Join Ida at the CAE (Melbourne), Thursday 14 November

Take a wok on the wild side with Ida as she shows you how to care for 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 (using wok to boil), steamed fish Chinese style and vegetarian fried rice with tempeh.

Course details: http://www.cae.edu.au/web/?course=DHY647

Electrolux Appetite for Excellence 2013

Electrolux Appetite for Excellence 2013

For the first time since its inauguration the Electrolux Appetite for Excellence 2013 winners were announced tonight in Melbourne.

On August 12, 2013, at an awards celebration held at Hilton on the Park, food industry professionals and food lovers joined in to recognise and celebrate young talent and the future of the industry.

Established in 2005, the awards attract the highest profile members of the food industry each year.

Movie Review: Cloudburst

Movie review: Cloudburst

Cloudburst is a wonderful movie, starring Academy award winners Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker and directed by Thom Fitzgerald.

The movie is a touching romantic comedy that deals with some of life's biggest issues.

Stella and Dot are lovers who have been together for 31 years and looked after each other through life's ups and downs.

Now in their seventies and forced to make a brave decision when Dot's granddaughter Molly intervenes in their lives, the pair hit the road and become outlaws on the run.

Christmas in July: a Tefal promotion at Bistro Guillaume

Christmas in July

A Tefal promotion at Bistro Guillaume

It was a great start to the week when the media, foodies and bloggers were invited by Tefal Australia to learn how to cook from its ambassador, award-winning French chef Guillaume Brahimi of Bistro Guillaume at Crown.

Not to mention enjoying a sumptuous early lunch with le chef in the bistro's private dining room, no less!

The event was the launch of Tefal's Heritage roasting tray, the newest piece added to its remium collection.

Book Review: 50 Shades of Chocolate by Claire Preen

Book review: 50 Shades of Chocolate by Claire Preen

AUTHOR and chocolatier Claire Preen promises 63 of the sexiest chocolate recipes ever in her book 50 Shades of Chocolate.

Besides being luscious, rich and totally delicious, chocolate is well known as one of the most potent aphrodisiacs.

Tasting exquisite chocolates in Europe with her father when she was a child ignited Claire's passion for chocolate.

She trained with a top chocolatier in Belgium and brought her wonderful creations to Australia.

Restaurant Review - The Grain Store

Restaurant review

The Grain Store

SALUTING the sun, arching like a dolphin and the shoulder stand pose always leave me relaxed and ravenous,

It is just as well that my yoga session is timed just before lunch which was a good reason to visit The Grain Store in Flinders Lane.

Imagine a rustic, country-style ambience smack bang in the middle of the city and you'll appreciate this fantastic concept.

Wok Diary - June events

QV Hotham Lodge

The winter chills have well and truly arrived in Melbourne, but from now until June 30 you can warm up at QV Hotham Lodge, right in the middle of the ground level courtyard at QV Melbourne.

Step into Hotham Lodge and it's easy to imagine you're in a ski lodge at Mt Hotham, complete with ``snow'' and warming winter food and drinks.

Gourmet Gadabout - Marysville Patisserie and Cottages

Gourmet Gadabout

Marysville Patisserie and Cottages

WE were looking for our regular caffeine fix one afternoon in 2009 when we spotted Marysville Patisserie in Glenferrie Rd, Malvern.

``This looks interesting,'' I thought when we stepped in, only to be greeted by the familiar face of chef and owner Ashraf Doos.

I'd met Ashraf over 25 years ago when he was chef at the Hilton on the Park.

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