cooking melbourne

Discovering Melbourne's Artisan Foods and Produce

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cheese starter kit

Blessed Are The Cheesemakers

I have been having fun making feta today using Millie’s Homemade Cheese Starter Kit. It was a wonderful gift from my sister and I have to admit it has got me pretty interested in making some more cheeses. It would be the perfect gift for that foodie friend of yours or a child with some…

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chicken portuguese

Heritage Chicken – slow pace brings back flavour

I have heard it said that today’s chicken is like a blank canvas for chefs: it is so bland that it allows chefs to let loose and work their creative magic. The blandness of our chickens was really brought home to me on a visit some years ago to Portugal, where ordinary chicken at a…

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Dr Marty's crumpets

Crumpets Prescribed by Dr Marty

Not exactly new, Dr Marty’s Crumpets have been doing the  rounds of Farmers Markets in and around Melbourne for a couple of years now.  Crumpets are an old time favorite but unlike the supermarket varieties these are made with artisan care by chef Martin Beck using organic flour and you can taste the difference.  …

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wood frog bakery bread

Woodfrog Bread – Satisfies The Senses

Melbourne, the coffee capitol, is also starting to showcase its talent with that another important  staple, bread.  I am so thankful we have more artisan bakers popping up around Melbourne. Next time you sink your teeth into a quality loaf just think when you’re sleeping they’re baking – how fortunate are we! Woodfrog Bakery of  108…

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More Treats from La Belle Miette

If macarons are not your thing La Belle Miette also have chocolate dragées, chooclate coated nuts or fruit fillings, all beautifully boxed for $9.90 and the finest of teas by Mariage Frères. They have some really exquisite gift boxes that will have your grateful friends asking where did you find these.

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