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zucchini flowers

How I Love Zucchini Flowers – Let Me Count the Ways

Zucchini flowers are most often eaten stuffed with ricotta in restaurants as a starter. But there is much more you can do at home with these delicate, golden blossoms and with their attached baby zucchini. I have eaten a most memorable meal in Rome of zucchini flowers with farfalle pasta. They can be blanched for…

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Baw Baw sparkling apple cider

The Champagne of Ciders

I have been enjoying the new season apples lately, especially the heritage varieties from Hazeldean Forest Farm and last Saturday I decided to try their Baw Baw apple cider (available $25/bottle at various Farmers Markets; King and Godfrey, Carlton; Aunt Maggies; Organic Wholefoods, Brunswick and Fitzroy). Well, what a revelation! I’m not a huge fan…

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Baharat – My Travelling Companion

When I go on holidays I love to explore and cook the local produce, which invariably means  looking for places to rent that have the basics of a workable kitchen. The kitchens can vary enormously and while some places have a stock of pantry essentials, including spices, the spices can often be a bit old…

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burrata-La Latteria


Finally, the weather is acting a bit more like summer and I feel like diving into some summer salads. Although I have lots of inspiration from my two Ottolenghi books, Plenty and Plenty More and Damian Pignolet’s very fine book, Salads, what I have been looking for is a salad that allows just two ingredients…

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Lean and Lovely Venison

Keen to acquaint myself with the venison available in Melbourne, I headed straight to The Chicken Pantry at the Queen Victoria Market where I knew they stock a variety of poultry and game meats. I managed to get a small piece of the top end of the leg from a Yarra Valley producer. I was…

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