cooking melbourne

Discovering Melbourne's Artisan Foods and Produce

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Japanese rice bowl

One Bowl Wonder

The Japanese donburi or rice bowl truly is a one bowl wonder. The Japanese make cooking for one a simple affair. It is partly the mindset of simplicity and partly a frugal approach to eating that is not only healthy and economical but practical when your fridge contents don’t look that promising. Probably one of…

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Canals – End of an Era

Long established small businesses are dying out, which is not so surprising as we cannot always expect the next generation to learn the ropes and take over the helm with the same enthusiasm. It is remarkable then that Canals Seafood has been running as a family-run fishmonger in inner suburban Melbourne, first in Collingwood and…

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Holy Goat Cheese

Holy Goat – Simply The Best

Holy Goat cheese producers in Sutton Grange, Victoria have regularly won awards from the Delicious Magazine Produce Awards. Their wonderful goat cheese, Silk, is a favorite of mine but I have to say all their cheeses are simply the best and it is not surprising that they have again secured a Gold Medal, this time…

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smoked trout and chard quiche

Quiche – A Formula For Success

A quiche that is a delicate, just set custard with a crispy pastry, not long out of the oven, is a joy to eat. I still remember eating such a quiche in Aix-en-Provence and wondering how those cunning Frenchies get it so right; baked to order or not kept in the fridge and reheated to…

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Autumn Harvest

Autumn is a busy time for those who love to do their own food gathering, foraging and harvesting. Once you have amassed your booty of chestnuts, wild mushrooms and Jerusalem artichokes there is then work to be done in the kitchen. This week I was given a big bag of chestnuts, collected up in Bright,…

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