One of the great joys of working in and around the world of food, as I have done for many years now, is that I have had the opportunity to meet, and spend time in the company of, some really awesome folks - farmers, food producers and chefs, as well as fellow cooks and food writers.
There are some absolute treasures to be discovered amidst the noise of Canberra's burgeoning restaurant scene. Boffins Restaurant at University House in 'old' Acton is one such establishment.
It's snowing in some parts of Australia right now and I can also report that there's a thick layer of ice covering everything outdoors in Canberra this morning, too. It's winter in my home town and, as I mentioned recently, despite the bone-chilling cold, there is much to celebrate.
I poked my head outside for a moment this evening to check if Mars was visible in the sky, but all I could see was the fog coming out of my mouth and nose. It's bloody cold out there, which augers well for the region's truffle growers and the upcoming Truffle Festival - Canberra Region.
Once upon a long, long, long time ago, Canberra, my home town, became a meeting place. I'm a vintage Canberran, but that event was well before my time. And I suspect it was way before yours too. Think back 20,000 years, maybe more, to when the first Australians, the Aboriginal people, gathered here for corroborees. Special meetings at which they mingled, danced and feasted on bogong moths.
'Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for,' the remarkable Maya Angelou suggested in her first book of essays, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now. With this in mind, it was time to escape to one of my favourite places in the company of a kindred spirit.
Pialligo Farm Smokehouse has once again taken out top honours at Australian Bacon Week, with the judges naming Pialligo Estate's dry cured and smoked shortcut rashers as Australia’s BEST Artisan Bacon for the second consecutive year.
'There is a child inside each of us, who only comes out in front of the person we are most comfortable with.' This quote, by 'unknown', certainly rings true in my own life. If there's one thing that will bring out the inner child in me, and my beloved Peter, it's a day out at the Royal Canberra Show.
Wow Canberra, you are completely taking my breath away! I was born in this beautiful city in 1958, have lived here all my life and now feel as though my baby has come of age – certainly in terms of food, wine and spectacular events!
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