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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

Going the Growler – Borenore Brewhouse

Going the Growler – Borenore Brewhouse

If you haven’t noticed, I love beer. Living in a primarily wine growing region though, until recently any locally made craft brews that I could sample were created in 25 litre batches in my laundry. Thankfully now all that is changing. 1859 Brewery, Badlands Brewery and the newest kid on the block, Borenore Brewhouse, are […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]