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Bonjour! I can’t believe it’s been four months since I posted here. I’ve practically deserted the blog but it hasn’t been just for the hell of it. A few big things have been happening behind the scenes here. I look forward to sharing a bit more with you in the next few weeks but here are the top three things that have taken up a lot of time/effort/mental capacity: 1. A few months back I had to reapply for my job as I was a contractor and the job was

I’m the sort of person if you tell me I can’t do it, I’ll give it my all to prove you wrong. This was also the case when I was about 16. It was my Grandfather’s birthday and I wanted to make something nice. Mum had mentioned that he had fallen in love with the profiterole since living in France. So with this I decided to make a mini croquembouche for him. Mum had warned me: ‘they’re hard to make, my oven isn’t good enough, they’ll surely ruin, it’ll be

This week has been very French inspired. It all stared out on Wednesday with an invitation to celebrate an evening of French food and wine at Persimmon, the restaurant in the National Gallery of Victoria. A handful of Melbourne’s best French chefs have been invited to cook a number of Napoleon inspired dinners from June to October in conjunction with the winter masterpiece event Napoleon: Revolution to Empire. I was lucky enough to be invited to the evening that Nicolas Poelaert from Embrasse was cooking. The night consisted of canapés followed by

Madeleines

On Saturday morning we woke up, grabbed a ‘Black Coffee from ‘No fixed address‘ and headed off to the Yarra Valley! Woohoo! It had just occurred to me that after living in Melbourne for almost a year we’d hardly done any exploring around Victoria *gasp* (esp after our last couple of years filled with extensive travel)! At my new job I get to ogle at photos of Victoria’s most picturesque and beautiful spots all day long.  I was inspired to get out of the city, so we headed out to

It’s been cold and rainy in Melbourne lately and I’ve been busy with work but have had a hankering for some sort of warming stew. After searching recipes for Beef Bourguignon I noticed the beef is actually marinated in the wine over night but I clearly couldn’t wait that long. So behold, my version of a quick Beef Bourguignon, with what ever was in the kitchen cupboard! I decided to serve it with polenta instead of rice/pasta/potatoes as a nice alternative. I’ve always loved polenta (which Seb has now nicknamed