Dietaries for Days

For the 2023 Steampunk Festival in Dimboola we organised and hosted a Five Course Meal on the Friday Night, which was paired up with Fossey's Gin.  The event was held at the VRI hall, which we were familiar with since our previously hosted lunch there. We were confident of the old kitchen's capabilities to prepare just under 500 plates of food.

Woke to Wattleseed

 I consider myself fortunate to have grown up on Wotjobaluk country, where I was exposed to the use of bush foods that have been around for centuries. One of my favourites is wattleseed, which grows naturally throughout western Victoria and offers numerous health benefits such as potassium, zinc, calcium, and iron.

Tomatoes are our Love Apples

As we approach the end of April, it's time to harvest the last of the tomatoes from my garden. I'm happy to report that this season has been a success, with the tomatoes planted from seed producing a bountiful harvest.

VRI Hall Luncheon

Our home has been the venue for several lunches, and while I can't recall the exact count, it's likely around 14. However, due to the changing weather patterns, we are unable to host events on our verandah or indoors during the colder months. To address this challenge, we relocated to the Dimboola VRI hall, where we hosted our first luncheon on Sunday.

Have you used zucchinis for more than just a zucchini slice?

First of all, you need to taste a fresh zucchini freshly picked from your garden, because that's what you're going to do next season. You are going to plant a few zucchini seeds and what they grow and then pick from the garden and make a salad. Yes, that’s right, a salad!

Kids in the Garden

The biggest moments that are filling my soul, is having my nieces and nephews wanting to come and hang out with me, ages ranging from 4 to 18, whether it’s in the Garden or the Kitchen.

Australian Food Safety Week 2022

It’s Australian Food Safety Week superstars, so it’s the perfect opportunity to share a few pointers to make sure your safe working with food and that your food is kept safe.

Beetroot Loather Turned Lover

Are you a beetroot fan? I think it sits in the category of coriander, you either love or loathe. For so many years, I couldn't stand beetroot, and I blame my brother lol. When I was a kid, he told me that beetroot juice was Dracular's blood. And I couldn't stand the thought of it. 

Barengi Gadjin Land Council Luncheon

Barengi Gadjin Land Council held their General Meeting over two days on Saturday and Sunday.

Stinging Nettle Ravioli

I first used stinging nettles for a Wine & Food Ladies Dinner at Stawell in 2007 (I think it was a George Columbaris recipe.) When catering for these events you were given the recipes in advance that they wanted to be served.

Sunday Lunch at Cats No 2 - 17th July

It is fantastic to report that the second luncheon was a success. With strong winds and rain, the weather turned on her charm of 12 degrees.

Planting & Preserving with Little Explorers

Daisy approached me about helping at the little explorers section of the Harvest Festival at Sovereign Hill in the aftermath of the Grampians Grape escape.