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Seasonal Produce – December

Lychees Native, to South China, Lychees found their way to Australia during the gold rush in the 1870’s. These small oval fruits have red bumpy skin that easily peels away to reveal white juicy flesh. The flesh has a sweet and delicate flavour, and a firm jelly-like texture that is most similar to a grape. […]

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a guide to nuts

A Guide to Nuts

Delicious and nutritious, nuts are such a simple way to add flavour, colour and texture to almost any dish. But often we get fed mixed information about nuts; they are packed full of nutrients, but also high in fat, you should eat them regularly, but not in large amounts. To help make it easy, we […]

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champagne cocktails

A Little Sparkle

‘Too much of anything is bad, but too much of Champagne is just right’  -Mark Twain The twinkling bubbles of sparkling wine have caused a sensation throughout history, feared by the Romans, coveted by Kings and sipped in celebration by modern wine lovers. While sparkling wine is an entirely romantic experience, the secret to its […]

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fruity beers

Fresh n’ Fruity

Fresh & tart fruity style brews are set to dominate the beer scene this summer with flavours of cherry, mango and watermelon already becoming fast favourites. We chat to beer expert Kirrily Waldhorn aka the Beer Diva to discover why this traditional Belgium style is gaining fans across the world. What are fruit beers? Let’s […]

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A Guide to Edible Flowers

A floral flourish is a beautiful way to decorate a dish, but edible flowers can contribute so much more to your cooking than just a pretty garnish. Edible flowers can be used to add colour, texture, aroma and flavour to both sweet and savoury dishes. Chefs have long seen the benefit of using flowers to […]

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Seasonal Produce – November

Cherries Lusciously juicy cherries conjure the flavours of summer picnics and Christmas feasts. These plump ruby red gems are in fact not a berry as they are commonly known, but a stone fruit. Cherries are a good source of free radical fighting antioxidants and dietary fibre. Eating cherries fresh is the best way to make […]

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ouzo

Spirited Ouzo

There is an old saying that ‘ouzo makes the spirit’, and as the largest consumers of Ouzo in the world, Greek culture certainly has no shortage of spirit, or kefi. The national drink of Greece and Cyprus, Ouzo is an anise-flavoured aperitif. The flavour is often likened to absinthe, but with a smoother finish. Ouzo […]

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summer wines

Guide to Summer Wines

Summer is approaching and with it warm days spent enjoying good friends, good food and good wine. While a crisp refreshing white is often the go-to choice for hot weather, sticking to this ‘golden rule’ might mean you are missing out on some wonderful pairings. Ultimately, if you choose a light wine that can be […]

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