the online home of the bellysisters 2010 – 2014





Welcome to the belly site.  Belly is the very tasty radio show on bayfm99.9 in Byron Bay, Australia.

This site has been managed by me Sister Tess.   I have left the show, as I’ve moved to New Zealand, to the lively university town of Hamilton.  You know what it looks like, because it is very close to the Lord of the Rings Hobbiton film set.  I look forwards to finding out what hobbits eat, and lots of other New Zealand food stories.

I will keep this site available as a show archive, but for new belly info please go to our bayfm page.

You can find more bellyness, and lots of info about the music we play, upcoming shows and show contacts, here on

Love and chocolate cake as always,

Sister T


sister T's new home

sister T’s new home



If you’d like to support the show and the station that bring you as many tasty stories, delicious guests, and food issues as we can fit on the menu, you can  become a subscriber to bayfm 99.9.  When you are a subscriber you can call in for lots of prizes.  Also your digestion will improve thanks to that lovely inner glow of community spirit.  And we have a special monthly prize each month for new subscribers, call the station for more info.

Call 02 6680 7999 or go to


13 thoughts on “the online home of the bellysisters 2010 – 2014

  1. Leonie Dickinson

    Great to see the bellies on the net. Missing your broadcasts…. (I always wanted to be Sister) Leonie xx

  2. william martin

    love your show – you should interview the fruit tree man in Crystal creek – he’s funny and brilliant. Keep it up!

    later girls!

  3. Lauren Weir

    Belly Sister Tess,
    Great show today with Helen Norberg-Hodge. Thankyou so much! A link here to the website she was promoting would be excellent. Love staying informed and love my local radio.

  4. sister T Post author

    hi Lauren,
    I’m really glad you enjoyed the show. Helena is a pretty amazing woman. Sister Rasela and myself do a post about each show with lots of links and details, usually within 1-2 days. We link them on the website calendar to the date each show went to air. Ideally we would manage to do it all before or immediately after the radio show, but like most bayfmmers we are volunteers and have to just do our best. sister T (but I’m doing it this minute just for you!)

  5. sister Rasela

    Hi William … Tell the ‘crystal man’ to get in touch with us !! (that is of course if he is a real man and not made of crystal 🙂 Rasela

  6. suvira

    Hope you catch this in time …we spoke at my exhibition Table Manners in Ballina earlier this year. I make pottery.
    I wanted to let you know I am having my annual Open Studiuo and Sale of my tableware this coming weekend 17 &18 November. There is literally stacks of unique bowls, plates, pourers etc with lots of bargains for the budget minded. All hand-crafted here in Goonengerry, 300 Mafeking Road.
    PLease let the listeners know.

  7. di roberts [sister Attitude]

    Sister Tess.

    I have recently bought a YOGHURT MAKER and want to start making my own yoghurt…

    I would prefer to do soya yoghurt and have done some research, all telling me I should use powdered milk and pasteurised milk to make it.

    however I do not drink milk and would prefer not to use it [if possible]…but if i cant get any help on soya, then i will do the milk variety.

    Then of of course I will share yoghurt and information. thanks..

  8. sister T Post author

    Sister Attitude is a great name for you! I can ask the talented listeners the next time I am on air (21/1).
    Meantime, I avoid cow milk because it doesn’t agree with me, but yoghurt has no bad effects. Also most yoghurt recipes simply involve using fresh milk & some plain yoghurt as a starter, sounds better to me than powdered stuff. Just search using terms ‘making yoghurt’ or ‘making Greek yoghurt’ (my fave!)
    Reply part 2 since you got me curious – this looks like a good link, using agar to get the thickness, have fun

  9. Des

    I’m always a bit suspicious of news reports on how bad veg food is for the environment, e.g. the old furphy about millions of animals being killed in producing soy (which as you said is mostly fed to animals in an inefficient and unsustainable attempt to keep doubling meat production). So I looked twice at the quinoa argument – are we really making Andean peasants starve by increasing the price they get for their main product? Or are we giving them a chance to diversify their production and their palate?

    This is a better, balanced view of the quinoa debate:

    The huge animal exploitation companies spend a fortune on spreading stories about veg food, but never tell you that 70% of the arable land on this planet (including 70% of the Amazon jungle – the erstwhile lungs of the planet) are now used for grazing or growing grains for animals to eat. I eat local quinoa, but even if I was having it flown in on a private jet I would still be causing less environmental damage than if I was buying from the meat, dairy and egg industries.

    That’s not why I’m vegan though. I just cannot find a single moral justification for exploiting sentient creatures when there are plenty of healthy alternatives.

  10. Margaret Fletcher

    Today was the first chance I have had to listen to the show and I just loved it! Sister Michael is saintly in his irreverence and I found it all fascinating- especially as I am preparing a birthday dinner for my Leo daughter this month- the one who loves the sun and beach as long as she has an audience and someone to wave the fan! Would love it if you could podcast- the time slot is tricky for me! Great show. I ‘m subscribing today!

  11. Don Drinkwater

    Like your show but usually only have a listen when its raining and the garden is too soggy. Do you have much on organics and growing with-out herbicides ? Also do you talk about seasonal food and what is grown locally during our now blurred seasons ? Thank-you, today the music was good too.

  12. Samuel

    Hi there,
    I listen to your show every week and love it.
    I need your help though… least a month ago, maybe more, you were giving a glowing review for a cook book that focused on gluten free baking. I wrote the name down, but have missed placed it!
    I really hope you can remind me of that book.
    Regards, Samuel.

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