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Discovering Melbourne's Artisan Foods and Produce

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Japanese style Christmas Cake

Japanese Style Christmas Cake

Japanese roll cakes have a  lovely soft texture and like most Japanese cakes are not overtly sweet. I have used the roll cake recipe to make a two colour layer cake filled and topped with fresh berries and with a matcha flavoured cream to give a little nod to Japan and a decidedly Christmas look. If…

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Ciabatta

Fluffy Slippers

During lockdown fluffy slippers or slippers of some sort have been de rigueur as have attempts at baking sourdough bread. Post lockdown we may not have as much time for the rigors of maintaining our sourdough starters, so the less demanding ciabatta might be a way to keep the smell of freshly baked bread wafting from the…

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Linguini and meatballs

$10 Family Meals

Recently I have been costing  family meals for under $10 and confirmed what has often been said, that fresh fruit and vegetables are expensive for people with little disposable income. It really is not easy making a meal using fresh vegetables for two adults and two or three children for under $10. A bunch of silverbeet…

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Duck oie after Pieter Claesz

Creative Zoom Dinners

While some work-from-home people that spend all day in meetings would recoil at the idea of dinner zooms, for others it can be a creative way of maintaining social connection. The mental focus of zooms do make them exhausting but if you can create a sense of excitement that comes from the planning as well…

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second life as bread dumpling

The Second Life Of Bread

My Austrian mother would always save the end of loaves, slice them thinly, leave them to dry out in a low oven and then grind them into breadcrumbs. Making schnitzel with home made breadcrumbs was second nature, just the done thing. Recipes that use up stale bread are a hallmark of good kitchen economics, whether…

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