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Leftover lamb lunch

Like many of us, it is nicer that it looks: warm lamb and tomato “salad” with my own spearmint and peppermint leaves, real egg mayo, salt, ground pepper and a sprinkle of hot paprika. I’m happy …

Every drip matters

Can’t travel but the appetite remains:filter drip Vietnamese coffee at home on a wet Summer Saturday morning in St Kilda. A gift from lovely Nanna Soerensen visiting Phu Quoc island, it was sure to come in handy during Covid-19 pandemic …

Day Tripping to Epping

These hills that greet visitors on Melbourne’s northern approaches once were dotted with sheep and rocks. Now they are blanketed with houses and huge shopping centres. For lunch, a taste of Japanese tonkatsu at Plenty Valley. Not fancy, just crumbed pork with udon noodles, vege and egg in a curry, heated by a cute, gimmicky … Continue reading Day Tripping to Epping

Evening Serenity

Magenta sunset brings calm on the Mekong River/ Tonle Sap, in Cambodia, 2015. The floating vegetation are clumps of hyacinth.

Grandma has boozy breath after brekky?

Marmalade meets sav blanc. Artisanal (😳?) orange fruit preserve infused with sauvignon blanc wine (0.1% alcohol by volume). Verdict: yes, zesty tasty. $4 at ALDI Australia

Off-the-shelf pasta pesto

This little one was on the “bargain shelf” at Woolies. (The sauce, not the dog.) Not bad for an “off-shelf” pasta pesto. Ingredients include orange, tomato, almonds, capsicum, and pecorino romano cheese. Add a dollop of egg mayo for extra creaminess. Would suit eggplant, chicken or try steamed mussels/scallops …

Big Jack or Fake Mac?

The beast in all its glory: meet the Big Jack, the burger that’s giving McDonald’s so much indigestion. Maccas is suing Hungry Jacks, claiming the Big Jack is a fake Big Mac. Taste test: Jack gives the Mac a run for its money with salt and fat content but I reckon it outperforms the Mac … Continue reading Big Jack or Fake Mac?

A man’s boots

We are gathered here today to honor and pay tribute to the life of a great pair of leather boots. Their reliability was unparalleled, their comfort never in question, their dedication above reproach. While so many just talked the talked, these boots walked the walk … traversing St Kilda’s many cobblestone alleys and backstreets, grassy … Continue reading A man’s boots

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