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Day Tripping to Epping

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These hills that greet visitors on Melbourne’s northern approaches once were dotted with sheep and rocks. Now they are blanketed with houses and huge shopping centres. For lunch, a taste of Japanese tonkatsu at Happy Valley. Not fancy, just crumbed pork with udon noodles, vege and egg in a curry, heated by a cute, gimmicky blue gel tealight. A...

Evening Serenity

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evening serenity
Magenta sunset brings calm on the Mekong River/ Tonle Sap, in Cambodia, 2015. The floating vegetation are clumps of hyacinth.

Instant noodles have their place, but …

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instant noodles have their place, but …
Food TV in 2021? A “serious” doco on how Maggi instant noodles is now integral in the modern cuisines of the World – India, Singapore etc. No kidding. Chefs, CEOs, experts all trotted out to opine about Maggi noodles in a super cheap production with a cringeful, faceless, English “voice over” commentary. THIS, shown after enjoying a superb Rick Stein update on...

Grandma has boozy breath after brekky?

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grandma has boozy breath after brekky?
Marmalade meets sav blanc. Artisanal (?) orange fruit preserve infused with sauvignon blanc wine (0.1% alcohol by volume). Verdict: yes, zesty tasty. $4 at ALDI Australia

Travel can be a bit ‘touch and go’

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The experiences of a Travel Editor can at times seem a little too hands on, as Greg Hackett recalls with a laugh If I moved any farther away from him, I would be hanging out of the limo’s door. I should have wised up when the two publicity girls quietly took me aside, before the limousine ride from the airport...

Off-the-shelf pasta pesto

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This little one was on the “bargain shelf” at Woolies. (The sauce, not the dog.) Not bad for an “off-shelf” pasta pesto. Ingredients include orange, tomato, almonds, capsicum, and pecorino romano cheese. Add a dollop of egg mayo for extra creaminess. Would suit eggplant, chicken or try steamed mussels/scallops …

Big Jack or Fake Mac?

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big jack or fake mac?
The beast in all its glory: meet the Big Jack, the burger that’s giving McDonald’s so much indigestion. Maccas is suing Hungry Jacks, claiming the Big Jack is a fake Big Mac. Taste test: Jack gives the Mac a run for its money with salt and fat content but I reckon it outperforms the Mac for sugar overkill; the “special...

A man’s boots

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a man’s boots
We are gathered here today to honor and pay tribute to the life of a great pair of leather boots. Their reliability was unparalleled, their comfort never in question, their dedication above reproach. While so many just talked the talked, these boots walked the walk … traversing St Kilda’s many cobblestone alleys and backstreets, grassy parks and sandy foreshores....

Pork perfection

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pork perfection
Form a queue please, no pushing in: pork sausages pan-fried with pepper, rosemary, Worcestershire sauce and served on wholemeal with garlic & herb mustard, and Colway (semi) hot English mustard. Enjoyed on the sunlit, open window balcony …

Food Tester: Flamin’ Hot Cheeto Puffs

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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 it’s hot paprika? Caution: keep out of reach of children and best consumed with much...