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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Ethnic cuisine and unusual ingredient suppliers in Melbourne

Flour Bag

Here is a list of ethnic cuisine and unusual ingredient suppliers in Melbourne. I am basing the list off a list of suppliers I found on the BestRecipes.com.au website. I will be visiting some of these places soon and adding to … Continue reading

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By-products in cheap milk

Home Brand Milk

There has been lots of controversy in Australia recently as the two major supermarkets Woolworths and Coles reduced their supermarket-brand milk to just $1 a litre. This is much cheaper than other brands of milk and the competitors have said … Continue reading

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Orange and Almond Cake

Orange and Almond Cake

This is a simple and delicious cake that uses the whole orange, which I find exciting each time I make it.  I like it with flaked almonds as well as the almond meal for the texture they add.  It is … Continue reading

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Sweating capsicum or peppers without plastic

Capsicum Sweating

When you need to peel capsicum or peppers most chefs and cookbooks recommend roasting it and letting it sweat in a plastic bag. This loosens the skin on the capsicum and makes it easy to peel afterward. The disadvantage to this … Continue reading

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Chipotle chili pepper supplier in Melbourne

Chipotle Peppers

Chipotle chili peppers are smoked and dried jalapeño peppers that come from Mexico. They have an amazing deep smoked and spicy flavour that goes amazingly well in sauces, salsas, beans and anything Mexican. Having spent a year and a half … Continue reading

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South Indian Coconut Barley and Millet Soup

South Indian Coconut Barley and Millet Soup

I really enjoy using lots of the ancient grains that we have forgotten about in the West. Two such grains are barley and millet which make a feature in this South Indian soup. While I don’t really know if these … Continue reading

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