Monthly Archives: September 2011

Saving tuna

For decades, tuna in tins has been a stock pantry item for me. Chunks in brine have carried me through lean financial times and plumper physical ones; have been a tin-opener away from an easy pasta sauce or a simple … Continue reading

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Some evils of dining out – part 1

Angies’s entire lunch had been ruined – and she couldn’t wait to tell me about it. Specifically with regard to the fact that children were involved – and she has long been acquainted with my opinion regarding children in restaurants … Continue reading

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Blood, Bones & Butter

When Gabrielle Hamilton opened her tiny restaurant in New York twelve years ago, she had no idea what she was embarking upon. Not only had she never owned a restaurant before but neither had she ever been the chef, or … Continue reading

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Dining with a winemaker

Sometimes, dining out, I yearn for something larger than pleasure for pleasure’s sake: I want to be educated. And this is where Winemakers’ Dinners come in, this their great advantage. Not only are you assured a considered mating of food … Continue reading

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Summerland olives

Those shrill green olives you can now buy in supermarkets are nothing more than immature Sicilian olives in caustic soda. Alan Hodgson from Summerland Olives, who is imparting this information to me, certainly should know. ‘They’re grown in Trapani and … Continue reading

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Eltham Hotel Trivia Night

You really need to book as the place packs out quickly, especially on Thursday Trivia Night. The beautiful Ms Carr and I arrived around 7 pm and most tables in and out were taken. Gorgeous Graeme Stockdale was too busy … Continue reading

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Sue and the prawn trawlers

It was all because of Blue the abalone diver. During her second year at Monash University, Sue had met and fallen for the charismatic character whose fault it was that, equipped with a little backpack and two hard-boiled eggs, she … Continue reading

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A dreadlocked nomad

Like most people whose mandatory monthly magazine is Gourmet Traveller or Cuisine, I have my own mental list of Great Restaurants To Dine In Before I Die. It rarely changes from year to year – and no, El Bulli has … Continue reading

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The Kindness of L’Unico

L’Unico in Canberra served up respectable Italian food in its big dim room, surprisingly well-populated for a suburban Sunday night. Service was almost too insistent, but would not one rather have hovering waiters than be neglected? At any rate, my … Continue reading

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The sweetest man

Richard Tuohy once attempted to make chocolate from scratch. First he roasted the beans and then he shelled them, exposing the vital little cocoa nibs. He then ground them up in a blender before proceeding with the rest of the … Continue reading

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