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The Agrestic Grocer Orange

The Agrestic Grocer Orange

When it comes to synergy, the combination of two or more organisations or compounds that produces a result greater than the original components, the team at the Agrestic Grocer are just that. Orchardists Katie and Beau Baddock combined with former health food owners Danielle and Lucas Martin to create the Agrestic Grocer in August of 2013, […]

Three of the Best Sausage Rolls in Orange

Three of the Best Sausage Rolls in Orange

  One of the first things I do when I arrive at a country town, is head straight to the bakeries. There’s something quintessentially Australian about our bakeries and I think that the meat pie and the sausage roll, not to mention the lamington, have a lot to do with that. For far too long though […]

The Grocer & Co Organics Orange

The Grocer & Co Organics Orange

You can tell the world is changing for the better, that people are conscious of what they’re eating and how it’s grown, when a grocery store dedicated to organic produce opens in Orange. The Grocer and Co Organics is tucked nicely away in McNamara St between Summer St and Kite St and is the brainchild […]

The Best Coffee in Orange – 2014

The Best Coffee in Orange – 2014

This year’s Best Coffee in Orange competition was a close one indeed. Between the winner and second place was a miserly 1.5 points, but all the judges agree,  the brothers Honeysett at Dotted Eight have deservedly won the award for the second year running. Not only did Dotted Eight win the judges choice, they’re also […]

Gerry’s at the Commercial Hotel Millthorpe

Gerry’s at the Commercial Hotel Millthorpe

Now before you go calling Gerry’s at the Commercial Hotel that ‘Irish Pub in Millthorpe,’ let’s get one thing straight, it’s NOT an Irish pub. Not in the sense that we know it anyway. Our take on Irish pubs mean exposed timber beams, some antique furniture scattered about, a poster with some doors on it […]

Drink

How to make Elderflower cordial

How to make Elderflower cordial

Popular throughout Europe, Elderflower is a relative newcomer to Australia and it’s rather strange that it hasn’t always been a part of our culinary culture. It is after all amazingly refreshing and mixes well with either vodka or gin. Elderflower cordial, wine and champagne is common in the UK but it seems to not have […]

Swinging Bridge | Mrs Payten 2012 Chardonnay

Swinging Bridge | Mrs Payten 2012 Chardonnay

One of the most exciting new release Chardonnays I’ve ever tasted from the Orange region: a testament to both the purity of the fruit grown at the high-altitude Balmoral vineyard and the skilled hands of winemaker Tom Ward. Pale straw in colour; a generous bouquet smelling of sweet nut and yellow peach complimenting a soft yet […]

Faisan Estate Wines | 2010 Pinot Noir

Faisan Estate Wines | 2010 Pinot Noir

For mine, this wine exemplifies one of Orange’s most unique Pinot plantings in the region. Faisan’s vineyard is at an elevation of just below 800 metres within Borenore and planted in soils made primarily of gravel, red basalt, decomposed limestone and fossils – similar to Pinot’s spiritual home of Burgundy. The wine itself has a highly […]

Swinging Bridge Wines | MAW 2012 Pinot Noir

Swinging Bridge Wines | MAW 2012 Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is still somewhat of a new variety to the Orange region but winemaker Tom Ward has really tapped into region’s potential for this formidable grape. Sourced from a naturally cold vineyard planted at 910 metres above sea level and nestled on the corner of Cargo and Lake Canobolas Rd. Four clones of Pinot grow at this site: 777, […]

Orange Mountain Wines | 2014 Riesling

Orange Mountain Wines | 2014 Riesling

2013 was perhaps the best vintage for Riesling Orange had seen to date, so 2014 follows a daunting precedent. However, of the 2014 Rieslings from Orange I’ve tasting so far, 2014 potentially looms as a different but exciting vintage for Riesling in its own right. Such a beautiful smell, bursting with florals, blossom and tropical […]

Cook

Midweek Pasta

Midweek Pasta

I promised a recipe featuring the pistachio pesto we met in the last episode, so here goes. This one also features pumpkin, firstly because the pesto goes nicely with pumpkin and secondly because last summer was an incredible pumpkin growing season and I now have this situation going on… These have been sitting out in […]

Roast Beetroot, Pumpkin and Haloumi Salad

Roast Beetroot, Pumpkin and Haloumi Salad

This roast beetroot, pumpkin and haloumi salad with pistachio pesto dressing is loosely based on one of my favourite things to have for lunch at The Parkview Hotel in Orange. This is, in my opinion, the best place to eat lunch in Orange. I should know – I’ve been eating lunch there at least once […]

How to Cook the Perfect Poached Eggs

How to Cook the Perfect Poached Eggs

COOK For years and years I was terrified of poaching eggs. They would always disintegrate emerging broken, soggy and miserable.No amount of toast could save them. But then I discovered why; it wasn’t me, it was the eggs!  Truly. I’ll tell you why later, but here are some useful things to know about eggs. We […]

My Life in Lemons

My Life in Lemons

COOK ‘Here’s a bag. Run over to Old Steve’s. Ask if we can have a few lemons.’ Mum meant next door, the big garden with the little house. Old Steve lived there with his workhorse wife, his war memories, a few contented brown chooks, a woolly old dog and a lemon tree. My five year […]

How to make Apple Jelly – Step by Step Guide.

How to make Apple Jelly – Step by Step Guide.

COOK 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 […]

Grow

Determinate or indeterminate tomatoes.

Determinate or indeterminate tomatoes.

Deciding which variety of tomato to plant can be confusing. Examining the punnets available it seems that there is a vast selection designed to confuse and frustrate. The truth is, there are only two types, determinate and indeterminate. Occasionally you’ll find those two words on the tag poking out of the punnet, but usually the companies mask it […]

How to Make a Potato Tower

How to Make a Potato Tower

Over the years I’ve trialled a number of different planting methods for growing potatoes. From trenching through to no-dig methods, I think I’ve tried them all. Now though, I’ve stumbled across another method and I think this might be a winner. Potato towers are designed for those that don’t have that much space to grow […]

Codling Moth Control Methods

Codling Moth Control Methods

Chowing down on an apple that’s been plucked straight from the tree is always an enjoyable experience, what can detract somewhat though is discovering that something else has been enjoying that apple well before you got to it. Codling moth, along with fruit fly, are the two biggest insect pests that the home fruit gardener […]

Using Wood Ash in the Vegetable Garden

Using Wood Ash in the Vegetable Garden

GROW We love our wood fire. That big glowing Nectre Mega heater, combined with an air distribution system, keeps our large four bedroom home nice and warm. The problem with it though, is all that ash. Once a week I grab an old spade and shovel ash and coals into a steel bucket and leave […]

August in the Patch – How to Grow Snow Peas

August in the Patch – How to Grow Snow Peas

GROW I don’t know many people who don’t like snow peas. These sweet crunchy pods are incredibly easy to grow and require very little from you. Nice soil, something to hang on to and as many slugs and snails removed as possible are really all that you need to grow snow peas. These are an […]

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 […]

Darrell, the Chicken Comes Before the Egg

Darrell, the Chicken Comes Before the Egg

For the committed choc-whore like myself, there’s no day like Easter Sunday to act like a total cocoa-slut. You know full well that your day is going to start, and hopefully end, not necessarily in a sexy way, with chocolate. That Easter Sunday morning chocolate high does not come courtesy of a choc-filled croissant, oh […]

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 […]

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 […]