New beginnings

When I left that melancholy little post in July about my harsh exam and stolen car, cushioned by some brownie goodness, I never expected that it would be another seven months before I wrote again.  Life got busy. Even compared to my usual state of busy! There was a lot to catch up on after […] Read more…

Lemon Butter Macadamia Brownies

When life gives you lemons, the best way forward is to make a batch of tangy, sweet lemon butter and turn that sourness around. But if those (metaphorical) lemons are still too bitter then sandwich that lemon butter between layers of rich chocolate brownie, dripping with chunks of white chocolate and crunchy macadamia nuts. Sometimes […] Read more…

Extreme burgers in Ascot Vale

There are far too many burger joints in Melbourne.   Said no one ever! A rocking burger joint in every suburb is frankly a necessity and now Ascot Vale has one in the form of Motorhome Majestic. Josh Lefers, the creative behind Grand Trailer Park Taverna and Werribee’s Truck Stop Deluxe, has converted a large […] Read more…

Nine and a half weeks…

Studying when you are a grown up* is miserable. I know it’s supposed to be liberating, and because you are choosing to do it (rather than just following the pattern of life), you absorb so much more, That may well be true, however what it also means is a complete absence of guilt-free free time. […] Read more…

cured ocean trout from Greenpoint restaurant at the emerson, chandon in the city

Chandon in the City

“They put leaves in the bottle?”  What followed was a moment of mutual bewilderment. I was hosting a sparkling wine tasting and had totally misinterpreted my audience. ‘Lees’ is a pretty confusing French terms referring to dead yeast cells. Not a terribly romantic notion but those dead little yeast are quite magical in the way […] Read more…

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