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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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coconut crepes with prawns

Prawns in Coconut Crepes

In Melbourne we are easing into home entertaining again and while some folks may still be a little unsure there is always the outside or the dining with opened doors option now that the weather has warmed up. Here’s a Vietnamese dish that evokes glorious, sunny summer meals in the garden or on the terrace….

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East33 oyster farm Port Stephens

East33 Oysters To Your Door

Stuck in Melbourne dreaming of the sparkling blue waters of the East coast of Australia and a plate of oysters and glass of verve clicquot? East33 can deliver on two of your dreams, a plate of Sydney rock oysters and champagne but the sparkling blue waters will have to remain a memory, although Melbourne has…

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opening oysters

The World Of Oysters

In France it is illegal to sell an oyster which has not been opened to order. Think about that for a minute and what it could possibly mean. The oyster is a living thing, clinging to rocks in its secure rock-like shell as the ocean tides surge and retreat. Once collected from its natural home…

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Spanish Mackerel with Sicilian Flavours

Spanish mackerel is a cheap and sustainably wild-caught fish that is overlooked in preference for the ubiquitous farmed salmon; this is unfortunate as you can create a wonderful fish dinner for half the price and with a bit of a flavour hit. Spanish mackerel is an oily fish that is best when cooked with robust…

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