cooking melbourne

Discovering Melbourne's Artisan Foods and Produce

oxfam Easter eggs

Easter Eggs

Oxfam Easter eggs  are available in their shops in The Walk Arcade, Melbourne, 132 Leicester St, Carlton and Chadstone. The large boxed eggs ($19.95) are handmade in Australia from organic, fairtrade, single origin chocolate (dark 72% and milk 37% cocoa) and the bags of smaller decorated eggs ($11.95) are made in Belgium. If you fancy…

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Local Capers – a budding industry

While I try to buy Australian or local Victorian food products sometimes it is hard to get an equivalent in quality or price.  This can be because local production is still in its infancy and cannot compete with imports. Think back to when Australia just started to produce olive oil and you could only get…

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zucchini flowers

How I Love Zucchini Flowers – Let Me Count the Ways

Zucchini flowers are most often eaten stuffed with ricotta in restaurants as a starter. But there is much more you can do at home with these delicate, golden blossoms and with their attached baby zucchini. I have eaten a most memorable meal in Rome of zucchini flowers with farfalle pasta. They can be blanched for…

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Baw Baw sparkling apple cider

The Champagne of Ciders

I have been enjoying the new season apples lately, especially the heritage varieties from Hazeldean Forest Farm and last Saturday I decided to try their Baw Baw apple cider (available $25/bottle at various Farmers Markets; King and Godfrey, Carlton; Aunt Maggies; Organic Wholefoods, Brunswick and Fitzroy). Well, what a revelation! I’m not a huge fan…

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Baharat – My Travelling Companion

When I go on holidays I love to explore and cook the local produce, which invariably means  looking for places to rent that have the basics of a workable kitchen. The kitchens can vary enormously and while some places have a stock of pantry essentials, including spices, the spices can often be a bit old…

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