About: tonyledeux

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September 17, 2020

Great Ocean Food: Reminisce of Japan

You may have read my last column in which our French cousin was to be married. The service went ahead despite some covid restrictions...

September 3, 2020

Great Ocean Food: French wedding

But for Covid, our family would be in Lyon now preparing for my cousin's wedding. She is one of triplets and the first to be...

August 20, 2020

Great Ocean Food: Unearthing hidden treasures

As regular readers will now know, this food column has morphed into a travelogue during COVID times.

Recalling journeys past and recreating culinary experiences at...

August 6, 2020

Great Ocean Food: Puglia

More lockdowns, more restrictions, but this week I’m off to southern Italy; Puglia to be precise.

While this journey may be mind travel only, I...

July 23, 2020

Great Ocean Food: Travelling to Bali

This week, my COVID travel takes me back to Bali.

I have only visited the Indonesian island once, but I know many people in our...

July 9, 2020

Great Ocean Food: Travelling to Hobart

In my last article, I proposed the idea of travelling through cooking at home. It worked for us wonderfully.

We have spent time in Greece...

June 25, 2020

Great Ocean Food: Experiencing the world from the kitchen

We had planned to attend a family wedding in France this year before the current virus arrived and turned the world upside down.

Like so...

June 11, 2020

Great Ocean Food: The way we breakfast

Breakfast is an interesting meal. It seems to always be consumed in a hurry. The people I know who still take time over breakfast...

May 28, 2020

Great Ocean Food: It’s a small world

It is 40 years since I moved from home in Geelong and into a residential college at the University of Melbourne.

The world was my...

May 14, 2020

Great Ocean Food: A different Mother’s Day

Like many last weekend we had a Mother’s Day lunch without our mothers.

A strange concept indeed, but more bizarre times I have not seen...

April 16, 2020

Great Ocean Food: Gnocchi all over the world

Making gnocchi has never been my strong suit. Eating it has.

I consider myself somewhat of an expert gnocchi judge. For me, the appreciation of...

March 19, 2020

Great Ocean Food: Grow it, slow it

Like many issues today, the relatively simple problem of food waste becomes incredibly complicated to fix. The fact is we waste vast amounts of food...

March 5, 2020

Great Ocean Food: Local knowledge

It never ceases to amaze me how important childhood summer holidays are in people’s lives.

My personal “unsubstantiated by nothing” theory is that as we...

February 20, 2020

Great Ocean Food: Cheers to the locals

There are so many interesting enterprises in our region. I stumbled across yet another while driving close to home a few weeks back.

Freshwater Creek...

January 23, 2020

Great Ocean Food: Salad days

Like most people at this time of year, we’ve had many family functions to attend. This is no chore for me, as we always...

January 9, 2020

Great Ocean Food: Christmas cravings

We had a wonderful Christmas day spent with family in Lorne. The weather was almost perfect and there was plenty of food, wine and...

December 12, 2019

Great Ocean Food: Ham it up this Christmas

It is always a pleasure for me to catch up with ex-customers. It has been three years since I sold my business in Torquay...

November 28, 2019

Great Ocean Food: Golden history

We had two family functions to attend on the weekend. Both were in country Victoria and some distance apart, so we stayed at The...

November 14, 2019

Great Ocean Food: A breakfast to celebrate

I had a birthday last week.  No milestone event, but creeping towards the one starting with six! 

We started the day having breakfast with...

October 3, 2019

Great Ocean Food: Making meals for the masses

I unfortunately spent a week in hospital recently.  Nothing particularly sinister, but a protracted recovery had me thinking about hospital food.

During my stay...

July 25, 2019

Great Ocean Food: Turning up the heat

Catering has improved considerably since I first started 30 years ago. I was at a function on the weekend where, in years gone by, the...

July 10, 2019

Great Ocean Food – Fire up and have a dip in winter

I have been walking (and swimming) at Point Roadknight recently. It is such a beautiful beach, particularly early morning and at sunset. A few nights ago,...

June 26, 2019

Great Ocean Food: Giants, an alien kitchen and preparing dinner for 20 in the USA is all in a day’s work

People have often made the comment to me they find it daunting to cook for someone involved in the food industry. My experience has...

June 12, 2019

Great Ocean Food: A near-perfect 24 hours in New York

I had almost a perfect 24 hours recently. Our daughter is working in New York, which necessitated our visiting her in May. The visit was...

May 29, 2019

Great Ocean Food Let it snow

American influences have been with us a long time. In the 60s, my mother had a cookbook from Better Homes and Gardens. It was a...

May 16, 2019

Great Ocean Food: Hock to it and make a soup as winter is on its way

I don’t want to jump the gun, but winter is fast approaching. My wife likes the coming season for crackling open fires, woollen jumpers and...

May 1, 2019

Roast potato and mint sauce make way in post-Ottolenghi era of enlightenment

Like many families, we had an Easter celebration last Sunday. It was an occasion where all were welcome to a Sunday lunch at our...

April 18, 2019

The gathering of the clan recalls old times

We had a gathering of the clan last weekend to celebrate a lifetime of memories at my wife’s family home. It was a wonderful occasion...