Thursday, September 23, 2010

Finding the Perfect Cup: Broadsheet

Finding the Perfect Cup: Broadsheet

"Nathan Wakeford of Somage Fine Foods walks Broadsheet through the art of tea cupping."

By: Jane de Graaff

Check out the full article here- featured at

A Melbourne Picnic in Spring: Broadsheet

A Melbourne Picnic in Spring: Broadsheet

"Now that it’s spring, it’s the perfect time to head outdoors with good food and company. We ask some of Melbourne’s foodies what makes the best spring picnic."

By: Jane de Graaff

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Charcoal Lane Styles: Broadsheet

Charcoal Lane Styles: Broadsheet

"We catch up with Damien Styles to find out why it only took one hour to decide he’d pack in his existing job to become head chef at Charcoal Lane."

-By: Jane de Graaff

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It's High Time for Tea: Broadsheet

It's High Time for Tea: Broadsheet

"With all the commotion for coffee drinkers, there’s a quieter revolution happening on the tea front and it won’t be long before origins and education are top of the list for the tea drinking fraternity in Melbourne too."

- By Jane de Graaff

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Note: Images courtesy of Somage Fine Foods

Worldly Wedding Cakes: SBS Food

Worldly Wedding Cakes: SBS Food

"My wedding cake dreams have just been shaken. Apparently the monumental, white-tiered wedding cake that I've been salivating over in the showroom isn’t real. That doesn’t mean it can’t be real, but I’ve been informed that I do have the option of one that isn't real should I require it."

- By: Jane de Graaff
Read the full article here

Note: Article featured in the Food pages of 

Reconnecting Kids With Their Food: Broadsheet

Reconnecting Kids with Food: 

"Melbourne's maven of food Stephanie Alexander (OAM) was named Victorian of the Year earlier this month, so we thought it was high time we caught up with her to find out just what it is that she's been contributing to society."

-By: Jane de Graaff

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Chocolate Dreaming: Broadsheet

Chocolate Dreaming: Broadsheet

“Winter has set in and it’s time to hunker down with some of the best comfort food on offer: chocolate. But when it comes to identifying the finest, maybe all you can do it taste it.”

By- Jane de Graaff

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No Two Brews Are Alike: SBS

No Two Brews Are Alike: SBS Food

"With the 2010 World Barista Championships fast approaching, it's a good a time to look at the new brewing methods sweeping the Australian coffee scene and ask: is that a bong on the counter or are you just brewing my coffee?"

By- Jane de Graaff

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Friday, June 11, 2010

The Roast Collection: Broadsheet

The Roast Collection: Broadsheet 

"Restaurants all over the state are serving warm winter roasts this month as part of Melbourne Food and Wine's Roast Collection."
- by Jane de Graaff

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Chatting with Chef Ben Shewry: Broadsheet

Chatting with Chef Ben Shewry:

"When Attica was ranked #73 on the San Pellegrino World's 100 Best Restaurants list, we thought it might be time to find out how an award of this magnitude really affects a restaurant. Does it bring new pressures or just affirm that all the hard work is being noticed?"

By: Jane de Graaff for Broadsheet

For the full article- click HERE. 

Note: Article featured for the Melbourne based - check it out.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Catering to their every need: SBS Food

Catering to their every need: 
SBS Food

As the Sydney Film Festival fast approaches, we ask: from Superman to Wolverine, how do you feed the cast and crew on a movie set?

"She lurches against the buffet table, blood running down her face, a knife protruding from the middle of her forehead and her features deathly pale. Then she smiles, heaps her plate with food and wanders off to eat lunch. Welcome to the world of movie-set catering, where everything is not quite what it seems. But one thing’s for sure, though - when the cameras stop rolling, it’s the catering team doing all the stunts."

By: Jane de Graaff

Note: Article featured in the Food pages of 

Friday, May 14, 2010

How Can Food Be Slow: Broadsheet

How Can Food Be Slow? 

"You've seen the little snail logo, you've heard that the food is 'slow'- but what is Slow Food really all about and will you actually have to wait that long for your dinner?"

-Jane de Graaff

Read the full article here 

Note: Article currently featured at the up-to-the-minute website 

Thursday, May 13, 2010

the great deer hunt.

