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Jimmy’s Takeaway’s Lamb Yeeros

Jimmy’s Takeaway’s Lamb Yeeros

A few weeks after Jimmy opened his Woodward Street takeaway in February, my son came home waxing lyrical about the delicious lamb he’d had from the new takeaway on Woodward Street. He wasn’t there to buy food but Jimmy, real name Demetre, is so proud of his lamb that he gives a fair portion of […]

Orange’s Best Meat Pie

Orange’s Best Meat Pie

When you look at them from a consumer’s point of view, the meat pie isn’t a very complicated beast. One pastry case at the bottom, some meat plonked in it and then another bit of pastry laid over the top. Seal the edges, whack it in the oven and away you go. Problem is though […]

MARY JANE’S RESTAURANT @ KELLYS RUGBY HOTEL, ORANGE NSW

MARY JANE’S RESTAURANT @ KELLYS RUGBY HOTEL, ORANGE NSW

(photo credit: Mary Jane’s Restaurant FB Page) My work function has brought me this place. It is an unlikely place to talk about dessert. After all it is a pub. Although it was one of the many established pubs in Orange, it was a better known one for dessert. (photo credit: Mary Jane’s Restaurant FB Page) I […]

Who Makes the Best BBQ Chicken in Orange?

Who Makes the Best BBQ Chicken in Orange?

The results are in for this years “Best BBQ Chicken in Orange Awards”  and the winners of both the people’s choice and the judges selection are in, and you couldn’t get a more different result. Posters for the people’s choice were sent out to all the commercial chook cookers but it was only three that […]

Dotted Eight Cafe

Dotted Eight Cafe

I love a place that is filled with cafes. “Cafe crawling” is my favourite past time ever since I had my first sip of barista coffee and I  have always enjoy cafe food. Casual, no fuss and chic.  That’s what I’m talking about. So here’s a new cafe in town (opened since September 2012) – […]

Drink

Putting Pinosity Back In Pinot

Putting Pinosity Back In Pinot

When it comes to Orange reds, what is the region most known for? While it’s probably still a subject for debate, I’d say Shiraz. Orange grows more Shiraz than any other red variety and it’s probably the region’s current star performer for the reds, at least from a consistency point of view. Not to be […]

Dark Horse Ripening

Dark Horse Ripening

I’ve suggested before that due to Orange’s varying elevation above sea level (600 to over 1000 metres), mesoclimates (individual vineyard climate) and soil types, the region can produce almost anything wine-related, depending on the vineyard site. The word I should be using is terroir, but it’s best that those new to wine learn the facts, […]

How to Refill Tap King with Home Brew

How to Refill Tap King with Home Brew

The moment I saw Lionel Ritchie singing ‘Hello, is it me you’re looking for?’ I said “Yes, Yes, Yes oh great Lionel, that is what I’m looking for, something to put my home brew in.” So off we went to the bottle-o and purchased two bottles of the James Squire’s Chancer’s Golden Ale and one […]

Maybe Gooseberry?

Maybe Gooseberry?

Sauvignon Blanc is a variety that needs no introduction. It’s exceedingly popular, yet controversial and somewhat misunderstood, which is why it’s a variety that excites me so much. For starters, the tasting notes are seemingly never-ending, and include flavours like passionfruit, pineapple, tropical fruits, herbs, cut grass, capsicum, green pepper, snows peas, asparagus and one […]

Riesling, The Orange ‘White’ Horse

Riesling, The Orange ‘White’ Horse

  When it comes to discussing a wine region, many can’t help but talk about the region’s so-called ‘flagship’, or ‘hero variety’. Examples are Barossa Valley Shiraz, Coonawarra Cabernet, Hunter Valley Semillon and Tasmanian Pinot Noir. When it comes to talking Orange, I actually think it’s a little ludicrous to highlight champion varieties. As Orange […]

Cook

How to make Apple Jelly – Step by Step Guide.

How to make Apple Jelly – Step by Step Guide.

If you grow your own apples, or live somewhere like Orange where apples are aplenty, occasionally you might end up with a massive surplus of them taking up valuable space in your fridge, or worse, going stale on the bench. Apples are a versatile fruit that can be added to all sorts of cakes and […]

How to Make Fig Jam – Step by Step

How to Make Fig Jam – Step by Step

The fig tree isn’t a very glamorous plant. The stems are twisted, flexible and a bland grey, the leaves rough, leathery and large enough to cover Adam and Eve’s genitalia. The fruit though, oh yeah, now we’re talking. When you spilt open a fully ripe fig, plump from autumn rain, you’ll understand why in some […]

How to Grow and Cook Zucchini

How to Grow and Cook Zucchini

Let’s face it, zucchini is one of those veggies that you either love, or thoroughly despise. There aren’t too many people who are ambivalent to the poor old Zuke. A lot of people complain that they’re mostly water so what’s the point. Beer is mostly water too; water and love mainly, but mostly water. Growing […]

Lamb with Salmoriglio and a Fennel Salad

Lamb with Salmoriglio and a Fennel Salad

Salmoriglio? What is this thing called Salmoriglio? It’s a very simple mix of fresh oregano, salt, lemon juice and olive oil. You can also add  a clove of garlic if you like. It’s one of those flavourings that work extremely well with meat or fish that’s been cooked on a BBQ. On lamb and fish […]

