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The last couple of months at work has been crazy busy. My colleagues and I have been working on a major event for work, which was last week. What a relief it’s all over and all see all the fruits of our labour! It was great to see all the things we produced, such as billboards, airport banners, city banners, gifts for delegates (including bespoke Melbourne designed and made scarves), printed canvas bags along with the creation of a Melbourne style cafe (I’ve had to put my interior designer’s hat

I think marmalade gets a bit of a bad wrap. I used to go through phases when I was a kid but generally I quite liked it, just as long as it wasn’t the bitter kind. A couple of weeks ago I thought I’d try my hand at a mandarin marmalade. In fact I actually tried to make it twice, both times with no luck at all. Silly mistake, but the first time round, I’d forgotten it was on the stove. It cooked for too long and almost turned to

When we were down in Tas at Christmas we visited Seb’s amazing-chef-cousin Jamison. In amongst his pantry (hands-down the most amazing pantry anyone could ever wish for) was a whopping 1kg bag of dried chipotle chillies. Once dried, they’re super light, so he hadn’t anticipated just how large a 1kg bag full of dried chillies actually was!  Much to our excitement, he happily gave us a decent bag full and Seb immediately came up with the idea of Chipotle Chutney! What a clever clogs. As I mentioned last week –

Last week was topped off with some (well deserved) Friday night fun at Moonlight Cinema.  I quickly rushed home from work, Seb and I made a super-quick picnic basket, jam packed with all sorts of antipasto goodness and made our way to the Melbourne Botanical Gardens. We busted out the blankets, pillows (and warm clothes) and settled in for a slice of classic outdoor cinema – such a good night out. What an amazing setting, aaaand dogs are allowed, so our friends took their super cute dog Olive. If you

Pickle club may be done and dusted for the time being but it looks as though I’m in a bit of a preserving groove. Whilst researching a few different recipes for last week’s Nectarine & Spanish Onion Chutney I stumbled across this recipe on a great blog called Food in Jars. This blog is fantastic if you love trying different recipes for chutney, jams or anything else worth preserving. I’ve tweaked the recipe a little by reducing the sugar slightly as it seemed a little excessive. I also made it sans pectin but cooked it

It’s that time again! Pickle Club has come around so quickly. Just in time too because our chutney, pickle and jam supplies were running low! If you’re not familiar with Pickle Club you can read up on it in one of my older posts here. Pickle Club has created quite a stir over the last couple of months. After my last post I received quite a few emails asking how it all works and if I know of any other Pickle Clubs out there (no idea sorry)… even Frankie magazine wanted

What can I say? Wow! If I knew that homemade sweet chilli sauce was this easy (and tasty) I definitely would have made this sooner. Last week we went to the Vic’ markets and bought a big ol’ bag of chillies. Luckily we had everything else in the cupboard, but to be honest there really isn’t much to it. We started to chop, measure and blitz the ingredients together without thinking about the 37ºC heat outside. We cranked the oven up to sterilize the jars and turned the hotplates on

I love the lead up to Christmas. It’s always so manic and busy but I love it all the same. This week, to add to all the Christmas fanfare, we were invited to our very first Pickle Club. We had heard about this famous gathering of pickles before we moved up to Melbourne and were both looking forward to our first event. So here’s the deal. You make 6 jars of delicious homemade pickles (or chutney, relish, jams, cordials, pesto…. anything that keeps) and then swap them for 6 other

This one is dedicated to my favourite Indian in the world who adores hot food. Harissa is a hot chilli sauce from Northern Africa and in Moroccan cooking they serve it as a condiment to add extra flavour – like Australia’s version of good old Heinz tomato sauce. Harissa is ideal if you love to add a little spice to your food and it’s perfect to keep in the fridge. I’ve got my eye on a great looking recipe that uses harissa mixed with greek yoghurt as a dipping sauce

The very first tagine I had was in Marrakesh in a small restaurant just off Jamaa el Fna, the main square. It was stinking hot and me and my friends were starving after flying in that morning on a 6am flight…from Stanstead. This was the first time I’d ever been to a Muslim country and I was loving every minute of it. Everything from the busy markets, the food, the smells from the spice markets :) and tannery :( , the riad style houses, the noises (calling to prayer) –