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Monthly Archive for November, 2009

On Tuesday, it was frequented by the “glitterati” (which I am always dubious about in Melbourne – are we talking a couple of footballers and a weather girl?) by Saturday morning there were more staff than patrons and about half the patrons were under 5. Welcome to Cafe Vue at Heide! I was keen to […]

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I mentioned in an earlier post that I was given an ‘Introductory Wine Course’ at the Prince Wine Store for my birthday. This was, indeed, a very exciting gift. I have spent the past three Tuesday nights learning about wine – something which, although I drink a lot of, I know incredibly little about. The […]

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One of the great things about getting down to our beach house at Lorne for the weekend is the opportunity to cook up a feast for our family and friends. The other is to make use of the fine seafood, vegetables and smallgoods available at the local stores. For a party of six or more, […]

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I remember the first time I went berry picking. I was about 7 years old at the time and some family friends owned a blueberry farm (well, it wasn’t a farm, probably more accurately it was an acre or so of blueberry bushes at the bottom of their land). I was terribly excited to go […]

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This weekend I (inadvertently) ended up at Schoolies in Lorne. To be honest, this isn’t the first time I have ended up gatecrashing the highschool end of year celebrations. The first time this happened we were driving into Lorne on a Friday night at about midnight. We were perplexed to see huge groups of teenagers […]

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In case we have not already mentioned, Emily and my brother were married in September. Em and I spent countless hours on the phone discussing all the minutiae, as brides and bridesmaids are wont to do. When Em and I were discussing what sort of cake to have, I suggested that my grandma could make […]

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Planning a dinner with friends, my mate M suggested we try “her” dumpling place (she immediately sent me the address and phone number – which she has on speed dial). With a recommendation like that, we promptly headed to North East China Family in Flinders Lane. Looking through the menu I was surprised to see […]

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The last element of our lovely feast was a fast, tasty (and sweet!) dessert of tapioca pudding. This was based on a sago pudding we made at the Casa Luna cooking class, although we substituted sago for tapioca. The first step was to soak the tapioca and pandan leaves in water for about 30 minutes. […]

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The final savoury dish we made for our Balinese feast was a lamb stew. This dish was based on the recipe from the Bumbu Bali cooking school, that Saskia attended when she was in Bali. The first step in making the stew was to make (another!) spice paste. This paste was quite similar to the […]

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Continuing the Balinese feast (check out our tofu fritters and chicken curry), we made a fresh bean and roasted coconut salad as an accompaniment. We made a similar salad (urab buncis) at our cooking course, which included beans, coconut and the sambel mix, but it also had a spice mix and coconut milk dressing. Given […]

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