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Seasonal Produce – April

Mushrooms There are so many weird and wonderful varieties of mushrooms of many different shapes and sizing, and ranging in flavour from delicate to rich. In Australia, the most common types you will find in the supermarket are button, cup, flat, portobello, brown, shitake and enoki. Mushrooms are very low in fat and high in […]

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guide to sugar

Guide to Sugar

Sugar is an essential ingredient in the miracle of baking. Not only does it make our favourite treats taste sweet and delicious, it also feeds yeast to create that all important rise. However, our love of sugar is often conflicted by a vast amount of evidence that links it to obesity and diabetes, and current […]

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super seaweed

Super Seaweed

In the last few years seaweed has made the transition from major ick factor to the ultimate super food, and one of the biggest global trends to sweep the food industry. Used in traditional Japanese cooking for centuries, the Australian culinary scene has only just recently begun to explore a greater use of this slimy […]

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Seasonal Produce – March

Peaches Peachy keen peaches are lusciously fragrant and juicy stone fruits, from the same family as plums and apricots. Their soft fuzzy skin is dappled in the colours of autumn, from yellow to deep reds, while its flesh is yellow and studded by a large seed. Native to China, peaches have a strong significance in […]

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aphrodisiac foods

A Recipe for Love

It’s often said that the way to the heart is through the stomach, but can food really put you in the mood for love? Since the time of the Romans and Egyptians, people have believed that food has aphrodisiac powers, consuming bizarre and peculiar dishes such as cobra blood and rhino horn in an effort […]

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Seasonal Produce – February

Tamarillo Sometimes known as a tree tomato, this vibrant fruit ranges from purple to rich red and yellow, and has deliciously tangy jelly like flesh. Originating from South America and very popular in New Zealand, Tamarillo’s have only been grown in Australia in the last ten years. Packed with gut healthy fibre, calcium, iron and […]

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Dan Hong's Banh Mi

Dan Hong’s Banh Mi

Merivale’s head chef Dan Hong shares his recipe for mouthwatering mini banh mi sliders. Don’t be intimidated by the long recipe, just take it step by step and next thing you know you will be chowing down on the best sliders you have ever eaten! Mini Pork Banh Mi This recipe needs to be started […]

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Seasonal Produce – January

Passion fruit Tropical passion fruits are native to Brazil, Paraguay and Northern Argentina, where they grow from stunning exotic blooms on winding vines. Passion fruits are actually a type of berry, with a thick purple skin that houses sweet seedy orange flesh. The entire contents of a passion fruit can be eaten, seeds and all. […]

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