebecca Morgan at Taylor Square Markets
Rebecca Morgan at Taylor Square Markets

A Russian proverb teaches us that “new is the well-forgotten old”, and I couldn’t agree more. The resurrection of interest in local foods is encouraging new business models inspired by the ways of the old. Let’s wish Rebecca healthy growth and let’s order some gourmet meals. To do so, you can e-mail her at rebecca@gourmanddumorgan.com or call her at 0410 625 895. You can also read some further information at http://gourmanddumorgan.com.

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