Going Meat Free

meat free week

It’s on again – the week when meat is off (the menu that is).  Meat Free Week 2015 takes place from Monday 23rd March to Sunday 29th March and while the thought of it might strike terror into the hearts of red blooded men, sausage sizzlers, pork belly buffs, burger addicts and butchers alike, it’s for a very good cause. … [Read More...]

meat free week

Going Meat Free

It’s on again – the week when meat is off (the menu that is).  Meat Free Week 2015 takes place from Monday 23rd March to Sunday 29th March and while the thought of it might strike terror into the hearts of red blooded men, sausage sizzlers, pork belly buffs, burger addicts and butchers alike, it’s… 

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Australia’s Emerald Isle

While Ireland may have appropriated the term “Emerald Isle”, we can justifiably borrow it to describe Tasmania, Australia’s very own pastoral paradise. I have always loved the place (enough to choose it as a wedding venue in fact!), lived and worked there once and recently published an article about it.

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Alice Toklas’s Sunday night suppers

Better known as the self-effacing amanuensis and lover of Gertrude Stein, Alice Toklas was no shrinking violet in the kitchen. Her culinary prowess, as well as sustaining Gertrude’s literary endeavours (and considerable girth), set the stage for those more celebrated cooks who came later. Long before Julia Child’s, Elizabeth David’s or Alice Waters’ conversions to the… 

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new year

Brand New Year

Only four days into 2015 it’s still as fresh as a just baked loaf. Before it begins drying out, going stale and getting mouldy, let’s take a minute to re-capture the exhiliration and optimism that fuel our fun on New Year’s Eve.

christmas treats collage

Can You Feel the Love?

Baking up a storm at Christmas is a long standing tradition in my family. Although my grandmother was not the pioneer, she certainly set the benchmark for my mother and ultimately me.  My initiation into the annual ode to gastronomic excess took place many years ago at her groaning table. My mother’s Christmas repasts were only slightly less… 

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James Joyce’s Kitchen

James Joyce’s Ulysses has been hailed as the greatest novel of the 20th century. Volumes have been written over the years about both Joyce and the book, but perhaps less widely discussed are the eating habits of both the author and the book’s protagonist, Leopold Bloom. When you take even a cursory look at Joyce and… 

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Gingering up Christmas

In the lead-up to Christmas my mood swings wildly between Scrooge-like misanthropy and absurd visions of conjuring up some kind of idealised “Better Homes & Gardens” homescape, complete with holly decked halls and cinnamon scents wafting from the oven. Reality eventually sets in when the Christmas tree once again defies every attempt to keep it perpendicular… 

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food and fiction

Introducing Food and Fiction

Here you won’t find a banquet, a smorgasbord, a feast or anything extravagant at all. Rather, it is a series of small bites, amuses bouches if you like, designed for lovers of food and fiction. The original purpose of these pieces was to fulfill some of the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Food Writing I… 

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Here we go round the Mulberry Bush

When HWMBF (He Who Must Be Fed) decided to plant two ornamental mulberry trees in the front garden, he was more interested in aesthetics than food production. Several years on however these mulberry trees, arguably still ornamental, have developed into freakishly prolific bearers of tiny but intensely sweet, juicy and flavoursome berries.

food sense

Food Sense

Food sense is a bit like common sense – a rarer attribute than you might expect. Having been a prime example of food foolishness over the years (lurching from all out piggery to borderline eating disorder and back again), I’m not one to preach. However perhaps because I’ve made all the mistakes, I was especially… 

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yorke peninsula

Sea Gazing and Grazing

My excuse for having been missing in action from Epicurean Epistles for a while is that we were away on holiday for a week which meant a holiday from everything (blogging and the dreaded fasting diet included ((more on that later)). When I reluctantly returned to my computer, there were literally hundreds of emails awaiting… 

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going veg

Pledging to be Veg

A couple of days ago an email appeared in my in-box inviting me to take the Veg Week Challenge. Among the many invitations I get to challenge myself in various ways, not least by doling out money for some dubious benefit, this one actually caught my attention. You might think I’m already challenged enough with… 

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alternate day fasting diet

Fasting & Feasting Week 4

How can we be at Week 4 of the Alternate Day Fasting Diet already and still I’m not being mistaken for Angelina Jolie? Must have lost too much weight off the lips. Fortunately some has come off the hips too, around half a kilo this week, which is satisfying (in a very unsatisfying way if… 

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diet collage

Fasting & Feasting Week 3

Week 3 of the Alternate Day Fasting Diet down and I could almost get used to this (says she from the comfortable complacency of a feast day). Despite a massive mid-week blow-out Mexican style (which thankfully coincided with a feast day) I’ve still lost another kilo and what’s more surprising maintained my sanity, such as… 

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maiz and mezcal

A Taste of Mexico

It’s been a long time since I ate at a Mexican restaurant, so when I received an invitation to join a group of food bloggers and media types at a dinner at Maiz and Mezcal, a local Adelaide restaurant, I was keen to try out some south of the border cuisine again. The dinner was… 

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alternate day diet

Fasting and Feasting Week 2

Another week done and another kilogram down. Week 2 hasn’t all been plain sailing, as there have been moments when I could have chewed my own arm off I was so hungry, but I’ve hung in there and all limbs remain intact.

pear and almond tart

Almond and Pear Tart surprise

Like me you’re probably wary of recipes with the word “surprise” in the title. There’s no guarantee the surprise will be a pleasant one. This one though is different in that the surprise ingredient is defined by its absence. It’s a tart with no pastry. Which might seem as pointless as a pub with no… 

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alternate day fast diet

Fasting and Feasting Week 1

Fasting is arguably the antithesis of what this blog’s about, but I hope you’ll bear with me as I embark on the AFD (Alternate Day Fasting Diet). I won’t bother to regale you with stories, recipes and photos of the fast days, for obvious reasons, but there’s at least some potential for interesting food ideas… 

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