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Fioretto Small Flowers of Cauli

If a whole or even half head of cauliflower is more than you can manage then a new variety of cauliflower, fioretto, is a perfect compromise. Not just for the single cook, fioretto (small flower, in Italian) might also be the answer for those that prefer a milder cauliflower flavour. Fioretto is, I suppose, what…

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To Be Frank

                    My partner is always taking a poke around back streets and lanes, often being rewarded by finding a great restaurant, quirky shop or an artisan making something exceptionally well with a lot of love. Where better to have a poke around than inner city Melbourne…

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Unearthed. Co Mushrooms

More Exotic Mushrooms

I am happy to say that locally produced exotic mushrooms are becoming more widely available. Varieties such king, shimeji, nameko, lions mane, enoki, chestnut, snowflake and shiitaki, just to name a few, are being grown in the Yarra Valley and even in suburban Melbourne for sale at farmers markets and select grocery stores, so hopefully…

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dried red mullet roe

Bottarga

While strolling along the beach in Sardinia I stumbled upon a very humble taverna, with plastic tables and chairs nestled under the trees, it seemed to be serving only spaghetti bottarga. The combination of bright sunshine, golden sand and turquoise water and this deliciously simple pasta was quite intoxicating. What was it? Dried mullet roe….

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black star pastry

Rain Cake Homage to Art

Black Star Pastry of Acland St, St. Kilda have made a limited edition cake in celebration of the Rain Room art installation by Random International at the Jackalope Art Collection, St Kilda. After walking through the torrential rain room further delight your senses with the specially devised Rain Cake from Black Star Pastry, which includes…

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