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Finding the bacon

I’ve never been one to eat loads of processed meats, particularly bacon, prosciutto and sausages. For me, they’re something good to have now and then as a treat. But some time ago I stopped buying and eating them altogether.  I did this because after doing a little research about nitrite preservatives used in processed meats, it seemed like a good idea for my health. […]

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Smolt Kitchen wine at table

Lunch at Smolt Kitchen

Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of being a lady who lunched at Smolt Kitchen in lovely West Hobart. Considering I’ve been back in Tasmania two weeks, it was a great opportunity for both myself and the other lady who lunched to meet for the first time, because despite Adelaide and I chatting a number […]

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Enjoying a glass of bubbles

What is food to you?

When I think of food, I think of good times with friends, shared meals and laughter.  So when friends say to me they think of food simply as fuel – you know, the stuff you have to put in your car to make the engine run and not much more – then I feel a bit sad […]

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Coal Valley Tasmania from Frogmore Creek

Eating and drinking in Tasmania’s Coal Valley

Eating and drinking in Tasmania’s Coal Valley is a wonderful thing to do. Enjoy superior food experiences at Frogmore Creek, rustic fare at Coal Valley Vineyard or BYO picnic to Puddleduck and enjoy in the vineyards. Whatever you do, it’s worth the visit.

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Apple and cherry Tarte Tatin

From The Infatuated Foodie blog #1 For an all-time favourite wintery dessert, I can’t go far past this tart.  It’s what I make when I want something rustic and warming, tasty and fruity and is an eternal favourite.  It’s a dessert that’s had people say, as they lick their empty plate, that they’ve never liked cooked apples … […]

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Sausage rolls plated

Home-made sausage rolls

Once a year for the last few years I’ve made sausage rolls for my granddaughter’s birthday party.  Ava recently turned six and as always, I made my world-famous-in Hobart sausage rolls. As you can see from the picture, they were a little over browned, but that wasn’t a deterrent when it came to eating them. I always make […]

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Brooding sky at Callington Mill, Oatlands, Tasmania

Fresh Bread with Callington Mill flour

I bang on a bit about eating fresh, locally sourced unprocessed food.  But every now and then I realise there are things I need to do to put words to action.  Last week, for example, I had a small epiphany: considering I bake bread almost every week, I realised I really don’t know what’s in the […]

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Beautiful roasted cauliflower, parsnip and leek soup

Autumn has definitely arrived in Tasmania.  The grapevines and their melting leaves glow orange across the landscape; nights are chilly and days are clear and cool.  Food choices also change as we shift from outdoor barbies and salad, to something with a little more heart and comfort. Even though I’m a summer girl through and through, I […]

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