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Strawberries galore!

Who can resist them…. plump, bright red and aromatic to boot!  We’re talking  Strawberries of course and they are at their peak  right now. The Little Cellar Rat picks hers up from ALLOWAY FARM MARKETS. You can’t beat them sliced with yoghurt for breakfast, or mixed with banana, pears or whatever else is your favourite…

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It’s countdown time….

Part of the enjoyment of celebrating with food is the preparation leading up to an event….. planning the menu, sourcing seasonal produce, delivering according to the season. The glorious buttery sun is a great ‘mood setter’ for working in the kitchen. Add to that the various aromas….. garlic, fresh herbs, fruity EV Olive Oil. The…

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Cheat’s Roast Pumpkin

It’s winter and that means pumpkins are at their best. This vegetable is hard to beat… pumpkin soup, steamed and mashed, roasted, in risotto. You’re only limited by your imagination. This might not be an ‘original’ but a CHEAT’S ROAST PUMPKIN when you’re short on time is hard to beat. It’s a two step process…

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Nothing for lunch… never!

It’s not complicated if someone gives you a few tips! OVEN ROASTED CAPSICUM Stainless steel tray is best.  I do 6-8 at a time to make it worthwhile. Simply wash well (sand can get trapped in stem), put on tray in v hot oven (200C) and allow to swell up and 1/2 blacken skins. Cooked…

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Cooler days.. time for inside things

When the mercury drops, thoughts turn to things to do in the warmth of the kitchen, especially if  you are lucky enough to have a north-facing window. (I do!) Time for … oven roasting capsicum and eggplant. Nothing for lunch?  Never, when you have smoky sweet strips of ripe red capsicum anointed with EVO Oil,…

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Buon appetito!

Two vital ingredients for any meal …. 1. an appetite and 2.  appreciative diners! We had both in abundance at  WINTERFEAST on Saturday 14th. Maria the Little Cellar Rat was chuffed with the response to her version of TIRAMISU ( which of course means ‘pick-me-up’) Matched with local SSS STRAWBERRIES  it was a light but…

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They came on board, they joined the story, they were perfect guests!

The frosty Saturday morning morphed into the most glorious winter’s day. Everyone loves a story and everyone has their own story to tell.  WINTERFEAST 2018 gave TERRANZO THE WINEMAKER and MARIA  THE LITTLE CELLAR RAT the chance to welcome such wonderful guests to our table to celebrate the  producers of this region and traditions handed…

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When it comes to herbs, FRESH IS BEST!

FRESH HERBS…. THE vital ingredient. Must have them near the kitchen, especially for ‘just-before-you-serve’. My fave – Lemon thyme (sorry BASIL, you too) strip and add to marinated feta, lamb meat balls, lemon chicken. Oh, I could go on! What about watering you ask. My tip – next post. buoa cucina! #cantbeatitalian,  

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ROMANCING ROMEO THE ROMAN OVEN!

Terranzo the winemaker and Maria the Little Cellar Rat have been talking about it for ages and now it’s happening…. THIS SUNDAY 24 JUNE 11.30 am on. *WOOD FIRED PIZZAS (Large and Small – GF also) * a simple Salad *Hill of Promise Wine by the glass and Bottle *VITTORIA Plunger Coffee Bookings not necessary…

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