Monthly Archives: November 2014

Which came first: the white or the yolk?

“Ahem. That’s a joke, ah say, that’s a chicken joke, son.” (Foghorn Leghorn, my second favourite cartoon character.) Consumption of whole eggs – fried, boiled, poached, scrambled, as an omelet, in a cake/quiche/burger/fried rice/caesar salad, you name it – is … Continue reading

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Estragon: le roi des herbes!

In France, estragon (tarragon) is known as the king (roi) of herbs. I imagine this is in deference to its pronounced flavour, which can subjugate other ingredients, or because, when used expertly, its contribution to a dish is¬†sans pareil. I … Continue reading

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NE Victoria: food & wine

A leading commentator on televised matches of Australian Rules football is renowned for his quick-witted quips and puns as much as for his football knowledge. Possibly the best known of the terms he has coined is “centimetre-perfect”, which is used … Continue reading

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NE Victoria: towns

A common theme in the post-colonial histories of North America and Australasia is the rise and fall of rural towns. In some cases, a meteoric rise fuelled by the discovery of gold or another precious metal has inevitably been followed … Continue reading

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NE Victoria: countryside

This second post about our recent excursions in the north-east of Victoria presents a few ¬†examples of what we saw as we drove to and around the region. About once a decade I drive along this stretch of highway and … Continue reading

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NE Victoria: high country

Maggie and I spent five days and four nights in the north east of Victoria last week, driving there on the Tuesday and returning home on Saturday. We had a diverse and enjoyable experience of this region, which I will … Continue reading

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These chicken wings flew off!

A few years ago, we used to buy some of our meat from a butcher whose product range included pieces of chicken wing coated with breadcrumbs and a few herbs and spices, eg red chilli flakes. They cooked up quite … Continue reading

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