Month: May 2011

Drinks, Eat streets, Wine

Last of the summer winemaking

It’s the dream of many to buy a cute little vineyard somewhere and start making wine, good wine hopefully. It’s the sort of hobby that sends people broke with high entry costs and often inferior wine produced. But oh what a joy to drink something you’ve made yourself, even though all your friends just want to spit rather than swallow. The sensible way to make wine is not to own a vineyard. All you need is access to good grapes […]


The downside of taking the China option

Kerrie Richards says quality and specifications aren’t up to scratch FACING a strong dollar and the prospect of increased input costs from the federal government’s proposed carbon tax, the big concern for many local manufacturers is the threat of low-cost competition from China. But as Queensland manufacturer Merino Country has found, China has as many disadvantages as advantages for many Australian manufacturers of clothing. Kerrie Richards, managing director and owner of the merino clothing manufacturer, says the company is pinning […]

Eat streets, Fitzroy Street, St Kilda

Golden Fields lobster rolls for ever

I‘m obsessed. All I can think of is the lobster roll, or to be precise the “New England lobster roll, hot buttered bun, cold poached crayfish, watercress & Kewpie”. The bread roll, which comes from a Chinese bakery and is friend in butter is soft and sweet. The lobster is doused in japanese mayonnaise (which is better than American mayonnaise). Diced shallots bring bite and flavour. At $15 it’s better than any burger and constructed well, which means that nothing […]


Chasing my White whale

[youtube:] Quietly, the man who was once the most famous chef on the planet slipped into Sydney, Marco Pierre White. In addition to seeing his daughter who lives there, this first visit was to promote Continental Stock Pot by cooking a dinner for bloggers. The interesting thing about his trip was that there was no newspaper coverage of the man who at 33 years old – 16 years ago – was the first person outside of France to be awarded […]

Cooking, Wine

Gambling with padrons

Padron peppers: are you game? A box arrived in the post, a big one, packed with padron peppers. They were plump, bright green ones, picked the day before by Garry Crittendon, the pioneering winemaker on the Mornington Penisula, who first planted vines there in 1982 at the age of 28. These padrons were far larger and more vibrant in color than any I’ve seen for sale in some of the better food stores and in Melbourne’s markets. They looked and […]

Books, Cooking

Modernist Cuisine and how to buy cookbooks

There are plenty of reasons to buy Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking. The trouble is that all Australian retailers rip us off so I would, when it becomes available, buy it online If you are unfamiliar with the book, it is the brainchild of former Microsoft chief technology officer Nathan Myhrvold who holed himself up in a 1670 sq m warehouse with assorted chefs, geeks, scientists, cheffy geeks and food journalists to create the definitive six volume […]


Kicking Indian food clichés

What’s your favourite Indian dish? Chicken tikka masala? Rogan josh? Naan bread? Indian restaurants have huge menus full of these and other popular dishes from the north of the country, but most ignore the delightful vegetarian spiced food from the south, and the wondrous array of fish dishes from a country with 6,100km of coastline on the mainland alone. By moving away from the staples of the north, Atul Kochhar has changed the way Indian food is perceived. In 2001, […]

Eat streets, Restaurants

The chaos that is Misschu

Order at the tuckshop window Click through to the MissChu website at your peril. It’s noisy, just like the restaurant, if you can call it that. The vibe is exactly the same as the crowded chaos of a SE Asian city at this joint at the top end of Exhibition St, between Lonsdale and Latrobe. The walls are pasted with refugee-style imagery. The crowd at lunch is largely office with guys in shirtsleeves wearing lanyards, groovy Asian guys in beanies […]