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About victoria

Author of the gastro-memoir 'Amore&Amaretti: A Tale of Love an Food in Tuscany', I am a Byron Shire-based food and travel writer, food columnist, cooking teacher, recipe editor and chef. Born in Canberra, ACT, I have a BA in languages although am only really passionate about the Italian one, in which I am fluent, having spent four years in Tuscany in my late twenties, and returning reasonably frequently ever since. Despite that, my partner of many years, a wonderful artist, clothes designer and aged carer, is half-Greek!

Winter Cooking Classes Ahead

I’m excited to announce the next round of cooking classes held up at the glorious home of Anna Middleton in Coopers Shoot just outside Byron Bay. Taking bookings now for deliciously  hearty Italian three-course Sunday menus: cooking lesson followed by … Continue reading

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Upcoming Cooking Classes

Three new dates for the next 3-course Italian cooking classes/lunches announced! Sunday 29 March  at Victoria’s at Ewingsdale Sunday 26 April at Wahgi Hill, Coopers Shoot Sunday 3 May at Wahgi Hill, Coopers Shoot Baked Herb Ricottas, Snapper Puttanesca, Spicy … Continue reading

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Cooking Classes for 2015

Sunday 1 February kicks off the new season of Italian cooking classes/lunches and it’s back at beautiful ‘Wahgi Hill’, Coopers Shoot home of Anna Middleton. Watch this space for the menu soon!

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Cooking Classes 2014/15

The cooking class at Coopers Shoot scheduled for November 30 is already full so I am running one the following Sunday, the 7 December, a final one before Christmas. There are still places left for the fantastic three-course Italian -accented … Continue reading

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Cooking Class at Coopers Shoot

  The last Sunday in October – ferociously hot and blowy and even more so high up on Coopers Shoot – saw a small group of eight people attend a cooking class whose theme was Three Course Italian Lunch. I … Continue reading

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Cooking classes ahead!

Freshly returned from a summer break in Tuscany where, apart from abandoning myself to the hedonistic pursuits of dining and wining and shopping, I taught cooking classes in beautiful Belsole Villa outside Tuscany’s Certaldo, I am now excitedly planning new … Continue reading

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Birthday Baking Greek-Style

Most of the people I love have birthdays in November: Scorpios the lot of them! Not least  my Spero, whose half-Greek heritage inspired me to bake birthday treats accordingly. He has often spoken fondly of his grandmother’s Pastitsio:  that, then, … Continue reading

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Birthday Baking Greek-Style

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Peppertree Kitchen Antipasto Workshop

A highly successful day at Lismore with a lovely group of eleven women whipping up nine different types of antipasti which positively shone on the platters before being devoured.

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White Food

We sit down and peruse the lunchtime menus. I know how neurotic she is about her weight and what she eats and I assume she will, as she always does, order the fish. Except not this dish, served as it … Continue reading

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