Chatting fermented foods on ABC News Breakfast

Posted on Jun 22, 2017 in ABC News Breakfast, Blog, News | No Comments
Chatting fermented foods on ABC News Breakfast

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 fermented foods. Have a look at the clip and see my little Q&A below. What exactly is fermentation? The chemical alteration of a substance by bacteria, yeasts or other microorganisms, often creating […]

Chatting vessels on ABC Afternoons

Posted on May 17, 2017 in Blog, News | No Comments
Chatting vessels on ABC Afternoons

I love dropping into ABC Radio Melbourne to chat about food with Clare Bowditch and her lovely talkback audience. This time we discussed the importance of vessels, cutlery and the devilishness of forks. Do you have a favourite spoon or teacup? Do you think it matters? Listen in.   A few fun facts: ‘Bone’ china […]

Chatting soup on ABC Afternoons

Posted on May 3, 2017 in Blog, News | One Comment
Chatting soup on ABC Afternoons

I love dropping into ABC Radio Melbourne to chat about food with Clare Bowditch and her lovely talkback audience. This time we discussed soup, a very important topic as winter starts to grip. As part of my diligent research I even got a terrible cold just to check if soup really does cure winter’s ills. And guess […]

Chatting apples on ABC Afternoons

Posted on Apr 19, 2017 in Blog, News | No Comments
Chatting apples on ABC Afternoons

I love dropping into ABC Radio Melbourne to chat to Clare Bowditch about food. But Clare was on holidays so this time, I chatted to David Astle about all things apples. David is an amazing wordsmith and crossword creator, among many other talents. When I go camping in summer, my camp buddies and I have fun tackling cryptic crosswords […]

Chatting plums on ABC Radio Melbourne Afternoons

Posted on Mar 9, 2017 in Blog, News | No Comments
Chatting plums on ABC Radio Melbourne Afternoons

I love dropping into ABC Radio Melbourne to chat to Clare Bowditch – and her lovely audience – about food. Listen in below as we chat about seasonal plums and how we love to cook them, eat them and pluck them straight from the tree. Also, try my Plum Syrup Cake recipe and video. Plums […]

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 […]