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We’ve all got to eat so it might as well be good! I’ve been a restaurant critic for almost 20 years, and have been writing a weekly restaurant column in Melbourne’s Sunday Age since 2006.

My approach is to always take a restaurant on its own terms: there’s no point slamming a burger joint because it doesn’t have white tablecloths. I try to be constructive in my criticism and I’ve always got the diner in mind: there are many places you could choose to go. Why should it be here?

 

Chatting Healthy Eating with Stephanie Alexander & Curtis Stone

When you're invited to morning tea with cooking legend Stephanie Alexander and chef Curtis Stone, you say 'Yes!' The purpose of the event was to launch a partnership between Coles and Stephanie's Kitchen Garden program but I grabbed Curtis and Stephanie for a broader chat about healthy and diverse eating. I hope you enjoy my little video above! One of my main takeaways is that good cooking doesn't need to be complicated, and it's fine to rely on great ingredients to make a meal satisfying. I plundered my own recipe archives to find some recipes that reinforce these messages.

Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year (or Chinese New Year) is one of the world's great annual celebrations. How big? Well, in China people are expected to take around three billion journeys as they travel to join family for festivities. The shebang begins on Saturday January 25 with the Year of the Rat starting the following day, and celebrations continuing for 23 days. Special 'lucky' foods are eaten during this period, sometimes because of their colour (red is lucky) and often because their name is a homonym for words such as 'luck', 'prosperity', 'wealth'.

Food Chat – Malaysian cookbook author Annie Xavier Talks Easy Meals for Busy Mums

Malaysian cookbook author Annie Xavier shares tips and insights as she discusses her approach to Chinese-Malaysian cooking

Radio Chat – Christmas Desserts

Radio chat: Well, there's no denying it. The countdown to Christmas is on! I always know it's coming when my mother-in-law's annual parcel of Christmas decorations arrives from England...and, indeed, it was on my doorstep yesterday. As though by magic, I've got my "ho-ho-ho" happening and my bells are jingling. Every couple of weeks, I drop into ABC Radio Melbourne to chat food. This time, we talked Christmas desserts.

Radio Chat – Eating Indian

Radio chat: This time I was just back from India so we talked about all the great things I ate (and ate and ate) while I was there. My trip wasn't long and I only went to Mumbai - it's actually kind of crazy to go to somewhere as big and diverse as India for just a week, but it was totally worth it. I dove in and made the most of every moment (and morsel).

Radio Chat – Does Hummus Make The World Go Round?

Hummus makes the world go around! Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration but it is very important! I drop into ABC Radio Melbourne every couple of weeks to chat food. This week, I just had to talk about hummus. I've been obsessing about it - making it every which way, eating it, talking about it, and looking forward to eating it some more.

Radio Chat – I Chat ‘Death of the Dinner Party’ on 3RRR’s Eat It

I dropped into 3RRR's weekly Eat It show to talk about dinner parties - if we have them, how do we do them, and if we don't, what's stopping us? This is a pretty big topic that I'm diving into with great interest. We also preview my new Signature Dish Series, exclusive behind-the-scenes events in top restaurants.

Radio Chat – Desk Lunch, Work Lunch and Crumpets for Elevenses

Every couple of weeks, I drop into ABC Radio Melbourne to chat about what I've been eating, cooking and learning. This time, host Richelle Hunt and I chatted about lunch - how important is it to take the time to get away from your work station to eat, move, and communicate face-to-face. It's not possible for everyone, but I think it's great if you can carve out the time for a proper lunch break.

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