A Gypsy in the Swamp: Howler Brewing Company, Lang Lang

A few months ago, I finally rolled my sleeves up and started my first batch of homebrew–a hobby I wanted to pursue for over 10 years. The project began when my husband Chris and I found a near-ancient ‘Extramalt’ kit in a dark corner of his parent’s shed. A large box revealed an offensively dusty plastic

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A Balancing Act: Abbie Mills of Vault Kitchen + Bar, Morwell

By now, you’ve probably seen the viral video of the “BBC Interview Crash”, where a father’s two impossibly cute children storm in whilst dad is in the middle of an interview with the news channel. If not, I’ll pull you out from under your rock here. The video spawned an astonishing amount of follow up interviews and

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Gippsland Eats: Vault Kitchen + Bar, Morwell

There’s something special about dining in a space that used to be a bank. Perhaps it’s the sense of occasion the places provide. The buildings themselves for obvious reasons tend to evoke feelings of security, strength, and wealth—just look at the imposing facades and intricate finishes. But when it comes to older places (as converted

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Purple Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto

The Thorpdale Potato Festival is on tomorrow, so I think it’s fitting to post a recipe for some amazing gnocchi I made the other week using purple Avon potatoes (sourced from the 50 Mile Farmer’s Market in Morwell). Look at these beauties!   The most amazing thing is that these potatoes keep most of their

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Gippsland Eats: Stellina, Traralgon

Although it’s just off the Princes Highway, Stellina feels like it’s in an enclave miles away from civilization.   When you walk up the tree lined path nestled in the parklands along Traralgon Creek and happen upon their expansive verandah, somehow the ambient noise from the highway fades away and you know you’re entering a

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Gippsland Eats: Little Miss Hangry, Garfield

Do you get hangry? The stamp on the coffee cup explains it all: “A state of anger caused by lack of food; hunger causing a negative change in emotional state”. For Little Miss Hangry owners Sarah and Maddy Taylor, hangriness hits close to home. When Sarah (One Fine Day, Beaconsfield) decided to expand and open

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A Culinary Group for All: Cheryl Lamb and Janica Nichols

When I was young, I remember my grandma had a pantry full of preserved sauces, chutneys, and other goods housed in jars that displayed dozens of mysterious and beautiful hues. But in my naïveté I had little interest in anything about the preserves other than their aesthetic, and had no idea what half of the jars

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Easy Plum + Honey Tart

We moved into a very lived-in house in Gippsland three months ago and we’re constantly finding things that we’ve ‘inherited’ from the previous owners (both good and…not so good). But we’ve had a few extremely pleasant surprises–like the plums we discovered on the bushy tree in the far corner of our backyard. The tree’s a bit

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Three months in: finding direction

After three months in Gippsland, I’m still in awe of the cows. On most evenings, our neighbour’s cattle graze in the paddock just outside our living room window, sometimes coming up close enough to nearly bump against our fence. Their presence is a constant reminder that we’re not in Melbourne anymore. Of course, there are

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No-Dice Salsa Recipe

  I can’t believe it’s been nearly two months since we moved into our new home! Time flies when you have an infant. Some days I don’t even know how I wake up in the morning and it’s suddenly 5pm (well, I kind of do know–it’s a whole day of feedings, nappy changes, play time, et

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