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Dining Out In Melbourne

Where do we go from pandemic lockdowns to a new normal with dining out in Melbourne? I think dining out will become dining outside, especially with the warm weather on its way. I remember when I lived in Germany for a time I was amazed that once summer came along Germans really came out of…

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borlotti bean and tomato soup

Unburdened By Soup

Soups, particularly of the vegetable kind, are perfect for lunch or dinner when you want a lighter meal or want to lose a bit of weight. A soup is easy to prepare as it is not exact like baking, there is no need to measure ingredients, so you can just proceed intuitively. Once you accept…

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Persimmons And The Art Of Patience

Some things take time and learning to be patient is an important life lesson. Whether it is waiting for plants to grow where they are happiest without the temptation for an instant garden, cooking something slowly rather than resorting to ready meals or reading long form writing instead of newsfeeds, there is a lot to…

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Beneficial Beans

Beans have been flying off the shelves of grocery stores to stock pandemic pantries around Melbourne. Who would have thought that canned or dried beans would be valued so much. Over the years any mention of a meal of pulses had the immediate effect of eye rolling and talk about how disagreeable to ones digestion…

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Food Provision During 1629 Plague

Food Provision During the 1629 Plague – A Model of Organisaton

I have recently read the review by Erin Maglaque on John Henderson’s new book, Florence Under Siege: Surviving Plague in an Early Modern City. It is interesting to see the parallels of when plague came to Italy in 1629 and our current COVID-19 pandemic. A few months after the plague arrived there were already over…

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