Wednesday, 16 April 2014


We received a lovely parcel from the good people at Barilla.  They recently launched their gluten free range including various styles of pasta and sauces.  Inspired by our care package, I cooked my classic Spaghetti Bolognese recipe with Barilla's gluten free spaghetti for a mid week get together dinner with all MDB contributors.  We were amazed how similar the gluten free version was to its wheat cousin.  The only difference I could tell was that the gluten free pasta had more of a fine rough texture compared to the slippery, smooth wheat pasta.  All in all though, we all agreed that the use of corn and rice flour made a great wheat pasta alternative for those who have a gluten intolerant.


 2 sticks of celery
1 large onion
1 large carrot
2 tbs olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
250g pork mince
250g beef mince
1 1/2 cups red wine
1 can of diced tomatoes (400g)
1 tbs dried oregano
1 tbs dried basil
2 bay leaves
2 sprigs of rosemary
1 tbs sugar
1 large jar of traditional tomato pasta sauce (690g)
salt and pepper to taste
750g gluten free spaghetti

Serves 6

Monday, 14 April 2014


Basement, 61 Flinders Lane, Melbourne - ph: (03) 8663 0500

A few weeks ago BF and I were invited to Cecconi's relaunch event however, due a sudden case of illness, we were unable to attend. We were extremely excited when we received an in lieu invitation through AMPR to come and see what Cecconi's has achieved. Last Monday BF and I finally had the pleasure of experiencing this Italian restaurant and cellar bar.

Saturday, 12 April 2014


Flourless cakes are one of my favourites.  They are easy to make as well as scrumptiously moist, dense and full of flavour. We were invited to a friend's place for dinner and shot up my hand for dessert duty. An easy to transport dessert, this flourless mocha and raspberry cake is a winner.

125g flaked almonds
125g butter
2 tablespoons of strong black coffee
200g dark chocolate
1/3 cup cocoa powder + for dusting
3/4 cup caster sugar
5 eggs, separated
250g raspberries (fresh or frozen)
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
125ml thickened cream

Serves about 10

Sunday, 23 March 2014


175 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy - ph: (03) 9939 3293

We recently attended the launch of a cool new restaurant in Fitzroy; Smith & Daughters.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014


200 Gipps St, Abbotsford - ph: (03) 9445 5900

I love stumbling upon a new cool restaurant/ cafe in my area. We are certainly not short of food options around Richmond & Abbotsford, but it is always good to have new places to try.

It is hard to miss The Kitchen at Weylandts as you walk past. The entrance is pretty massive. And I was surprised to see how gigantic the space is once you walk inside.

I have been back a few times already since my first visit - this place is good! I've tried both breakfast and lunch menus and here are a couple of my favourite dishes so far:

Granola with berry compote 

Monday, 3 March 2014


Twee's Hut
Shop 26 343 Little Collins St. Melbourne
9917 2017

I was invited by Jimmy from Twee's Hut to find out more about their new venture in the city.  Given I work in the building next door and I walk past 10 times a day, this was a great opportunity to check out a new potential lunch destination.

As a bit of background, Twee's Hut is owned by husband and wife Ricky and Thuy (Twee).  This is their first foray into hospitality, having run businesses in other industries previously.  The driver of this venture is Thuy's desire to share her native cuisine which has been a family affair up until now.  Thuy's father is a traditional Vietnamese baker, so culinary entrepreneurship seems to be in the family.

I live next to Victoria St in Richmond so Vietnamese food needs to be pretty decent to get my attention.  What we've seen lately is a spate of franchised 'Vietnamese food to go' restaurants open as it lines up well with the healthy gourmet take away thematic.  Whilst these vary in quality, they typically have a fairly limited menu given thee high velocity/turn that they seek to generate.  

I find it refreshing that Twee's Hut has a more extensive menu, and is priced reasonably so that a meal will typically be sub $12.  Twee's hut has taken traditional Vietnamese dishes from a number of regions and given them catchy names.  

I asked to be given a number of sample sized dishes so I could get a sense of the breadth of the menu.  Fortunately (or unfortunately for my weight) I was given full sized dishes.  

Twee's hut has a nice compact layout, with enough seating to dine in but also plenty of room for the take away lunch crowd. 

Twee's Hut