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So savvy. That’s Union House. A gentrified pub space downstairs serving easy going yet polished food pumps with energy from noon til night, with an exuberant crowd on the weekend evenings. And for those that relish good conversation, there is a more sedate dining room upstairs for full table service. Both are working off a [...]

Feast Of Merit is an example of what makes Melbourne’s restaurant scene so damn good, the best of an International cuisine tailored to the local market using our beautiful, bountiful produce. Here you will find fantastic Middle Eastern food with a modern edge that is designed to share. It’s fresh, it’s beautifully presented and very [...]

Perfect Pancakes

Making pancakes together is guaranteed to bring out the warm fuzzies, isn’t it? It’s often one of the first things we cook together with our kids. The magic of how a runny batter turns into golden, fluffy bites of yumminess appeals to their natural sense of wonder. And when you top them with sweet syrups, [...]


There seems to be oodles of zoodles around at the moment, and though they fit neatly into the gap for those that want a pasta alternative, I love them because they are a super quick veggie variation to add to the repertoire. And they really do turn the cumbersome looking zucchini into something rather elegant! [...]

Taking Stock

Making Chicken Stock

Yeh, I know…life’s too short to make your own stock. Right? It’s SO much easier to reach for a packet from the supermarket to toss into your soups or stews. I agree, it’s VERY convenient, and yes, I do use them myself sometimes. BUT Whenever I take the time to make my own stock, I [...]

Pizza Napoletana-style

If there is one food that is really loved on a global level, it has to be the pizza. The simplicity of it is stunning – a yeasty thin base topped with fruity tomato sauce and any number of ingredients, baked quickly and served piping hot. But, as we all know there is good pizza, [...]

For 23 years, Becco has been such a solid part of the Melbourne restaurant scene that it’s easy to take this classic Italian for granted. I remember many beautiful dinners there in the early years but I hadn’t visited in a decade. We recently took my daughter there for her 21st birthday dinner and what [...]

As much as I love a bowl of chicken soup, for a true spoonful of comfort in our house, it’s gotta be pumpkin soup. Now I am sure that you already have your own recipe that you can put together blindfolded, but there is one thing I need to check… Are you making sure to [...]

Deep Dish Apple Blueberry Pie

I confess that, as I was growing up, the homey idea of that American-style piece of pie, always appealed to me. The context was always the same. A home baked pie, cooked with love, and served in generous wedges with lashings of cream or a huge scoop of ice cream. Plump with fruit in a [...]