Bûche de Nöel Recipe

Bûche de Nöel Recipe

Ingredients Cake 4 eggs 120 grams caster sugar 60 grams plain flour 60 grams corn flour or potato starch 20 grams cocoa powder 4 tablespoons apricot or berry jam, warmed until runny 1 tsp vanilla paste Buttercream 120 grams icing sugar 20 grams cocoa 250 grams unsalted butter, softened 60 grams milk   Method 1. […]

11 delicious no-cook plates to bring to a party

Posted on Dec 13, 2016 in Blog, News | No Comments
11 delicious no-cook plates to bring to a party

It’s on. That party, the picnic, that “we have to catch up” get together. Yes, you’re looking forward to it – except for one thing. There’s that scary question you have to ask: “What can I bring?” There’s a danger that they won’t say, “Bring a few beers or some wine.” What if they say, […]

Talking making & growing food from scratch on ABC Afternoons

Posted on Nov 4, 2016 in Blog, News | No Comments
Talking making & growing food from scratch on ABC Afternoons

I love dropping into 774 ABC Melbourne to chat to Clare Bowditch about food. This week we talked growing and making food from scratch. Clare was under the misapprehension that I was going to shower her audience with gardening tips. I had to dispel that rumour pretty fast and come clean about my very, very […]

Award-winning Kiwi chef Ben Shewry says he’s just getting started – interview by Dani Valent for the New Zealand Herald

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 in Blog, News | No Comments
Award-winning Kiwi chef Ben Shewry says he’s just getting started – interview by Dani Valent for the New Zealand Herald

Shewry in his kitchen garden at Ripponlea Estate. Photo: Nicole Cleary It was the tulips that caused the trouble. Last week they were pert and pretty, nodding in raised garden beds in Attica‘s backyard, waiting for diners to be led on a recalibrating, sense-enlivening pre-dessert stroll into the night. Customers would pluck a petal to […]

Chatting gimmicky food on ABC News Breakfast

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 in ABC News Breakfast, Blog, News | No Comments
Chatting gimmicky food on ABC News Breakfast

Chatting gimmicky food on ABC News Breakfast, October 10th, 2016. Every few weeks I drop in to ABC News Breakfast to chat about what’s happening in the food world. This time it was to chat about why hipster food has gone viral — and when it will end. We picked up the same topic in this article about freakshakes, ethereal […]

The Age 2017 Good Food Guide Awards

Posted on Sep 25, 2016 in Blog, News, Restaurant Reviews | No Comments
The Age 2017 Good Food Guide Awards

Me! Photo by Kristoffer Paulsen The Age Good Food Guide is Victoria’s top restaurant guide and I’ve been contributing to it for more than 15 years (wow, that’s a lot of meals!). I see writing for the Guide as a privilege and a great responsibility: the book is respected by the hospitality industry and the dining public. A Good Food Guide […]

Thermomix cooking demo #2 @The Royal Melbourne Show

Posted on Sep 18, 2016 in | No Comments

I’m doing two Thermomix cooking demos at this year’s Royal Melbourne Show alongside great people like Adam D’Sylva and Ian Curley. The Winning Tastes Celebrity Chef Theatre is in the same building that Masterchef is filmed – it’s a really cool spot with lots of food vendors around. Come join me and I’ll sneak you a […]

Thermomix cooking demo #1 @The Royal Melbourne Show

Posted on Sep 17, 2016 in | No Comments

I’m doing two Thermomix cooking demos at this year’s Royal Melbourne Show alongside great people like Adam D’Sylva and Ian Curley. The Winning Tastes Celebrity Chef Theatre is in the same building that Masterchef is filmed – it’s a really cool spot with lots of food vendors around. Come join me and I’ll sneak you a […]

Chicken Congee Thermomix recipe

Posted on Sep 14, 2016 in Blog, Recipes, Thermomix | No Comments
Chicken Congee Thermomix recipe

Congee is a simple, comforting Chinese rice porridge. It’s a very popular light meal in many parts of Asia, where it’s often served for breakfast or supper, with any number of additions, including tendon, tripe and pizzle. My version is offal free – don’t worry if you’re averse to spooky bits! I’ve eaten congee over the […]

Tea on ABC Afternoons

Posted on Sep 5, 2016 in Blog, News | No Comments
Tea on ABC Afternoons

Matcha Smoothie Bowl using Japanese green tea powder from Dani Valent Cooking. Every few weeks I visit the lovely Clare Bowditch at 774 ABC Melbourne to talk food. This week we discussed the gentle art of tea. Are you a tea-bag or loose-leaf tea drinker? Mug or teacup person? Do you suffer from Tea Desperation? These were the big questions we discussed on […]