cooking melbourne

Discovering Melbourne's Artisan Foods and Produce

prawn and mango salad

My Secret Christmas Prawn Stash

Seafood, especially prawns are very popular for Christmas. When temperatures are rising it’s great to cool things down a little with a prawn and mango salad and a sparking wine, all with minimal exertion in the kitchen. Things can get a little heated metaphorically in the lead up to Christmas too as you frantically try…

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sprintime asparagus gets political

Springtime Asparagus Gets Political

Springtime asparagus is here, so say goodbye to kale, silverbeet and pumpkin for a while and start picking up bundles of fresh, local asparagus. Our asparagus is grown in Koo Wee Rup which just happens to be Australia’s largest asparagus growing region; ninety percent of asparagus is grown right at our doorstep. The rich soils…

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navel gazing

Sunny Citrus In Winter’s Gloom

Winter is the time to enjoy all manner of citrus fruits, which is great because citrus is not only a healthy natural boost of vitamin C  but a tangy and juicy fruit to brighten up winter’s gloom. Think fennel, onion and orange salad, rare duck breast, baby spinach and orange salad, potatoes roasted with lemon,…

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artichoke in lemon and olive oil

Artichokes – Getting To The Heart Of The Matter

Artichokes are a curious vegetable, stunningly sculptural in appearance but also intimidating to a lot of home cooks. While I have enjoyed artichoke hearts served on antipasto plates or when propping myself at a bar in Italy and tucking into delicious tramezzini filled with artichoke and hard-boiled egg, I never really thought too much about …

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coloured caulies

Cauliflower Rainbow

In spring and summer we have bright red, green and yellow tomatoes and capsicums and tender green vegetables and lettuces we can toss into a riot of colour on a plate if we want. While there are some colourful winter vegetables they aren’t  quite the show-offs that their summer counterparts are. With the winter chill…

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