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Top reasons to take a cooking class

Even Julia Child took cooking classes!So why should you take one? 1.They are heaps of fun – meet fellow foodies, sign up as a single, a couple (it’s a unique date night), or with a group of friends or family. Inspiring and a great way to spend time with a loved one or friend Cook up a storm [...]

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Footscray Food Gems

For those Footscrayphiles who noticed that Dong Que (reverently referred to as “the green place”) has closed, I have good news.Luckily for us the family connections in the Vietnamese Footscray community are strong.Dinh Son Quan, another of my faves, tragically closed when Little Saigon burnt down last Christmas,It’s taken a while, but they have re-emerged in [...]

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It was the best supermarket in the world

It's official, the best supermarket in the world is located in Adelaide. What, we wondered,exactly does that mean? Who decides the winners, and who competes? Just so you know,  it's decided by the International Grocers Alliance, and in 2016 (in the good old USA) the Frewville Foodland (S.A.)  took out the honours. How could we [...]

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​Gluhwein love!

Gluhwein love! If you have been lucky enough to visit a Kristkindel market in Germany we hope you didn't miss tasting the soul warming famous spiced wine.  Try our favourite version!  Incorporating those rich red wine flavours, a little sweetness, a little citrus and some amazing spice tones.Ingredients1 orange, skin peeled into large [...]

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Pat's Wine Corner - Rutherglen Muscat and Christmas Cake Heaven

Few wines have such an impressive rich taste as Rutherglen's famous Fortifieds, especially the Muscat.Such rich, opulent fruit is harvested late in the season (into April and May) to allow the gorgeous fruit to acheive a high level of natural sugar content before harvesting.  The climate is known for a balmy Autumn with few frosts [...]

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Bali Food Bounty

Here we are, enjoying the pre-sunset cool breeze, the atmospheric amber light through the ever present mist, and the musical birdsong on a balcony overlooking a panorama of Balinese architecture and green jungle aspects. Yes Ubud has changed but that phrase “the more things change, the more they stay the same” doesn’t cut it here. Our [...]

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Pat's Wine Corner - Pinot Noir Food Pairing

When I think of Pinot Noir food pairing, duck or mushrooms spring to mind immediately, but this grape is surprisingly versatile and happily matches with a range of different foods. Wines of the Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley have a wide variety of styles that showcase the potential of Pinot Noir to match a range [...]

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Hawaiian Luau Love

When we travel, food is always high on the selection criteria.  So when we announced our next trip was to be to Hawaii, most people suggested we might go hungry.  "You won't like the food" we were told.  So we did some research and thought we could make it work, if we were careful about [...]

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Sandwich culture in the West

I remember my school lunch sandwiches with disdain. My evil stepmum would work her magic on creating something that couldn’t be eaten. By the time lunchtime arrived, the filling of warm plastic cheese, wilted lettuce, congealed chicken slice, and soggy tomatoes had turned the white bread into jelly - nobody was surprised to see it in the bin. [...]

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