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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...

April 4, 2019

Great Ocean Food: The legendary tarte tatin is great food goof

Mistakes in life are so underrated. The more someone fails the more they learn. That is surely the process by which we acquire knowledge and...

March 21, 2019

Great Ocean Food: A magical meal

It’s not often you have a meal that is just perfect. Last Saturday, we went to friends for dinner and had just that experience. I...

January 24, 2019

Camorra’s Lorne venture another triumph

We had some friends form the USA staying with us last weekend. It was wonderful to show off our region and The Great Ocean Road. As...

January 9, 2019

Great Ocean Food: The impossibility of the vegetarian sausage begins Ottolenghi journey

It seems everyone has been given a copy of Yotam Ottolenghi’s latest cookbook, Simple, for Christmas. Yes, I am also a lucky recipient of his...

December 26, 2018

Mallee root and sun-beaten six-footer brings luck in New Year

By the time you read this article Christmas 2018 will have come and gone. I apologise for not wishing my readers Merry Christmas, but...

December 13, 2018

Frozen peas path leads to unforgettable “petit pois”

The frozen pea is one of my favourite food staples. I use it so frequently; we always have a mountain stored in the freezer. I’m...

November 29, 2018

Open the fridge and find summer salad inspiration

I do enjoy leftover meals. By this I don’t mean reheating last week’s pasta, but using the ingredients “leftover” in the fridge. Some of my...

November 14, 2018

Roast chook is wholesome, flavoursome and appealing

I haven’t roasted a chicken for years, but did so at a recent family birthday lunch. It was delicious. In true Maggie Beer style, it...

November 1, 2018

Great Ocean Food: Memorable snapper drowns out the rain

We visited Noosa for a few days last year on what was meant to be a quick break in the sunshine. While there, it rained...

October 3, 2018

Great Ocean Food: Take some time to enjoy the fruits of spring

The countryside is about to explode with new growth. Like most people, I enjoy this time of year. Having been through a particularly cold...

September 19, 2018

Great Ocean Food: A family feast to be proud of

Not a day goes by without me thinking of my sister. She was taken too soon and although the raw emotion of her not...

September 5, 2018

Great Ocean Food: The joys of spring are coming

It has certainly been a long cold winter and there may be more to come, but I have been busy clearing some trees and...

August 8, 2018

Greek food delights on Sydney trip

It’s unsurprising our daughters have an interest in eating out. My adult working life has been spent in one business or another catering and...

July 25, 2018

The Tomahawk’s a good egg, and so are his chickens

You may think several of these articles are self-indulgent, as I frequently write about my passions including food, our region and family. I assiduously avoid...