I love Farmers' Markets for the beautiful fresh produce and the direct contact with the folks who've grown the stuff. Here I am at St Kilda Farmers' Market geeking out on Jonella Farm's baby corn
While we had a cake in the oven I grabbed the lovely Sophia from Thermomix Baking Blogger for a chat about sourdough, a topic that's close to both of our hearts, but can seem very spooky and mysterious if you've never encountered it before.
The diary-clogging confluence of the World’s 50 Best, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and Tasmania’s Great Chefs series left restaurant obsessives and chef-watchers buzzing, tired and grateful for elasticised waistbands.
Life is busy and schedules are jammed. You’re tired and the kids seem genetically unable to tidy up (or is that just mine?). It’s all too easy to decide you can’t possibly have people over for a meal. But think a moment. Happy memories and strong relationships are forged when you gather with friends and loved ones and allow time to enjoy one another’s company. It’s important to carve out time for these occasions.
How does a Michelin-starred chef think about food? I had a long time to ponder this question over lunch at El Coq, the restaurant owned by the talented and dashing Michelin-starred chef Lorenzo Cogo. El Coq is in Vicenza, an hour or so from Venice, where I stayed for a week.
I love cooking. I enjoy chopping vegetables into neat dice. I’m partial to meditative stirring with a favourite wooden spoon. I don’t even mind washing pots, so long as I have a sink full of nice, hot, soapy water. I’m definitely not a gadget person. And I really, really love my Thermomix.