In the 1990s this energetic young thing spent several hours a week at a local gym. Step aerobics, funk classes and circuit training were on the agenda, accompanied by the sounds of C+C Music Factory, Right Said Fred and Salt-n-Pepa. What's that got to do with
'I am a little prone to romantic illusions and imagine our pheasants wandering around a quince orchard, but Colin advised me that the pheasants would peck at the fruit as it ripened, so there had to be a little adjustment to my dream' writes Maggie Beer in her book, Maggie's Farm. 'They inspire me so! Their look as a fruit, the beauty of the blossom and the diversity of uses of this often ignored fruit seem to me to be the essence of the country.'
Celebrated Master of The Quaich and Whisky Chef, Martine Nouet, was in Canberra recently to host Dinner with Whisky at the award-winning Konoba restaurant at Hotel Realm. The event was one of a series of whisky dinners held in capital cities across Australia in the lead up to the spectacular 'Whisky Live' shows.
If you fancy spending a leisurely morning at a relaxed country market not far from the city, the Murrumbateman Village Market is just the ticket. Situated 30 minutes north-west of Canberra, the village of Murrumbateman in the Yass Valley Shire offers a fortnightly Saturday market enjoyed by families from the local community and surrounds.
With a bounty of home-grown Meyer lemons and parsley, and a pot of fresh honey that I picked up from my beekeeper friends, it's time to dust off one of my most favourite recipes.
The recipe for chocolate beetroot cake in one form or another has done the rounds of many a kitchen table over the years, except mine that is. I first read about this cake in the 1990s, when it appeared in Jill Dupleix's book, New Food: from the new basics to the new classics. Versions have also appeared in books by Nigel Slater and articles by Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson and Martha Stewart, among others.
Champagne expert and ambassador Kyla Kirkpatrick, aka The Champagne Dame, returns to Canberra on Saturday, 23 May to take guests on a colourful, enigmatic journey into the wonderful world of the women of Champagne.
MasterChef finalist, Alvin Quah, will be on deck to cook up some of his favourite seafood recipes at a Fishing Fair to be held on Sunday, 17 May at Googong's Beltana Park.
One of the latest additions to my kitchen is this vintage 'Kitchamajig' (above) that caught my eye in a curiosity shop in the Kangaroo Valley. It is so aesthetically pleasing to me. I love its name, its interesting shape, and the fact that it has been well used by its previous owner/s. Made in England from solid stainless steel (and trade marked, I might add), imprinted text on it advises that it 'crushes, strains, whips and lifts'. I don't tend to buy 'props' for my food photography, therefore I'm inclined to add this handy little tool to my collection of cook's tools, but might use it with extra care. Have you ever seen one of these, or do you have one, dear readers?
'Dear Lizzy. The 2015 olive harvest is approaching and we'd love to invite you and Peter to join us with Kangaroo Valley Olives to be an olive farmer for a day,' came the delicious invitation from my friend and colleague, Jacqueline Weiley of Foodscape Tours.
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