Sriracha & Hoisin Sauce Glazed Chicken

Sriracha & Hoisin Sauce Glazed Chicken

Okay guys, I may have gotten carried away with the sriracha. Just look at the generous drizzle of sriracha over the stir fry above! This stir fry recipe was  from  the Cooking Light Complete Meals in Minutes cookbook and boy, this dish screams flavours!  You have the sweetness from the hoisin sauce, hot and tang from sriracha, […]

Grow

How to Grow Radishes

How to Grow Radishes

I can almost remember the first time I ate a radish. It was well back in the 70′s and apart from the groovy body shirts and flares, I thought I was all that with the modern cuisine. I can’t remember where I was exactly, maybe I’ve blocked that out, but I can recall that plastic […]

April in the Vegetable Garden

April in the Vegetable Garden

I just love Autumn. The soil is warm, the summer plants are at their peak and you don’t boil up when go out to do some work. This year’s tomato harvest has been an absolute ripper and apart for the late onset of a few familiar diseases, the plants have been remarkably resilient. Tomato relish […]

Poisonsss Plusss

Poisonsss Plusss

When I seriously began vegie gardening back in the 1980′s, Allan Seale was a gardening God amongst men. There was nothing that Allan couldn’t grow and like many I lived in awe of his brilliance. In 1985 he published his Complete Guide to Australian Gardening, a hefty tome that I referenced over and over as […]

Damn Birds and Bugs.

Damn Birds and Bugs.

For years I’ve been battling the scourge of pests and birds in the fruit trees in my garden. From codling moth to Starlings, the pests have been on the increase just as my production has also improved. When you see nearly twenty starlings take off out of your apple trees, you know exactly why birdshot […]

How to Grow and Cook Zucchini

How to Grow and Cook Zucchini

Let’s face it, zucchini is one of those veggies that you either love, or thoroughly despise. There aren’t too many people who are ambivalent to the poor old Zuke. A lot of people complain that they’re mostly water so what’s the point. Beer is mostly water too; water and love mainly, but mostly water. Growing […]

Enjoy

The Organs of Saint Bartholomew

The Organs of Saint Bartholomew

Jerzy Frazeck lay peacefully on his back. The cathedral ceiling arched in gothic trajectories high above his resting body. On his powdered face the deep and cragged lines of age betrayed a life of anguish, pain and disappointment. An open casket. A disturbing aroma lingered. Hints of incense, formaldehyde and napthalene lay like a lace […]

Peter Young’s Film Reviews: Transcendence

Peter Young’s Film Reviews: Transcendence

The problem with movies entrenched in the technology of the day is that they do not age well. As with last year’s godawful Paranoia (smart phones, wow!) technology soon surpasses the “future” depicted onscreen, rendering the film irrelevant (Hackers) , or at best, a museum piece for us to gawk at with amusement (The Net). […]

Peter Young’s Film Reviews: Bad Neighbours

Peter Young’s Film Reviews: Bad Neighbours

Bad Neighbours certainly has a fine comedy pedigree with Nicholas Stoller (writer of the recent 2 Muppets films and director of Forgetting Sarah Marshall) at the helm, and dependable comedy writers Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg in the producer seats. The good news is that the film (entitled Neighbors in the US) is one of […]

Peter Young’s Film Reviews: The Raid 2

Peter Young’s Film Reviews: The Raid 2

Welsh director Gareth Evan’s The Raid (2011), shot in Indonesia, is easily one of the best martial arts action flick ever committed to film. With a simple, video game-like structure, policeman Rama (the kinetic Iko Uwais) must fight his way from the ground floor of a criminal infested tower block, all the way to the […]

Peter Young’s Film Reviews: Noah

Peter Young’s Film Reviews: Noah

“Visonary” director Darren Aronofsky’s latest opus is his take on the Biblical tale of Noah and the Ark. With an uncredited original story by, well, God, screenwriters Aronofsky and Ari Handel have concocted a strange, convoluted film that frankly left me cold. A humourless concoction, it’s part Transformers, part The Shining and part Gladiator, which […]

Opinions

Are you diseased?

Are you diseased?

With regards to cars, there are three different kinds of people – the careless, the knowledgeable and the diseased. The careless make up most of the population; for them, their car is merely a means of getting around, and nothing else. It’s usually an unwashed, white Toyota something beginning with C, permanently left outside and […]

What grinds your gears?

What grinds your gears?

I love roundabouts, they improve the flow of traffic. We have a lot of them. But it seems like I have a daily negative experience on the streets of O-Town. Largely in roundabouts. Now, I am all for personal choice. I don’t care if you vote Labor or Liberal, if you’re gay or straight or […]

Farewell Holden

Farewell Holden

With the future of Australian car manufacturing under the spotlight, it may be timely to look back at the Holdens people drove throughout the years throughout the generations. The spotlight today is on my family, going all the way back to the 1950s. For my family it all started when my pop bought a brand […]

A Hipster’s Guide to Melbourne, Part 3: Footy

A Hipster’s Guide to Melbourne, Part 3: Footy

Whilst I realise that competitive sport is both incredibly mainstream and just generally not cool (‘can’t we all just love each other, man’), I feel like I should put that aside for a minute to very seriously recommend that if you ever find yourself in Melbourne for a weekend, no matter the occasion – jazz […]

What is (or what shouldn’t be) in a name?

What is (or what shouldn’t be) in a name?

People will often peruse through their local newspaper, stop to look at the usual photos of the newborns of that week, and inevitably read the names of the newborns. They may read the names as being pretty names, unusual names, old stoic sorts of names, and just plain weird names. It is the latter that […]