I am writing this post as a sort of therapy. Generally I write here for fun. Today, however, I am writing because a recent experience -that I undertook as research- has done the inevitable and wriggled it's way under my skin.
The odd part is not so much that it effected me, but how and why- getting at me in ways that I never expected.
In the process of writing
an article for the brilliant SBS Food pages (found here), I took myself on a hunting trip in order to really look my food in the eye.
The idea was to find out what actually happens should you wish to procure your own meat from the wild. A simple look at what to do if you find yourself faced with shooting some game meat.

I was prepared to be grossed out.
I was prepared to be traumatised.
I was prepared to be shocked and possibly to come home a renewed vegetarian (it's something I have dabbled with on extended occasions).

What I did not expect was empathy- for the hunters and the lifestyle.
What I was not prepared for was to find how organic the experience was.
Much less was I expecting to want to examine the whole process in great detail.

'Surprised' doesn't even begin to cover it- the experience, or my responses.

It must be said that I am not a huge meat eater at the best of times. Patience and I have a largely vegetarian diet. I'm not one who hankers after a huge steak or a meat pie- but I do enjoy a good BBQ as much as the next man when I think the meat has fared well in life.
But even this is not without exception.
It's a hard thing to always eat ethical meat in this pre-packaged world.

I find the mass production and death of animals for food abhorrent and inherently selfish when they live in misery and pain only to feed our insatiable burger lust.
Even more so when I think about what those mass productions are doing to our planet.
But I am not all for the completely vegetarian existence either.
Having noted that I have no stomach for the abattoir, I anticipated finding hunting a horrible experience as well. But I went with an open mind and had my expectations and assumptions turned upside down.

To begin with, the generous people who invited me into their hunting circle took it on good faith that I wouldn't turn out to be a 'sleeper'- an animal rights activist blithely feigning interest to gain access and a story (we writers can be so sneaky you see). So I am grateful to the lovely Greg Benton and the NEDSA (North Eastern Deer Stalkers Association) for allowing me to tag along with my ungainly city feet and making all kinds of annoying noise and clicking pictures on the hunt.

The experience went a little something like this:

Saturday- leave at 4.30am for the peacef
ul and picturesque drive to Wangaratta... inexplicably excited- by turns nauseous and curious. Avoid Maccas on the way, in spite of my desire for a shitty T/A coffee. The sun rises and magpies jeer at me as I speed past in my little white Getz.
Arrive at Greg's place at 8am to find him standing by his 4WD in full camouflage gear and with a shirt for me. Apparently my pinkish/red t-shirt is not hunting attire. How often do you see large patches of fuchsia wafting through the trees? I'd be a dead giveaway.
We abandon my little city car and load up the 4WD heading out to his mate's property where the deer have been spotted grazing.
On the way out we talk:
Greg has been interested in hunting for a long time, but has only recently been able to incorporate it into his lifestyle. He's president of NEDSA and is happy to share his hunting expertise with anyone who has a genuine interest. The NEDSA stalk deer in rural Victoria and organise group hunts for like minded people.
They don't use dogs, or any technology beyond a regulation riffle and a GPS to find their way in and out of the hunting areas.
I'm sure he thinks it's hilarious that an unprepared city girl has come to see what she can learn. I've only ever seen a gun used once. Target tin-can shooting on a friends property ten years ago. I might have even had a go, but I can't quite remember. Perhaps I've blocked the loud noise and trauma from my mind. No, I won't be shooting today, I don't have a gun licence.
And unless there is suddenly a run on marshal law in Melbourne, I think it unlikely that I will ever try to get one.
I have a sneaking suspicion that Greg might be expecting me to cry.
I'm expecting me to cry.
In fact, thanks to my soft city upbringing, I'm expecting to lament the loss of Bambi and go on a desperate search to rescue the now bereft Thumper... really.
When we originally spoke on the phone and Greg ascertained that I knew nothing about hunting, he asked me if I was going to be 'ok'.
I said 'yes'.
He said 'no'.
For the rest of the drive we pretend that I am tough. We talk about the fact that I used to practice target archery. Yep, I'm feeling tougher by the second.
Greg tells me that he learned his hunting skills (dispatch and butchery) on rabbits and that all game (regardless of size) is pretty much the same when it comes to field dressing. You break it down into manageable bits to get as much of it out as possible.
He tells me about his recent family trip to the NT, hunting with the traditional land owners and all the amazing things that he and his wife and kids learned.
I wish that I knew more.
I feel that I know less than even I had thought.
I hope that I am prepared.
By the time we get to the property I've run out of things to say and I am sitting quietly contemplating what we are about to do.
And I look ridiculous in an over sized cammo shirt- it just doesn't go with the embroidery on the pockets of my jeans.

