Category: Food & Wine

Food at Home: Restaurant Style

Madeleine Taplin As we sit in lockdown, the one thing on everyone’s minds is food. In the monotony of everyday life, the one space we can plan and make exciting is what we choose to eat for each meal, and what better way to make your meal-times exciting than to infuse a little restaurant quality cooking into the home?! It all starts with produce: Undeniably the most important aspect of cooking isn’t the cuisine, style or equipment, it is the produce! All good restaurants utilise a selection of tried and trusted producers to help deliver only the best for...

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Winter Warmer Recipe: Sticky Date Pudding

There’s nothing that screams winter warmer more than a deliciously gooey piece of pudding. The perfect form of comfort food, stick date pudding is a household favourite and there is good reason why – discover how to master the recipe today.   Courtesy of Ingredients: Melted butter, to grease with285g pitted dates, halved250ml boiling water1 tsp bicarbonate soda80g butter, at room temperature100g caster sugar2 eggs115g self-raising flour, sifted75g plain flour, sifted185ml pouring cream160g brown sugar60g unsalted butter, chopped,Double cream to serve Method: Preheat oven to 180°C. Brush six 185ml non-stick muffin pans with melted butter to lightly grease....

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The Perfect Food & Wine Pairings

Madeleine Taplin Picture this: it’s been a long day at work, and you come home knowing that you have to prepare a flavourful meal for the rest of the family. Once the cooking is done, you finally sit down to eat, and there is nothing you want more than a nice glass of wine with your meal. For many, choosing the correct wine to complement our meals can be the bane of our existence. With so many varieties and brands, it is often incredibly confusing. Food and Wine should be seen as partners, with neither dominating the other. Luckily...

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Sydney Celebrates Food & Fun for Refugee Week

Ahead of Refugee Week, running from 20th June – 26th June, Welcome Merchant has announced a string of engaging events, which will be hosted by refugees throughout the event. This year’s Refugee Week theme is ‘Unity’, and Welcome Merchant’s range of events have been purposely curated to bring communities together, learn from each other and showcase incredible refugee talent and entrepreneurialism.  To kick off the exciting event, migrant-owned Racha’s Syrian Kitchen will be taking over Cafe Freda’s in Darlinghurst, from 12pm to 9pm on 20th June. Chef Racha, who came here as a migrant, and Chef Nidal, a former...

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Home Baking: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Madeleine Taplin Baking is a fun activity that anyone can get involved with, no matter your skillset. For as long as I can remember, my father has been the savoury chef of the house, and my mother has been the ‘Queen of Sweets’, teaching us the tricks of the trade and all the family recipes. One of my absolute favourites is the classic ‘Choc-Chip Cookie’, which I myself have been perfecting over the past couple of years. A hit with family and friends, here is how you too can master the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Ingredients: 150g of softened...

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