cooking melbourne

Discovering Melbourne's Artisan Foods and Produce

spaghetti alle vongole con sugo

Spaghetti alle Vongole

Spaghetti alle Vongole, spaghetti with clams is a delicious Italian pasta dish which I love to cook but I can’t help being reminded of my first trip to Italy, specifically while on a train to Florence, every time I see clams or think of cooking them. As it was a public holiday the train leaving…

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Nuts About An Alpine Autumn

Autumn is a wonderful time of year to explore the Victorian Alpine region. The Autumn colours are at their most vivid right now and in the late afternoon sun the poplars take on the look of giant golden torches against the soft dusky grey green of the hills. More common are the liquid amber trees…

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Moon Drops Grapes

Sweet Sapphire Grapes

Sweet Sapphire grapes, with their elongated, black, knobbly bodies, may look more like licorice bullets than grapes and perhaps with their extra sweetness they are more like lollies than fruit. My teenage nephew ate the whole plate I put out with cheeses for Easter dinner, clearly giving them the thumbs up. Sweet Sapphire grapes are…

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Glenora tomatotes

End of Summer Tomatoes

As we approach the end of summer it is time to gobble up as many ripe, flavoursome tomatoes as possible. If you want a part of the action then attend a Melbourne farmers market this weekend and enjoy some really great tasting tomatoes. There are so many varieties to choose from and every produce stall…

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red bananas

Red Bananas

The red banana or Red Dacca is a relatively unknown banana variety for Melbourne shoppers. I was lucky enough to be introduced to red bananas by Julian, owner of  Senserrick Green Grocer and I must say it has been hard to go back to the Cavendish and Lady Finger after tasting these. Red bananas are…

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