The perfect cozy stew

This beef and red wine stew with parmesan dumpling is the perfect slow cooked meal for a cozy winter’s day. Ingredients: 1kg beef gravy 1 tbs olive oil 1 onion 6 bacon rashes 200g mushroom ¼ pumpkin 4 carrots 2 cups beef stock 1 cup red wine 2 thyme sprigs 3 bay leaves 50g butter…

Vag it up for Mother’s Day

By Anna Owens Are you stuck on gift ideas this Mother’s Day? Surprise them with a baked representation of the reproductive system. I guarantee that they will be in tears. This uterus cake is finished with sprinkles for the ovaries. Jam for the decorative smear of menstrual blood, cream for the discharge, caramel for the urine…

Love at First Sip: Interview with an Iced Tea Aficionado

The date is Sunday, the seventeenth of April 2016, year of our lord, amen. I am sitting here with notorious ice tea aficionado, figure skater, qualified stage combat instructor, dorm room surgeon, Ghana film festival winner, polish line dancer, part time sweetheart and full time nasty boy: Donald “The Hammer” Finlayson The Daily Sip: When did…

The Pie-fect Recipe

The Pie-fect Recipe! Ever get those Sunday arvo droopy-eyes that can only be defeated by something sweet and covered in ice-cream? I can’t be the only one. Here’s a recipe for curing that post lazy-morning sleepiness. Step One- Getting to the Crust of It Don your chef’s hat and call upon the pastry aficionado within…

Eat it or beat it!

What does a well-rounded vegan diet look like? Round. This aptly named Vegan Fox doughnut is as hot as the name suggests. A hand-dipped chocolate glaze over vanilla cake takes me back to bakery treats from my childhood, but it’s the freeze-dried strawberries and crushed pistachios adorning the crown of the dessert that keep it sophisticated,…

Rosemary, Crackers Restore You in Life (a review)

Everyone’s got that snack they need to have in constant supply in their pantry. For some, it’s cheese, and lots of it. For others, it’s chips or chocolate. I love those things, but there’s something else that I started buying earlier this year, and haven’t been able to stop. Forget laneways. Melbourne’s best kept secret…

Friday Night Delight – Pizza Recipe

I’ve got your Friday night sorter! If you’re looking for a quick and easy pizza recipe look no further. This recipe will have you enjoying a home-made pizza big enough for the whole family in no time at all.   Preparation Time: 15 Minutes  |  Cooking Time: 15 minutes   Ingredients: Self Raising Flour –…

The Paleo Pinup

I’ve been friends with Stephanie for many years now and one thing we quickly bonded over was out mutual love for pinup culture, so it was to my delight one day when she announced she wanted to try pinup modelling and politely requested myself as her photographer. In less than a week we had arranged…

Spencer’s Store: Good things happen over coffee.

Beyond the tracks of Puffing Billy, the iconic steam engine of the hills, lies Gembrook. It’s a small but growing town, which once provided stunning bush scenery for the 2009 film Where the Wild Things Are. Despite several newly developed estates, Gembrook manages to keep it’s rustic, friendly charm and none of their local businesses…

Spicy Pumpkin Soup and Sassy Almonds

  Winter is coming.  Anyone who lives in Melbourne can feel that chill that heralds the beginning of our long, miserable winters. You’re likely to find me at home. Bed. Laptop. Binge watching. If I’m unlucky, I’m in the city. When this happens, the pain is lessened by hot soup. This one is on the rotation…

Review: Ormond Provedore

Looking for a new place to go for fun and delicious breakfast and amazing coffee? Look no further than the Ormond Provedore. Located a ten minute walk from the Ormond train station, the cafe is the place to be for all things brekky. Noisette Belgium waffle with strawberries and chocolate fudge sauce Some standout breakfast options…