Why the hungry chook (& WHAT IS A CHOOK ANYWAY)?...


Chook noun (plural chooks)

  1. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) A hen; a cooked chicken; a chicken dressed for cooking


People often ask me "why the hungry chook?", and to be honest, I am not really sure! Other than to say that hubby calls me his chook; I am hungry; but mostly, because I never thought that someday others would know me as the hungry chook. But by now I'm stuck.

So, yes, I am a chook and I am hungry - I am not quite cooked, but I am usually dressed for cooking. What else? I live in Sydney, Australia with hubby and four more chooks. The type that sleep in a coop and lay eggs. Actual chooks. We have managed to squeeze a house; a three-storey chicken coop; and two vegetable gardens onto a fairly average inner-city block (about 150m2). We try to eat fruit and vegetables that are in season, and organic wherever possible, shopping regularly at our local farmers' market for what we can't grow at home. I would never, ever dream of buying perishables at the supermarket - this includes dairy, bread, fruit, vegetables, and meat. I say "no, thanks" to plastic and I actually shed a tear recently when my butcher (Bruce) retired.

But I must get back to the kitchen now,
Bon appetit!