cooking melbourne

Discovering Melbourne's Artisan Foods and Produce


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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Otoko Espresso-New Zealand

South Island, New Zealand

I’m afraid I have been neglecting my duty to seek out fine foods in Melbourne as I have been enjoying the delights of the South Island of New Zealand. I encountered some terrific produce, particularly the cherries, raspberries, gooseberries and blueberries – seems they have the perfect cool climate for these fruits. Other fruits were…

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Karrelian pies-Swedish Christmas

A Swedish Christmas Dinner

For no particular reason (we don’t have any Scandinavian heritage) my husband’s side of the family decided to do a traditional Swedish Christmas dinner this year instead of the usual roast pork and plum pudding or pavlova. In the Scandinavian tradition, there was a variety of dishes including blinis with various toppings: salmon roe, horseradish…

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