We observe all the correct etiquette- letting the owner know that we're heading out now, so if he's planning on going shooting, please, don't shoot us.
We begin a circuit of the fields and surrounding scrub and bush on foot and I slowly get my game eyes on. It's a beautiful day. Cows moan and bellow at one another. Birds screech and scream. Greg raises his binoculars every now and then to 'glass' the surrounding area. I tip-toe behind and try not to make too much clumsy city noise. I freeze whenever he comes to a stop and hold my breath every time he peers into the middle distance.
We're looking for deer -yes, but considering their excellent camouflage ability, Greg tells me to keep an eye out for horizontal lines instead. Apparently there are not many of these that naturally occur in the bush- so if you see one, it's likely to be the line of a deer's back.
I spot one. It moves. But it turns out to be a wallaby.
Am I disappointed- or relieved...?

Two hours later (I think, it could have been less), we've rounded the whole property and are back where we started.
That's right, we have found diddly squat. And I'm trembling.
Again, disappointment or relief? I still can't work the emotion out, so I decide it's probably thirst... and maybe tension from trying to be so quiet for so long.
I'm not very good at quiet. Maybe that's why there were no deer.
Was I subconsciously trying to sabotage the hunt? We'll just never know.

On our way back Greg is disappointed. He really was hoping to show me how field dressing worked. I explain that I've learned as much from not shooting a deer as I would have from getting one. After all, not getting a deer is just as much part of the experience. Hunting for your meat is not a guaranteed dinner. Some days you win, today it was deer 1, hunters nil.

Internally I decide that I'm disappointed too, and that says something about me. I hope that I am disappointed because I spent so much energy working myself up for nothing. But a little part of me knows that I'm disappointed because we didn't get a kill. Is this a first taste of blood lust?
I'm disgusted with myself.
We have a cup of tea with the owner and share some venison cabana. It tastes really good.

I drive back to Melbourne. All the way home I wonder if I'll be able to cope with doing this again the following week- to go on an organised NEDSA hunt. Apparently with a group on the prowl we are more guaranteed to get a result.
I'm exhausted.

I fret all week.
I refuse to clean my hiking boots. Quietly I'm hoping that if I pretend I wont be using them again that somehow, I won't have to.
My wish comes true.

Sunday the following week- I set out at 4.30am in the Getz, I get 20minutes down the road and realise that I've forgotten them: my hiking boots.
My one appropriate piece of kit are sitting in the dark by the front door. Right where I discarded them last week. At least they will be spared this experience.
In the meantime, I'll look even more ridiculous. In a line-up guess who the newbie is...? It couldn't be the fuchsia shirt in the pretty pale-blue ballet sneakers could
Darn! What was the give away?

I arrive at the Edi Cutting campsite at 7.20am- the campers wave at the Getz from their spot by the river. The team has camped overnight in order to get the full experience. City girl (reminder, that's me) has just dropped in for the action.
It's idyllic. The camp-fire still smolders and the kids peer blearily from sleeping bags while adults organise tea and coffee.
Most of the club hunters are already out. They left at 6.30am to make the most of the pre-dawn cool. Greg hands me the cammo top and raises his eyebrows at my sneakers. We climb into the 4WD and head into the bush. Greg was planning to leave the 4WD at a particular ridge and start our trek working our way along the high points.
Apparently the deer are everywhere here.
So are the club hunters. And in the back of my mind I'm mildly worried that in my cammo shirt I might make an accidental target. Mental note, stand up straight- present no horizontal lines and you'll be fine. Occasionally we hear a shot. But before we get to our spot, there's a buzz on the radio. One of the group has got a young buck, does Greg want to bring the 'journo' down to have a look at the field dressing? Yes, he does.

