Posts Categorized: Cooking

My ten year bloggerversary and a truffle prize

This blog has come a long way along a long and twisting road since July 2005. 983 posts worth. Some of my first posts were short updates, rants or pictures that would be better posted on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook nowadays. And that’s why I probably don’t post as much here as I used to. The intention is there but other networks are grabbing my time, including my business blog and LinkedIn. In the early days there were maybe 20 or 30 people with blogs in Australia. Most of our connections were with other bloggers in the US, UK or Europe. It was very different. You needed a proper camera rather than a phone to take pictures of food. In fact people thought I was distinctly odd in 2005 trying to take a picture of my food. Of course nowadays almost everyone is a blogger in one way or another. If you aren’t on Twitter or Instagram, you’ll be posting on LinkedIn or your personal Facebook profile. Ten years is a long time. Back then broadband internet was new and the iPhone didn’t yet exist. I imagine we’ll be keyboardless in another ten. To celebrate my ten years of blogging I’m collaborating with one of my new clients Duncan Garvey at Perigord Truffles in Tasmania to give away a truffle and truffle butter pack to one lucky reader. We are also offering free shipping of Tassie truffles to all readers. All you have to do to be in the running is submit your favourite truffle recipe in comments or email to and we’ll pick a winner and publish it here and on the Perigord blog. Rules 1. One recipe per entrant 2. The best recipe will be judged by myself, Ed Charles, and Duncan Garvey and our choice will be final. 3. We’d like to use some of the best recipes on Duncan’s truffle blog. Please let us know if you don’t want us to republish your recipe. 4. Closing date for entries is 4 August 2015. Winners will be announced by 11 August 2015.

Enter the Lara salami competition

I hope that grabbed your attention. The Lara Food and Wine Festival is holding an amateur competition for home made Jamon, prosciutto and other smallgoods on 23 March. If you are not familiar with the history of smallgoods in Melbourne, Lara looms large over all those making small goods today. The town’s Angel Cardoso was famous for his smallgoods but sadly was shut down by the food police – the same ones that prevent having more unpasteurized cheese. Angel died in March 2013 at the age of 78 having arrived in Australia in 1962. George Biron says Angel gained a reputation as the maker of Australia’s finest Spanish-style smallgoods, including jamon serrano hams, salamis and chorizo sausages. The Lara Food and Wine Festival’s aim is to hold an annual competition to judge the best home made and naturally cured smallgoods to honour, remember Angelo. Judges include food writer Richard Cornish, MoVida’s Frank Camorra, Rosa Mitchell, cheese mastro Richard Thomas and others including myself. Prizes are $500 $300 $200 and a perpetual trophy for overall winner. You can read more about it here.