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Food Tester: Flamin’ Hot Cheeto Puffs

food tester: flamin’ hot cheeto puffs
Hot, sweet, spicy and addictive: Think of a steamy night dancing with a beautiful woman in Buenos Aries … no, scratch that thought. This is nothing like that, this is just sh*t food. Pink dyed cheesy puffy thingies. Yes, they are hot. I’m guessing...

Leftover tomatoes?

Midwinter Lunch: what to do with those last few tomatoes? Mix with onions, garlic, bacon with rind, rosemary, pepper, ground lemon grass, salt, generous splash of shiraz, a good squirt of Worcestershire sauce – and haxtrax.com “secret ingredient” instead of sugar. Bring to boil,...

Emirates cuts hurt but look beyond the Covid cloud

emirates cuts hurt but look beyond the covid cloud
More pain, as Emirates says it will cut 30,000 jobs because of the Covid-19 pandemic’s halt to air travel. Emirates airlines launched in the late 1980s. The routes expanded and, come the 21st Century, Emirates forced the arrogant old airlines to lift their game...

Cottage Pie NOT how Nanna made it

cottage pie not how nanna made it
It never comes out looking like the pic, does it? I’d describe this lentils/kale/sweet potato Cottage Pie as more about the, ummm, texture than the taste. Fortunately, my mates Lea and Perrins, from Worcestershire, came to the rescue … The post Cottage Pie NOT how...

Insidious Beauty

insidious beauty
A Blue Flower Wasp, on the footpath outside my apartment, in St Kilda, Melbourne. First time I’ve seen one in Australia. Don’t be deceived by it’s allure – it’s a parasitoid, and paralyses its prey, lays its eggs inside, and the hatched larvae slowly...

Coronavirus: Lockdown Lunches

coronavirus: lockdown lunches
Lockdown lunches: better than my last effort? Peppercorn’s grass fed, gluten free (don’t know why) beef sausages, with my home grown (not supposed to be “miniature”) tomatoes, and egg cooked with hot paprika and dried rosemary. Frying up nicely … *Sausages kindly supplied by...

Meals in the Time of Coronavirus

meals in the time of coronavirus
Well, it tastes much better than it looks. When you have to mix and match what’s in the cupboard and fridge, today’s winning combo: egg fried with hot paprika, pepper and dried rosemary, on wholemeal toast with tomato sauce, sliced baby beetroot, Smokey Baconnaise...

Mince and Mix for a Lunch in Lockdown

mince and mix for a lunch in lockdown
Life in the Time of Coronavirus: Lockdown Lunch is very low/slow cooked turkey mince with smoked bacon, heaps and heaps of red wine, dried mixed herbs, coarse pepper, garlic, home grown chilli, tomato paste, frozen peas & corn, on wholemeal toast, finished with generous...

Kids – help your parents deal with the stress of coronavirus

kids – help your parents deal with the stress of coronavirus
ESSENTIAL guide for children to help their parents cope with the stress of coronavirus: * Tell Mum & Dad that they will grow out of their toilet paper “thing” (which we don’t talk about) * Explain that the sharemarket is like St Kilda footy...

Cruise tourism hits pause button as coronavirus spreads

cruise tourism hits pause button as coronavirus spreads
Norwegian Cruise Lines, one of the world’s Big 3 cruise lines, has put public health ahead of immediate profit and suspended all cruises by its 28 ships until April 11 as the coronavirus pandemic brings a global pause in tourism. NCL, which includes Oceania...