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A Red and Orange Glow in Winter

As the red and orange leaves of Autumn rapidly disappear it is wonderful to be able to add some of that vibrancy to the winter dinner table. Both these dishes use readily available root vegetables to great effect, bringing out a red and orange glow that will cheer everybody. The barbecued carrot salad is a…

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Tuerong Farm Flours

Tuerong Farm Flours

Like everything in life there are different qualities, from run of the mill to highly valued products with a rare characteristic, design or craft. And so there are flours and flours. Industrial, mass produced, quick rising breads are cited as the reason more and more people are having digestion difficulties with bread but it needn’t…

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Thoughts of Spain

Thoughts Of Spain

I cooked two Spanish meals this week, maybe subconsciously I was thinking of Spain and the pain it is going though. After a brief 2 day visit to Madrid in 2018 I had hoped for an extended trip this Autumn, visiting a friend living there and really exploring this wonderful city and Spain’s culinary traditions….

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Beneficial Beans

Beans have been flying off the shelves of grocery stores to stock pandemic pantries around Melbourne. Who would have thought that canned or dried beans would be valued so much. Over the years any mention of a meal of pulses had the immediate effect of eye rolling and talk about how disagreeable to ones digestion…

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Orzotto – Stirring Your Way To Good Health

Orzotto, like the name suggests, is a version of risotto but made with orzo (pearl barley, in Italian). Not only is orzotto healthier by virtue of the fiber of the barley, it also lacks the loads of butter and Parmesan cheese stirred into risotto to give that dish its rich creamy finish. The starchy creaminess…

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