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The Water of Life

An old Russian saying describes vodka as ‘sunshine in my stomach’, a perfect description of the spirit’s warming effect that made it so popular in the icy cold winters of Eastern Europe. Aqua Vitae, or ‘the water of life’ is the earliest known form of vodka. It originated in Poland where it was first used […]

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guide to cuts of beef

A Guide to Cuts of Beef

Your friendly neighbourhood butcher is a wealth of knowledge on the best cuts of beef for your kitchen, but when we are left adrift in the supermarket aisle it is easy to find ourselves staring blankly at the endless range of cuts available. T-bone and porterhouse look the same but cost different, so which one […]

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Chardonnay For Everyone

A Chardonnay For Everyone

Chardonnay is the chameleon of the wine world, transforming from the buttery oak-aged drop beloved by the 90’s to the crisp, citrusy styles of today. As one of the most diverse grape varieties in the world, it is almost guaranteed that there is Chardonnay style out there that is perfect for you. Chardonnay is a […]

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moody foods

Moody Foods

We all have that friend that just can’t deal with being hungry. As soon as their blood sugar drops they can’t help but get agitated and cranky. But the effect that food has on our mood goes far beyond hangry (hungry angry). Certain chemicals in food can stimulate and suppress our own brain chemistry, altering […]

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Seasonal Produce – May

Kiwi fruit Kiwifruits are native to China where they are known as ‘yang tao’ or ‘chinese gooseberies’. It wasn’t until the early 20th century that Yang Tao seeds were introduced to New Zealand where they were commercially grown and eventually became known as Kiwifruit. Technically a berry, Kiwifruits have a tangy sweet green flesh and […]

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whey vodka

Something Whey Different

Sometimes the most extraordinary things come from the least expected of places. That is certainly the case of Hartshorn Distillery Vodka, which is set to incite a vodka revolution out of a small family-run cheesery located in the rolling hills of Tasmania. Grandvewe Cheese actually started life about 14 years ago as a vineyard, with […]

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beers of the world

Beers of the World

With so many different types of beer available it can be easy to reach for the ‘safe option’, but this could mean that you are missing out on a whole world of delicious beer styles! So next time you’re deliberating at the beer fridge, be a little adventurous and let your tastebuds travel the globe […]

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cocktail garnishes

Pimp my Cocktail

Just like cake needs icing and a roast requires gravy, a good cocktail deserves to be garnished. More than simply a decorative flourish, a garnish can make all the difference to a cocktail, adding another dimension of colour, texture, aroma and flavour to your drink. When mixing drinks at home we generally don’t bother with […]

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