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Capital Kitchen: Pumpkin and leek soup with cloves

By 1 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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With the 13th Collector Village Pumpkin Festival underway, I thought I’d get into the spirit and share a pumpkin soup recipe with you all. It would make the perfect lunch or dinner on this windy autumn day.
I really like this velvety Italian version with just a hint of cloves. The recipe was given to me [...]

First Look: Molto Italian

By 28 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Bartender at Molto

“When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore,” crooned Dean Martin.  And there is something about dining in a decent Italian restaurant that captures your soul and makes you feel like you are falling in love.  Maybe it’s the food, or maybe it’s the atmosphere.  And Molto Italian seems to have found that magic ingredient.

I [...]

Capital kitchen: Anzac biscuits recipe

By 23 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Anzac biscuits. Photo: Diana Lampe

Both Australia and New Zealand share the tradition of Anzac biscuits.
During World War I the women left at home made biscuits to send to the soldiers overseas.
These were called soldiers’ biscuits at first, but became known as Anzac biscuits after the Gallipoli landing in 1915.
Anzac biscuit recipes are similar to much older recipes for rolled [...]

Our first look – Vincent

By 21 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Barton’s newest wine bar and restaurant is not one that I found easy to find. From the street all that can be seen is big windows covered in dark shutters with virtually no signage. After calling them to find out where to go we realised it next door to Little Bird, in the same new [...]

Cheap Eats: The Forage

By 20 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Performance at The Forage

Somehow, until a few weekends ago, I had never been to The Forage. But now that I have been, I am keen to go back – I will have to wait, though, as The Forage is only held around once every three months.

The Forage has been at various venues in Canberra, including New Acton and an [...]

At Home with Sophia: Chicken Saltimbocca

By 16 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I don’t know what it is, but more and more I am finding myself turning to chicken over red meat. I can be craving a meaty dish, will go out of my way to make one but then end up pushing all of the chunks of meat aside to eat only the veggies. Mike is [...]

The Brunch Run – The Cupping Room (Civic)

By 16 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Cupping Room in Civic is probably one of Canberra’s most popular cafes. Whenever I drive past, tables are always full and sometimes there’s even a line out the door. I had family in town last weekend and decided to take them here for breakfast.
We arrived quite early, about 7.50am. I thought the cafe had [...]

First look: Yat Bun Tong Dumpling House

By 13 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
A selection of dishes from Yat Bun Tong: clockwise from top xiaolongbao dumplings; hot and sour soup; and fried dim sims.

Who likes Chinese dumplings?  Do you prefer boiled dumplings (jiaozi), fried dumplings (guotie or gyoza), shark fins dumplings (yuchi shuijiao) or perhaps steamed Shanghai steamed bun (xiaolongbao)?  Actually the distinction doesn’t really matter so much because Yat Bun Tong has them all.  Plus a range of Cantonese, Shanghainese and even Beijing dishes.
A selection of dishes [...]

At Home with Sophia: Baked Gravce na Tavce (beans) and eggs

By 9 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Breakfast is probably my favourite meal of the day. I would pick poached eggs and crispy bacon over a muffin any day! I also love eating breakfast at home; not only is it half the cost, but 95% of the time, it’s a better meal than what I could buy at a cafe. Sometimes though, [...]

Top six things to do in Canberra this weekend (8-10 April)

By 7 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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It’s a mixed bag this weekend: join other runners from the Capital region in the 2016 Australian Running Festival; brush up on your Shakespeare at Canberra Theatre Centre with Bell Shakespeare’s interpretation of Romeo and Juliet; and, eat some amazing local street style food at The Forage.
ALL WEEKEND

2016 Australian Running Festival
Where: Event Village is at [...]

Creative Cookery: Tarragon egg salad sandwiches

By 4 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’ve made this little beauty years ago for the specialty coffee championship in Canberra for my fellow coffee judges refreshment. It is very mild and pleasant on the pallet without the harshness of a raw onion — my least favourite taste in the world!
I enjoy making this egg delight together with my son and it’s a [...]

At Home with Sophia: Chocolate Maltesers bunny tarts

By 2 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’ve mentioned so many times before how much I love social media platforms for finding inspiration, they’re just so great. Just before Easter, Coles had a Facebook advertisement for the cutest Maltesers chocolate tart recipe; they were just adorable and I had to have them in my coffee shop, 3 Degrees Coffee, for Easter!
I decided to [...]

The Brunch Run – ONA Coffee (Fyshwick)

By 2 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Sometimes in life you wake up on a Saturday morning and you don’t feel like that muesli and yoghurt for breakfast or the idea of a poached egg and wilted baby spinach is totally unappealing. Sometimes you just want a big, greasy fry up.  So that’s exactly what you do.
I love ONA Coffee in Fyswhick. [...]

Cheap Eats: Thr1ve (Civic)

By 30 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Thr1ve in Civic is what I guess you could call fast food, however it’s a far cry from traditional fast food eateries like McDonalds and KFC. Thr1ve serves up healthy dishes on the go. They describe themselves as offering ‘high performance nutrition so you look, feel and perform at your best.’
Often healthy food can be [...]

Creating a Cafe: Choosing our coffee

By 29 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The shop plans were complete and now we were ready to build. We were very excited and we were thinking we’d be open within a couple of weeks. Oh, how wrong we were!
We realised that there was now a whole bunch of paperwork that needed to be submitted to various certifiers and Government agencies, such as [...]

Creative Cookery: Banana hotcakes

By 21 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I made this yummy dish on Wednesday when we had a bit of morning at home. My son was very upset and didn’t want to go school so I thought, if I make his favourite breakfast it’ll cheer him up and it surely did! When I was pregnant, I loved berry hotcakes at the Bees Cafe [...]

