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Discovering Melbourne's Artisan Foods and Produce

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Linguini and meatballs

$10 Family Meals

Recently I have been costing  family meals for under $10 and confirmed what has often been said, that fresh fruit and vegetables are expensive for people with little disposable income. It really is not easy making a meal using fresh vegetables for two adults and two or three children for under $10. A bunch of silverbeet…

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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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Melbourne Gourmet Mushrooms lions mane

Lion’s Mane

Would you put something called lion’s mane on your dinner menu? It may look like a large ball of fluff or a lion’s mane but in reality it is quite a meaty textured mushroom. Lion’s mane is one of the new gourmet mushroom varieties available around Melbourne farmers’ markets, along with coloured oyster mushrooms, nameko,…

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Mushroom Risotto With Truffle Butter

It’s wild mushroom time again and pine mushrooms and slippery jacks provide perfect flavour and texture for a risotto. But if you want to raise the bar another notch, a mushroom risotto finished with some truffle butter can add a wonderful  extra dimension to your mushroom taste experience.  Truffle butter is subtle, adding that special…

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Slippery Jack Pithivier It Is

Some of us will have fond memories of Melbourne’s restaurant scene of decades past, where small BYO places produced stunning dishes out of tiny galley kitchens without a sous vide in sight. Others, like Stephanie’s and Mietta’s, were more opulent, cast in the French mould of formal dining and highly worked dishes. It was really…

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