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Departing soon: All Aboard the Mornington Express Wine and Dine Train again in 2019

It’s hard to believe that almost 12 months has passed since my first Melbourne Food and Wine Festival in conjunction with the hard-working volunteers of the Mornington Railway. It’s a day that my team and I will never forget. We prepped the venue the day before the event in perfect warm conditions but the weather …

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Reinventing Sunday lunch: My exciting new Seasonal series to kick-off in March

Sunday lunch has always been one of my favourite meals. It’s the perfect time to reconnect with friends and family and share my passion for Mornington Peninsula produce. I’m always looking for ways to spread the word about the benefits of sustainable eating and what better way to do that than over a relaxed lunch? …

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A berry nice dessert: Fruit and rhubarb team nicely for a crumbly winter treat

It’s cold, wet and wintry – definitely crumble weather! When I’m making a crumble I can never go past rhubarb. I love the tartness of rhubarb and it pairs beautifully with other fruits and berries. My favourite combination is rhubarb and raspberry. I go to Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm in Main Ridge for my berries …

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A recipe that’s a cut above: Unfashionable cuts turning out old school slow-cooked classics

It’s really interesting to see how we’ve come full circle with the cuts of meat we use. Cheaper cuts that were once shunned for special occasions are now sought after as we return to old school cooking techniques. Braising and slow roasting is well and truly back in favour and home cooks are asking their …

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Fungi feast fit for a Queen: My Winter Truffle Train provides a memorable dining experience

We were lucky to have a beautiful sunny afternoon so could serve the canapés on the platform at Moorooduc station before boarding the train. Once on board our guests enjoyed bento boxes filled with more truffle treats including three cheese and black truffle tart, truffled liver parfait, a truffled mac and cheese croquette and some …

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Surprising find at Farmer’s Market: try this Jerusalem artichoke soup recipe

We all love a Farmer’s Market. But have any of you tried a food swap? I think it might be my new favourite way to source fantastic, fresh produce grown right here on the Mornington Peninsula. I went to one the other day in Pearcedale and came home with the most amazing ingredients including dehydrated …

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School’s (almost) in: New 100 mile foodie cooking school taking shape

I’m thrilled to announce that my new 100 mile foodie cooking school is almost complete with the finishing touches to be added over the coming weeks. Over the next week, we have meetings with kitchen design and plasterer, the internal frame will be completed while window and door designs will be ordered. I’m hoping to …

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The Chef and the Farmer’s Wife: Launching my new series of special lunches

You probably all know by now how much I love to collaborate! This autumn I have been working with one of my favourite Mornington Peninsula producers Sally Matt (pictured, right, with me) on a series of special lunches. Sally and her husband Eddie run Hillock Downs where they breed and raise the most spectacular beef. …

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Autumn fruit ideas: Pears take some beating for quality and quantity at this time of the year

Poached pears take me to my happy place. My love affair with the autumnal fruit began when I was pregnant with my son, Hamish. I craved tinned fruit in natural juice, especially pears. I remember thinking it was such a funny thing to want, but at least it was healthy! Hamish is well and truly …

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