The best ever chilli crab recipe…super simple, super delicious click here

posted Tuesday November 13, 2018

We’re in the mood for Middle Eastern some tried and true and some new recipes + we’ll be introducing our four favourite Middle Eastern Cookbooks.


web site updated Wednesday November 8, 2018

Auntie Mara’s Fabulous Galaboureko…click on the image to go to the recipe

posted Thursday November 1, 2018


we know

green almonds

posted Sunday October 21. 2018

click on the image left for Green Almond Ice Cream recipe

Green almonds are mysterious in modern Australian cuisine because there are so few culinary references. They also hold a special fascination because they have such a very brief season… more

Below our best green almond dish in years of experimentation…….click on the image below

posted Friday October 19, 2018

A serious review for John Newton’s new book The Getting of Garlic…an excellent read don’t wait for our review!!!

Make your silken tofu at home using an instant tofu with a modified recipe.

Close to the end of the South Australian oyster season we pinch an idea from Matildas [Melbourne] and make our own interpretation!

it’s almost the south australian crayfish season

Above, proof that vegan food doesn’t need to be tasteless muck. Beware two of us nearly ate what was intended for four. Inspired by reading a recent Australian Gourmet Traveller daily email I knew immediately the recipe   idea could be taken in a different direction. It is super delicious warm or at room temperature but the fridge would kill it! click here

Cherry Ripple Buns are super easy and a reminder of what a bun is supposed to be. Try and find low gluten flour [sometimes called ‘cake flour’ and often found in Chinese grocers] 
click here

Matildas and Amaru, Melbourne’s hottest new dining experiences coming at some stage this week coming.

updated Sunday October 7, 2018
A new book review for an absolute cracker, The Mezze Cookbook click on the image. We are currently reading and really enjoying John Newton’s The Getting of Garlic…a proper review later in the week.
posted Tuesday October 9, 2018

Click on the images to go straight to the article  and recipe.

posted Thursday October 11, 2018

news from New Zealand

Kissy! Kissy! 

is that so cute or what? Follow Michael Voumard and Little Owl BD Farm on Instagram click here and show him how much we are all waiting to be able to stay on the farm.
from the left Michael Voumard and the late Ali Cribb in the RockfordWines Stonewall kitchen circa 2008

Our friend farmer and chef Michael Voumard is now living and working in New Zealand and finally connected with the rest of the world.

It has to be said, if I was asked to name in my long life time my five most memorable meals Michael Voumard and his partner, the late Ali Cribb when they shared cheffing and gardening at the Rockford Stonewall Dining Room would be close to the top. I have only been once to Adelaide’s Golden Boy but to walk over the gorgeous brass inlaid words ‘Botanic Dining Room’ filled me with incredible sadness. Especially so because the ’round eye Thai’ served at Golden Boy was just another reminder of the authentic Thai served by the Voumards when they ran the Botanic Dining Room in the same space. Voumard brought to the table not just his travels but years working with the legendary David Thompson, a chef who continues to hold the crown of Thai food in the entire world.

The Voumard’s passion for travel and growing food, and their steadfast loyalty to their craft, not just of cooking but growing an the purity of their food. Amazing dishes like  a tiny dish of what looked like pebbles that turned out to be different types of potatoes, gently pulled from the growing plants…to be fair this is just the start of the enjoyment their stupendous cooking gave us.

In the last
few days

  • True KISKIF…keep it simple keep it fresh Asparagus with exotic mushrooms and sesame…click here
  • Asparagus Quiche just to remind you how good a quiche can actually be when it hasn’t been sitting in a fridge for a week…click here
  • Asparagus and poached chicken salad…click here
  • Baked asparagus with crunchy crumbs …click here
  • Baked mustard and herb crepes filled with asparagus and pancetta …click here

the perfect pork belly

click here for the full recipe and instructions

posted Wednesday August 8, 2018


We adore Melbourne for its vibrant food and art scene and unique shopping especially vintage shopping…….just one revisit and six new restaurant reviews….. click here

This is constantly updated stay tuned for more next week with two new standout restaurants! on the image to go to
Kaaren Palmer’s guide on where to drink Champagne in Melbourne!

our favourite oyster recipes

Please use recipes from the main navigation…
posted August, 2018 and we are continually adding to this

pictured above a
Mistress Augustine’s
signature dish

the Ramona-Miller-Marco Pierre White,
oysters natural on house made Sichuan noodles

Not a new book but one everyone should read…click on the image to go to the review.

Why we love induction

This is just this is just start as we have realised a much more in-depth article is required, especially explaining the advances in induction cooktops….click here Our rec ommendations are based on first hand experience using induction hotplates in our own kitchen with items that we have purchased and, other kitchens both domestic and commercial where we have had the opportunity to have a play or talk to chefs who use them on a daily basis.
posted May, 2018

We finally have the time to look at

Two amazing books purchased last year…Torrablanca 2 and Ramon Morato’s Chocolate, so much to try…so much to learn!

This week I’m going to have a go at their inside out puff pastry.

Buyer beware

We all buy on-line, but how often do you take the time to read the terms and conditions? Well a recent experience we have had trying to return a domestic sous-vide appliance while still under warranty started with a demand for a $24 payment for return postage, followed by a list of fairly unacceptable terms and conditions that may have cost as much as we could buy a new one. It led us to take a look at the terms and conditions of similar equipment to discover vastly different warranty options. Still working on this one as it has turned into a much more complicated piece than expected. Add to that we don’t have the benefit of a legal team and need to make sure our facts are absolutely right.
July 2018

with this one

Book Review
Artisan Sourdough,
Made Simple
Emilie Raffa

Well we think there are some good ideas..but made ‘simple’, really!!!

Without some serious bread baking skills you will never get these recipes to work???? Add to that the awful cold weather…however, there are some interesting things in this book that accomplished bakers will enjoy. But, maybe not for beginners!

….posted August 22, 2018

Why aren’t the French fat?

The very first thing you notice in France today is the lack of overweight residents. Then you notice the abundance of excellent bread, still baked twice daily; this is followed by exquisite melt in the mouth pastries, that eaten in excess would surely lead to obesity. The French still take weekends and free time seriously and the shopping/market day is Saturday. They patiently queue at the best butchers, the fromagerie, the poultry shop…well they queue everywhere good produce it to be found.

a work in progress!