Good Buys

Good Buys

Spoonfed savoury jams

If you're looking for something different to complement your meals, try the new range of Spoonfed savoury jams.

Proudly Australian-made by Spoonfed Foods, the jams have a thick, chunky consistency which I like and are available in seven delicious varieties, including Garlic Jam, Winemakers Jam, Snag Jam, Hot Jam, Lamb Jam, Ham Jam and Pork Jam.

I loved the Hot Jam, chockful of herbs and chilli, and it was the perfect foil for our T bone steak and at another meal, grilled chicken.

Royal Melbourne Show 2014

Royal Melbourne Show 2014

This year's Royal Melbourne Show will be from Saturday, 20 September to Wednesday, 1 October at the Melbourne Showgrounds.

If you think the show is only about showbags and rides, think again.

There's plenty to see and do for all the family, including lots of food, cooking demonstrations and more.

Visit the demonstration stage where the young guns of the restaurant arena will be strutting their stuff every hour on the hour at the Tastes of Victoria Pavilion main stage.

Wok Diary September and October 2014

Wok diary September and October 2014


A Wok on the Wild Side fans may be wondering about the absence of new postings from me for a while.

No, I haven't gone into hiding. My ability to type and post news, recipes and photos was severely affected when I broke my upper left arm in Penang, Malaysia, at the end of July.

It had to be the humerus, one has to laugh!

George Town Festival

George Town Festival, Penang

I must admit that I hadn't visited Penang in Malaysia until 2013, but I fell in love with the beautiful island immediately.

Its tranquil beaches, gorgeous food and friendly people made me want to re-visit and rediscover more of Penang than I did in the few days we were there.

June 2014 newsletter

June 2014 newsletter

Fancy relaxing in a tropical retreat in the middle of Melbourne's winter?
Drop in at QV's warm oasis at QV Square from now until June 27.

Forget the price of an airline ticket to a beach resort, just kick off your heels at QV's resort sanctuary and join in the fun!

Looking for all the world like a beach resort, complete with thatched roof and tropical plants, the resort invites everyone to escape the winter chill and sip a mocktail or two in its warm ambience.

Join Ida at CAE Melbourne and learn basic wok techniques

Courses at CAE Melbourne

Basic wok techniques: stir fry, steaming and boiling

Chef Ida Chionh shows you how to take care of and fully utilise your Wok, while showcasing some fabulous dishes and various cooking techniques, including stir fry, steaming and boiling.

Ida creates stir fried beef and snow peas, deep fried prawn fritters with wasabi sauce, chicken curry, Chinese style steamed fish and vegetarian fried rice.


Centre for Adult Education, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Buddha's birthday at Dandelion

Buddha's birthday at Dandelion

Why not celebrate a birthday party with a difference at Dandelion in Elwood?

To help celebrate the birthday of Buddha, Dandelion will present a special menu for the mind, body and spirit on Wednesday, May 14.

The evening will include a water blessing by the monks from Wat Dhammarangsee, Melbourne’s oldest Buddhist temple.

The vegan menu is exciting, inspired by Buddhist cuisine of Hue, in keeping with the general Buddhist precept of ahimsa - non-violence.

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!

Whether you're a mother or a child, enjoy these humorous quotes on Mother's Day

My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it. - Mark Twain.

My mother had to send me to the movies with my birth certificate, so that I wouldn't have to pay the extra fifty cents that the adults had to pay. - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

My mother loved children - she would have given anything if I had been one.
- Groucho Marx.

Happy Easter!

Fish Chowder


Try this fish chowder recipe at Easter

Serves 4


40g butter

1 large brown onion, chopped coarsely

1 clove garlic, crushed

2 rindless bacon rashers (130g), chopped coarsely

2 tbsp plain flour

2 medium potatoes (400g), chopped coarsely

3 cups (750ml) milk

2cups (500ml) vegetable stock

400g firm white fish fillets, chopped coarsely

2 tbsp finely chopped fresh chives


Newcastle Writers Festival

Newcastle Writers Festival


Until Sunday, April 6.

If you are in Newscastle or visiting the area, why not check out the Newcastle Writers Festival?

Kate Forsyth and Hugh Mackay will be in conversation at different times and you might even meet some Wordy Women!

Find out how fiction helps us rehearse our response to ethical dilemmas in Dry Run or attend readings by local poets.

Details on




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