Monthly Archives: November 2011

Diners choose their favourites

Tis the question most commonly asked of waiters. According to Morgan Frazer from Fins, why so many diners want to know what constitutes the restaurant’s most popular dishes is because they do not want to have to choose. I agree … Continue reading

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Caramelised onions

Until I knew better I had always believed I was making caramelised onions. This was just one of the components of the vegetarian breakfast I used to serve for several years at a Sydney cafe I co-ran, another life ago. … Continue reading

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St Kilda, October

Still some of the good old Jewish bakeshops exist along Acland Street, their windows full of kugelhopfs (‘the best in the world!’), poppy and almond horseshoes and cherry strudels, palm leaves and rum cigars and coffee vienna rings and hazelnut … Continue reading

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Dining in a queenly manner

The first time I did it felt decadent, self- indulgent, absurdly extravagant. A one-hundred gram packet of smoked salmon slit open and the slices (at least I went to the trouble) fanned out decoratively on my dinner plate. Lemon wedges … Continue reading

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Tropical bread

Nadia de Pietramale’s cake may only have come second, but to me it was an absolute winner. A dark-hued slab of unadorned, solid-looking confectionery still warm from the oven, it lacked the theatrics of the glorious Peach and Macadamia Pie … Continue reading

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Honeycomb and hocus pocus

Standing out from the edible riches of a recent Melbourne getaway (tiny lobster buns with beaujolais at Golden Fields; galangal chicken at Cookie; Quickes’s cheddar and mild gorgonzola for a picnic at home) was dessert at a heavingly popular place … Continue reading

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