After all, that's why I'm here... the shooting was a secondary aspect to the actual process of getting at the meat.
We drive in and intercept the successful hunter where he's radioed us from his truck and then abandon our vehicles for the gruelling climb into the bush and up a steep rocky hillside to where the prize lies, bleeding out and attended by an army of blowflies.
Jeremy Johnson, local butcher and keen venison hunter, is the lucky shot. He's marked his trophy with GPS co-ordinates and so we head for a target that blends in so well that without the GPS we might never have found it again.
My short legs struggle to keep up, but we finally get there. It was a relatively clean shot. Through the upper forequarter. The buck ran for about 20meters and then dropped. Very little suffering.
Plenty of blood though.
I'm taken aback by how little this effects me. Again, exhaustion from the climb? Perhaps it's got more to do with the fact that lying amongst the leaf litter, the blood just blends on in.
I drop my pack and fish out my camera. But a zoom lens is probably not the best idea for the grim work ahead. It's quite graphic enough.
Field dressing is surprisingly simple. It looks even simpler again when it's the local butcher whose cleaning the carcass up. Jeremy is thorough, deft and works as clean as you can considering we're in the middle of the bush.

I'll keep the details here as limited as possible whilst still explaining what happens.
But if you're squeamish, I suggest you skip the next few paragraphs...

After bleeding the carcass out through a hefty throat slit, the animal is split along the belly and gutted. I'm fascinated by the way the internal organs instantly 'spill' out. I'd heard this kind of description b
efore, but didn't realise how accurate it might be. It's almost like everything inside can't wait to get away- I'm surprised by how tightly it's all packed in there.
Whilst there is a lot of blood, it's less than I expected, and as it drains away down the hillside and mingles with the dust to a less horrific grey colour, I'm relieved to find that gutting is not quite the bloodbath I was preparing myself for.
In fact, it looks positively organic with the surrounding trees, rocks and sunshine. The only really unnerving thing is the way the carcass steams into the morning air. You c
an't say it's not fresh.
The other slightly disturbing surprise is the way the carcass initially grunts when Greg and Jeremy roll it over- they assure me this is just trapped gas and air escaping. I feel silly for asking the question.
Once gutted and drained, breaking the carcass down is relatively simple if you know what joints, lines of cartilage and muscle to work along. If you don't, it's a case of feeling your way through it. And in Greg's words this 'can be a bit of a hack job' depending on whose in charge.
Today though, we have local butcher Jeremy making it look so easy with his years of practice and skill.
The hoofs and tail are removed. The 'back passage' is taken out so that it's doesn't get nicked and taint the meat. Then the back legs and haunches are removed with the skin still on. Apparently the skin stops the meat drying out while it is hung and aged.
The legs are quickly packed into canvas bags to keep them away from dust and flies- and Greg tells me that most of the NEDSA have these canvas bags because one of the club members knocked them up specially.
Plastic is always avoided because the causes the still warm meat to sweat- not a nice thing.
After Bambi loses his hind legs, the midsection of the carcass is skinned and other prime cuts like back-strap are removed and packed carefully away.
I'm still fascinated by the seeming lack of blood. I guess draining the kill saves a lot of mess.
Having said that, Greg and Jeremy are still smeared with it and in their cammo gear could look a little less than savoury if you stumbled upon them whilst out for a morning bush walk...
Skinning was another aspect of the hunt that I wasn't really looking forward to. Turns out I have a much more bloody imagination than the reality. Again it's surprisingly clean and simple.
From here on in, it all just looks a bit like a trip to the butchers, there's a fillet here, a tenderloin there. You get the idea.
Unfortunately we can't do a great deal with the forequarters on this occasion, as that's where the shot connected and as a result the meat is bruised and unusable.
Anything we leave behind will be cleaned up by wildlife pretty quickly.

