Author Archives: Daniel

Luvelo Yoghurt Maker

Luvelo Yoghurt Maker

Tasting the traditional yoghurt of Turkey and India led us to want to create our own yoghurt at home, and ultimately to this great yoghurt maker. The yoghurt in Turkey and India was so amazing and so different from the … Continue reading

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Last of the Summer Tomatoes

Last of the Summer Tomatoes

We harvested the last of our summer tomatoes the other day. The plants have provided basket upon basket of delicious heirloom tomatoes for many a month. The recent frost and hail has all but finished off the plants so we … Continue reading

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Freezing Galangal

Freezing Galangal

Galangal is an essential ingredient in Thai cuisine and is a relative of ginger. If you can only visit the Asian grocery store irregularly like us you can buy galangal in bulk and freeze it for later. It freezes really … Continue reading

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Blue Cheese and Chestnut Omelette

Blue Cheese and Chestnut Omelette

Chestnuts are currently in season and I wanted to try cooking them in some new and different ways. We also had some of the amazing King Island Dairy Roaring Forties blue cheese in the fridge. I decided to combine the … Continue reading

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Chestnuts

Chestnuts

Chestnuts are a rare and largely unused nut in Australia. Growing up in the Dandenong Ranges I was surrounded by Australian gum trees as well as many European trees such as chestnuts and oaks. When I was a child I … Continue reading

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Braised Brussel Sprouts with White Wine and Goat Milk

Braised Brussel Sprouts with White Wine and Goat Milk

As every child seems too I hated brussel sprouts. But now they are one of my favourite vegetables and I always look forward to them in Autumn and Winter. One very simple but delicious way to prepare them is to boil or steam them first, then transfer them to a baking tray along with some minced garlic… Continue reading

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Thai tea supplier in Melbourne

"Number One" Thai tea leaf mix

We first fell in love with Thai Iced Tea at Land Thai in New York City. We then became addicted to it in Thailand and had to replicate it back home in Australia. You can find pre-made powdered versions made … Continue reading

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Sourdough Focaccia with Rosemary and Caper Pesto

Sourdough focaccia with rosemary pesto

This sourdough focaccia has the rich and delicious flavour of wholemeal sourdough but is still rather light and fluffy. It is covered with parmesan and a garlicky rosemary pesto before baking. Ingredients (yields about two 25 cm round focaccias) 1 … Continue reading

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Middle Eastern Baba Ghanoush Smoked Eggplant Dip

Baba ghanoush

This is one of my favourite dips and has a delicious smoked and lemony flavour. Quite often the store bought variety isn’t cooked in the traditional manner over open flames and hence lacks the amazing smoky flavour. Some recipes say … Continue reading

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The environmental impact of factory farming

Pigs confined in metal and concrete pens

I found a post about the environmental impacts and history of factory farming. The information comes from a newsletter at Nyeleni.org. In the past I have read more about the terrible animal welfare issues of factory farms whereas this newsletter focuses … Continue reading

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