Tag Archives: Australia

Cherry festival before Christmas

A French song “Le temps des cerises” speaks about the cherry season being the time of sweet insouciance lasting a very short period, like youth, like the season of their harvest. Next weekend, from 30th November to 2nd December, Young, … Continue reading

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When the dream of an acting career turns into a dream mayonnaise

Mayonnaise belongs to the must-have preserves stored in the kitchen cabinet. In my memory, as a child, this is one of the first things I had learnt to make in my grandma’s kitchen, along with whipping cream, cutting ends off … Continue reading

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Not a clandestine get-away to the Poachers Pantry

In this modern immaculate food laboratory, staff are preparing snack packs with olives and smoked turkey for first and business class passengers of Qantas. This is quite an unexpected activity in this peaceful countryside retreat called the Poachers Pantry. Monday … Continue reading

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Wet harvest in a modest vineyard

2012 has been a hard year for winegrowers: lots of rain, mould attacks on grapes. Consequently, the harvest has not been generous. The crop is way down with 50% less quantity. Still, the hope to get a good year is … Continue reading

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Samson the dog hunts the truffle

Australian truffle growers harvested three tons of the precious black mushroom last year, in 2011. The production comes mainly from Western Australia. But, from that amount, Australians consume one ton only. The rest is exported to Asia, the United States … Continue reading

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Cheese and raw milk, the other point of view (Part II)

Two men, two philosophies. Nick Haddow on one side (last week’s post), defends the right to produce raw milk cheese. On the other side stands David Brown (picture) from Milawa Cheese company, in the North East of Victoria, nestled in … Continue reading

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Raw milk cheesemaking as a battle (Part I)

It is as if Nick Haddow, the cheesemaker was part of a Dostoyevski novel, far away in deep Siberia. Of a sturdy build, he has this determined posture which is very similar to the one of a Cossack posing for … Continue reading

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