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FROM FILLO TO FLAKY TIROPITES

FROM FILLO TO FLAKY TIROPITES As I watch my mother carefully fold each layer of fillo pastry, methodically and rhythmically, from one corner to the next, to form what will become flaky, cheesy triangular parcels of deliciousness, it occurs to me that her fingers would have folded thousands of tiropites in her time. Caterina is […]

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GREEK EASTER BISCUITS: FAMILY TRADITIONS

GREEK EASTER BISCUITS: FAMILY TRADITIONS A few years ago, Caterina presented me with a vintage style, embossed book filled with blank pages. She had recently purchased one for herself, with the purpose of passing it around to her friends and family for them each to share their signature recipe in. What a brilliant concept, I thought. I loved […]

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CATERINA’S CHILLI CRAB: A CELEBRATION

CATERINA’S CHILLI CRAB: A CELEBRATION Everything about this dish is a celebration. The beautiful crab which forms the centerpiece – a true celebration of the amazing seafood that lives in our Australian waters. The use of punchy flavours, when married together in the perfect balance – a celebration of a cook’s ability to use their […]

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BOOZY BAILEYS CHOCOLATE ESPRESSO EASTER CAKE

BOOZY BAILEYS CHOCOLATE ESPRESSO EASTER CAKE If you don’t like chocolate than it’s probably best not to bother with this recipe. This cake is intensely chocolatey. It’s boozed with Baileys. It’s pumped with coffee. And if that isn’t enough of a flavour hit, it’s topped with a creamy chocolatey Baileys icing and a scattering of […]

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CAN WE HAVE THE RECIPE? MAREA’S ALMOND BISCUITS

CAN WE HAVE THE RECIPE? MAREA’S ALMOND BISCUITS “Can we have the recipe?” A question that commonly escapes our mouths. No, we don’t go knocking on Zumbo’s door asking for the ingredient combination and recipe technique that makes his macarons so famous (ok, ok, he has shared that one publicly!!), nor do we expect Oporto’s […]

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SYMBOLIC CREATIONS: ST JOSEPH’S PASTA

SYMBOLIC CREATIONS: ST JOSEPH’S PASTA The commemoration of Saints is common practice amongst Christian communities throughout the world. With such commemorations come beautiful and symbolic rituals, practices and traditions that are observed by communities annually in the form of church services, prayers, parades, and the preparation of feasts; all performed to honour the life of, […]

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CURING OLIVES: BLACK JEWELS IN LIQUID GOLD

CURING OLIVES: BLACK JEWELS IN LIQUID GOLD It was inevitable that I would grow up loving olives. Aside from the fact that I was born to Greek parents, my father was born and raised in the Kalamata olive producing region of Messinia, Greece. In the small village of Magganiako, my grandparents cultivated olive trees on […]

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GOURD FLOWERS: MUM’S LOULOUDAKIA YEMISTA

GOURD FLOWERS: MUM’S LOULOUDAKIA YEMISTA “Whose garden are these from, mum?” I ask as I look over to my mother’s kitchen bench blossoming with an abundance of beautiful bright yellow Kolokithi (gourd) flowers. “Your Aunty Sofia’s” Mum replies, “She just picked them from the garden and had too many to know what to do with”. This is one of […]

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BANANA CAKE: THROW IT ALL IN ONE BOWL AND MIX

BANANA CAKE: THROW IT ALL IN ONE BOWL AND MIX To give you an elaborate introduction to this banana cake recipe is unnecessary, because, quite simply, it is a super simple throw-it-all-in-a-bowl-mix-and-bake kind of recipe. The sort of recipe that busy, time poor human beings who still want the comforting smells of home baked cooking wafting […]

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BERT’S: OUR NEW FAVOURITE PLACE

BERT’S: OUR NEW FAVOURITE PLACE We could easily summarise the experience like so: ‘Pack our bags, send them over, we are moving in permanently’. And to do so would, quite honestly, summarise the experience on point. However, it would be ill-mannered and a little selfish of us not to elaborate on our thoughts of the […]

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