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  • The Four Seasons of Food

    Following the seasons is something cooks have done by necessity for ever basically. Until that was, we began to send ingredients interstate and overseas. This has been of huge benefit for some growers.But those who turn ingredients into meals know deep down that cooking with the freshest, local, in-seasonal ingredients
  • Travel changes the traveller.

    You never see the world the same way after travelling. I know this to be true for me as I see today through the lens of my life and travels.  And there are still so many places I’m looking forward to seeing. Malta, Jordan, Chiang Mai and Taiwan all come to mind. And so many places I’d love to get back to including Paris, New York, Dublin, Hong Kong and Kyoto. Planning is underway to get to all of these destinations (as soon as it's possible). I hope to see you there!
  • Shopping and Cooking with the Seasons - Winter

    Winter makes so many great ingredients available for those who love to cook. Choosing in-season ingredients means you are choosing fruit and vegetables that are packed with flavour, ripeness, sweetness, are widely available and affordable. It’s a win-win!

  • Shopping and Cooking with the Seasons - Autumn/Fall

    Choosing in-season ingredients means you are choosing fruit and vegetables that are packed with flavour, ripeness, sweetness, are widely available and affordable. It’s a win-win!
  • Shopping and Cooking with the Seasons - Summer

    Celebrate Summer with the huge selection of fresh ingredients available for cooking. Choosing in-season ingredients means you are choosing fruit and vegetables that are packed with flavour, ripeness, sweetness, are widely available and affordable. It’s a win-win!

  • Shopping and Cooking with the Seasons - Spring

    Spring is a great time for cooks as so many ingredients become available again after the cold months. Choosing in-season ingredients means you are choosing fruit and vegetables that are packed with flavour, ripeness, sweetness, are widely available and affordable. It’s a win-win!

  • Allan's natural muesli

    Natural muesli is easy to make and way more delicious than store bought brands. It's also more economical. So what's not to like!

     

  • Pasta with wild Autumn mushrooms

    There is no better time to enjoy mushrooms that in Autumn with wild-picked varieties such as orange pine and slippery jack mushrooms coming available. Braised with white wine and tomato puree they make a magnificent pasta sauce.
  • Apple Tarte Tatin recipe

    Apples are a fruit I grew up eating and cooking with. I can vividly remember learning to make apple crumble and baked apples in high school cooking classes. And at home apple tart was one of my mother’s signature dishes. Growing up as I did in Ireland, and then Australia, apples were plentiful and affordable. 
  • Spaghetti with breadcrumbs, tuna, parsley and lemon

    Lemons are a kitchen staple that most of us just couldn’t do without. They are essential to squeeze over fish and chips or added to a gin and tonic. Where would we be without lemons for lemon tarts and cakes drizzled with tangy lemon icing. And the zesty tang of lemon in Thai and Mexican food.
  • Five of the best Melbourne rooftop bars

    Melbourne’s rooftop bars are definitely an aspect of the cities hospitality scene that have made the city the food destination it is. This is a personal list of places I know well and can highly recommend. 

  • Melbourne Outdoor Dining - 2021

    A new strategy has been devised (based on New York’s Open Restaurants plan) which will see inner city laneways handed over to outdoor dining. The strategy for Melbourne will see a mix of footpath dining and repurposing street car parking through to complete takeovers of city laneways and dining in parks