After the carcass has been successfully divided up, it's hike back to the 4WD's and head back to the campsite for breakfast. The whole breakdown took about half an hour with a 20min walk each way. And the resulting booty of haunch and fillets isn't half bad for a mornings work.
On the way back to camp, Greg and I split off to try our luck on a high ridge.
But 40minutes later and there's no sign.
By now I'm getting pretty adept at spotting wallows (dust baths), rutting marks and rub patches on the trees that the males use to mark their territory. Greg is discouraged though as most of it looks pretty old and he doesn't think we've picked the right spot.
We give up and head back to the truck.
And this is when it happens. My first war wound.
We're about 10 meters from the track that'll take us back to the truck when a ledge I am standing on just comes out from under me. There's a sharp shot of pain right up the back of my leg and suddenly I'm on my arse in the middle of a patch of very prickly wild thistles. Fun.
I can feel the blood drain from my face. I'm frightened to move my leg. Greg rushes over and tries to help me up, but my injured leg just gives way underneath me.
'Ouch', is the only squeak that will come out.
Luckily Greg is not only an accomplished hunter, but an emergency room nurse by trade. So I'm in good hands as we work out that I've 'done my knee'. He assures me that I haven't broken anything, maybe just traumatised a ligament. Apparently I'll be fine.
I don't feel fine.
I'm confused about the whole experience- from shooting to eating (why didn't I get more upset?)- and now I'm the city girl sitting on her arse in a patch of thistles. Damn sneakers. Damn hiking boots by the front door. Let's call it Bambi's revenge.
Greg left me there in my thistle thrown and brought the truck in to get me. I blushed all the way back and tried to be tough.

Back at the campsite it's bacon and eggs on the grill as we wait for the rest of the hunters to trickle back. Aside from Jeremy's haul, there hasn't been too much success. But like the week before, that's the luck of the game.

After breakfast, I hobble around and help break camp while the hunters share their stories of injury with me- I'm not the first and I won't be the last to 'do' my knee. I tell myself it's badge of honour and try not to limp too much.

It's a month before I can walk properly again. Somehow I think I did better than the deer that morning. Besides, I end up with back-strap marinaded in Greg's special honey and garlic sauce and several sticks of cabana in my fridge.

What surprised me most was how peaceful the whole affair was. I had expected it to be all loud noises and blood lust. But hunting, if you go with people who respect the animals that feed them, can be a relatively calm activity. It certainly beats what I know about the abattoir.
I expected to come home a vegetarian, and whilst I'm not sure that I am dead keen to race out on another hunt just yet, I'm certainly curiously at peace with being a carnivore, as long as I know where my dinner has come from. And I certainly have a new understanding of the lifestyle that surrounds those who have the knowledge and skills to bring home their meat from the bush.

Note: Deer hunting in parts of Australia is also seen as a method of pest control as the animals are very destructive to both farmlands and native flora.
It's important to be well trained and to hold a gun licence for the use of any firearm. For hunting purposes you should check with local authorities for rules, regulations and permits and obviously the cleaner the shot, the better for the game animal.
Please note that I do not personally endorse hunting, but I do understand the lifestyle and see value in it's safe and humane practice.

I am very grateful to Greg and his family for taking me along on this trip and for being so patient with me while I worked it all out. It was certainly one of the most educational trips I have made.

AWW Just Four Ingredients fast- cookbook review

AWW Just Four Ingredients Fast
Review: Jane de Graaff
"To tell the truth, I wasn’t so keen on the idea of a cookbook that oftentimes seems to be more full of serving suggestions than actual cooking.
But as I slid through the pages noting everything from mussels in garlic broth to duck with caramelised apples- a funny thing began to happen. I realised that this cookbook is less about the nitty-gritty of making crème anglaise than it is about helping us out when all other options have been sucked dry."
Review featured on the ladylike Sassi Sam website.

Get her off the pitch: Book review for Sassi Sam

Get Her Off The Pitch; 
how sport took over my life
By Lynn Truss
Review- Jane de Graaff

"It’s not often that I venture outside the world of food and food books for reviewing. It takes a fair bit of interest to shift me from this happy comfort zone- but when Lynne Truss’ new book came my way, I thought maybe it was time to step outside of the food zone, if only for a moment.

I was sceptical when I began. After all I’m not the sporty type.
The only time I kick a ball is to try and make my puppy run, and the fact that he’s not a retriever and rarely comes back with it for me to throw again has never been an issue for our doggy/master relationship.
So I was interested to see if the erstwhile comments of a female sports writer could turn me into a sport-loving lunatic given the right angle and enough personal insight."
Note: Review featured on the sparkling Sassi Sam website. 

