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Monthly Archive for March, 2010

So what has this: got to do with this? Answer: Garlic and a hell of a lot of it. For this year’s Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Sunnybrae hosted the Return of the Fearless Vampire Killers with a celebration of garlic in all its forms. Mr M has a thing for garlic, or more particularly, [...]

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I really like The European. The food is always enjoyable and while it isn’t pushing too many barriers, I think its a great venue as it is dark, brooding and comfortable. I think it is equally a great place for a romantic dinner for two or a table load of friends. The European is also [...]

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I’m pretty sure that I have Seasonal Affective Disorder. As the days get darker, so does my mood. Last weekend’s freakish hailstorm not only left my car a little dimpled, but it reminded me that Summer was, most definitely, over. In an effort to alleviate my impending gloominess, a few years ago at about this [...]

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I won’t lie. When Emily told me that the Daring Baker challenge for March was to cook risotto, I was a bit ‘meh’. Risotto is something that we have cooked a fair bit of over the years, and I feel that we are across the issues with this dish. Then, I thought a little more. How [...]

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Breadwell is one of a multitude of coffee shops situated right near my workplace.  A differentiator is its great selection of teas (including a pretty great chai if you are that way inclined). I recently noticed a new inclusion in the cakes cabinet – teeny tiny little macarons. Obviously they were calling for me to try them. The other [...]

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Late last year, I discovered that I did not have enough (complete) protein in my diet, and so I resolved to make an effort to ‘combine for protein‘. Among my newly created complete-protein meals is this: Steamed silken tofu with buckwheat noodles. This simple little dish is based on a Kylie Kwong recipe in Simple [...]

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I have a lot of fond memories of eating at Guru da Dhaba in Johnston St. I met my now sister-in-law there for the first time, had many a boozy boozy dinner there, and the first meal in our new house was take-away from there, eaten in the back garden while slugging champagne. A little while [...]

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I have fond memories of childhood birthdays. In particular, I remember the joy of choosing a birthday cake from the Women’s Weekly birthday cake cookbook. I remember leafing through the book and weighing up the difficult choices – this year did I want a castle or a ghost, a duck or a dolly or maybe [...]

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Happy Labour Day Melburnians! Hopefully you are having a relaxing time (perhaps recovering from the storms) but not spending the day gainfully employed. So the other day I had a bit of a rant about the lack of gluten-free or wheat-free cupcakes in the city. After reading my post, my friend S delivered this little box of [...]

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We recently headed across to St Kilda for a meal to celebrate my birthday and Mr M & Saskia’s brother, W’s birthday. W’s birthday fell on a Monday this year, always a tricky night to find a restaurant that is open. S suggested Cicciolina, the St Kilda institution adored by locals and frequented by regulars. Cicciolina is [...]

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