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The Aleppo Cookbook

War, loss, suffering and displacement are unfortunately our human lot. During tumultuous times poetry, music and food can be an important solace and gift of remembrance that can’t be so easily erased as bricks and mortar. Most immigrants and refugees have brought with them a food memory of some sort, whether it is a recipe…

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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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Petty’s Orchard

Years ago when I had a dog I would take extended walks in various parks around Melbourne, mostly low lying land abutting the Yarra but also some hilly tracts with remnant orchards in Doncaster and beyond. These little traces or our local agricultural history were delightful discoveries and made me wish our market gardens were…

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Picketts Deli chicken roll

The Vexed Question Of Lunch

Lunch can be a troubling meal, starting with that vexed question of what to have. It’s often vexed because choices can be few and far between as there is a certain commercial sameness to a lot of lunch offerings in town. A good place might be too far from work, too expensive or the choice…

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lab cultured meat

Clean Meat On The Menu

The future of meat for food may well be clean meat. Clean meat is a term used to describe lab cultured meat and it’s clean because, although the few cells used to grow the meat are taken from live cattle, the process of growing those cells into a meat product is essentially sterile, devoid of…

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