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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.

Just a few places left for Thursday truffle dinner. Book now.

What: When: Thursday 5th July, 7pm Where: 12-18 Yarra Place South Melbourne VIC 3205 How much: $80.00 including booking fee. How many: 60 places (54 for sale) How to book: Booking only through Trybooking here. There’s just a handful of places left at our St Ali truffle dinner this coming Thursday as we just releases some extra tickets. St Ali was the venue of our first truffle diners last year with the pop-up truffle shop Madame Truffles supplying the produce. We can pretty much your handbag (or wallet) will come away smelling of fine Australian truffles. This year we’ll have the kitchen headed by Jesse Gerner (The Aylesbury and Anada) who has gone into partnership with Sal at St Ali to lunch St Ali North in spring 2012. We’ll be showcasing truffles from at least three states on the night with about 10-12 grams per person. We’ll have the light and earthy Bobar Shiraz as the only wine available at $30 a bottle and $8 a glass. So hurry up, there’s only 54 tickets on sale (and an additional ten reserved for St Ali’s hipster baristas). 1st Course Confit Egg Yolk, Truffle, Savoury Granola, Celeriac Milk 2nd Course “Roasted Chicken & Chips”, Truffled Bread Sauce 3rd Course Truffle in its Natural Surroundings (Risotto of Wild Mushroom) 4th Course Brie, Truffle, Quince, “Toasty” 5th Course Salted Peanut Caramel Truffle