The Brunch Run – Cafe Garema (Civic)

By 19 March 2016 FEATURED ARTICLE
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On my search for the location of the next Cheap Eats I realised there was a cluster of cafes in Civic that I hadn’t been to before. We settled on Cafe Garema.
The first thing I noticed about Cafe Garema is that they have a really extensive menu. Lots and lots of menu items to choose [...]

First Look: Cinnabar Chinese Restaurant

By 17 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
San Choy Bao

Thursday pay week, and the Kingston Foreshore was pumping. My date wanted to take me out for dinner and, as we walked past the elegantly designed Cinnabar Restaurant, we decided to try something new.
San Choy Bao
As an Australian who has spent time in China and Taiwan, I found it strange that the only Asians appeared [...]

At Home with Sophia: Beef burgers

By 15 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I have always been really good at being able to use left overs, or whatever is in my fridge and pantry to whip up a week night dinner; it’s probably because I absolutely hate the idea of wasting anything. Since becoming a small business owner, my feelings toward wasting food have continued to grow; so [...]

Creative Cookery: Red chicken bake

By 14 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’ve made this recipe for our last family lunch in the garden. I wanted to do something delicious and moorish but also something that does not involve my whole afternoon in the kitchen. Cooking for people with various health requirement can be tricky and creating a rustic beautiful dish is always a challenge, but those [...]

Cheap Eats – Taze (Civic)

By 9 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Mediterranean food is one of my favourite cuisines. I don’t know how anyone could not like it! I was super excited for this edition of Cheap Eats because I had decided to feature Civic restaurant Taze and their $10 lunch special.
Taze do lunch packs and they offer a variety of choices: lamb or chicken skewer [...]

Ask RiotACT: Gluten-free Hot Cross Buns

By 8 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Okay, hive mind.  I know Easter fare such as hot cross buns have been on supermarket shelves since about Boxing Day, but can anyone shed light on where one might avail oneself of a supply of gluten free hot cross buns?  Preferably north side, but willing to travel to make a little astromonkey happy.
Fire away!

Five to try: Hot cross buns

By 8 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Just when I feel like I’ve finally recovered from the overeating that is Christmas, it seems Easter pops up in all it’s chocolate-fuelled glory and we start all over again.
But hey, I’m not complaining. One of my favourite things about this time of year is waking up to the smell of hot cross buns toasting [...]

Creative Cookery Cakes: Honey Cake with Orange and Spice

By 7 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Growing up outside Prague, my memories of sweets and treats are beautiful. I was born into a socialist Czechoslovakia and back then we did not have a culture of fast food, or cafes and restaurants in general. There was only one sweet shop in town square and so each visit felt a bit exciting.
When I [...]

The Brunch Run – Breizh Cafe (Ainslie)

By 5 March 2016 FEATURED ARTICLE
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For this week’s edition of The Brunch Run, I was determined to try somewhere a bit different; somewhere I hadn’t seen popping up on Instagram or on Facebook. I had spotted a small cafe at the Ainslie Shops a few weeks ago that I previously had never noticed before so I decided to give it [...]

Creative Cookery for Kids: Vegetarian San Choy Bow with salad

By 29 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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This week’s recipe is light, versatile and can be consumed warm or cold. It will fit in any school lunch box and all the dairy components can be easy removed to turn this little beauty into a vegan dish. Personally, I like to have it as a cold dinner accompanied with crispy lettuce leaves, yoghurt, [...]

Modern Japanese: Lilo Tang

By 25 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Houji Tea Smooth Pudding, Candied Sweet Potato

I was lunched recently at Lilo Tang. Lunched as in taken out by someone who had a generous entertaining budget who wanted to impress. And I was impressed by the food at Lilo Tang.
Lilo Tang is a modern Japanese restaurant in the Burbury Hotel & Apartments, part of the Realm precinct in Barton. The walls [...]

Five to try: Milkshakes

By 23 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Photo credit: @inexplicablewanderlust

When the Patissez “Freakshakes” exploded over social media last year, Canberra suddenly became known for more than just politics, porn and fireworks. We were now home of the “Freakshake” and people came from far and wide to try one. 
While Patissez might have made Canberra the milkshake capital of the world, there are a few other [...]

The Brunch Run: A Bite to Eat (Chifley)

By 20 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A Bite to Eat in Chifley is one of those hidden suburban gems. Fitted out with retro mismatching furniture, vintage style carpet and a big wall of photos and postcards it has an incredibly homely vibe about it.
I caught up with a friend for breakfast on Saturday morning and was actually really excited to try [...]

Cheap Eats – 10″ Custom Pizzeria (Braddon)

By 18 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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10″ Custom Pizzeria is located within the hip and bustling food precinct that is The Hamlet on Lonsdale Street, Braddon.
Its pizzas are probably the best I have ever eaten. They make all their dough in-store and it is rolled out on the bench in front of you. They have a pizza menu, or you [...]

Calls for ban on Dutch pancakes, chips on sticks at Multicultural Festival

By 15 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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A Change.org petition is calling on the ACT Government to ban the popular Dutch pancake and chips on sticks stalls at the National Multicultural Festival.
The petition, created by Matthew Archer, argues on its Change.org page that the stalls should go not because of their lack of nutritional value, nor because they’re readily available throughout the [...]

Creative Cookery Cakes: Light fig and rhubarb afternoon dessert

By 15 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I made this delicious pudding-style desert for our neighbourhood BBQ last Sunday. We are fortunate to live in a charming, quiet street with lots of tall mature trees, established gardens with roses, where neighbours know each other, go camping during the summer holidays for a week, and time to time get together to watch family [...]

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