Food trucks v councils: the battle of the street burger

Things started off nicely. When food trucks first rolled up in Australia they were welcomed by local councils. The City of Sydney even went so far as to launch a fleet of especially selected food trucks and produced its own food truck app to help locate them.  But lately the relationship between local government and food trucks has been more strained.  While some councils are still welcoming food trucks, others make it very difficult for them.  Food trucks are banned in Newcastle while the local council drafts a policy, and in Perth a food truck trial is being undertaken which will keep trucks out of the central business district “where established food premises operate”.  Councils are under pressure from more existing food businesses to circumscribe food trucks’ operation.

One of the toasties on offer at food truck Toasta

One of the toasties on offer at food truck Toasta

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Posted by: on November 21st, 2014     No Comments »

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Gourmet Giveaway: Two double passes to The Social Kitchen

I love nothing more than a cooking class so the closure of the cooking school at Queen Vic market earlier this year was a sad day.  There is a temporary replacement though and it’s even bigger and better.  Opening last week I was invited to try out Fisher & Paykel’s pop up cooking school “The Social Kitchen” with Peter Rowland catering right in the heart of the market.  

The Social Kitchen

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Posted by: on November 19th, 2014     11 Comments »

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Hits and misses of Taste of Melbourne 2014

Taste of Melbourne had it all this year from a sweltering opening night to torrential downfalls on the last day.  I popped in for a visit between the Melbourne weather extremes.   Besides the unpredictable weather another miss is the steep pricing of Taste of Melbourne.  You have to pay $30 entry fee and then transfer your cash into “crowns” to purchase food and drink.  There aren’t many freebies on offer given how much entry costs.

Chocolate brownie dessert at Taste of Melbourne

Chocolate brownie dessert at Taste of Melbourne

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Posted by: on November 16th, 2014     2 Comments »

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How to make orange and almond cake

Oranges are not the only fruit. But sometimes I feel like it must be as I get a glut of them in my fruit and vegie box.  Often I lack creativity and just juice them but if I am feeling in the baking mood then I make this orange and almond cake.  The recipe is based on the famous orange and almond cake made by Moro restaurant in London.  The food there has Middle Eastern influences which you can see in this recipe.  Also, importantly for my orange glut dilemma it’s a cake which uses a LOT of oranges.  

Orange & AlmondCake

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Posted by: on November 14th, 2014     1 Comment »

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Alice Waters: supermarkets steal our language, but not our links with food

Food is a political issue for Alice Waters. “I’ve always thought of it that way,” she says. It’s not Australia’s cuisine or sights that have finally lured the 70-year-old chef, author and food activist to Australia but a political event on a global stage.  Brisbane’s upcoming G20 conference is the catalyst for Waters’ first visit to the country, where she will speak at both the Sydney Opera House and the Athenaeum theatre in Melbourne about the value of “slow food” in a fast food world.

“I have been encouraged for a very long period of time to come,” she says. Only fear of the long flight held her back. G20’s “very political moment” has been the prompt she needed. “I think – how shall I say this – there are many, many people that are open and wanting to make change.”

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Click on over to The Guardian for the rest of the article.  Sadly I’m not related to Alice Waters but it was such a privilege to interview her! 

Posted by: on November 12th, 2014     1 Comment »

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