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Simply suppli on a hot sunny day

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32 degrees on a sunny day, and lunch is iced coffee with “arancini bolognese”. The fried suppli host a golden stream of molten mozzarella, to be tamed with the cold bolognese side dish – memories of watching a Hawaiian lava flow surrender to the cool...

Baker in the Rye with a chicken pie

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It looks like a pie. That’s always a good start. Thai chicken pie. The Thai would be the hint of almost elusive chilli, the chicken would be the strands of pulled “poulet”. Mild flavour without the all-too-common salt assault. Yes, this is a good pie...

Taste of Freedom is a Big Brekky Brioche

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A beautiful spring morning and a Big Brekky Brioche. Cheese, egg perfectly fried with that only just juicy yolk, spinach and multi layers of bacon. The spicy sweetness of the sesame seeded brioche bun and home-made tomato chutney is reminiscent of the French South...

Lockdown: Longing for crumpet

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I don’t care. It’s Friday and I’ve earned it. Real butter on crumpets. Wholesome wholemeal crumpets. It’s been too long between crumpet. If this sight offends you, look away for 5 minutes. No, make it 10 minutes – I might have another. With real Canadian...

No ‘celebrity chef’ mishmash, this is real advice

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“Who’s too lazy to mash potatoes,” I was muttering, when a lovely old biddy – septuagenarian at least, with gnarled knuckles and hair in the little old ladies’ scarf – tapped my shoulder and gently said: “The best mashed potatoes I’ve ever had. I’ve...

Unsalted insulted

unsalted insulted
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Who buys UNSALTED butter? (Besides stupid me, not paying attention.) It makes the taste buds lazy. That’s like decaf coffee, light beer, fat-free ice cream, vegan Four ‘N Twenty – an insult to the Universe and the natural order of things. Now, where’s my Saxa salt …

Lunch is a Journey in St Kilda

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It’s a new Winter, a new Covid strain, a new pie shape. Seemingly hidden on the wind swept, litter strewn Fitzroy Street – empty but for a homeless, toothless woman who is camped beween the two deserted kebab joints and is haranguing myself and...

Scottish fish ‘n’ chips – at home

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Lunch: steak of Scottish haddock with cheddar & leek melt, in a golden crumb, served with straight cut chips drizzled with Modena balsamic vinegar and a dusting of genuine Saxa seasoning. (Aldi fish cake with frozen chips, and table salt, cooked in air fryer. If...

Healthy Holiday Hack: try Lake Mac

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Healthy Holiday Hack: you have to like the sound of that. Sydney’s Lake Macquarie is a huge well of wellness. Publicist Georgia Cook guides us with some great travel options … Wellness tourism is one of the fastest growing segments in travel and Lake Macquarie, a...

Autumn morning 2021

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Nature at work. Intricate, enduring, useful, beautiful. St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia.