A Sweet Little Book

If you’re celebrating Christmas in July this year, you’ll find plenty of terrific ideas in my new e-book, A Sweet Little Book. For most of us, Christmas is the time when families and friends exchange gifts.   It can also be a very expensive time, though not if you make your own edible gifts. Many of … Continue reading

Food In The Raw

A lamington made with organic apples, oranges, cacao powder, vanilla, celtic salt and coconut – can you imagine it? Well, that’s what I stumbled across one day recently at IRA, a funky little cafe on the Gold Coast Highway at Tugun, south-east Queensland. And it was truly delish. It was called “Angel’s Raw Lamington Slice” … Continue reading

Getting back to your roots

Noticed those purple carrots at the farmers’ market of late?  They’re maroon on the outside and orange onthe inside and when you slice them, they look rather like a lollipop. No, they’re not artificially coloured nor genetically modified, thank god. The purple colour is due to anthocyanin, the water-soluble pigment in red and blue flowers … Continue reading

Jamie’s Ministry of Food, Ipswich

 It’s week ten of Jamie Oliver’s cooking course at the Ministry of Food in Ipswich, Queensland, and roast chicken is on the menu. I arrive just as the class is starting and can hear Jamie congratulating the students for finishing the course. He’s chatting away on a video screen on the kitchen wall, congratulating them … Continue reading

Living Cuisine

Organic guru, Samantha Gowing, has just taken a batch of kale crisps out of the dehydrator when I arrive. They’ve been in there eight hours and were rubbed with cashew cheese to tenderise the leaves beforehand. “We offer them to guests as a positive choice away from potato crisps,” she says. “They’re rich in antioxidants, … Continue reading

Ultimately Sydney

It’s Friday evening and I’m sitting in the lounge on the 31stfloor of the InterContinental Sydney gazing out over the spectacular harbour. The Bridge and Luna Park are just to my left, the Opera House directly in front, and North and South Head to my right. I’ve been invited to join an Ultimately Sydney Gourmet … Continue reading

Battle of the Chefs

You’ve seen them battle it out on television (Iron Chef, Top Chef).  Now you can see them battle it out in person at the Battle of the Chefs  in Adelaide  this week. For the first time, The Australian Culinary Federation (ACF) and Tasting Australia are combining forces in search of Australia’s Best Chef. The inaugural … Continue reading