cooking melbourne

Discovering Melbourne's Artisan Foods and Produce

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Finally, the weather is acting a bit more like summer and I feel like diving into some summer salads. Although I have lots of inspiration from my two Ottolenghi books, Plenty and Plenty More and Damian Pignolet’s very fine book, Salads, what I have been looking for is a salad that allows just two ingredients…

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Lean and Lovely Venison

Keen to acquaint myself with the venison available in Melbourne, I headed straight to The Chicken Pantry at the Queen Victoria Market where I knew they stock a variety of poultry and game meats. I managed to get a small piece of the top end of the leg from a Yarra Valley producer. I was…

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Otoko Espresso-New Zealand

South Island, New Zealand

I’m afraid I have been neglecting my duty to seek out fine foods in Melbourne as I have been enjoying the delights of the South Island of New Zealand. I encountered some terrific produce, particularly the cherries, raspberries, gooseberries and blueberries – seems they have the perfect cool climate for these fruits. Other fruits were…

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Karrelian pies-Swedish Christmas

A Swedish Christmas Dinner

For no particular reason (we don’t have any Scandinavian heritage) my husband’s side of the family decided to do a traditional Swedish Christmas dinner this year instead of the usual roast pork and plum pudding or pavlova. In the Scandinavian tradition, there was a variety of dishes including blinis with various toppings: salmon roe, horseradish…

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Summertime and the Living is Easy

Over summer, having some simple food items on hand for your meals or for when visitors rock up and that require very little preparation but still have your foodie touch to it is a good idea. One thing I like to do is cure a side of fresh salmon. It takes a couple of days…

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