cooking melbourne

Discovering Melbourne's Artisan Foods and Produce

Der Partisan 100% rye bread

Der Partisan Bread

I’m afraid I’m smitten with this rye bread, not just because of the intriguing face that gets imprinted from the baking moulds giving each loaf an individual almost ghostly appearance but because of the wonderful flavour of this moist loaf. It is so tasty you only need to spread it with some butter. It would…

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oxfam Easter eggs

Easter Eggs

Oxfam Easter eggs  are available in their shops in The Walk Arcade, Melbourne, 132 Leicester St, Carlton and Chadstone. The large boxed eggs ($19.95) are handmade in Australia from organic, fairtrade, single origin chocolate (dark 72% and milk 37% cocoa) and the bags of smaller decorated eggs ($11.95) are made in Belgium. If you fancy…

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Local Capers – a budding industry

While I try to buy Australian or local Victorian food products sometimes it is hard to get an equivalent in quality or price.  This can be because local production is still in its infancy and cannot compete with imports. Think back to when Australia just started to produce olive oil and you could only get…

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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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