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coconut crepes with prawns

Prawns in Coconut Crepes

In Melbourne we are easing into home entertaining again and while some folks may still be a little unsure there is always the outside or the dining with opened doors option now that the weather has warmed up. Here’s a Vietnamese dish that evokes glorious, sunny summer meals in the garden or on the terrace….

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sweet cinnamon scroll

Sweet Was The Walk

along the narrow lane……. Since the start of Melbourne’s lock downs our household has been shopping at various neighborhood bakeries, incorporating the provision of the essential loaf of bread with an extended walking regime, within the mandated radius of course. Unfortunately the bakery purchases often included a sweet treat such a cardamon bun or cinnamon…

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spanish meatballs with picada

Spanish Meatballs In Picada

The sweet taste of almonds and saffron are what distinguishes these Spanish meatballs. While I’m a great fan of fennel seed laden meatballs in a tomato sauce made thick from the breadcrumbs or flour coating the sautéed meatballs, this Spanish version has a sauce directly thickened with a picarda of pounded almonds, bread and garlic….

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scottish cabbage and mash

Old and New- Rumbledethumps and Sous Vide Lamb

I think many foodies have participated in themed dinners, cooking demos or wine tastings to create a bit of social alchemy in this new virtual world we now live in. In the past few months I have enjoyed dumpling, pizza, risotto and soufflé zoom cooking sessions with family and friends as well as a blind…

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lemon ricotta muffins

Remembrance of Things Past

Lingering at your favourite cafe over a coffee and some sweet morsel, especially the lingering part, may be a distant memory for Melbourne folk now in stage 4. While I was not an avid cafe goer there are certain haunts, their style of coffee and in-house specialties, that I really miss. Trotters in Carlton made…

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