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Monthly Archive for January, 2010

The word on the street is that molecular gastronomy is over. That’s right, young-annoying-one-from-Masterchef-whose-name-escapes-me, it’s O.V.E.R. Apparently the new thing in food is an old thing in food: terroir.** (Not of wine, clearly, but of food.) This means that each dish should be an expression of its spatial and temporal location. It should reflect: the […]

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Over the Australia day long weekend we headed down to Lorne for a few days. We decided to go on a little detour on our drive to Lorne and head to Loam, Drysdale which recently had a rave review from Larissa Dubecki in The Age. Now, I will admit that I have been less positive […]

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A new year and the Daring Kitchen has kicked off again. The January 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Lauren of Celiac Teen. Lauren chose Gluten-Free Graham Wafers and Nanaimo Bars as the challenge for the month. The sources she based her recipe on are 101 Cookbooks and www.nanaimo.ca. I was pretty enthusiastic about […]

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Despite my fear of being called politically-correct/un-Australian, I feel ambivalent about Australia Day. Sometimes arts degrees make enjoying life more challenging. Aside from all the political stuff, the thing that irritates me the most about Australia Day is the meaty emphasis. This is exemplified in the infamous Sam Kekovich lamb advertisements from Meat and Livestock […]

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Today we have a guest post from Saskia’s dad, Mr J: We first heard of the Otway Herb Farm on George Biron’s Sunnybrae blog. We are always looking for specialty herbs as a change from the industrially produced herbs supplied around Melbourne. So we headed off to discover the Otway Herb Farm at Biddles Road. The farm […]

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In my opinion, chickpea salad is the ultimate in all great meals. Everything about it is good; nothing is bad. For example: It tastes great. It is healthy: when combined with cous-cous, it forms a complete protein. It’s also low-fat and low-sugar but contains loads of useful nutrients such as fibre (in the chickpeas) and […]

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The background to our meal at Humid was not auspicious. After booking in for a meal on Boxing Day several weeks in advance (which required a number of phone calls before I got on to a person – damn those relaxed Queenslanders), the restaurant phoned us on the day, first asking if we minded coming […]

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On our trip to Noosa we also enjoyed a lovely meal at Japanese restaurant Wasabi. I was particularly excited as the Gourmet Traveller had rated it as one of the best regional restaurants in Queensland. We arrived for our 8.30pm booking to a full but relaxed restaurant. The entrance to the restaurant (above) faces the […]

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Last week, my lovely cousin A. came to stay. Being the lovely cousin that she is, she brought us some chai tea as a gift. Thanks A! We decided to make some chai ice cream, and A. found this recipe at ‘Simply Recipes’. It seemed worthy of attempting. This is what we did… Ingredients: 1 […]

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It's a jam off!!!

A little while ago, I wrote about my love for Gentle Annie’s Berry Garden and Tearooms and of course, their jam. I usually refer to GA’s strawberry jam as my favourite and I faithfully buy more of the stuff every time I am in Lorne. However,  the other day I started thinking about this and […]

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