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Behind the scenes at Epocha Restaurant

In action, chef Angie Giannakodakis is mesmerising to watch. On set, she made us laugh and filled our bellies with good, wholesome food. And during this chat, we discovered the meaning of her restaurant, Epocha, the hidden gem located across the road from Carlton Gardens, and the significance of the silverbirch tree out the front. […]

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Lygon Street Snack Crawl

. Renowned for its rich Italian heritage, Lygon Street has a vibrant and lively atmosphere that becomes particularly enchanting during the Christmas season.

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Show Stopping side serves

Elevating the Christmas dining experience goes beyond the main course; it’s the showstopping side serves that truly leave a lasting impression.

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Take a stroll through Queen Victoria Market

Indulge in heavenly whipped ricotta cream, sweetened with maple syrup and paired with balsamic strawberries. Perfect for a wholesome Chrissy breaky!

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Chicken & Sweet Potato Layer Cake

This delight is sure to get tails wagging and tongues drooling! The homemade masterpiece is crafted with love and care, using wholesome ingredients that not only satisfy your furry friend’s taste buds but also ensure they enjoy a nutritious treat. Serves: 1 cake Ingredients: Recommended as a treat only, no more than 100-200g per serving. […]

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Caramel Cheesecake with Blackberries & Salted Hazelnut Brittle

This beautiful combination of flavours will delight the senses of the whole family!

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Emma Dean’s Baked Kale Chilaquiles (chee-lah—kee-lehs)

Black Chilaquiles with Black Beans & Kale (chee-lah—kee-lehs) Who said breakfast can’t double as lunch or dinner? Not me. Especially when it comes to my Baked Kale Chilaquiles. This dish is an irresistible cross between nachos and enchiladas with a brunchy twist. It’s the ultimate way to kickstart your day and when I added kale […]

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Horchata (or-chaa-tu or haw-cha-tuh)

Looking for something new and exciting to drink? Look no further! Mocktails are all the rage and I’ve got
a drink with a twist that’s sure to become your new favourite.

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Chang’s Crispy Noodle Salad

This salad is becoming a backyard barbecue essential with its classic Asian flavours combined with the crunch of fried noodles and nuts.

Chris’ Dips Terracotta Potted Plants

Chris’ Dips Terracotta Potted Plants

The first (and most important) step is to eat the dip! Chris’ Heritage Range Dips are served in sealed terracotta pots which are perfect for creating a potted plant to gift to your loved ones this Christmas.

Ultimate Dip Board

Ultimate Dip Board

Personally, I think a dip board is the next charcuterie board trend. Don’t quote me on it but if it happens … then you can quote me! Creating a dip board is a fun way to share an appetiser or starter on your table. Plus, it’s something your friends can get involved with, is more affordable than a charcuterie board and still comes out like a showstopper. Here are a few of my favourite variations.

Lindor Chocolate Tree

LINDOR Chocolate Tree

This year, it’s time to say no to plastic Christmas trees and dress up the real deal! String or peg a few LINDOR balls to each branch and you have yourself a delicious and air-purifying festive decoration.

Persian Bliss Bites

Persian Bliss Bites

“My dream is for everyone in Australia to try Persian food once,” Hamed Allahyari shares with a warmth and kindness that can be felt across the room.

Cardamom Rice Pudding With Orange Curd

Cardamom Rice Pudding with Orange Curd

This easy dessert transforms the humble rice pudding into an elegant dessert that will impress your guests. They will love the saucy, comforting goodness of rice pudding with a fresh pop of orange curd. Here, hy orange curd is thickened with cornflour (not eggs and butter) which makes it super quick and easy to prepare. Simply pop your ingredients into a Crumble Dutch Oven and pour yourself a cup of tea. You can even try this recipe using your favourite fruit juice, making it all your own.

Semolina Cake Namoura

Semolina Cake (Namoura)

“When I sit down with my family, food just seems to taste better. It’s also one way my kids can experience the full Lebanese culture,” comedian and chef Frida Deguise shares. Enjoy Frida’s beautiful Namoura cake and bring a touch of Lebanon to your Christmas celebrations.

Crispy Pesto Porchetta

Crispy Pesto Porchetta

When I was younger, my favourite foods were anything “stuffed”. Stuffed chicken breasts, stuffed mushrooms, stuffed peppers, grape leaves, pork — you get the idea. There is something magical about cutting into food only to find something different on the inside. Enjoy this Crispy Pesto Porchetta with a little bit of something extra in the middle.

Irish Bread with Beetroot-Cured Salmon

Irish Bread with Beetroot-Cured Salmon

The whole family will love this beautiful Irish Bread served with Beetroot-Cured Salmon.

Falafel Green Goodness Pesto Potato Salad

Falafel Green Goodness Pesto Potato Salad

A basil-fuelled, herbaceous, veggie-packed take on the classic potato salad served at the table of many Australian Christmas lunches. This potato salad offers a kick from the pickled shallot and pairs perfectly with some crunchy falafels and a creamy dressing.

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