T’Gallant: mushroom foraging

I’m not a big fan of autumn, winter, grey skies, and rain. Every year, I eagerly wait for summer to arrive. But even I must admit that there are some positives to the cold, wet weather – one of them being wild mushrooms. A couple of weeks ago, the Boys and I headed down to […]

Cookbook Challenge: Week 32, Potato

Recipe: GnocchiFrom: Made in Italy Cookbook Challenge… Week 32… Theme: potato… I made gnocchi…. blah blah blah…. My mind is a bit fried tonight. This morning I got out of bed early, made gnocchi, baked muffins, baked a banana cake, and went out to a 1 year old birthday party, where I drank bubbles, and […]


Cookbook Challenge: Week 31 Theme: French Recipe: Pissaladiere From: The Australian Women’s Weekly “Kitchen”Dear Cookbook Challengers in Melbourne! See the end of this post for details of a meet up! The theme for this week’s Cookbook Challenge is French, and initially I was stumped. What could I make for French week that would be fairly […]

International Noodles Incident Party

Following on from the success of the dumpling, pizza pie and gnocchi parties – we’re having noodles! I am a big fan of noodles, most kinds of noodles in fact. See the ramen hunt post as an example of my dedication to noodle goodness. As soon as the theme was announced, I had a fairly […]

Cumulus Inc

Following on from our punny lunch at Cutler & Co, we decided to continue the Andrew O’Connell love and headed to dinner at Cumulus Inc with Maria and Daz from The Gourmet Challenge. Since Cumulus Inc only takes bookings for large groups, Alastair, Bro and I showed up early in the evening to secure a […]

Molasses oatmeal loaf

Cookbook Challenge: Week 30 Theme: Baked Recipe: Molasses oatmeal loafFrom: Quick Breads We’re on to week 30 of the Cookbook Challenge, and the theme is “baked”. Easy right?! For someone who does a lot of baking, this week’s theme was great! I was pretty keen to bake bread of some kind, but I ran out […]

Pier 10: Week of Eats

A while ago now, back when my in-laws Annette and Terry were here, we spent a gorgeous Friday down in the Mornington Peninsula laughing, tasting wines, and enjoying the sunshine. Our lunch time view at Pier 10 After stops at two wineries (T-Gallant and Montalto), our lunch stop was Pier 10. Pier 10 used to […]

Provenance Food & Wine: What a Pear!

In May, Provenance in Collingwood held one of their semi-regular seasonal produce events. The latest was an autumn degustation to celebrate local pears, held over three evenings, with 7 courses for $75 and matched wines for an additional $22. Alastair and I rounded up Dany for a peary peariffic evening. The first course was a […]

Blueberry and pistachio muesli slice

Cookbook Challenge: Week 29 Theme: Blue Recipe: Blueberry and pistachio muesli sliceFrom: Australian Women’s Weekly “Bake” For the Cookbook Challenge this week, the theme is “blue”. And for the Challenge, I present “FAIL SLICE”. What is fail slice? It’s when you forget a vital ingredient when baking. Yes, major fail. But let me tell you […]

Japan: assorted snacks and sweets, mostly mochi

Here are some random snacks and sweets from our trip to Japan last year. I’ll start with the mochi and mochi type items – because I loved the mochi in Japan. It was all so fresh and delicious! I’ll start with some of the best. When we were in Takayama, there was a sweets shop […]

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