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