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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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Fioretto Small Flowers of Cauli

If a whole or even half head of cauliflower is more than you can manage then a new variety of cauliflower, fioretto, is a perfect compromise. Not just for the single cook, fioretto (small flower, in Italian) might also be the answer for those that prefer a milder cauliflower flavour. Fioretto is, I suppose, what…

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crumbed eggplant with Parmasan cheese and tomato salsa

Eggplant Angst

Eggplant is the vegetable people seem to love to hate and yet it is so versatile and delicious. I suspect the hate aspect is often not knowing how best to cook it coupled with a fear of having to use too much oil. Olive oil is the good oil, so relax; you’ll probably consume more…

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scottish cabbage and mash

Old and New- Rumbledethumps and Sous Vide Lamb

I think many foodies have participated in themed dinners, cooking demos or wine tastings to create a bit of social alchemy in this new virtual world we now live in. In the past few months I have enjoyed dumpling, pizza, risotto and soufflé zoom cooking sessions with family and friends as well as a blind…

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Big Red Cabbage Ball

Shopping at farmers markets under the COVID-19 restrictions means I’m pointing at vegetables I want from some distance. Conscious of the lengthening queue behind me I recently nodded approval to a whole head of red cabbage not realizing until I stashed it in the backpack that is was the size of a large medicine ball….

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