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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 the only other souls brave enough to walk by, being a stream of young-ish women...

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 the local Aldi falls to Covid, I’ll give up and go see out my days...

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 90-minute drive from Sydney, is a popular for healthy holiday seekers of all types. Not everyone’s...

Autumn morning 2021

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

Sausages assuages

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Arrive at Bunnings Warehouse, Port Melbourne, to find it’s not open until 1pm (because of Anzac Day public holiday). Angst and sorrow tho assuaged with a free sausage. Amazing how a little mustard, tomato sauce and onions can lift one’s spirits …

Corned beef air fried

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Something different: corned beef not boiled but roasted in the air fryer oven. Rinsed under the tap then cooked 20 mins on high, 30 mins on low. Crusty surface, tender, moist, salty and very, very tasty. Hot or cold. Also, it doesn’t shrink like a normal roast. Bon appetit …

Happiness is two hash browns

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Easter Monday Morning. A grey, sullen sky and a chill in the wind as if Winter’s icy fingertips are creeping around the corner. Shake off the gloom, grab the hat and saunter down to Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, in search of a sign life …  and here it is, The Grocery Bar where breakfast is big and the warm...

It’s a kofta kinda day

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Did you know “kofta” comes from the Persian word for rissoles/meatballs? Or so I was told, by an ebullient Malaysian Indian chef in a restaurant overlooking the Mekong River/Tonle Sap in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Kofta is truly a global dish, and today it’s right at home here in my little flat in St Kilda. This is the Aldi version...

Leftover lamb lunch

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Like many of us, it is nicer that it looks: warm lamb and tomato “salad” with my own spearmint and peppermint leaves, real egg mayo, salt, ground pepper and a sprinkle of hot paprika. I’m happy …

Every drip matters

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Can’t travel but the appetite remains:filter drip Vietnamese coffee at home on a wet Summer Saturday morning in St Kilda. A gift from lovely Nanna Soerensen visiting Phu Quoc island, it was sure to come in handy during Covid-19 pandemic …