Sweet potato and beetroot roesti

2pm on my most recent Christmas day: Prawn cocktails scoffed, martini glasses in the sink, painted with scraped remainders of Marie Rose. Cat fishing at shells and tails in the bin, being chased out in in a whirlwind of fur and snarls by sir barkypants. Brussels sprouts baconised and just finishing their charring on the... Continue Reading →

Falling into a qvevri in Georgia

I first heard about qvevri in about 1999. I was sitting next to a young winemaker at a Jacobs Creek premium wine launch, just returned from an educational sojourn in Georgia. All I remember of the story was that he was fairly impressed with the winemaking, but had lived in something about as fancy as... Continue Reading →

In season – sweet potatoes

These must be in season because I just bought them at the local grocer for $1 a kilogram. Sweet potatoes don't often grow well immediately around Melbourne (they hate frost), but still thrive in warmer parts of northern Victoria, so even though we're not strictly local here, you'll still find them in a local seasonal... Continue Reading →

Sweet potato muffins

I'm sure I'm the only person in the world who has children who don't eat their school lunches. All other children open their compartmentalized lunch boxes each day, and ravenously partake of carrot and cucumber crudites, cherry tomatoes, maybe a little hummus mopped up with some wholegrain sourdough, then olives for the gourmets and chorizo... Continue Reading →

Easy fig chutney

I'm one of those annoying people who doesn't eat many carbs. I do ridiculous things like put bolognese sauce on broccoli, wrap taco innards in iceberg lettuce, and say "mmm that's delicious" while chomping raw celery and beetroot hummus while everybody else eats nachos. I lost 20kg last year, and it had needed to happen.... Continue Reading →

Visiting wine regions – Champagne

Although Champagne is one of the most well known wines in the world, visiting the region is not as simple as many would expect. It’s an appellation we hear so much about, a wine thoroughly infused with wealth, beauty and romance, but the area does not always reflect this in reality. Weather is often dreary,... Continue Reading →

Fig frangipane pie

Lunch with Lou is never just lunch. It's like following a boulevard of tastes that always starts with Champagne, and meanders its way across the south of France, through Burgundy and the Tuscan hills, and often ends in a cafe in Rome. The path is always as liquid as it is solid, and I always... Continue Reading →

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