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La Tavola Della Famiglia by Olimpia Bortolotto

Melbourne’s very own matriarch of Italian cuisine, Olimpia Bortolotto of Cecconi’s Flinders Lane has worked in the food business since the early 70’s, creating a succession of modern Italian restaurants. Her recently published cookbook  – La Tavola Della Famiglia is brimming with heartwarming stories of family and mouthwatering recipes demonstrating that food…

STREAT + Cookbook Giveaway

STREAT, a social enterprise that provides young homeless and disengaged youth in Melbourne with hospitality training, officially opened a new café at Melbourne Central on Monday May 6th. To coincide with the opening of the café, STREAT have also launched a fabulous 160-page hardcover cookbook. It’s filled with delicious recipes from…

Sarti

The much loved Italian institution Sarti has a new look and feel. With some decor changes and new head chef Paolo Masciopinto at the reins, Sarti’s fresh new seasonal menu boasts an inventive mix of both traditional and contemporary Italian food. We let Sarti feed us a selection of dishes,…

Tupperware Birthday Giveaway

To celebrate its birthday in May, Tupperware have given me two very special limited edition gift packs to give away to two lucky readers. Each pack includes a set of 1.5L cookie canisters, perfect for storing baked goodies and a petite set comprising multiple liquid tight mini containers in pretty…

Cook From The Book

I kicked off  the MFWF with a demonstration from Nick Bennet of Trocodero in Melbourne Central’s Little Library. The Little Library was launched in July 2012 as an interactive platform for visitors of the centre to come together and swap and share their pre-loved books. Such a cool idea. In…

Best of Blairgowrie & Beyond

Ruby’s first school year ended before we knew it and we decided to escape Melbourne for the school holidays. I managed to stay in most parts unplugged, with only the occasional glance at social media and emails on my i-pad. It was surprisingly difficult to peel myself away and fully…

five:am Organic Yoghurt

I use quite a bit of yoghurt in my cooking as an alternative to cream or butter to reduce the fat content. It is fantastic in curries, muffins, so many things and it is also pretty much a daily breakfast staple for me. If you haven’t tried five:am yoghurt yet, you should. They…

Monday Morning Cooking Club Cookbook Review

A little while back, I met a very lovely and inspirational lady named Lisa Goldberg. Lisa is part of the Monday Morning Cooking Club. By gathering up the best recipes from the best cooks in the extremely diverse Jewish community, Lisa and her talented team got together every Monday morning and cooked, tested,…

Tupperware Microwave Steamer

I have a microwave and apart from using it to melt butter and re-heat leftovers, I use it for little else. So, when I was sent Tupperware’s new MicroSteamer to try out, I was intrigued. Particularly, as the steamer has a inbuilt protective lining to protect whatever you are cooking…