Friday, April 30, 2010

Apricots on the Nile- a memoir with recipes

I have been moved.
Deeply moved.
By images of mango trees, hot days and markets seething with hawkers and melon sellers.
Images of Cairo and Egypt in an era passed- where manners and strict class division separated the well-to-do from the working classes. I have been carried away on a fragrant story of one woman's formative years and her longing to see it all again.
Apricots on the Nile is the story of food writer Colette Rossant's childhood in Egypt. And it is a beautiful book. At 178 pages it's easy to devour almost in a single afternoon- with recipes to try out at dinner time.
A story of summers spent at holiday houses in Alexandria, of a mother who constantly left her behind and of the kitchens where she found solace in the company of the family cooks and their food.
Rossant writes of an Egypt that is no more- but she does it with such eloquence, such passion and such evocative description that you almost breath the same air as her memories.
It's a beautiful book, full of recipes and charming anecdotes that remind us that garlic should be eaten in great quantities and that a party is not a party without party food.
It's a book that made me hungry for life. A book that made me long to delve into my own memories of food. But above all it was a book that made me want to play in the kitchen.
What a memoir!
And it got me wondering... 

What are the recipes that really bring your childhood to life?

What are the defining food moments that are an intrinsic part of who you are? 

Where did those recipes come from and which ones will you one day pass on? 

I'm going to start documenting this question and ask it to whoever I can. Better yet, if you have a food memory or recipe from your childhood that you would like to share, feel free to pass it on. I'd love to hear about it.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Our Family Table: Book Review & Interview

Our Family Table: Book Review & Interview with Australia's first MasterChef

"If you were an avid MasterChef devotee like I was- you'll know the story by heart: Mum of three boys from the Central Coast puts her heart and soul on the line every week to cook for (and sometimes against) some of Australia's top chefs and palettes. Yes, it's the story of Australia's first MasterChef- Julie Goodwin... 

We got the chance to ask Julie herself about the whole experience and how the book (Our Family Table) has turned out. So here's what Australia's first MasterChef had to say..."

Note: Interview featured on the Girlie Gastronomy pages (books/interviews) of the very ladylike Sassi Sam.


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

High Tea: The Australian's Women's Weekly- Cookbook Review

High Tea: The Australian Women's Weekly

"I’m having a really tough time not squealing with giddy excitement. And I’ll be honest and say that I’m generally not prone to fits of girlish glee- for fear of blowing my cover as an independent and formidable feminist.

Still- when the Australian Women’s Weekly ‘High Tea’ recipe book came my way- I could literally feel my sleek black outfit morphing into a frilly apron, lace collar and bustled skirt."
-Writes Jane de Graaff
Read the full review here.
Note: Review featured in the Girlie Gastronomy pages of

Friday, April 9, 2010

Disposable love... hook turn!

The other day I fell in love- with a hot cup of coffee in a take-away cup. But it wasn't just any take-away cup...

It was this brilliant little re-usable gem from the Melbourne company, celebrating the love of all things Melbournian, hookTurn (Ha, hook turn... geddit?).

I don't usually gush about product unless I feel that there is a really good reason. So you can guarantee that if I'm posting pictures and comment, it's genuinely heartfelt.
These little babies are just kitsch enough to make the re-usable coffee cup less about toting a brand bearing cup-of-cool and more about just keeping your coffee warm, nodding to what they actually are and reducing waste as we go.

I've always loved the idea of the re-usable cup. I'm just not such a big fan of the ones with logos, brands and messages posted all over the sides.

So when I came across this one (and for only $10 a cup), I was pretty taken by them. Ours was a spur of the moment purchase - thanks to the guys at Camberwell's Coffee Collective, who stock them and who, like a lot of great coffee spots, offer a discount on your BYO cup.  Just an extra benefit if you slurp down the devils brew like I do.

These BYO cups were one of those purchases that just make me all warm and fuzzy. It's a squishy little cup that you just want to HUG!

Dishwasher safe, withstands up to 200degC, keeps your coffee hot and "won't contribute to the mountain of discarded paper coffee cups littering the streets and bins around the world"... *warm. and. fuzzy.* That's all I'm saying.
Plus, for a local lover like me... it's supporting a Melbourne based company.

Check it out:  - and get yourself a re-usable coffee cup. I don't care what kind, but I do recommend this one.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Get your buns in the oven: SBS Food Online

Get your buns in the oven: SBS
"The weather is cooling, the leaves are turning and the long hot days of summer are receding into the distance. In Australia this can only mean one thing... Easter is on its way and with it, hot cross buns."

Writes Jane de Graaff 
Read the full article on SBS here.

Note: Article featured at

With special thanks to Tony Dench and the team at Dench Bakers in Melbourne for allowing me to see how the pro's do it.