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 →

In season – figs

I know these are ready when the bats start making a pilgrimmage from Ripponlea House to my back garden. They're huge in this area - the bats, not the figs - so large you can feel the gush of summer air under their wings as they circle in twilight and settle at the top of... Continue Reading →

Weekly veggie boxes by Ceres Fair Food

I was a little late off the mark to discover this fantastic initiative in the state, called Community Supported Agriculture. It's something I'll definitely sign up for next year, but in the meantime, I'm working through the myriad of organic food delivery services available in Melbourne. Last week was Ceres. This group were one of... Continue Reading →

Fried eggplant with miso paste

Picture a St Kilda farmers' market. Windy Melbourne summer day, me and my husband ambling around in Birkenstocks and hemp t-shirts, heads shielded against a sun that refuses to come out, but looking quite the part - straw, of course, just a little ratty. Our retriever leads the way to the Sicilian barbecue stall, while... Continue Reading →

Garam masala from scratch

1 tbs coriander seeds 1 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp cardamom pods 1 cinnamon quill (broken) 2 tsp black mustard seeds 1 tsp fennel seeds 1 star anise Dry-fry all ingredients for a few minutes until fragrant, then crush in a mortar and pestle. Easy! Try and use within one month. Dried spices keep longer... Continue Reading →

Mary’s Eggplant Curry

Watching Mary cook was a wonderful thing. No measuring bowls, no gadgets, no timers, and no timing. Lunch might be at 12:30, or at three. But as soon as you catch a scent of her art in the kitchen, you wouldn’t mind waiting. You'd know that when it arrived, it would never simply be curry.... Continue Reading →

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