About: maryellenbelleville

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December 3, 2020

Lunch for one please

Yippee! It is so lovely to be able to get out and meet up with friends at your favourite local café, restaurant and we...

November 19, 2020

On the plate: Reconnect with food

Yay! Time to reconnect with family, friends but still observing the masks and hugs at double-arm's length! That requires strong resolve because we surely...

November 5, 2020

On The Plate: To can or not to can

It was the freshly picked broad beans that started me up. Sure, I love them lightly cooked and double peeled so that you just...

October 8, 2020

On the Plate: Call me?

One thing’s for sure over these past several months, and that’s the amount of time we’ve been spending on the phone. And I hope...

August 27, 2020

On the Plate: Kinda blue

The word ‘blue’ has many connotations.

The one that springs to my mind first up is ‘blue with cold’ for obvious reasons! What an icy...

August 13, 2020

On The Plate: August – marking a midway point

Not that you can really see ‘em as I grit my teeth to face another crisp mid-winter day, but believe me, I am grinning!...

July 30, 2020

On the Plate: Rocketing along

As we snuggle in and mark off the chilly winter days, my thoughts seem to return often to the restorative power of home cooking...

July 16, 2020

On the Plate: Reaching for the chocolate – and blonde brownies – again

It’s been so chilly I find myself reaching for a mug of hot chocolate again as we slide into winter. And what better way...

July 2, 2020

On the Plate: Wintery, toasty times – a call to all crumpets

Nuffin like a bit o’crumpet, eh? Yes indeedy, and this time, you can make your own!

During COVID lockdown, it seems to me that mastering...

June 18, 2020

On the Plate: Minestrone – a meal in a bowl

Brrr… winter well and truly arrived right on cue with those icy winds and horizontal rain on June 1.

My friend and I bravely headed...

June 4, 2020

On the Plate: I see red, I see red, I see red

It’s true to say that during lockdown and isolating there seems to have been more time for me to read, read, read.

And I can...

May 21, 2020

On The Plate: Introducing the böreks

A gift of surplus silverbeet from my green-thumbed neighbour was very welcome (I hasten to add it was passed over to me keeping strict...

May 7, 2020

On the Plate: Occasion food – the new normal

The routines we’ve all had to adopt over these past several weeks are often described as the “new normal”.

Always a glass half full kinda...

April 9, 2020

On the Plate: Out of hibernation comes creativity

It was the ancient Greek philosopher Plato who sagely advised “Necessity is the mother of invention”. And it’s sure been necessary to be inventive...

March 26, 2020

On the Plate: Sweet potato, the super vegetable

Never trust a vitamin in a capsule.

There, I’ve said it - and I realise that many of you have for a long time sought...

March 12, 2020

On The Plate: A stocktake of resolutions

Not everyone goes through the annual rigmarole of making resolutions for the New Year - I certainly don’t.

But to kick off a new decade,...

December 5, 2019

On the Plate: Feeling like a yo-yo as the ho-ho season looms

Well, I don’t know about you, but with the wild swings in our weather, massive winds, soaring temperatures that plummet the next (or same)...

October 14, 2019

On the Plate: Small changes add up to a big difference

Several recent articles and events have really focused my attention and thoughts on what each and every one of us needs to do -...

August 1, 2019

ON THE PLATE: Chocolate can be good for you

“Go on treat yourself!” is what my dear friend used to say. We all owe it to ourselves to break out from time to time...

July 18, 2019

ON THE PLATE: Chocolate can be good for you

“Go on treat yourself!” is what my dear friend used to say. We all owe it to ourselves to break out from time to time...

July 3, 2019

ON THE PLATE: One-pot wonder is no balls up

Don’t you just love a one-pot wonder? Recipes often lay claim to this, but here, dear readers, is my definite one-pot plus one-bowl recipe to reduce the washing...

June 19, 2019

ON THE PLATE: Forgive me if this column gets a bit cheesy

What’s in a name? For some time now only the product actually produced in a specific region can correctly, even legally, be given a...

June 6, 2019

ON THE PLATE: French Onion Soup served on a trip down memory lane

The way we eat today, and the way we have so wholeheartedly embraced the cuisines of many cultures certainly makes for a plethora of...

May 22, 2019

ON THE PLATE: Let’s dine in tonight refining the art of the table

A recent extravaganza exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, The Best of the Best – Art of Dining, was truly an over the...

May 8, 2019

ON THE PLATE: Green-banana flour power

Well, I recently wrote about green oranges – now it’s green bananas! And again, there’s an element of synchronicity on three levels, which will become...

April 24, 2019

ON THE PLATE: MUSHROOMS HELP BRIDGE THE SEASONAL DIVIDE

I had been saying to people that I’m going to change my middle name to mushroom because you just never know where I’ll pop...

April 11, 2019

ON THE PLATE: Seeing red at Easter

Am I looking forward to Easter? Yep! We’ll have a staycation this year and I’ve planned on enjoying some traditional Easter fare. What makes me...

March 28, 2019

ON THE PLATE: Silverbeet is pure gold

I’m at a bit of a loss as to how best to describe these very tasty and ohso- easy to make silverbeet snacks. I could...